Gartner: Mobile and MDM, The Big Picture

It's pretty safe to say that mobile technology and mobile device management (MDM) are among the hottest technologies right now in the channel and elsewhere, so it's not surprising that research juggernaut Gartner (NYSE: IT) has been providing quite a bit of market insight on them. Over the past several weeks the company has issued a series of releases that managed service providers may find helpful in navigating the MDM marketplace. Here's what you need to know.

Security, bring-your-own-device, mobile OS rankings and emerging leaders are just some of the trends that are covered. The following are the highlights of what managed services providers (MSPs) need to know from Gartner's most recent research:

  • Gartner: Phone Security Threats Loom, MDM Strategies Needed -- Gartner, Inc.  says that more businesses will be moving towards BYOD policies in 2013 and needing MDM strategies. Indeed, a new Gartner survey reveals that 70 percent of companies plan to have BYOD policies in place in the next 12 months to let employees use personal mobile devices such as cell phones to connect to enterprise applications. What are the ramifications of this shift? Here’s what you need to know.
  • Mobile Device Management: Lenovo’s Smartphone Stronghold -- Gartner says Lenovo will become the top smartphone vendor in China by 2013. Really? What about Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung? Actually, Lenovo’s dominance in smartphones in China is not so surprising when you remember that the company that bought IBM’s PC business is based in China. Here’s what you need to know about Lenovo and it’s smartphone plans.
  • Gartner’s Mobile Device OS Rankings: Bada? Who’s Bada? -- Gartner released its most recent quarterly look at mobile device sales, smartphone sales, and the dominant manufacturers and operating systems. As you might have guessed, Android and Apple topped the list for operating systems, with Android garnering sales of 122.5 million units and marketshare of 72.4 percent and Apple iOS with sales of 23.6 million units and marketshare of 13.9. RIM was number three. And number four was… Windows? Symbian? No, it was bada.(bada?)
  • Gartner: Apple, Samsung Lead the Smartphone Pack -- Worldwide sales of mobile phones to end users reached almost 428 million units in the third quarter of 2012, but that number represented a 3.1 percent decline from the third quarter of 2011, according to a new report from Gartner, Inc. However, smartphone sales, accounting for 39.6 percent of total mobile phone sales, increased 46.9 percent from the third quarter of 2011. Who dominated the smartphone market? Just what vendors does your mobile device management solution need to support? Find out here.
  • Gartner: Smart Phones, Tablets Take Over the World in 2012 -- The momentum may behind be Android tablets in the next quarter, but managed services providers (MSPs) may want to shift their focus to a prediction that all smart devices will account for 70 percent of total devices sold in 2012, according a recent Gartner, Inc. report. The study found that 821 million smartphones and tablets will be purchased worldwide in 2012 and pass the billion mark in 2013. What does this mean for mobile device management (MDM)? We analyze.
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