By Jessica Mayo-Pike
Similar to “cloud”, the word “mobility” is rampantly running throughout the IT channel community. And just like “cloud”, there are many different ways to skin this cat. Depending on what role you play in the IT space today — VAR, manufacturer, carrier, distributor, telco agent — your definition and approach to mobility will vary. While each facet of the IT community has major opportunity to capitalize on the mobile explosion in their own different way, there is one very significant concept that all the major players could and should take advantage of — MMS or managed mobility services as Gartner has coined it.
MMS encompasses the IT and process management platform required by a company to acquire and provision devices, track inventory, report critical metrics, manage expenses and enforce policies such as BYOD.
Let’s first explore how various Industry players define their value in the mobility space. If you’re a Cisco partner, mobility is defined in the context of building out networks to support and secure a mobile world and the Internet of Everything. If you’re a virtualization shop like VMWare it’s all about end-user computing and accessing anything from anywhere from any device. If you’re a storage player like EMC or NetApp, the focus is to provide an agile and secure storage solution to support the onslaught of big data and applications that come along with mobility. As for the average telco agent, their definition of how they deliver value in mobility is fairly narrow — to them mobility is defined as an organization’s mobile carrier such as Verizon Wireless.
With all of these players rapidly building out their individual solution sets to support various aspects of mobility, many challenges are also created within the enterprise as we move into a device- and machine-driven world:
Regardless of what role you play in the mobility space and what solutions you deliver to your clients, the opportunity is ripe to layer MMS onto your solution. It does not compete with your initiative; in fact it complements it. Similar to the revenue opportunity that the convergence of IT and telecom has created for many, a substantial revenue gain exists for those who start thinking bigger picture about mobility and not just within their specific solution set.
Jessica Mayo-Pike is a managing partner for master agent Communication Management Services (CMS). She previously was the business leader for Advanced Services at IPLogic Inc. Before that, she spent seven years in the carrier space in both direct sales and channel management capacities. She is also is a member of the 2013-14 Channel Partners Advisory Board.