Samsung Makes A Big Play for the Mobile Enterprise

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williams Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Samsung is taking aggressive steps to reach deep into the enterprise with plans for a suite of mobile collaboration applications and partnerships with the likes of Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle and a host of others.The collaborative tools including enterprise email, instant messaging security, mobile device management, unified communications, customer relationship management, salesforce automation and business intelligence.Samsung is working with its channel partners to provide the applications. It’s another form of bundling, really, providing options for what products an enterprise customer may want to include on devices for its employees.Partners include Cisco, Formotus, Microsoft, Spring Wireless, Sybase and Wipro. Oracle, SAP and IBM are expected to be added later this year. The approach allows people, for instance to use Ciscco’s WebEx for mobile conferencing. According to, Samsung will release the devices this year as it makes deals with mobile carriers. The company will also support Android on some of the devices. Additionally, Samsung will offer offer enterprise applications on the LiMo platform and its own Bada mobile operating system.The mobile market seem to be getting religion. Application environments are emerging. The Alcatel-Lucent news is a case in point. Carriers puffed their chests at the World Mobile Congress by offering their own platform they call the “Wholesale ApplicationsCommunity,” intended to be a write-once, read anywhere environment.It’s striking how long it has take the mobile industry to catch up. Samsung seems to be taking a bit more of a modern approach with its partnerships. Regardless, it’s clear that 2010 is the year of the mobile enterprise. Tags:#enterprise#news#Products last_img read more

Kyrgios, Kokkinakis Aussie Flops

first_imgIt took two replacement players, including Davis Cup stalwart Lleyton Hewitt, to help restore some pride to Australian tennis.Facing a 2-0 deficit after dropping the opening singles matches on July 18, Australia came back to win its Davis Cup quarterfinal on grass in the tropical northern city of Darwin on July 19 when Sam Groth and Hewitt won their matches in the reverse singles.Hewitt clinched the quarterfinal with a stirring 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-3 win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov. He fell on to his back when Nedovyesov’s forehand went long and teammates Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis — who were both replaced in the reverse singles after losing their matches July 17 — ran onto the court to hug him before he went to the net to shake hands with his Kazakh opponent.“We didn’t have everything go our way this weekend, we had to rally,” Hewitt said. “We were playing for the boys on the side of the court and the nation, as well.”Groth and the 34-year-old Hewitt, who said he plans to retire after next January’s Australian Open, won their doubles match July 18 to keep Australia alive.Australia will now face either Britain or France in September’s semifinals. Britain leads their quarterfinal 2-1 going into the July 19 reverse singles in London.It was the first time since the Davis Cup final against the United States in 1939 that Australia has come back from a 2-0 deficit to win a tie — and it couldn’t have come at a better time.For the past two weeks, the country’s two top-ranked players — Bernard Tomic and Kyrgios — have been embroiled in controversy for their actions at Wimbledon and after the tournament.Groth replaced Kyrgios in the reverse singles after the 20-year-old was criticized for his on-court demeanor in his loss in the second singles match against Kazakhstan, as well as at Wimbledon, where he was fined nearly $10,000 for racket abuse and swearing.Australia was also playing without its highest-ranked player, No. 25-ranked Tomic, after Tennis Australia suspended him for critical comments against the national association during Wimbledon.To make matters worse, Tomic was charged with resisting arrest in Miami Beach, Florida, last week after ignoring hotel security and police requests to turn down loud music in his luxury suite.His police mug shot featured prominently in Australian newspapers this weekend, right next to stories on the Davis Cup tie.Groth opened play on July 19 by beating Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (6), before Hewitt, subbing for Kokkinakis, demonstrated the kind of enthusiasm and gung-ho nationalism he’s exhibited over his 15-year career.He’s now played 57 Davis Cup singles matches, but never clinched an Australian tie in a deciding fifth match.Hewitt, affected by a series of injuries over the past five years, might have played his last Davis Cup match for Australia if he had lost. But chances are he’ll be part of the team in the semifinals.“I’ve said some of my greatest wins have been in Davis Cup, and some of my toughest losses,” said Hewitt.A few hours earlier, Groth was feeling the same. “This is probably the most magical feeling I’ve had in tennis,” said Groth, who had 29 aces in the match. “I had to have confidence in my game, and I came through under pressure.”Kazakhstan captain Dias Doskarayev said “everything went their (Australia’s) way.”“We lost four tiebreaks,” he said. “Tiebreaks are kind of a lottery. So the tennis gods were on the Aussie side. That’s sport. That’s tennis.”Australia captain Wally Masur also took a big gamble earlier, realizing he would be criticized for replacing the No. 41-ranked Kyrgios with No. 68 Groth.“I’m either going to look silly or look like a genius,” he said.Most would now say genius. Kyrgios had said he felt mentally drained during Friday’s loss to No. 115 Nedovyesov.“That’s no different to being physically exhausted after a big month or a big match,” Masur said before Groth’s win. “It takes its toll.”“I kind of feel sorry for Nick in a way because it was almost a little bit of hysteria about some of the stuff that went on at Wimbledon. The press cycle just kind of went into overdrive.”Now, for the first time in a few weeks, the only press Australian tennis gets will likely be on the positive side.(DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more