As we count down to 2016, let's take a look at what the new year might hold in terms of Internet of Things. Three IoT execs at Citrix – Chris Fleck, vice president of emerging solutions, Chris Matthieu, director of IoT engineering, and Chris Witeck, principal technology strategist – put their heads together and came up with seven predictions for IoT in 2016.
Microsoft is beefing up its Surface Enterprise Initiative by offering a new enterprise warranty and service program for Surface customers via commercial resellers beginning in early 2016 and a permanent business device trade-in program under which business customers can trade their used mobile devices for credit toward the purchase of new Surface tablets.
Despite lots of talk about the connected home and car, the enterprise is where the biggest Internet of Things opportunity resides.
Samsung may be following Apple's lead and planning to introduce a phone leasing program directly to users, according to a report on Forbes that cites unnamed sources. For businesses, this new development may add a new wrinkle to an already-complicated BYOD reimbursement process.
Big data analytics will play a major role in business use of the Internet of Things, enabling businesses to increase revenue and cut costs over the next 12 to 18 months, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
The rugged smartphone is gaining popularity in the enterprise, providing a more ergonomic and touch-centric alternative to rugged "brick-style" handheld computers, observed Kathryn Nassberg, an analyst with VDC Research.
At a time when enterprise computing is in a transition period, moving from on-premises to cloud, from PC to mobile, there is an opportunity to control the future of enterprise computing. Having created this opportunity in large part, Apple is looking to expand the reach of iOS to maintain the iPhone's top spot in the enterprise but also turn around the declining trajectory of iPad sales. 451 Research's Chris Hazelton weighs in on Apple's relationship with the enterprise.
Zebra Technologies launched on Monday its Zebra OneCare, a portfolio of support services for its mobile computers, printers, bar code scanners, RFID devices and wireless LAN infrastructure, as well as a new managed service that provides visibility into Zebra mobile device asset and operational business performance.
Many employees do not think the apps their enterprise provides meet their needs. This is leading to a "going rogue" trend among employees who bring in their own apps, whether IT approved or not.
"Dead apps"--apps that have been removed from app stores--live on in the BYOD enterprise on employees' personal phones, warned a report by Appthority.