AT&T* today said it is creating a new group within its Business Solutions unit to accelerate the delivery of advanced mobile applications and solutions for traditional and emerging devices to businesses, governments and organizations of all sizes globally. The group – to be called Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions – will complement AT&T’s Emerging Devices Organization which focuses on devices that are wirelessly enabled for consumers.
Michael Antieri has been named President of the Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions unit and assumes responsibility for the development, sales and deployment of mobile applications and solutions for organizations whose workforces and customers are increasingly doing business “on the go” using all kinds of connected devices – both traditional and emerging devices.
“Companies today are more mobile than ever, traveling to clients, working from remote locations, using devices to communicate while on the move, and wirelessly connecting devices to each other,” said Ron Spears, President and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions. “With millions of workers now using smartphones, netbooks and rugged devices, and with multiple industries now adopting machine-to-machine applications, we see a tremendous opportunity to bring the power of our networking expertise and assets to help companies everywhere ‘go mobile’ by mobilizing their business processes to take advantage of real-time information and transactions to do business more efficiently and productively.”
U.S. businesses are increasingly depending on mobile applications. Industry analyst firm IDC , found that there were more than 450 million mobile Internet users worldwide in 2009, a number that is expected to more than double by the end of 2013. In addition, according to IDC , the United States has the highest percentage of mobile workers today − growing to an estimated 75 percent of workers by 2013.
Over the last two years, AT&T has tripled the number of business subscribers who are using integrated devices. In the last year alone, the company has seen a 60 percent increase in business subscribers, as “enterprise-class” devices and applications continue to proliferate within a host of industries, including manufacturing, financial services, consumer packaged goods, retail, trade, construction, transportation, government education and healthcare.
Antieri, a 31-year company veteran, will head the new Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions business unit focused on delivering mobility solutions specific to these industries. The unit will work with developers and third-party providers to help co-innovate and deliver applications in a network and cloud-based environment that easily allows them to extend new services down to any desired device.
“Very few players in the industry have the breadth of AT&T assets and the capillary density of AT&T’s distribution channels to reach out and touch customers across of the enterprise, small business and government spaces,” said Michael Antieri, President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. “Building upon AT&T’s already successful Emerging Devices Organization, we will work closely with the AT&T EDO team to harness their strengths and investments, and work with businesses to mobilize their applications, transform their business processes and capture the potential opportunities that M2M technology offers.”
 Source: IDC, Worldwide Digital Marketplace Model and Forecast, December 2009
 Source: IDC, Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2009-2013 Forecast, Doc # 221309, December 2009
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