AT&T* is meeting business demand for new generation services, like cloud-based and mobility services, with highly-secure, industrial- grade solutions made possible by a global broadband network - and helping companies of all sizes significantly reduce complexity and costs and innovate at a speed “never before seen in the industry,” said Kevin Peters, Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Business Solutions.
Addressing more than 60 global industry analysts during a two-day annual conference hosted at AT&T’s world-renowned Network Operations Center in Bedminster, NJ, Peters said that AT&T is taking advantage of its “unique network assets and expertise to deliver integrated content, applications and services to any enabled device, virtually anytime, anywhere.”
Driven by the explosion of smart devices, wireline/wireless networks and software applications, Peters said businesses are quickly adopting new technologies to mobilize and revolutionize their business:
- More than 50% of AT&T’s business subscribers are using smartphones. The BlackBerry® Torch™ is one of AT&T’s most popular business devices since it was launched in August 2010.
- In just three months – from the end of 2010 to the end of the first quarter of 2011 -- the number of AT&T business tablet subscribers increased approximately 150%.
- Android™ is one of the fastest growing mobile platforms used by AT&T enterprise customers.
- Adoption of AT&T mobile applications in enterprises has doubled from 2,500 in the first quarter of 2010 to more than 5,000 in the first quarter of this year.
- The most popular AT&T mobile applications being used by businesses include those developed by AT&T, such as AT&T Enterprise Paging, Mobile Remote Access Services from AT&T and several of AT&T’s fleet management applications.
AT&T will build off these trends to help companies make the next move to cloud-based environments so they can achieve tremendous efficiencies and flexibility in delivering and supporting applications to any device, Peters added.
To meet demand for solutions that help companies improve their productivity, AT&T today announced it has created a new Advanced Solutions Group, focused on helping more customers adopt mobility, cloud, network sourcing and healthcare solutions.
This is the latest initiative in the company’s multi-year, multi-billion program of investment to roll out bundled platforms and services to companies of all sizes across sectors that include manufacturing, retail, hospitality, healthcare and automotive. Earlier this week, AT&T said it is on track to invest $1 billion in 2011 (part of its previously announced $19 billion capital plan) to continue delivering new-generation network solutions, services and support for business customers.
Executives from customer companies are on hand at the conference to highlight solutions developed with AT&T:
- Halliburton, one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry, continually explores ways to improve employee productivity, increase efficiency of operations and deliver a consistent customer experience worldwide. AT&T’s Mobile Enterprise Applications Platform (MEAP) includes applications that allow Halliburton’s customers to manage wells from any connected mobile device, providing access to relevant data they need to make effective decisions quickly. The same applications enable Halliburton’s employees to access the most up-to-date information on projects they are involved in. AT&T’s voice, data and Internet solutions also connect Halliburton’s headquarters and data centers to global locations.
- Hilton Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, is striving to accelerate technology innovation and provide a consistent, next-generation guest experience in its hotels across the globe through network and mobility solutions. AT&T’s mobility, voice and data, Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity solutions are helping Hilton Worldwide provide an integrated media experience for users across its hotel network.
- AT&T is providing Streetblimps with a real-time GPS application that reports location data, provides enhanced updates for routes, speed, mileage and stops. In addition, it features an enhanced dispatch system with picture capture and SMS texting to help with customer validation of their advertising investment with Streetblimps.
At today’s conference AT&T also announced:
- Plans to offer the Cisco Cius™ to its business customers. The Cisco Cius is an ultra-portable mobile tablet that runs on Android™ and enables access to essential business applications for virtually anywhere, anytime collaboration. Cisco expects the Cius to be available for AT&T’s HSPA+ network in the fall of 2011.
- It is extending the AT&T Office@Hand mobile app for Android users. AT&T Office@Hand is a mobile PBX application which allows small businesses and enterprise workgroups with an existing wireless account from AT&T to configure and manage their office phone system on-the-go.
- A new service – AT&T Tech Support 360SM Server Support – for U.S. small and mid-size businesses who can receive wide-ranging care for Windows servers from U.S.-based AT&T certified technicians. Among others, feature and options available with the service may include 24/7 server performance monitoring; security patch management; and management of critical business applications, and network and Internet connectivity.
- AT&T is participating in World IPv6 Day on June 8 as part of its commitment to transitioning to IPv6. On June 8, AT&T will conduct a 24-hour test drive of IPv6 technology, supporting its enterprise customers who are testing the protocol and enabling IPv6 on the YP.COM and AT&T Research sites. AT&T has been actively involved in standards development and testing for IPv6 since its inception and currently offers IPv6-ready networking capabilities and a full suite of consulting services to assist business customers with IPv6 readiness and transition.
For more information on AT&T Industry Analyst Day visit www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=19807.