CeBIT - Organisation to help mobile enterprises launched

Enterprises seeking guidance to extend IT services to their increasingly mobile workforce may want to turn for support to a...

Enterprises seeking guidance to extend IT services to their increasingly mobile workforce may want to turn for support to a non-profit global organisation.

Mobile Enterprise Alliance (MEA) aims to provide information and support to big and small companies around the globe that need to make decisions about a variety of issues, such as the compatibility of devices, networks and back-end servers, to provide mobility to their employees.

MEA membership will include IT suppliers, service providers and systems integrators, which pay dues based on their revenues, and users, who pay nothing, said alliance chairman Traver Gruen-Kennedy, at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany.

Money raised through the membership dues will be used to publish case studies, commission market research and more, according to Gruen-Kennedy.

"Our aim is to educate end-users with actual business case studies," he said. "We intend to create a huge case-study repository, organised by industry and country."

Members will be able to access this information on the alliance's website.

The alliance, which is being launched as an autonomous unit of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), is "technology and supplier neutral", Gruen-Kennedy said.

Founding members include mobile device maker Palm and mobile phone operating system vendor Symbian. "We expect major IT companies, including Microsoft, mobile operators and other companies associated with mobility to join."

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