What do an energy company in Alabama, the Finnish government and a manufacturer and distributor of lumber products have in common?
They all came away as winners at this year's Mobile Impact Awards, presented last week at the Yankee Group Mobilizing the Enterprise Summit in Boston.
The Mobile Enterprise Alliance (MEA), is a global advocacy group promoting the business benefits of workforce mobility to enterprise end users and decision makers. The prestigious Mobile Impact Awards honour leading enterprises for successful and innovative deployments of mobile enterprise solutions that successfully balance technology investments with business objectives.
Among the notable award recipients the Energen Corporation, taking the top spot in the Mobile Management category. The company needed a solution to help manage Blackberry devices for large teams of field personnel who depend on accessing corporate data for critical business activities and for executives that use devices for wireless e-mail.
"Our field personnel are out there managing gas lines and doing safety inspections," said Brad Anderson, Windows system administrator. Anderson's team valued the importance of around-the-clock service for their internal customers' needs, but they also valued their own quality of life. They needed a solution that enabled them to work effectively without being tied to a desktop computer.
Other winners included the Tennant Company, which took first place honours in the Field Service & Support category. The Finnish Government Information Management Unit took the award for Extended Enterprise Computing & Connectivity; Kelleher Corporation won for Sales Force Enablement; Northwestern Memorial Hospital won in the Mobile Office Solution category; and Duke University Medical Center captured the prize in the Mobile Security category.
Decided by a panel of industry experts, including SearchMobileComputing.com managing editor Kara Gattine, the awards aim to recognise the year's best in mobile technology deployments by companies and organisations worldwide.
Daniel Taylor, the MEA's managing director, said in a statement, "Each year, our awards program grows stronger with better and better case studies from successful mobile enterprise deployments. These organisations define the state of the art for enterprise mobility in 2006."