Strategy Analytics: 2008 Will Be a Significant Year for Fixed-mobile Convergence

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Strategy Analytics: 2008 Will Be a Significant Year for Fixed-mobile Convergence

Predictions, predictions. This time of year, people love to make predictions. Today’s example comes from Strategy Analytics, in the form of some wireless enterprise strategy projections for 2008. The firm’s year-end market outlook predicts that unlicensed mobile access (UMA) and Call Redirect will dominate the business fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) market next year.
 
The firm also thinks that mobile device management (MDM) solutions will experience strong growth during 2008, with sales of dual-mode smartphones reaching 66 million.
 
“2008 will see significant traction on MDM as smartphones surge and GPS handsets become more closely aligned with Enterprise LBS solutions and begin to resonate with enterprise customers,” predicted Strategy Analytics analyst Andrew Brown, in a Tuesday report. “Embedded modules will gain a foothold in business as a result of flat rate data plans while USB modems will continue to grow dramatically.”
 
Brown also predicted that prosumer e-mail will be the new battleground during 2008, yet secure e-mail will continue to offer higher revenue potential.
 
“Microsoft will raise its profile and credibility as an end to end mobile solutions vendor with SCMDM (System Centre Mobile Device Manager) as applications become more closely aligned to core business processes,” Brown added.
 
Another analyst at the firm, David Kerr, concurred, saying that enterprise mobility will be a “critical” profit center next year.
 
“In 2008, mobile email and line of business applications will post strong growth as the ranks of mobile workers continue to surge and businesses seek enhanced security and access controls to their critical human and capital assets,” Kerr said.
 
In its report, Strategy Analytics also predicted that mobile enterprise apps will become better aligned with core business processes (thanks to adoption of SOA and SaaS), USB modems will be in strong demand (for both professionals and prosumers), and that IT departments will start to soften their attitudes toward laptop computer WAN connectivity.
 
What do you think—is Strategy Analytics on the money or missing the mark? We won’t know for sure until this time next year.