I stashed this news release from a few weeks back because I wanted to muse on it for a while. But here’s the basic development: value-added distributor Avnet Technology Solutions has established a practice called MobilityPath to help technology solution providers support emerging solutions in mobility, such as tablets and smartphones, as well as unified communications.
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Avnet believes there are certain back-end data center design considerations, as well as security implications, that solution providers must learn in order to support the mobile revolution. The focus of its initial services is on applications for data center mobility, collaboration, workforce mobility, and automated identification and data capture. MobilityPath also includes a comprehensive training curriculum plus assessment services that can augment a solution provider’s existing skill sets. Avnet will also offer activation and integration services to support its VAR customers.
Here’s the rationale, as explained by the MobilityPath practice leader, Bennett Bayer, in the Avnet press release:
“With research and advisory firm Gartner Inc. predicting that enterprise business will spend more than $1.2 trillion in mobility in 2012, which is 34 percent of the total IT spend, it is essential that solution providers understand how to develop complete solutions for mobile-enabled mission-critical applications in the data center.”
There are other distributors boasting mobile technology and solutions divisions, of course. What I like about this new Avnet group is the fact that it recognizes all the implications that mobility will have on the design of traditional line-of-business applications. Mobility will be part of the solution, not a separate solution. That’s what’s different about the current mobile technology transition than in years past.