Networks integrator Azzurri Communications has launched a new mobile business unit to aid customer app development and support a more mobile workforce.
The unit is to be headed by Richard White, formerly of BT and O2/Telefonica, which he recently helped to win a £1.5 billion smart metering contract.
The new mobile unit is in response to organisations having to integrate their previously disparate mobile and client computing strategies in new ways, "to combine smartphones, tablets and PCs under one cohesive infrastructure", said Azzurri.
The unit will support application and document security, mobile application management, and enterprise content management and file sharing. It will also include an application development capability, providing customers with "a completely integrated mobile offering from the devices through to the network, the platform and the applications", the firm said.
Vim Vithaldas, CEO of Azzurri, said: "Nearly two-thirds of organisations anticipate that they will be using a mobile device as their main productivity device within three years.
"Such a dramatic shift requires a radical new approach to the delivery of IT services, as the old PC-centric managed service approach no longer resonates with today's mobile workforce."
Richard White has previously held senior roles at both BT and O2/Telefonica. For the last five years he was the head of financial markets and enterprise fixed services at Telefonica. Most recently he held the role of head of sales for Telefonica's government smart metering team, where he led the successful bid for part of the government's national smart metering project, resulting in a 15 year contract worth £1.5 billion.
White said: "Mobile productivity has evolved considerably in recent years. It is no longer about just letting employees check their work email or send text messages whilst on the move, it is now fundamentally about enabling the 'always on' workforce."
He said: "Most businesses understand that there are opportunities to enhance their customer interactions and workforce productivity through tablets and mobile applications, but they need help to adapt to this opportunity."
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