No. 4: Mobility Solutions

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Print this article Print

The Dow Jones is bleeding billions, but solution providers say key technologies continue to drive strong profitability. Here are the top 10 technologies according to Channel Insider readers.

4. Mobility Solutions
2008 Profitability Rating: 17%
2007 Profitability Rating: 20%
Profitability Change: -3%

Everyone is on the run. Blackberries, Treos, iPhones and the coming Google Android-powered cell phones are transforming these telephony gadgets into fully functional palm-top computers. Enabling and managing these devices remains a nightmare for IT departments, a situation which provides a solution provider with the opportunity for selling mobility devices and the services to make them run smoothly. Mobility goes far beyond the cell phone, though. Everything from embedded cellular cards in computer notebooks to handheld barcode scanners to portable projectors are expanding the definition of mobility solutions. Despite a slight dip in year-over-year profitability ratings, solution providers can expect technologies that enable mobility will remain a strong play.

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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