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AT&T has collaborated with SAP AG to offer a suite of products for businesses to develop, manage and secure mobile applications. The partnership will leverage a SAP mobile application development platform and provide AT&T customers a wide range of enterprise-class mobility management offerings from both companies, AT&T said Tuesday. Chris Hill, AT&T senior vice president of advanced solutions, said the company works to help organizations mobilize their business processes. "For everything from mobile security for the world of BYOD, to mobile apps built using our mobile platform, SAP's vision is to intelligently unwire the planet," said Kevin Ichhpurani, SAP senior vice president of business development and ecosystem innovation. AT&T says the portfolio is meant to serve as a one-stop-shop for companies looking to build apps faster. ... (more)

ICE Drops Blackberry for iPhone

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement started to provide its employees up to 17,000 iPhones for work and personal use as the agency moves to replace its Blackberry devices. ICE selected the iPhone after evaluating other types of smartphones such as Android devices and analyzing Blackberry maker Resarch in Motion's business model and innovation rate, GovExec reports. Mobile security company Good Technology is helping ICE roll out the iPhones after previously helping the Department of Homeland Security protect its technology, data and applications from unauthorized people such a... (more)

EMC Surveys Enterprises on Big Data Plans

A new EMC global survey has found that majority of enterprise technology leaders see big data’s potential to boost business operations. The sentiment is highest in India, with 92 percent of respondents there believing the technology will improve decision-making, EMC said Thursday. Despite the positive outlook, one in three of those surveyed reported their companies do not have concrete plans of adopting big data tools. “It was surprising… to see that one-third of businesses are not considering big data solutions,” said Helene Barnekow, senior vice president of world wide field and... (more)

Kalyan Pamarthy on Business Plans, Getting Big Data to Work

Companies need to form a strategy to be able to put big data and analytics to work for their business, Kalyan Pamarthy, senior product manager for big data and analytics at Verizon Corporate Technology, said Tuesday. “Big data may be the next frontier, but enterprises should act strategically as they move to gain value from big data,” Pamarthy wrote in a piece for Verizon. “Successfully deriving analytics from big data involves a series of decisions along the path from data to actionable insights,” he added. These decisions include commitments to a set of use cases, technical choi... (more)

Eye of the GovCon M&A Storm

Bob Kipps serves as managing director at investment bank KippsDeSanto & Co., a provider of services to middle-market firms in the government services, aerospace/defense, cyberintelligence and technology industries. In a new feature for Executive Mosaic, Kipps provides insight into what's driving the GovCon deals market and where participants are aligning for the future. To start 2013, he addresses impacts of the now-in-effect sequester and other budget pressures and notes five important things to consider for the future. After gushing throughout 2012, GovCon M&A deal announcements... (more)