Mobility is changing the computing landscape as we know it. The rapid proliferation of mobile devices and the growth of cloud-based and virtual services has defined an entirely new set of networking challenges – from security and policy management, to application performance. If your organization is like most, your IT team is scrambling to prepare the network for this new era of computing where a single user could access the network via a tablet, smartphone, laptop, VoIP phone, or workstation.
To fully understand how mobility is reshaping the enterprise and define a strategy that’s right for your business, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest industry news and trends. The following journalists, pundits, and analysts (in no particular order) are worth keeping your eye on in the coming months.
1) Craig Mathias – Owner and Principal of the Farpoint Group
Craig is one of the most-respected analysts in the wireless industry. He is the chair of the wireless and mobility track at Interop, as well as a columnist for Network World and InformationWeek. A technologist at heart, Craig has worked on numerous wired and wireless network products and services.
2) Jack Gold – Founder and Principal Analyst at Jack Gold Associates
Jack has over 35 years in the computer and electronics industries, and is a leading authority in on mobile, wireless and pervasive computing. Prior to founding J. Gold Associates, he spent 12 years with META Group as a VP in Technology Research Services. Jack is frequently quoted in both trade and business press as an expert resource on mobility.
Galen has more than 25 years of experience as a writer and editor, and is widely recognized for his insightful analysis of industry trends in his role at InfoWorld. As principal of the Zango Group, he contributes research and writes articles for the PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Technology Innovation. He has also contributed articles to publications such as CIO and DailyWireless, and served as the lead author of “Exploring iPad 2 for Dummies.” Galen can be found on Twitter at @MobileGalen.
4) Zeus Kerravala – Principal, ZK Research
Zeus Kerravala, a 20 year veteran of the technology research industry, recently founded ZK Research to address the challenges around networking and mobility. He is a widely recognized and frequently quoted expert and speaker on the topics of mobility, emerging smartphone devices, converged communications and the cloud and data center. Zeus puts his vast experience to work on a regular basis by contributing to industry blogs, including Wireless Week, Network World and No Jitter. Zeus can be followed on Twitter at @zkerravala.
5) Phillipe Winthrop – Editor of Enterprise Mobility Matters
Philippe Winthrop has spent his career researching emerging technologies and their impact on the corporate value chain. He most recently served as an analyst at Strategy Analytics where he spearheaded thought leadership on enterprise mobility management and the growing issues around individual and corporate liable devices. Philippe is a frequent industry speaker and currently sits on the advisory boards of several organizations including Mobile Enterprise Magazine and The Mobile Connect Event. He can be followed on Twitter at @biz_mobility.
6) Monica Basso – Mobile & Wireless Research VP at Gartner
Based in Milan, Italy, Monica Basso is a vice president at Gartner where she covers enterprise mobility. Her research extends to mobile-device management and security, and discusses how to support corporate applications on personal devices, such as iPhones, iPads and Android devices. She also covers strategic advice on segmenting mobile users and planning investments in enterprise mobility. She can be followed on Twitter at @Monikino.
7) Chris Hazelton – Research Director, Mobile & Wireless at The 451 Group
Chris runs the 451’s Mobile and Wireless research practice, which covers hardware, software, and services for both enterprise and consumer mobility markets. Chris has been quoted on mobile technology issues by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CBS, InformationWeek, Investors Business Daily, MacWorld, and Wired. He also sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for Mobile Enterprise Magazine and has presented and moderated panels at numerous events such as CES and CTIA. You can follow Chris on Twitter at @Chris451mobile.
8) John Cox – Senior Editor at Network World
John Cox is a senior editor at Network World where he covers wireless LANs and mobile computing. He also pens a blog for Network World, John Cox on Wireless, where he covers developments in wireless and mobility from the next iPad to the networks that make mobility possible in the enterprise. You can follow John on Twitter at @johnwcoxnww.
9) Shamus McGillicuddy – Director of News and Features for TechTarget Networking Media
Shamus directs the development of all news and tech features for TechTarget’s Networking Media sites, including SearchNetworking.com, SearchEnterpriseWAN.com, SearchUnifiedCommunications.com and SearchTelecom.com. In addition to assigning stories, he frequently writes on networking and mobility topics including bring your own device (BYOD), WLANs, 40 Gigabit Ethernet, and data center network strategies. To track his coverage and gain insight into his opinions, you can follow Shamus on Twitter at @ShamusTT.
10) Andre Kindness – Senior Analyst at Forrester Research
Andre is a leading expert focusing on networking technology and strategy, mobile network infrastructure, data center convergence, and network infrastructure security. His analysis balances technology with business strategy to help ensure that IT maximizes operational and financial efficiencies. Andre’s research is becoming increasingly important as enterprises look for insight into managing end user mobile devices, and providing a higher quality user experience. You can follow Andre on Twitter at @AndreKindness.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. We welcome your comments on other influencers that should be followed.