*Warning – This article contains market numbers as shared by a vendor, so please don’t read this article if you are offended by market growth numbers shared by mobility vendors. This information is only for those interested in the enterprise mobility market and the current trends.
I was having a discussion with some folks at SAP this week and they shared their impressions that Sky Technologies an SAP mobility and EcoHub partner, has been experiencing success over the past few months. I thought what better time to check up on Sky Technologies than now. I called Neil McHugh, Sky Technologies VP of Sales and Marketing in Texas for an update, and he was kind enough to grant me an interview.
Kevin: Neil, tell me what is new at Sky Technologies since we last met at Sapphire.
Neil: In the first half of 2010 sales were slow as the economy was still an issue with large companies. After Sapphire and SAP announced the acquisition of Sybase, we decided to rethink our strategic plans to really understand what is best for us as a company. The results of our strategic realignment have been the following:
• The 2nd half of 2010 has been significantly stronger than the first half.
• Year to date, we are up 52 percent is sales. Our fiscal year is July to June 30, 2011.
• Number of new customers are up 74 percent
- Does not require a large initial investment.
- Requires no additional specialized skill for deployment or support.
- No application development needed.
- Can pay by subscription per device
Kevin: Congratulations on your 2010 successes! It takes guts and decisiveness to recognize change is needed and then successfully make it. Who are you finding yourself competing with most often in the market these days?
Neil: We have been competing often with Syclo as of late.
Kevin: What trends are you seeing in the market now?
Neil: Enterprises are becoming more open to supporting a personal liable device. Often the employees have more power in their personal smartphones than is found in the company issued devices.
I want to thank Neil for sharing this update!