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Kony taps another former SAP executive to lead EU, Africa sales

Jonathan Best, vice president of Europe and Africa, Kony

Mobile development and management services provider Kony has hired former SAP executive Jonathan Best to least the company’s growth in Europe and Africa. Best is the latest former SAP executive to make the move to Kony in less than a month.

Cloud, BYOD tech adoption hindered by lack of IT skills, survey suggests

Cloud and BYOD strategies are being hampered by a lack of skills

IT professionals are keen on adopting cloud-based technologies for mission-critical apps, and supporting bring your own device policies within their organisations, but recently published research suggests not having the rights in-house to migrate to or roll these new technologies out is a big inhibitor.

Fruits of Apple, IBM mobile cloud deal ripen

Tim Cook, Apple CEO and Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, walking the walk and talking the talk

IBM and Apple have delivered the first batch of enterprise-focused iOS apps, co-developed and supported by Bluemix and IBM’s cloud infrastructure, making good on a deal the two companies – once bitter rivals – struck this summer.

Kony appoints former SAP cloud, mobile head to lead ME, APAC

Steven Medeiros

Mobile development and management services provider Kony has appointed Steven Medeiros as vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific and Middle East. Medeiros, who formerly led SAP’s cloud and mobile solutions division for APAC, will focus on building out offices and channels for Kony in the region.

Microsoft targets smart email with Acompli acquisition

Microsoft has acquired Acompli to bolster its mobile strategy

Microsoft has acquired Acompli, a mobile email application provider for iOS and Android devices. The company hasn’t disclosed the final sale price but numerous reports suggest Acompli fetched north of $200m.

IBM brings analytics, virtualisation into mobile portfolio

IBM is bolstering its mobile services portfolio with analytics and virtualisation offerings

IBM is expanding its mobile services portfolio to include mobile application and infrastructure analytics and application virtualisation for mobile platforms. The company said the new services will help accelerate enterprises’ investments in mobile platforms.

Google buys API specialist Firebase

James Tamplin, co-founder and chief executive officer of Firebase

Google has long taken interest in the kinds of sync capabilities Firebase has built. The company uses REST APIs and extends the use of HTML 5 FileSystem APIs to keep Chromebooks in sync with its cloud services, for instance. With Firebase joining Google, the search giant will be able to extend those kinds of capabilities to a range of mobile and desktop platforms.

PowWow scores $2.5m to bring Windows desktop apps to mobile

PowWow co-founder and chief executive officer Andrew Cohen

PowWow, a provider of software that virtualises Windows applications and delivers them on mobile platforms, has secured $2.5m in a funding round which concluded this week. The firm said it would use the funds to bolster its go-to-market strategy and expand its engineering team.

Citrix buys mobile virtualisation firm Virtual

Citrix has acquired Virtual, a mobile virtualisation platform provider

Virtualisation incumbent Citrix has acquired Virtual, a mobile app virtualisation startup targeting iOS and Android, for an undisclosed sum. The move will bolster Citrix’s mobile virtualisation efforts, which have stepped up significantly as the popularity of mobile enterprises and BYOD rises.

Sprint to offer Google Apps to enterprise customers

Sprint will offer enterprise customers Google Apps for Business

Sprint has announced that it will begin offering Google Apps for Business to enterprise customers in August. The US telco said it plans to provide the full array of Google Apps and emphasize a mobile-focused approach to using the cloud suite. It will also provide and offer online training and support free.