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MOBI Executive Elected President of TEMIA Leading Industry Organization

MOBI’s President Mitch Black is elected Technology Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) President at annual meeting in New Orleans.

INDIANAPOLIS, March 23, 2017 – MOBI, a mobility management platform enabling enterprises to centralize, comprehend, and control their device ecosystems, is pleased to announce that its President, Mitch Black, has been elected President of the Technology Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA).

As President of MOBI, Black leads the company’s go-to-market strategy and organization. Leveraging his years of industry leadership experience and knowledge of the enterprise mobility space, Black works closely with the MOBI Co-Founders on the company’s overall direction while providing daily executive leadership. Black is also actively involved in many of the sales, marketing, and client success aspects of the company and manages MOBI’s strategic partnerships and industry relationships. Born and raised in rural Indiana, he attended Marian College (now University). Today, he lives with his wife and four children in Carmel and supports several Indianapolis-area nonprofit organizations.

Black is excited to begin his tenure as President of TEMIA, and envisions a bright future for the organization. “The digital transformation of the workplace is radically reshaping the way work is done in every industry and organization. Mobility is leading the proliferation of connected devices, and ultimately, the evolution of traditional Telecom Expense Management (TEM). I’m honored to serve TEMIA as President, and I’m excited to serve the organization as we navigate this migration from legacy TEM to a more encompassing connected device ecosystem in the enterprise and better serve our members.”

Joe Basili, TEMIA Managing Director, said “It is great to have Mitch Black assume as TEMIA President. His vision for TEMIA aligns well with the direction TEMIA and its members are moving towards out of traditional TEM and into a range of services and value proposition that is broader and more ambitious. I look forward to working with him and the new board.”

Founded in 2009, MOBI’s platform helps organizations achieve greater visibility, increased efficiency, enhanced control, and reduced costs associated with their mobility programs. MOBI manages more than 900,000 connected devices and has been successfully implemented nationally and abroad by the world’s leading brands.

MOBI sets itself apart with its software-first enterprise solutions. Most mobility management vendors lead with services; their product is ancillary. Whereas it’s MOBI’s software that enables its services to deliver more value to customers. MOBI’s best-in-class analytics tools drive intelligent customer decision-making, and its robust and scalable architecture offers the ability to expand with customers’ connectivity needs.

“TEMIA is a terrific organization leading the advancement of our industry,” said Scott Kraege, Co-Founder and CEO of MOBI. “Mitch’s continued engagement and election within TEMIA mirrors his leadership, strategic direction, and innovation at MOBI.”

About MOBI:

MOBI is a mobility management platform enabling enterprises to centralize, comprehend, and control their entire device ecosystems. Our industry-leading cloud software saves your program money and satisfies all global enterprise needs. Learn more about our mobility solutions and software at http://mobiwm.com/.

About TEMIA:

TEMIA’s ongoing mission is to raise awareness, to improve the quality and value of solutions and to cultivate shared industry knowledge for Technology Expense Management, Telecommunications Management, Telecom Expense Management, TEM, Mobile Expense Management, Managed Mobility Solutions, MMS, Mobile Device Management MDM and Enterprise Mobility Management, EMM solutions. TEMIA seeks to do this through the development and promotion of open industry standards, and industry knowledge among solutions providers, business partners, telecom service providers, and enterprise clients. Further, TEMIA members subscribe to a Code of Ethics, which clearly establishes standards and differentiates their level of commitment to their clients.

Learn more about TEMIA online at www.temia.org

First and Current Presidents Commemorate TEMIA Ten Year Anniversary

West Lake Village, CALIFORNIA – Ten years ago leaders of Telecommunications Expense Management (TEM) and Wireless Expense Management (WEM) solutions providers met to establish TEMIA, the Telecom Expense Management Industry Association. TEMIA’s initial efforts sought to rally market participants to work together on areas of common interest based on the premise that a rising tide will lift all boats and what is good for one member will be good for the entire industry.

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THOUGHT LEADER EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVE FROM TECHNOLOGY EXPENSE MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (TEMIA)

Members to Provide Enhanced Industry Information and Insights on Developing Trends

West Lake Village, CALIFORNIA – Marking its 10th year since inception, the Technology Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA), is launching a new blog content effort authored by members; each expert in their area of focus. This shift reflects the changing dynamic in the art of technology management; beyond a single focus on expense, and toward a broader landscape of challenges facing commercial and government organizations today. The postings will be spotlighted on TEMIA’s website.

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Family Dollar – National Retailer

The Client

With 6,800 stores in 44 States and 45,000 team members, Charlotte-based Family Dollar is a leading retailer throughout the United States. Family Dollar offers customers a mix of quality name brand products they use every day; from consumable products such as household paper products and expanded food assortment, to treasures for every home and even quality apparel for men, woman and children.

The Challenge

In the past couple of years, Family Dollar has engaged in a number of initiatives to improve processes making them more efficient and proactive. One such initiative was its focus on Telecom Expense Management (TEM) processes. “As our chain grew is size and complexity, we realized that we needed to improve management of our telecom costs,” stated Josh Jewett, CIO at Family Dollar, Inc. “We needed a solution that would automate telecom processes to identify billing errors, efficiently manage multiple invoices, provide audits and provide detailed granular reports.” Family Dollar evaluated several TEM companies and after a formal review, selected Asentinel.

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Internet of Things, M2M, More Connections Are Bullish for the Industry

The connections with IoT, M2M and other applications will have lower incremental costs compared to smartphones, but there will be a huge increase in volume which enterprises need to manage. The Internet of Things (IoT) will overtake mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices by 2018 according to  Ericson’s Mobility Report. Machina Research predicts that 44% of IT budgets will be dedicated to IoT in four years.

Managing this exponential volume places a premium on more efficient systems to track assets, costs associated with those assets and provide reporting. In this new world, MMS, (Managed Mobility Service), WEM (Wireless Expense Management) and TEM (Telecom/Technology Expense Management) systems become more critical.

Just when critics complain about growth, the market shifts and providers innovate. TEMIA sees the market expanding as its members gain more business. The market is shifting from Capital Expenditures (CapEx) to Operations Expenditures (OpEx) with IT infrastructure moving to the cloud.  The differences are complex as highlighted by CIO, but one critical difference with OpEx is the need to continually track, report and manage ongoing expenses rather than CapEx which involve big expenditures once or a few times.  This has many parallels to managing telecom expenses. TEMIA changed its name from the Telecom Expense Management Industry Association to the Technology Expense Management Industry Association to reflect the shift. Opportunities within the existing client base will grow dramatically over the next few years and this industry is best positioned to address enterprises’ needs.

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