Craig J. Mathias is a Principal with Farpoint Group, a wireless and mobile advisory firm based in Ashland, MA. Founded in 1991, the company works with manufacturers, network operators, enterprises, and the financial community in technology assessment and analysis, strategy development, product specification and design, product marketing, education and training, and the integration of emerging technologies into new and existing business operations, across a broad range of markets and applications. Craig is an internationally-recognized expert on wireless communications and mobile computing technologies, and has published numerous technical and overview articles on a wide variety of topics. He is a well-known and often-quoted industry analyst and frequent speaker at industry conferences and events, as well as Webcasts, Webinars, videos, and podcasts. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the INTEROP conferences (Las Vegas and New York) and is the Chair of the Wireless and Mobility track. He is Co-Chair of 2012 Mobile Connect conference. He serves as a monthly columnist for TechnologyGuide.com (TechTarget), ardent blogger (“Nearpoints”) for networkworld.com, an Expert at Focus.com, a member of the Network World Lab Alliance, and a Trusted Voice at ITWorld.com. Craig holds an Sc.B. degree in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science from Brown University. He is a member of the IEEE and the Society of Sigma Xi.
The increasing degree of functional overlap between tablets, notebooks, and handsets continues to drive the debate as to what constitutes an adequate complement of mobile devices in any given use case. This session will examine both technological and operational trends for each of these mobile device classifications, and discuss key end-user, management, and market drivers as well.
With gigabit-plus wireless LANs and megabit-plus wireless WANs now in use, one might assume that the rate of evolution in the core technologies required to propel wireless (and thus mobile) technologies forward would be slowing. But one would be wrong – exciting new developments across the board promise ever-greater capability, even as core challenges in economics and carrier operations remain. This session will explore key advances in wireless and mobile technologies, including timelines and risks.
A common question (and subject of significant debate) in enterprise Wi-Fi deployments is how to design, build, and manage optimal deployments. A key element in this challenge is understanding how to test, verify, and benchmark WLAN deployments, especially critical in the rapidly-increasing number of sites with thousands of access points. This session will look at the key technologies and best practices involved in this critical area.