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7 Companies Poised to Disrupt the Mobile Enterprise

The Disruptathon series came to San Diego this week for CTIA Enterprise and Apps to show off seven companies that could be poised to disrupt enterprise mobility. The last time we ran into Disrupathon the series was looking for startups that could disrupt the news industry at the USA Today building in northern Virginia in June. Mobile analytics and social mechanics application company Socialize took the top prize that day and was back at it in San Diego to attempt to garner more accolades.

The competition in San Diego was stiff. Canvas helps companies with manual data collection processes while Zenius creates enterprise branded mobile wallets for its partners. Check out which companies took top honors this week at Disruptathon Mobile Enterprise.

The seven startups in San Diego were: Socialize, Canvas, Directra, DubLabs, FatStax, Hive and Zenius. Each one presented a unique idea to disrupt mobile enterprise solutions though some, like Socialize, may have been swimming in the wrong pool. A repeat was not in the offing.

Zenius took the top spot, winning three categories including best overall, most unique and best business model. Hive by Decode Solutions was right behind Zenius and won two categories for best design and best presentation. Zenius took home $20,000 and some hardware, one of the most substantial rewards at a Disruptathon ever. Check out below for a brief description of the entries.

Zenius — Zenius provides a platform for mobile payments and acceptance that allows companies to create their own branded mobile wallets or with a partner. It supports Visa, Discover, American Express and Mastercard as well as gift cards. Zenius enables mobile banking with NFC smartphones across operators.

Canvas — Canvas lets enterprise build applications through manual data collections. The idea is to bring a business beyond paper by allowing companies to scan or take pictures of documents and bring it into a silo environment where it can be acted upon. Canvas also provides an application store for companies that do not want or cannot create their own mobile apps. It is like DropBox with more granular controls.

Hive — Decode Solutions Hive allows companies to securely collaborate with team members and customers to help drive sales through mobile devices. Hive is built to keep sales teams “buzzing” together, especially if they are spread across the country. It is kind of like a BlackBerry Messenger meets Yammer for enterprise sales teams.

CircleBack — DUBLabs CircleBack attempts to solve contact management challenges in mobile devices. Essentially, CircleBack allows you to enter an email in your smartphone and then it will go and find all the details for that person. If that person’s information changes, CircleBack will change it automatically. The possibility here is to help eliminate the clutter of business cards that are inherent in business transactions by letting CircleBack to the data input for you.

Socialize — Socialize needs no introduction on the pages of ReadWriteWeb. Check out what we have written about the company here. In the enterprise it can help drive engagement and adoption of mobile apps while gaining insights into how users are behaving in those applications providing actionable data to developers.

FatStax — Red Funnell Consulting brings FatStax which makes it simple to find products during a sales call without being online. FatStax fits with the theme of Disruptathon in San Diego that was sales. FatStax is an app that creates a searchable offline inventory that can be accessed wherever a sales professional is working.

Directra — Directra is a private communication cloud with apps that connect employees. It can help notify specific groups, like sales or the IT team using voice, text or email and connect group members through the cloud. It also help maintain an audit trail that integrates an existing enterprise system. Directra looks like a good add-on product to an existing system but is probably still outclassed by Yammer.

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