As Mobile World Congress continues in Barcelona, the world of mobility is all aflutter regarding Microsoft's announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series (I am still struggling with that name). Fresh off the heels of that news, we have coming today from our friends in Waterloo news of their own. It's not surprising that they would have their own big announcement because most if not all platform vendors want to one-up each other, especially at an event such as Mobile World Congress. I'm digressing. Research in Motion announced today they will soon be offering the BES (The BlackBerry Enterprise Server) to all...for free. Well, sort of...
Now that the political dust has finally settled (it even made the news on the BBC) in my fair Commonwealth (for some reason, we're not a State), I can now get back to fully focusing on scouring the webosphere to see what people are saying about enterprise mobility. I was sent a link yesterday by a friend and colleague that I found quite interesting.
The author of the blog entry is someone whom I respect and find to be highly knowledgeable in the world of enterprise mobility. That said, I simply can not agree with his hypothesis.
Hello from non frozen San Francisco. Although this weekend was very bad for me in terms of the NFL playoffs, I did at least get to spend some time in one of my favorite cities in the country. While taking the public transportation system back from Fisherman's Wharf, I started thinking about a conversation I had this past week with an industry colleague who had called me to talk about my five predictions for enterprise mobility in 2010. This guy's pretty sharp, so I always enjoy discussing trends with him.
While I was at the Mobile Business Conference at Interop, I did my usual networking. A great way to do that is to attend the panels that have "people of interest" and introduce yourself after they are done speaking. There were many people I wanted to introduce myself to this year, including a representative from Samsung...you know, the folks who recently announced a new smartphone OS.
You can see after the jump what I recently penned for FierceMobileIT on Bada.
Hello from somewhere near Stratford Connecticut. I am on the Acela Express, you know the train known in other parts of the world as the TGV that takes 3h45 to get to NYC from Boston. Did you know that the very same train will go from Paris to Bruxelles (same distance) in 75 minutes? Go Amtrak! The good news is that the extra 150 minutes afford me the opportunity to reflect on today’s sessions and some of the meetings I had with enterprise mobility vendors.
The last 10 days have been pretty rough. I haven't been able to sit down for more than five minutes at a time because yours truly threw out his back last week and is still dealing with it. I'm actually off to the Mobile Enterprise Magazine Executive Summit on Wednesday and PRAYING that I will be able to sit in a plane for six hours without dying. But, as usual, I digress. There's been a lot of press in the last couple of days that has me disturbed...nay, annoyed that makes me think of Rodney King's (in)famous quote: "Can't we all just get along?"
Those of you who visit this site regularly know how much I am a fan of FMC or Fixed Mobile Convergence. For those of you less familiar with the term, it's the alphabet soup way of saying you can make or receive your desk calls on your mobile. I've been a fan of this type of solution since I made the prediction that FMC would be the next killer application for enterprise mobility. Admittedly, that was back in January 2008. While there have been many advances since that time in the space, it's not had the broad adoption I expected to have by now. Maybe that will change with today's news.
There was much being said in the last 48 hours regarding the rumor that Verizon Wireless had scrapped its plans to offer Palm's webOS based Pre in early 2010 once its exclusivity to Sprint expires. Then we saw the expected response from Palm itself as it holds the party line to continue offering its devices on as many carriers as possible, only to then have financial analysts throw in their $.02 on the matter. I think most of the commentary thus far has missed the greater issue. Carriers vs. Platform Manufacturer App Stores.
Good morning from beautiful Miami. The weather channel tells me at 6:30 am that it's already 80 degrees Farenheit...certainly warmer (and more humid) than my Boston home. As I wait to see the sun rise (and get my wake up call), I've been catching up on some web reading. If you have been surfing the web recently, you have probably seen an increased number of articles on the often rumored Project Pink from Microsoft. Should Microsoft develop its own Windows phone?
Hello from Canadia...you know, that place where Canadians live. I'm on a personal mission to get everyone to stop calling it Canada because people who live here are not called Canadans. Ha ha, bad joke. I'm actually up North here visiting with the good people at RIM for their analyst event. There's some really interesting stuff going on that I will talk about (said with a Canadian accent) in a later post.
Until then, if you're not already subscribed to FierceMobileIT, then you can read after the jump the latest article I wrote for them as I continue my search for the best mobile platform.