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...
Today has been one heck of a busy day. If you read this blog, you know that today, Microsoft officially announced Windows Phone 7 Series (gotta love Redmondian branding), its brand new mobile platform geared to getting it back "in the game" and more aggressively compete with the likes of Apple, Google and Palm.
The new user interface relies heavily on the Zune user experience, but adds a broad array of real-time connectivity through "Hubs" and "Tiles." Boy did this get my curiosity going.
It's snowing again today in Boston. It seems as if it's been snowing all year. Actually, technically, that is a true statement. The weather, temperature and season, have made it a wonderful time to stay home with family and friends and reflect not just on the year that has passed, but also all the wonderful things in store for us at the dawn of this new year.
As has become my own tradition, on the first business day of 2010, I would like to share with you my five predictions for enterprise mobility for the new year.
Now back from my brief trip to the West Coast, I am done digging myself out of what was an impressive (depressing?) amount of things that piled up on me in just two days.
As you know, Twitter has become an impressive tool for real-time knowledge (or almost anything else for that matter)sharing. I saw a tweet today from the people at InformationWeek that caught my eye: Web May Be Ultimate Mobile Platform. Needless to say, it made me think about the potential impact on enterprise mobility. I'm talking Mobile Cloud Computing.
So I have finally recovered from CTIA. I'll hopefully throw some comments up on the site regarding my impressions of this year's Spring CTIA, but suffice it to say that it was a lot lighter this year than previous years. Not surprising, of course, given the general state of the economy. So it's Tuesday, and I have finally gotten over the jet lag and caught up on all the things I could not get to in the 5th Dimension better known as Las Vegas. I find Vegas so surreal...so much fun and yet so over the top to the point that after three days, I am done. That said, it is heavenly. You know what they have in heaven? Clouds. Ugh, shoot me now for THE worst segue EVER.
All I can say is Oy! That's short for Oy Vey...which is actually short for Oy Veysmir (vayz-meer). It's been one hell of a week. I have been working on a couple of projects that are taking way too much of my time, but (especially these days) you will NOT hear me complain. One of the random things that happened last week is that I officially joined the advisory board of a Cloud Computing company. There will probably be some news coming from them soon, but what it did do is make me think a little more about Cloud Computing and mobility.
So as you might recall, I got an iPhone about a month ago. I've had a number of mixed emotions about the device. The user interface is amazing. I can't type on the device to save my life. The browser is second to none. I love how Steve Jobs knows better than I do how I want to customize the device...including sounds and ring tones for things other than people calling me (note sarcasm). So these are mostly consumer-related issues.
What about issues that are more related to enterprise mobility?
There is a fascinating article on Information Week I just caught that made me think about a previous post I had written. The article is more about the importance of a mobile platform from a branding and positioning perspective. It raises many interesting points, including the "Kleenex-ing" of mobility. This is my term (not something from the article), but the point being, most people call tissues Kleenex, just like they call a photo copy a "Xerox." So back to my original question? Do you need an OS on your mobile?