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 today in Boston. This year has actually been rather easy in terms of snowfall in New England this year...certainly unlike what other cities like Washington D.C. have been dealing with in the last 10 days (I understand they now have over 3ft or 1m of snow on the ground!). Taking a quick break from today's busy schedule I came across this rather interesting article at GigaOM talking about why wireless carriers should care about customer care.
It's interesting to see this topic come up again, especially in the context of how T-Mobile has for so long heralded its customer care, while until recently Sprint has suffered much criticism for its "less than optimal" quality of care. The article did however make me think of one thing.
The iPad is now six days old...sort of...seeing how it hasn't come out yet. That said, there has been obviously much commentary on the new device from Cupertino. One of the more interesting pieces I read this week came from Ted Schadler over at Forrester. I haven't had the pleasure of meeting him yet, but his insight tells me I need to.
One of the most compelling parts of working in the tech industry as an independent pundit is that you get to speak to a wide variety of vendors and have frank, candid conversations. The tone and depth of these conversations is such that, in all likelihood, they would not have them with others – particularly their competitors.
While I have the good fortune of being able to do so, on a nearly daily basis, I will admit to you that I sometimes feel as if I have an “unfair” advantage, especially when talking about enterprise mobility in the healthcare industry.
Hello from seat 12D, 35,000 ft above nowhere. Actually that’s not fair. The flight attendant tells me we are near Chicago. Only two more hours before I get home. This little jaunt to San Francisco was a lot of fun. As with many of these kinds of 9 hour, multi-day events, people eventually look to unwind and relax in the evening at the nearest hotel bar...especially after they hear me present my views on enterprise mobility.
Second business day of the year and a second blog entry. See? I am trying to keep my promise of more frequent posts. I'm sure you saw today that Google announced its very own device: the Google Nexus One. The first (of many) Android device(s) that will be developed and directly branded by Google itself. This was no huge secret. Engadget had a first look at it recently, and Google had made no attempts to keep this hush hush.
Obviously, there has been a lot of press about this announcement, but little (if any) perspective on the implications for enterprise mobility. Until now...
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.
The mercury in the thermometer has dropped considerably in the last few weeks. There’s now also a considerable amount of snow on the ground, and people have in their homes a wide range of colorful lights on at night. I guess that means I have to accept that we are in the holiday season and that the end of the year is upon us.
While the holiday season is certainly a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, it’s also a great time to reflect on the past year, as well as think about the year to come. With a hot cup of cocoa in front of me, here are my five wishes for enterprise mobility for 2010.
In case you missed it, the world of telecom expense management had a bit of a shake up yesterday. Virginia based Rivermine announced it had acquired New York's MBG. Telecom expense management is, quite frankly, one of the most unsexy business areas I can think of. That said, it is of vital importance to organizations large and small, especially when you look at it in the context of enterprise mobility management.
So why does this acquisition matter? Read on and you'll see.