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.
Happy Monday everyone. A very short post today on account of the fact that I am on the road. As I am sure most of you saw, Apple, Inc. has yet again posted amazing numbers for its latest quarter. The really surprising part? 70 of the Fortune 100 are now using/evaluating/ordering the iPhone. Wow. That is a phenomenally high penetration rate. It speaks to so many things:
The amazing user interface on the device
The continuing consumerization of enterprise mobility
My long standing concern for how much organizations think about mobility management
The phenomenal opportunities for mobility management vendors to help the Fortune 100 (and others) effectively manage their iPhone deployments
Regardless, the iPhone is nothing but an amazing success story for tech and mobility. It will be most interesting to see what happens if/when Apple announces iPhone OS 4 on Wednesday.
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.
There's nothing like having a few days of holiday cheer, some great college football and too much turkey to get one thinking about all we should be thankful for in the world of enterprise mobility. I took these last couple of days to reflect on some of the key issues that we are facing in our industry, including the issues related to managing and securing the iPhone.
Hey, I never said I had a *real* life. Actually, I did take time to catch up on some reading that included some Melville and Shakespeare, which of course, is the inspiration for the title of today's entry.
Hello from the 48th floor of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. What a truly amazing view of the New York City skyline from this location. Today was an incredibly wonderful, albeit hectic day. While it was filled with both planned and unplanned meetings, I knew it was going to be a great day by the time I met with the participants of the opening keynote panel I was moderating at the Mobile Business Conference at Interop.
You know how much I like to read. I feel as if I spend half my day (a long one, at that) reading. I like to read blogs, news sites, interviews, press releases and also looking at research that is being disseminated both by my company, as well as others. Right or wrong, I don't always agree with what I see. Yesterday was such a case, when I stumbled upon this piece of research.
I know it's been a slow week in terms of my adding commentary on the world of enterprise mobility. For whatever reason, CTIA actually took a bigger toll on me than I would have normally expected. In any case, I had a discussion yesterday with a mobile application company that showed off to me their wares. They had some pretty impressive functionality on the application that runs on the device.
However, it did make me think about how the application gets managed by either the user and/or an IT administrator.