Another rainy day here in Boston today. I can't complain really, it's far better than snow. While having my morning coffee I was thinking about an article I read earlier this morning over at Information Week, called "Global CIO: Will The Mobile Tipping Point Bury You?" Although not what I was expecting from a content perspective (it started going on "tangents" about tablet PCs and making sure your company's website was mobiel friendly), it did make me ponder another tipping point.
Well, today's the day. Two of the best years in my (enterprise mobility) career are coming to an end. It's been an incredibly frenetic last week here at Strategy Analytics as I was trying to finish off some of the projects I have been working on (while still working on the next "great thing"). It's with very mixed emotions that I say goodbye to this great team of people. Actually, I'm not going to say goodbye. To quote the lead singer of my favorite band (he ends all live performances by saying this):
"Until next time...and there will be a next time!"
The wait and hype are now over. The Apple iPad is now official and real. Steve Jobs is alleged to have said something to the effect that this was the greatest thing he had ever worked on. Why is it that I can't see how this is anything more than a mega iPod Touch?
So first off, it does look beautiful. So does the HP slate that Steve Ballmer showed off at CES. The purported 10 hour battery life is rather impressive. That said, I am at a loss as to why this device is compelling...especially when Mr. Jobs described it as "Way better than a laptop."
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.
This has nothing to do with enterprise mobility, but I would ask you all to stop for a moment from your busy days and consider making an incredibly vital donation to your relief fund of choice to help those in need after the disaster in Haiti earlier this week.
CES has been an interesting event thus far, in many respects. Google's Nexus One, while not announced at CES, I will lump in to this time series. Then you have all the new eBooks from various companies. For what it's worth, one can argue that eBooks are the baby brothers of tablet PCs. As we speak, Microsoft CEO is speaking at CES about, among other things, new PCs and a "slate" PC from HP. I find the timing of these announcements interesting, especially with Apple's forthcoming "iSlate" or whatever the heck they're eventually going to call it. But where does this fit in to the world of enterprise mobility?
I am now back home from the Mobile Enterprise Executive Summit that was held in Los Angeles last week. I'm clearly not as young as I used to be, because taking a two day trip to the west coast now takes a toll on me in a way it wouldn't have 10 years ago when I was travelling all across Europe every month.
For those of you who missed the event, the "net net" is that it was a great event. Great networking, even better content and for me personally, a truly entertaining golf scramble (our group barely knew which end of the club to hold, but I digress). The opening keynote of the event, however, truly reminded me (and everyone attending) why enterprise mobility matters today.
Hello from beautiful and sunny Los Angeles. I arrived here today, making my 6am flight by the skin of my teeth. For the next couple of days, I'm going to *try* to share some of the things I will be learning and witnessing here. I just got back from the Editorial Advsiory Board meeting - part of my duties as an advisory board member - and I can say that it was a very good meeting. There are a bunch of new things that the magazine will be doing in the coming months, as well as in 2010 that I think will help bring a lot of awareness to the importance of and challenges with enterprise mobility.
Until then, if you read this blog and are attending the event, then let's make sure to connect!
I wish I could say that the senior level management at Gartner was reading my blog on a daily basis (and learning from it), but I could never be so presumptuous. I bring this up because last year, Gartner's list did not include mobility, which suprised me.