In the words of the great thespian Keanu Reeves, "Whoa..." So today, Microsoft and Nokia, two of the mega powerhouses in the world of mobility announced a deal where the two companies will work closely together to develop Symbian versions of the venerable Office application suite, as well as Office Communicator Mobile, and provide tie-ins for SharePoint, System Center and continue the support of the ActiveSync protocol.
The announcement and ensuing discussion was quite interesting, but my jaw hit the floor around 49 seconds into the conversation.
Part of my daily routine, beyond working on consulting projects, creating (kick butt ;-) ) research reports and speaking to people within the world of enterprise mobility, includes a bit of web surfing to learn about what else is going on in the world...to see what, if anything, can be learned from other parts of society - whether business related or not.
Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a wonderfully interesting article at Fortune Magazine on the iPhone App Store's forthcoming first birthday (sometime this week). I found it fascinating because it's as much about business as it is about society today.
Ah yes, time for another pseudo/quasi non-sequitor at your favorite little enterprise mobility watering hole. This time, the quote that comes to mind comes from Mr. Samuel Clemens....a.k.a Mark Twain, when he said "The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated."
Now without ever suggesting I could ever write the next great american "novel" (on enterprise mobility), nor ever suggesting that Palm is "dying" (we know I don't believe that), let's look at some of market dynamics around how this makes (no) sense.
I love to read. I usually don't read novels because that would require me to be able to focus on a string of words for more than 10 minutes. I love magazines, most notably The Economist. Business Week is certainly up there in terms of general quality. So there, I found a wonderfully interesting article on Symbian and what it needs to do to get back in the game. Back in the game? It has 80% market share you'll say.
Wow. That's all I can say on this one. Actually - we all know that's not true. Motorola announced yesterday that it had sold its Good Technology group to Visto. This marriage certainly didn't last that long - just over two years in fact.
So much for the great idea Motorola had of going head to head with the likes of RIM and the BlackBerry platform.
The title of the post says it all. After 10 years of being a very loyal customer, I made the switch this weekend from T-Mobile to AT&T. Those who know me well know that I am not (in my personal affairs) a big fan of change - I like stability - and that I am also a very patient person (again, in my personal life). However, I just could no longer stay with T-Mobile because I was no longer "getting more."
Well here we go. "Can you hear me now?" is going to take on a new meaning. They might even think about changing the line to "Can you see me now because I'm going so fast....just like The Flash." OK, maybe not THE catchiest tag line in the world (I never pretend to be an advertising genious), but you get the drift. Verizon Wireless' CTO, Dick Lynch, announced this week that his company was going to have LTE running by the end of 2009. I think I had a Keanu moment, where I just stopped and said "Whoa..."
There was a very interesting post that came out on Information Week's mobile blog yesterday on AT&T's "desire" to consolidate its smartphone platforms down to one choice. In one respect, this makes perfect sense. While I don't have any hard numbers on this, there's no question that it must cost AT&T and all carriers for that matter a significant amount of money to support the myriad mobile device platforms that are available in the market. Even from a smartphone perspective, you have BlackBerry, Windows Mobile (2), Symbian, LiMo, iPhone and now even Android. That's six/seven platforms right there...not counting all the non smartphone platforms out there. But is this desire to consolidate good for enterprise mobility?
I'm a little (OK, a LOT) late in writing about this, but part of the reason why it's taken me a while is because I needed to wrap my brain around this issue. Mobile virtualization. The notion that one device could (theoretically) run multiple operating systems. VMware announced a few days ago their new VMware Mobile Virtualization Platform. This could be huge.