Hmm. You'd think these days I'm on a total wireless expense management kick, given the above average commentary I have been trying to provide on the subject. Think of it instead as two things: 1) I am trying to provide a broader set of perspectives on the overall enterprise mobility perspective and 2) wireless expenses are broadening in scope and hence warrant the additional commentary. Today, an article at News.com about Verizon Wireless caught my eye - tiered data pricing.
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...
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.
I have to admit something to you. Yesterday's entry was intended to be provocative and stir debate. I know.....skocking, especially from me.
I wanted to see how people would react to the notion that wireless expense management wasn't relevant...and that theoretically, one day, we wouldn't need it - if only because we were ALL going to be using individually liable devices.
It's just before 7am this morning. I couldn't sleep. The Patriots lost a heartbreaker (again) yesterday, which all but ruined my Sunday. This is only a slight exaggeration. Regardless, I decided to think about happier things, such as enterprise mobility and individually liable devices (Hey, I never said I have a life). I started thinking about wireless expense management - what would happen if we no longer had corporate liable devices?
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.
Enterprise mobility has a lot of hot topics these days: iPhone, Android, the rebirth of Company X and the impending death of Company Y...you know, all the hype that's out there these days. One of the topics that is of great interest to me, that doesn't seem to get as many headlines is the issue of liability. Should mobile devices be corporate liable or individually liable? Who should pay for the mobile? The employer or the employee? What are the pros and cons of each approach?
I'm starting to ask myself if it actually matters.
As I get ready to watch the New England Patriots play the New York Jets (I hope we crush them), I wanted to let you know I just created a new group on LinkedIn called Enterprise Mobility Managed Services. As our space continues to evolve, there's a growing trend where companies are looking not to manage mobility on their own, but work with a third party to actually help them with it...this will of course ultimately evolve to mobile outsourcing, but until then, let's have a LinkedIn group for managed services.
Hot off the press at 3am this morning, Verizon announced today that it is now offering both through Verizon Wireless and Verizon Business a new suite of mobility management services for wireless expense management, logistics, mobile device management, security and mobile application management. This is some pretty interesting news, but I wonder how successful this will ultimately be.