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 know this sounds like an odd title for a blog post on THIS site, but let me give you some context. I was speaking to a company last week for a briefing. They were incredibly patient with me because I was hacking up a lung while dealing with the flu that has been going around. They were telling me about some new product announcements, as well as some of the progress they had been making in the market. They were also telling me how this played into their overall vision for enterprise mobility.
I stopped and asked them...so are you sure you are in the enterprise mobility space?
Unlike most people who actually have social lives, I spent the majority of this past weekend in front of my computers trying to understand why my home WiFi network was all messed up. Although I had had everything working well for some time, my router decided to give me more than its usual headaches. The whole process in fact made me question where we stand with the 802.11n standard.
In the last 18 months, mobility has become one of the most exciting facets of the I.T. industry. That said, mobility is still a relatively new area for enterprise I.T. departments. Almost every day, new devices, applications, services and tools are driving opportunities for organizations to:
Accelerate the speed at which they and their employees react to external events;
Ensure that employees are able to address customer needs as quickly as possible;
Ultimately fulfill mobility's promise of allowing individuals to be "productive" regardless of where they're located.
What a wonderful weekend if you are into american football (and a fan of the 17-0 New England Patriots). They, of course, won last night versus the Jaguars. Then Sunday was an incredible day of upsets, where the Colts and the Cowboys lost. The most surprising part of the day however came during 30 seconds after the game when Cisco played its one and only advertisment of the game. Why did it make me think about enterprise mobility?
WiFi networks are certainly being deployed at an increasing rate throughout organizations, whether it be in a carpeted environment, or a hospital or even a manufacturing facility. A study I conducted in June 2007 showed in fact that organizations were spending on average $100,000 to deploy a WLAN. OK, that's great, but what are people using those networks for? Is it just for email and internet access or are organizations leveraging the infrastructure to deploy specific applications, including voice, video, asset tracking/management or other location based services? Let me know by taking my survey over at Aberdeen. I'll share with you a copy of the final report once it is completed.
2007 was a great year for enteprise mobility, as its adoption in the market place increased considerably over the last 12 months. What better time than January 2, the first business day of 2008, to make some predictions for what 2008 holds for enterprise mobility. Here are my five....along with some companies I think we should all keep our eyes on.
What a busy 30 days it's been. I'm going to blame the following for my less than regular postings. A few week ago, I was on a panel at the Mobile Business Expo at Interop in New York City. The week after, I was moderating another panel at the Mobile Enterprise Executive Summit in Orlando. Ten days or so ago, I was at the Avaya conference where I learned about their 2008 strategy. Now, this past week, I attended NEC Unified's first ever industry analyst symposium. It's fascinating to see how two companies who compete in very similar spaces are taking such similar yet different approaches to the burgeoning market of unified communications and its role in enterprise mobility.
One might think from the title of my latest post that I am still recovering from too much turkey from the recent Thanksgiving dinner. I'm here to say that I was very good this year at moderating my consumption of turkey and all the traditional accoutrements. That said, I spent Thanksgiving with my in-laws, who both hold positions in the local public school system. I know this may be a shock to some, but enterprise mobility is not one of the things that is on the top of their minds. I know that for the most part they don't fully understand what I do, but it's always fun trying to re-explain and share why it's important. If anything, it was also a good opportunity for me to reflect on the importance of mobility in the enterprise.
It's now the top of the 2nd inning of the second game of the World Series where my mighty Boston Red Sox are playing against the Colorado Rockies. As I relax in front of my TV, having just returned from the Mobile Business Expo at Interop, I began to reflect on the last three days. I had a great time, attending some very informative panels and had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people working for innovative organizations in the wireless and mobile space. There were a couple of things during the event that really struck me.