We’ve been doing app development at work for iPad, so I was really excited yesterday to check it out on launch day. But the most interesting thing happened when I brought the iPad home. My two oldest kids, 12 and 5 years old, gravitated to it like moths to a flame. The “wow, this is cool” fascination that lit up their eyes really stuck with me.
On one hand, both have access to a home computer, a laptop, and an iPod Touch, so it’s not that they haven’t...Read More →
Enterprise Mobile announced a hosted management service today for smartphones in the enterprise (built on MobileIron). http://bit.ly/ag8Y7u
There are a couple of interesting forces at work here. Gartner published research last December predicting “by 2012, 20% of businesses will own no IT assets.” The hypothesis is that the confluence of cloud computing, business process outsourcing, and the movement of smartphone/laptop...Read More →
IT can’t do it alone. Smartphones are coming in from all directions, many times driven by end-users. And I haven’t seen many IT departments in 2009 flush with new resources to handle this influx as well as they would wish. Employees need to share the responsibility with IT to manage security, cost, and mobile apps. Think of it as self-governance guided by IT policy.
The basic notion of Cooperative Mobility is that most users want to do the right thing but don’t have...Read More →
MobileIron won Best in Show at Under the Radar today! Here’s a link to the presentation we gave: http://www.undertheradarblog.com I am really proud of the hard work the team has done to get us here.
It was an honor to be invited to Under the Radar. There were some awesome mobile startups there and I learned a lot from watching what others were doing.
I thought these guys...Read More →
Network World runs the Insider Threat column bi-weekly and gave us the opportunity to contribute to today’s column. You can find the column on the Network World site at http://bit.ly/3gPlQp.
Existing models for smartphone management take a very one-way approach to security. IT ends up being the police force and it’s a role that is not scalable, especially since users are reticent to give up control of their phone to begin...Read More →
I’m sitting on a plane right now. Center seat … jam packed. Guy on my left is asleep. Guy on my right wants to talk way more than I do. I don’t so much mind Left-Guy except when his head ends up on my shoulder. But Right-Guy is getting into my personal space and it’s bugging me.
Back in corporate-land, there is no personal space. Companies are very clear that all communication on company networks / devices is company property and the employee should have no...Read More →
Lots of people talk about the consumerization of IT. Most often they mean consumer-based services that replace enterprise-provided solutions as the preferred method for employees to do their job. I use Yahoo IM for real-time communication, Google search for research, YouTube for posting company videos, and Twitter for blogging about new product developments. Why? Because there is no enterprise-provided service that can do those things better, faster, or more enjoyably, at least for me. No...Read More →
I love mobile apps. Thanks, Apple, for invigorating the mobile app dev community with a platform and a zeal that has finally tipped the balance toward mobile data services. All the mobile players have now been revving their own toolkits and appstores, and pumping loads of marketing dollars to promote this new era. As a consumer, I think this is great. I’ve never had so much choice (though it is increasingly paired with confusion,so someone’s gotta solve that too).
But what...Read More →
I’m not so sure recent mobile phone sales trends are much cause for concern.
According to ABI Research, the worldwide mobile phone industry is in decline, marked by an 11.9% year-over-year slide (http://tinyurl.com/nf6lg9).While there are many ways to interpret this data, the first thing that came to mind was an article I read recently in Forbes indicating that the dramatic slow in new automobile sales this country has experienced isn’t sustainable (http://tinyurl.com/...Read More →
CNBC just started a new series this week called “The Good Entrepreneur” (http://www.goodentrepreneur.com). It’s actually a competition to “identify entrepreneurs across Europe with environmentally responsible business concepts.” I’m always happy to see anything that encourages entrepreneurship, especially in down economies.
We were pumped up because CNBC asked our CEO, Bob, to write an...Read More →