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 →
I know there are lots of folks excited about the Palm Pre. I’m looking forward to seeing it live too.
But today I’m nostalgic for my old Palm V. Why? Because it’s the device I most associate with my first mobile job, ten years ago, at AvantGo.
On June 30 AvantGo goes away. http://www.avantgo.com
Palm Pre … I wish you the best. AvantGo … thanks for the great memories.Read More →
A friend’s kids just went to college. Their university charges them $10 a month for their dorm room phone, as part of their on-campus living expenses. They, of course, never even use the dorm phone (they are 100% mobile) and their dad doesn’t even know the number. Seems like a waste of money for the school and the student.
Mobility in higher-ed is an open issue right now.A big chunk of campus wireline infrastructure for living quarters is arguably unneeded and under-...Read More →
Intel Research Berkeley has been working on a project called “CloneCloud.” The idea is to offload processing to a cloned copy of the phone that lives in the cloud. Pretty cool. To make it work, you have to clone the data and the full application context of each smartphone and manage it centrally.
The challenge is that the phone now lives in two places – in your hand and in the cloud – and you have to make sure the state of the phone and the state of the clone is...Read More →
Consumers buy more smartphones than companies do. Therefore “personal” buyers are more important than “business” buyers to the smartphone manufacturers of the world. Check out their marketing … it’s all about lifestyle, media, consumer apps. Even RIM is talking more about Facebook than Exchange these days. Enterprise influence must be fading. Seems like a logical conclusion.
Except I think it’s wrong.
There is a hidden subsidy out there...Read More →