Archive for October, 2008

Managing the Danger: October 12, 2008 Edition

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

Bonus: Network World’s John Cox proposes “4 steps to take control of your mobile devices

In order to be winners in the new mobile era, businesses will not only need to capture the power of mobility, but also manage the danger. Highlighted below are recent examples of the danger of mobility and how some firms are beginning to manage it:

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Indicators: October 12, 2008 Edition

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

More and more, the world around us reflects the growing assumption of the law of mobility. Here are a few indicators of Mobility’s growing importance in our businesses, our lives, and our society:

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Business Observations: October 8, 2008 Edition

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Standard disclaimer: don’t take from my selections, ordering, headlines, etc. any indications of the interests or plans of my employer (if you do, you’ll undoubtedly be disappointed when they don’t play out.)

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Now playing: Sam Ashworth – Loved One

Business Observations: Google/Apple Edition October 8, 2008

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Standard disclaimer: don’t take from my selections, ordering, headlines, etc. any indications of the interests or plans of my employer (if you do, you’ll undoubtedly be disappointed when they don’t play out.)

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Now playing: Charlie Peacock & Friends – Down in the lowlands

Citrix: the time has come

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

I spent some time this morning with Chris Fleck, Citrix’ VP of Solutions Development.  Chris is very focused on mobility, and as we talked, it was clear that our visions of the potential impact of mobility on businesses are well aligned.

One of our conversations centered around how Citrix’ products (XenApp, XenDesktop, etc.) have been demonstratable on smartphones for some time, but not practical.  The devices lacked the processing power, memory, screen resolution, keyboard/usability, and the networks lacked the bandwidth required for a smartphone to actually serve as an extended desktop.  Chris was excited because those barriers have largely gone away.  The time has finally arrived when folks can stop carrying their laptops around and still have complete access to full corporate applications.

Another of our conversations was around how to overcome the physical limitations inherent in the smartphone form factor.  One approach is to use a Bluetooth device like the Redfly.  Chris thinks that the Redfly is finally at the right price point ($199) to drive broad adoption by enterprises, which is great.  But Chris wants to extend it further to what he calls the Nirvana Phone.

I share Chris’ excitement about the pivotal time we’re in when these long-held visions are moving from “nirvana” to reality.  A great and energizing conversation.  Thanks Chris.

Recent Research: September 2008

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Research is good. Free highlights from expensive research reports are great. Here are some recent headlines:

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Enabling Technology: October 3, 2008 Edition

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

The Law of Mobility talks about value increasing with mobility. The impact of this law is being felt because the barriers to building mobility in are being obliterated week after week. Here are examples of technology advances enabling this to happen:

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Big Bell Dogma: September 2008

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

As we work to build mobility into every product, service, and process, our greatest inhibitor is the mindset represented by those who defend the tethering of products and processes to specific places. This mindset is fueled by the investments that have been made that establish power in the companies, departments, and individuals that stand in the way of mobilizing our lives and our businesses. These investments are not always in hard assets, but often are investments of time and experience to establish intellectual and relational assets. We should expect our assault on these ways to be defended to the death. Here are recent examples:

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Beyond the Phone: September 2008

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Converging products into a cellphone is one way that mobility is getting built into every product, but it’s not the only way. Every month, I’ll focus on devices that are integrating the power of mobility into products themselves in ways that create new value for the customer. Power up!

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Now playing: Peacock, Charlie – Till You Caught My Eye

Capturing the Power: October 1, 2008 Edition

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Bonus: Aliza Sherman shares “10 Everyday Ways to Use Twitter for Work

Mobility is a wonderful thing. As mobility gets built into all products and services, businesses need to learn how to both capture the power of mobility and manage the dangers introduced through mobility. Here are some examples of how the power of mobility is being applied to create competitive advantage:

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