Posts Tagged ‘Consumerization of IT’

“They said I could only….”

Those are five words that don’t tell us anything, but can say so much. They say that the speaker wasn’t able to quickly articulate what he wanted the audience to hear; they say his thought was lost before it even started. They also say this could be a Webby Award acceptance speech. In fact, it was a Webby Award acceptance speech from The Onion in the humor category. But it got me thinking how business people need to change how they go about developing requirements for apps in the mobile world.

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quiche1Real men don’t eat quiche. Don’t they? It took the quiche industry years to recover from those 5 little words. Our society constantly pits people/places/things against each other and HTML5 v Native is no different. Can’t we all just get along and realize that there is a time and place for everything. I for one, truly enjoy a nice quiche Lorraine after my Saturday morning hike right before I go for a nice glass of Pinot Noir (notice it’s Pinot Noir, not Grigio, as real men cannot eat quiche and drink Pinot Grigio in the same day, that’s just a known fact). It’s time people realize that you don’t have to choose one camp over the other, there is a time and a place for HTML5 and a time and place for Native development, don’t let anyone tell you differently.

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Christian Cable.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Christian Cable.

I was just listening to John Stewart interview NY Times writer Michael Moss about his new book Salt Sugar fat and he said something that struck a chord with me. He was talking about the science of creating food and something called the “Bliss factor.” That perfect balance that will ensure that the products are a smash hit with consumers. That’s where I want to go with BYOD policy, I’ve been searching for that perfect mix of hardware, software and education that will protect my IP yet give my consumers that rush they get when eating a Twinkie. OK, I know it’s a bit of flight-o-fancy to think that a BYOD policy can compare to a Twinkie (they are coming back!), but why not, why not venture out on that quest, at least for a little bit.

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Sometimes it takes a while for something really good to catch on. Take for example the critically acclaimed TV show Arrested Development. This show was filled with a great cast, good writing, was smart and was funny. The critics loved it but the American public, hmm not so much. Maybe it was the lack of laugh tracks, or people just didn’t want to have to think about their comedy, regardless the show was dropped from network TV after 3 seasons. Now after a 6 year hiatus, the show is being resurrected by Netflix. So what does Arrested Development have to do with mobility? Well nothing, however, it got me thinking about HTML5 and how 2013 may finally be the year that it truly finds its footing and gets the respect it deserves.

Looking back on the last couple of years, HTML5 was poised to take over everything.

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This is a great infographic that shows the current trends in what mobile workers are looking for. The infographic comes from a CNN Money article that discusses some of the  Forrester Research results. The really interesting here is the 32% percent that would like to see their next work tablet run Windows. With offerings like the ElitePad, HP should be well positioned to take advantage of this.  Would love to hear people’s thoughts on how this research reflects what you are seeing or thinking.

source:  Forrester Research via CNN Money

source: Forrester Research via CNN Money

tizenWelcome to 2013 and the next chapter in the mobility wars. Next up to the plate, Tizen. Now I know many of you will be saying “hey Tizen isn’t new to the game, it’s been around in one incarnation or another for years now.” While that may be true, this looks to be the year when it breaks out of the open-source basement and hits the streets as a real contender especially now that Samsung spokesperson has confirmed to CNET “that the company plans ‘to unveil competitive Tizen devices within this year.'” With the mobile market really being a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung at this point, that’s a big deal for the market.

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My panel discussion from HP Discover is now available on-demand from the HP Discover 2012 website. It was a great discussion led by Neil Miles, HP’s Mobility Solution Manager, with Kitty Chow from HP’s Technical Services Marketing, Lars Koelendorf  HP’s PSS Life Cycle Marketing Manager, Ajay Gupta the Director of Notebook Product Management and myself. We talked about everything from how to mobilize the enterprise to HP’s latest offerings in the mobile space.

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Link to Panel Discussion Video.

Panel Group Photo

Heading out to Day 2 of HP Discover. Had a great first day with lots of good topics and the energy is amazing. Lots going on in the Mobility space here this week and have heard some really interesting questions from customers. Heading out for my panel in just a little bit:  Empowering the mobile workforce: BYOD and beyond. Have a good crowd scheduled and hoping to have a really interactive session. If you are at HP Discover and don’t have your mobile app, get it here!

Mobility SiG

Starting the day with a discussion on mobility with some of our key European customers. Great discussion!

HP Anywhere

Watching a demonstration of HP Anywhere technology. Notice the Enyo logo, incorporating our open source technology into our software products. Also showing off the HP Discover Event app built on Enyo!

Enterprise Mobility

Other side of the Mobility section of booths. This one is the Enterprise Services Gateway that connects to existing back-end systems. Also using Enyo and HP Anywhere on the front-end!

Mobility ProcessThere has been a trend over the last decade or so for IT to take more control of the reigns and dictate what is available to their customers (e.g., employees), but with the explosion of mobility, this trend is facing an uphill battle. According to a recent survey by app central, “68% of respondents indicated that their organization had made one or more custom mobile apps available to them.” This number alone shows the prevalence of mobility in today’s enterprise, but the more interesting, as frankly more frightening to IT, is that according to 67% of respondents, the budget funding those mobile apps was coming from Business units, marketing or executive leadership. Now in the time of restrictive IT budgets this may seem like a godsend, but what it is showing is that the business is moving forward with or without IT and when IT does not control the budget for the app development you can be sure they aren’t controlling the roadmap for that app development.

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In a time not long ago it was common to see a business person with two phones sitting on the table when they went to lunch. One phone was their personal and one phone was their business (usually a blackberry). But this recently began to change as more and more people began moving to their own smartphones, and with that change came a call from the masses to allow for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Obviously, this has been causing a great deal of turmoil for IT organizations as they try to balance between allowing for BYOD and enforcing their stringent data privacy and access policies.

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