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“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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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

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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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When I was a kid, there was one morning in my house that held all the anticipation of Christmas but was on a school day. Once a year my parents would go to my brother’s yearly school fund raiser silent auction. They would return well past my bedtime and I would wake early in the morning in anticipation of what great item they had brought home for me or the family. Often it was a giant stuffed animal or a big box of chocolates, but there is one year that I will never forget. I woke to my mom telling me they had brought home a video player. I was so excited as this was the latest and greatest technology of the time and I couldn’t wait to have friends over to watch movies at home rather than the theater. This euphoria wore off rather quickly though when my mom showed me the big Sony Betamax box sitting in the kitchen. At this point it was already well known that Betamax had lost the consumer video wars to the open VHS platform and I was now sure to be the laughing stock of all my friends. I recovered from that day (eventually got a VHS), but the lesson of open platforms never left me.

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So I know that most of my writing has been on the Mobile Enterprise, but this is one of those “other musings.” I was with friends this weekend and shown an email that one of their sons (Spencer) wrote in response to a forwarded WSJ article letting him know how lazy he and his Millennial generation is. It struck me, not just because the writing’s funny, but because it reminded me so much of how everyone talked about my generation (Gen X) back in the 90’s. We were all going to turn out to be nothing because we were lazy, didn’t follow the rules and just didn’t understand the way things were done. To that we said, guilty on the second two fronts, and we set out to change the rules and the way things were done and have never looked back. As this next generation starts to infiltrate the workplace, I can’t help but think things are about to change all over again. To see this all you have to do is look at what mobility and social media have done to change the entire landscape of our lives. With that said, I have reprinted Spencer’s email in its entirety. While the opinions expressed here are Spencer’s and not necessarily mine, I think that this has a bit of something for everyone and is just a glimpse of what’s to come from this next generation.

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This is a response to this article forwarded to me from *****. The initial email read “tough love but true.”  This is the second email like this I’ve gotten from them so felt the need to reply.

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