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Looking Back On Enterprise Mobility in 2010

It’s December 31….the last day of the year.  Sorry I have been out of touch this week, but I have been buried closing out the year, getting ready for 2011 and taking care of some pretty exciting personal stuff.  That said, 2010 has been a pretty amazing year.  As I sat down to begin writing this last entry of 2010, a bad song got stuck in my head.  Cher’s late 80s song “If I Could Turn Back Time.”  That was the video that got her banned from daytime airing on MTV (hence a much more work appropriate photo here).

There’s been a lot of change in 2010.  The company to beat now in mobility is Apple.  Who could have imagined that three years ago?  The company who might be able to do it?  Google.  Sheer madness!  Microsoft, RIM and Nokia each announce or launch entirely new mobile platforms.  That’s insane.  Apple’s iPad changes the mobility game….again.  And of course, the carriers are now starting to duke it out over “4G.”

In any case, let’s look back at the predictions I put out there on the first business day of January 2010:

  1. 2010 Will Be the Year of Mobility Management;
  2. Windows Mobile 7 Will Be Released and It Will Be a Success;
  3. Palm Will Be Acquired;
  4. Consolidation Will Accelerate in Enterprise Mobility;
  5. Think About Mobility As A Service;
  6. Bonus prediction. There will be many changes afoot here at Enterprise Mobility Matters in 2010.

If you don’t mind my saying, I don’t think I did too badly:

  1. Mobility management has been growing very strongly in the past year. Whether it’s because of individually liable devices, or the iPhone, or whatever, companies have definitely been asking more questions about how they can better manage these mobile devices.  Most of the companies I have spoken to in the space say their pipelines are very strong, suggesting in fact that companies do finally understand the need for mobility management.
  2. So part A was correct.  Part B – TBD.  The reviews of Windows Phone 7 have been positive, and Microsoft says it has sold 1.5 million handsets to carriers worldwide, but we still don’t know how many have actually been sold to individuals.
  3. Dead On.  HP, however, was NOT even on my radar in terms of who would/could/should buy Palm.  We’ll have to see what HP can do with their $1.2 billion investment.  CES anyone?
  4. Not bad.  We obviously had HP buying out Palm.  We also had SAP shelling out BIG coin for Sybase.  Vodafone bought a couple of smaller companies (Quickcomm and TnT).  Good also made some acquisitions.  I’m hearing rumblings of other potential deals, so I guess I did OK here as well
  5. This one is tough to say thumbs up or down to.  A LOT of companies are developing mobility management services, but it’s hard to distinguish sometimes what kind of deals are in-house, managed services or full blown outsourcing (where the customer doesn’t even own the hardware or software).  I still feel as if this is going to be the trend moving forward, but I can’t say I got this one completely right.
  6. This one is more personal.  I’d like to take a moment to thank each and everyone of you for helping make The Enterprise Mobility Forum the success it has become.  The EMF is not even one year old and we’re so close to reaching the 1,000 member mark.  Moving forward, we’ve got a lot of great plans for 2011.  We’ve been working on some really cool research, and we’ll be kicking off the new year with our official predictions for 2011, which we will release on January 3.  Hopefully they will be as accurate as the ones from 2010.

Until then, let me close out 2010 by wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year and may we all continue to enjoy the exciting world of enterprise mobility!

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