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Colin Best @colinbest

active 2 years, 7 months ago
"Nokia refusing to partner with Google will not prevent the commoditisation of Android smartphones and tablets." · View
  • Good insight Harald. I’m curious to hear how others are approaching this.

    Has anyone built and deployed B2E apps BEFORE implementing an MDM solution?

    Are companies even considering their mobile app strategy before establishing IT control over the mobile ecosystem via MDM?

  • Is adopting MDM a must before building and deploying enterprise apps to your employees?

  • Colin Best from Consultant commented on the blog post The Death Knell for RIM? · View

    I agree that there is more than enough room for RIM in the marketplace but what’s disappointing is their share of the pie is shrinking very rapidly. If you look at where the company was a few years ago and compare it to present day, you can’t help but be disappointed at their lack of [...]

  • We went through the same thing with carriers back in the day, where consumers purchased their mobile devices based on the carrier that provided the best coverage. The phone itself was almost secondary and the real value was in the carrier you were with. Then, the value shifted to hardware and that’s where RIM did [...]

  • Don, I see where you’re gong with this and you make a good point. Your mobile application strategy should be flexible enough to support your most demanding and complex requirements; now and into the future. However, I would still recommend starting simple. You never want to bite off more than you can chew. I’ve seen [...]

  • I think most organizations do realize the need to support mobile enterprise applications across multiple platforms. Of course, every organization is different and I can only speak to my experiences but I’ve found that many companies building B2E apps start by mobilizing one simple business process (expense approvals) on one mobile platform (BlackBerry) for a [...]

  • Colin Best from Consultant posted an update in the group Enterprise Mobility Jobs: · View

    Seeking new opportunities in the enterprise mobility space. Previously involved with a MEAP vendor in various sales and marketing roles. Willing to relocate.

  • I’m sure Alan can speak to this point more than I can but mobile security in the enterprise needs to be addressed at all levels – from the operating system, handset manufacturer, carrier, solution provider/vendor, and from the IT department. It will be interesting to see the consolidation in the mobile security space as companies [...]

  • Colin Best from Consultant posted a new activity comment: · View

    In a lot of ways, I view it as a negative. The Android OS is excellent software that will unfortunately become diluted as more and more OEMs build devices that run on it. Hardware is becoming irrelevant – the software and services layers are where company’s can differentiate.

    In reply to - Colin Best posted an update: Nokia refusing to partner with Google will not prevent the commoditisation of Android smartphones and tablets. · View
  • Colin Best from Consultant posted an update: · View

    Nokia refusing to partner with Google will not prevent the commoditisation of Android smartphones and tablets.

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      Philippe Winthrop · 3 years, 10 months ago

      Do you mean that in a positive or negative fashion?

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        Colin Best · 3 years, 10 months ago

        In a lot of ways, I view it as a negative. The Android OS is excellent software that will unfortunately become diluted as more and more OEMs build devices that run on it. Hardware is becoming irrelevant – the software and services layers are where company’s can differentiate.

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          Philippe Winthrop · 3 years, 9 months ago

          I think Google is fragmenting Android at a pace that makes MSFT’s fragmentation of WinMo 6.x look like a joke. If they don’t stop the fragmentation and the chaos, it will implode IMO.

  • Colin Best from Consultant posted on the forum topic MEAP Vendor Comparison in the group Enterprise Mobility Management: · View

    Companies have had success with a more simplified subscription-based pricing model. I think user-based pricing is too complex for some organizations – especially ISVs. Most do not know how much $ their customers are willing to pay for each application so they only have half of their profit equation.

  • It sounds rather obvious, but it comes down to whether people actually buy the devices doesn’t it? If WP7 devices are popular enough, they will make their way into the enterprise – the same way iPhone and Android made inroads. MSFT will build the ‘enterprise hooks’ in later but for now, their challenge is in [...]

  • I am still waiting to get my hands on one. I’ve read some very positive things about the user experience though. Perhaps my mother would enjoy one as well, considering she is as tech-phobic as they come!

  • It seems that the new ‘old’ thing to do is announce something big months before its ready and hope you can convince your customers to wait it out. How attractive will WP7 be to enterprise customers from now until RIM releases their PlayBook in early 2011? It’s only a few months but as you mentioned, [...]

  • The people over at QNX are very talented and there is no doubt that their software will eventually replace RIM’s current OS for all mobile devices. The question is when this will happen and how patient everyone will be with this ‘dual OS limbo’ – as Simon Sage calls it on IntoMobile.

  • Definitely some big announcements from San Fran yesterday at RIM’s developer conference. Everyone told me they were dead too…. If you did not see the WSJ story, I think the biggest surprise is that BlackBerry will be using a new Tablet OS based on QNX (down the road from me in Ottawa, Canada). I believe [...]

  • Very interesting read Craig. I’m looking forward to reading more in your published white paper. Let me know when it’s ready!

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