The influx of smart devices into enterprises continues. By the start of 2012, more than 400M have been sold (including smartphones and tablets, but not PCs – which arguably should now be included). Many of these smart devices will find use in enterprises, posing both mobility management issues (Note 1) and application ones as well... (read more)

Iberia is an airline not to fly if you expect customer service.  Its approach seems to be not to value the people who pay for it (its customers) as the most important component in its value chain, an attitude that its staff consistently and conscientiously apply.  Ironically, with a little imagination about using modern mobile... (read more)

RIM is struggling. That is clear. When the WSJ runs headlines like “Crisis mounts at RIM” there have to be problems.  Recent Constellation Research confirms this, but from a different angle.  Analysis of responses as to which platforms 15 mobility management vendors support reveals there is none for QNX (yes, none) and way less than... (read more)

Mobility is increasingly about business and innovation (and less and less about the delights of technology).  From analysis of recent research into the management of mobility (produced in three Reports – see Note 1), Constellation Research sees a widening and deepening gap growing between an enterprise’s approach to mobility and its management and IT.  This... (read more)

35M+ tablets will have been sold by the end of 2011, the vast majority being iOS and Android-based. One report suggests that already some 11% of adults in the US already possess one. Thus it would seem that it is ‘game-over for Windows’ as a tablet platform. I disagree. This is to ignore the evidence, and recent... (read more)

Constellation recently published my “MoDM, MADM and MEM: What Should You Expect for Managing Mobile Devices” Report. Since publication I have been researching the 40+ vendors that offer products in the management of mobile devices space for a follow up Report (due 4Q 2011) that will look at which vendors/products fall into each category. In this research... (read more)

Last week I attended Integranova’s Scientific Advisory Board meeting at Olivanova in Spain to speak about the significance of the new generation of mobile devices and how this applies to MDA and MDD. I was not the only one thinking like this. Various other speakers confirmed that mobile devices are a logical target for MDD,... (read more)

Dennis Howlett recently wrote about how “Apple is not enterprise class”. His evidence broadly supports his contention. But there is worse to consider. Apple persists in taking minimal notice – though, in this, it is wholly consistent with its behavior with its past – about problems its products possess. In today’s social media environment, Apple... (read more)

“`s” (sic) Dreamforce extravaganza took place in San Francisco at the end of August, and extravagant it was  – with Marc Beniof as tireless chief cheerleader for 45000 registrants and host to a social vision of computing that he happily disgorged. In contrast Workday, separately, presented its own vision for HR and Financials for tomorrow. Both... (read more)

A whole industry, along with copious processes, exists in IT to deliver backup. Much of this is far more human effort intensive (and costly) than most CIOs (or CTOs) wish to believe. Yet backup is not the real objective: recovery is. Recovery of what has stopped working is the raison d’être for backup. Backup is... (read more)

In the complex world of mobile devices and their management a series of ugly questions are raising their heads, such as when is a smart-phone a tablet, or a PC; when is tablet a smart-phone or a PC; when is a PC a smart-phone or a tablet? These may seem simple, even simplistic, questions. But... (read more)

HP’s announcement yesterday (August 18th) that it was shuttering its tablet and smart-phone business – and, with these, WebOS – was not that much of a surprise. None had taken off in the way that HP had hoped, and the only real prospect (though potentially a good one given both Apple’s and Google’s feebleness when... (read more)