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Thorsten Heins #Believe – We Don’t Have a Plan B.

November 25, 2012 Comments off

RIM is pushing ALL it’s resources into BB10; all-in. Fully Focused on BB10, They cannot divert resources to a plan B. All Energy, all momentum behind that belief.

In his own words, Thorsten Heins states “There is no plan B

RIM will develop a BB10 Qwerty device. The whole portfolio will be LTE Capable (11:20 – in the video below)

So for all you BlackBerry & Hip-Hop fans of old … here is a reminder of RedHead Kingpin – We Don’t Have A Plan B

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Kristian Tear My Interview Questions – CrackBerry!

November 25, 2012 2 comments

CrackBerry_Kevin … you have a great blog and user base, but I feel this latest opportunity is wasted! You have great connections which you can ask more than the first four “touchy feely” type questions. Ask the hard questions, the ones that both end users and respectable intellects/analysts can feed off of. Have the new COO avoid questions, then we’d know what to look for at the next quarterly results. This is not about taking jabs and Kristian, nor trying to hurt our favourite company … its about getting the facts we all need to know about from someone in his roll.

He gave you two hints: SupplyChain & BB10 Touch device he’s been told not to show you!! You could’ve at least let the fan come alive and ask “is that due to it being a final production run device or closer to a full production spec device?” Another possible question you could’ve asked was which component partners are you working with.

So for provocative thought … here are mine:
1. Why is the RIM company name taking a back seat to BlackBerry?

2. Is RIM ever going to consider a backup plan to set the BlackBerry brand specifically for Corporate users, and a new brand for consumers? If so would there be some similarities to what is offered with BB10?

3. Is your primary focus, outside of cutting costs, focusing on supply chain efficiency?

4. Do you foresee the initial BB10 products launching at competing prices or more price competitive for high-end models? Would efficient Supply-chain figure into this?

5. Considering the current economy in a state of negative flux globally, how far is RIM using its products and services as a whole company wide?

6. Has RIM considered using BBM as full infrastructure suite for unified communications beyond just the handhelds?

What I mean is – BBM is very much like a mobile IM Chat that is now getting VOIP and soon video functionality  It already can seamlessly share media and calendar appointments and link to existing corporate core communication staples: Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange, and Novel GroupWise. What I’m getting at here is will RIM bring BBM to the desktop OS’ (OSX, Windows XP/7/8, and Linux) and allow communication and integration – BEFORE Microsoft with their Skype acquisition, or Apple with iMessage on their desktop begins to take precedence in this; or has this ship sailed?

7. RIM suffered a significant partner loss back in April 2012 with Celestica no longer being a circuit board manufacturer. Can you please name which component manufacturers you’re working with on BB10? Is there any you wished RIM could work with yet was unable to for whatever reason? 

This is what I mean about the tough questions, the hard questions that even end users need to know. Peace.

EDIT: Another question I just thought of to ask!!

8. I’m also curious about RIM’s projections of which model series will sell better in which regions and markets on a global scale and how that will affect their supply-chain and launch strategy?! Hmmm. I’m willing to bet the Asian-PAC markets are going full-touch more by a 80/20% in favor of all touch.

Majority of Corporate WorkForce will use Tablets in 2yrs

November 21, 2012 2 comments

Thorsten Heins made this statement but this is not his prediction its a trend already beginning with the iPad. A Smartphone &/Or a Tablet will be good enough for 50-60% of mobile workers in a corporate enterprise.
Lets look at the facts:
1. Corporations spend huge amounts of dollars on Laptops. These are NOT the best hardware (clearly underpowered video cards), but they have warranty’s and specific features geared to the enterprise.

Dell Latitude E6320/E6420 $1499CAN

Dell U2412M 24″ LCD $369.00CAN

Dell E-Port Replicator with 130-Watt Power Adapter Cord $159.99CAN

Total for 1 user is: $2027.

Lets also look at their mobile device of choice.

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iPhone 5:
16GB $179.00CAN on 3yr Contract / $699 Retail.
32GB $279.00CAN on 3yr Contract / $799 Retail.
64GB $379.00CAN on 3yr Contract / $899 Retail.

Now lets consider the typical Canadian provider corporate contract on Rogers Wireless …. $125/mth per person: 250 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings/Wkeends starting at 6PM, National Local Calling in Canada, Billing per minute (OUCH), and 100 SMS (IN/OUT)

But this is just the hardware. Another measurement for a user in a business is how much does it cost for this user to be productive. This is quite hard to pin down so I cannot even begin to speculate as it varies on job type and expected tasks to be completed per person per day per industry. I good friend & mentor brought this to my awareness (thanks buddy).

Lets focus on the products. Tablets themselves as you know are roughly 50%-75% on the high-end the costs of laptops; Ad a few accessories to make them productive for data entry and you can still beat the retail price (on volume) for a business laptop per user.

Now the REAL savings will come on the choice of hardware a business will standardize on. Considerably if they choose to pay for that hardware OR they adopt the common bring your own device paradigm we’re seeing being supported in the business world, even enticed … however many of these business pay for the retail costs.

Does anyone out there have any idea the costs of operating a mobile phone plan in Canada while roaming internationally … say without a cost-saving international roaming data plan to the tune of 30-75MB on an iPhone?

Take a guess. I’m waiting … nope, nope … that’s getting warmer, close …. try $6000 for Italy & France (1wk each totalling 2wks). WTF you say?!

Screw you provider costs

International Roaming Costs SHOCK!

Think of the applications that use data today … their have full C++/HTML5 data consumption/streaming abilities … this is not your pops’ feature phone nor smartphone here. Android, Windows Phone 7/7.5/8, and iOS iPhone/iPads consume data without regard to WHOM is paying for it. That is you!

Socked at Roaming Costs

Many pundits, or industry analysts laughed at RIM just 8mths ago drumming to the tune about data compression and security of their NOC.

Data compression for our mobile devices is MORE important today than it ever has been! The fater HSPA+ & LTE networks means you as a user consume MORE data at a much faster rate in 50/75% less time then you would just 4-5yrs ago. This means more efficiency is expected of you as a worker.

Let us now consider its cheaper on power consumption over the course of a day and more significantly a year for this office/mobile worker (there is no distinction any longer), to have a tablet, a smartphone, maybe a larger external screen with keyboard and mouse/trackpad in the office or just the Smartphone+Tablet combo when mobile and connect to a powerful server and network to a Citrix Server that can host your work environment, applications, intranet resources like Notes Symphony, MS SharePoint, Bloomberg, Reuters Pro, Excel, Access, etc as if it were a desktop/laptop workstation. The server can handle the computational powered tasks and graphics intensive tasks (to a point) and not the hardware you’re using. Think of you loosing said mobile devices that are managed in the cloud that can be securely wiped and replaced at a much cheaper cost, even if carelessly damaged.

Lastly, consider the costs of using a smartphone & tablet solution using mobile carrier data with VPN because on their own have NO infrastructure to maintain a secure, behind the firewall access to resources. VPN slows the data because it secures each bit, yet this means more data use for less data you’re actually using = less productivity.

BB10 at NBA Game – Thorsten Heins & Andrew Bocking

November 18, 2012 2 comments

Thorsten Heins

Thorsten Heins & Andrew Bocking using their BB10 Dev units at NBA Lakers Game.

This is the first time in a dogs age that I’ve seen a top executive at RIM fully epitomize that brands name “Research In Motion”! Their actually USING the BB10 device out in the open, in public, not leaking it to try to drive hype & suing a scapegoat, but fully using it themselves.

Apple is renowned at using their own products in their headquarters, stores and by their employees globally. RIM is the only other such consumer/corporate business entity that I see able to do this throughout all ours of the day. Sure Cisco uses their own VC equipment but its software on mobile phones shows the phone of choices’ brand not their own when mobile.

Now the executives can see first hand what the bugs & glitches are and report them for improvement before products ship! Hopefully improving the experience first hand.

What would also be sweet … to see Mr. Heins post on InsideBlackberry, DevBlog, or BusinessBlog a reply or an article or two to be read. Even HelpBlackBerry Blog could use an inspiring post by him about a feature or little known troubleshooting step/resolution when BB10 products ship and go live for sale!

For now this is FREE marketing.

Picture Source: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America, via N4BB.com

BlackBerry Enterprise Forum – Toronto, November 21st

November 15, 2012 10 comments

BlackBerry Enterprise Forum – Toronto, November 21st!

Just received an email for another seminar/forum hosted by RIM

BlackBerry Enterprise Forum – Toronto, November 21st

Thank you for your interest in the BlackBerry Enterprise Forum 2012. For those of you who were unable to join us at our first event in Toronto on October 11th, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a second event in TORONTO on Wednesday, November 21st.

To register, please visit: http://www.blackberryenterpriseforum.com/

Please find below important information about the venue and our agenda. We look forward to seeing you there!

Agenda:
8:00AM – Registration & Breakfast
8:30AM – Presentation – A vision for the future of the mobile enterprise. And a roadmap to get there
10:30AM – Break
10:45AM – Live Demo: Sneak Peek at BlackBerry 10
11:15 AM – Closing Remarks and Draw

Location: Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, 901 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON M9W 1J5
Directions/Map to Hotel & Parking Information: Parking will not be validated. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/travel/yyzot-toronto-airport-marriott-hotel/

Dress: Business Casual

Details: http://www.blackberryenterpriseforum.com/

I think I just may attend.

BlackBerry 10 – FIPS 140-2 Security Certification

November 9, 2012 6 comments

Yes I’m a bit late posting this … almost every is considering the date of the information from various sources. 

BlackBerrry & now BlackBerry 10 are THE ONLY Mobile platforms that support FIPS 140-2!

Achieving FIPS 140-2 certification means that BlackBerry 10 is ready to meet the strict security requirements of government agencies and enterprises at launch. What differentiates BlackBerry is that it is the only mobile solution that integrates end-to-end security, and includes certified encryption algorithms for data at rest and data in transit. No other mobile solution can claim this level of security today or in the near future.

Michael K. Brown, RIM Vice President of Security Product Management and Research

 

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2, FIPS PUB 140-2, is a U.S. government computer security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules.

Its about TIME RIM began to trumpet where there strengths rely in enterprise. Personally I’d like to see how RIM can offer similar features behind a personally owned blog/site with media content for storing/uploading to authorized access. TO be honest I feel RIM would’ve offered something like this for consumers in a much better solution than what we see with Dropbox/Box.net.

Why does FIPS 140-2 certification matter?

Enterprises today are demanding more from their mobility solutions, including providing workers with access to sensitive enterprise data, behind-the-firewall mobile applications, and a variety of services accessed directly from a smartphone or tablet. With this increased level of access comes an increased level of risk. Our FIPS 140-2 certifications, in conjunction with the multitude of other security accreditations, provide IT managers with assurance that the risks surrounding data at rest and data in transit can be adequately managed using BlackBerry products. RIM introduced the first smartphone with a FIPS approved module to the mobile market, and since its inception, no other mobile solution has been awarded the same level and quantity of security accreditations granted to BlackBerry products.

 

Here are some other security accredations that RIM holds …  

  • CESG Approval – CESG Approval allows private sector company products to be used by the United Kingdom government and other organizations, when correctly configured.
  • Common Criteria Evaluation Scheme – Common Criteria (ISO 15408) is a multinational security certification program that is recognized in 26 countries world wide.
  • Government Approvals – Various BlackBerry products have been independently evaluated and verified for in-country specific needs by NATO, as well as the governments of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United States, Austria, Turkey, and others.
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) Certifications – Some of the latest BlackBerry devices are the first mobile devices to achieve UICC (SIM card) certification for both MasterCard® and VISA®. Using NFC technology, these devices are now approved to be used like credit cards that are capable of using either MasterCard PayPass® or VISA payWave® payment terminals.
  • NIST FIPS 140-2 – The FIPS 140-2 is part of the Cryptographic Module Validation Program National Institute of Standards and Technology (for US government) and the Communications Security Establishment (for Canadian government).

 

 

 

 

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