A Disruptive Time for Mobile Messaging

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin is an accomplished Microsoft systems developer and integrator, experienced in developing and deploying SharePoint and CRM solutions, integrating line of business applications, and leveraging existing infrastructure investments.

So my original impression of iMessage turned out to be incorrect–kind of. If you have an iPhone, you know by now that iMessage and the SMS app are, in fact, built in. That’s good. My reaction was based on the fact that I only have an iPad. So here are some more thoughts and additional notions regarding SMS going away (hopefully sooner than later) for various reasons.

Now that I realize that iMessage is integrated into the iPhone, they are certainly on to something. The problem is, however, that there are still multiple apps for multiple modes of communication and it would be wise of Apple to combine iChat, FaceTime, and iMessage/Messages.  A single interface to reach out and contact someone is key. I think they will come around, because the startups are coming for them and they have some really great ideas! Read more of this post

Making the Case for BlackBerry®

Daniel Maycock is one of Slalom’s acknowledged thought leaders in the realm of new and emerging technology.

Though the iPhone is one of the greatest phones from a breadth standpoint, the BlackBerry is a true marvel from a depth standpoint. From being able to do simple things like easily forwarding meeting notices, to checking free/busy calendars from other team members while tracking down a particular attachment from a particular day–though Android & iOS both have exchange integration, there’s just no beating a BlackBerry.

Now the argument is often made around apps, that devices live and die by Read more of this post

Consumer Devices & Enterprise Users

Daniel Maycock is one of Slalom’s acknowledged thought leaders in the realm of new and emerging technology.

It’s long been the case that enterprises expect different things out of their technology than the average consumer. From printers that can do 100 pages per second, to fax machines that can staple and bind themselves, to a whole system of day planners that requires a weekend seminar to understand and utilize. So it makes sense, when the Palm Pilot first came out as the ultimate information manager, that it was largely targeted towards enterprise users. After all, how slick was it to pull out your PDA, access your calendar, to-do items, and memos in the middle of a meeting without having to run back to your desk?

But oh, how far we’ve come. Today Verizon announced a new partnership with Good for Enterprise, that will allow Android phones to be deployed within an enterprise. Now every Tom, Dick, and Susie can use a Droid X in their meetings or on the road with the same use and ease as they did with their enterprise-friendly BlackBerry. RIM still maintains its foothold on the Read more of this post

The State of Mobile & the Future Yet to Come

Daniel Maycock is one of Slalom’s acknowledged thought leaders in the realm of new and emerging technology.

Since the first commercially available hand-held phone was released approx 8 years after that call took place, the world has been transformed by the rise of mobile phones. Not only did it give people the means to communicate like never before, but it freed people up to feel like they could contact and be contacted no matter where they were at.

The emerging smart phone market is no less of a revolution, brought on by the rapid rise of the iPhone, and subsequently followed by a whole slew of OEMs & devices in every shape and form.

The most exciting thing is that the best is yet to come.

If 2010 is any indicator of where mobile technology is headed, we’ll see Read more of this post

What is Each Mobile Technology Best For?

Daniel Maycock is one of Slalom’s acknowledged thought leaders in the realm of new and emerging technology.

Native Mobile Applications
Native mobile applications are best suited for applications requiring significant depth on a particular platform and/or device. Areas like gaming for example, which require significant UI development, can’t easily be developed and rendered unless a specific form factor is selected. Even with the advancements in web technology, utilizing the device-specific video rendering capabilities is often required on more complex mobile applications. Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms can often utilize hardware such as the onboard accelerometer on a given device, but fine-tuning that feedback for applications requiring sensitive responses would require having an application developed for the specific device. This is particular frustrating for some developers, because the majority of mobile operating systems exist on different types of hardware with varying technologies and screen sizes. A great deal of expertise is also required to build complex native applications, which often drives up the Read more of this post

Mobile OS Wars, Part 3 of 3 – And the winner is…

Slalom Consultant Jeff Barber

Jeff Barber is a Seattle-based leader in Slalom Consulting’s mobility solutions practice. He's a mobile technology expert with deep experience helping clients “operationalize” mobile technologies.

The third and final post of this series will discuss mobile media, the mobile app phenomenon, and the capabilities and direction of the other mobile OS platforms compared to iPhone and Android. I will also offer my opinion of who will win the mobile OS wars and why.

In the fast-moving world of mobile technology, mobile media is nothing new.  What started early in the new century as ringtone mania has evolved from ringtones, wallpapers, and simple games as the only mobile content options to a vast selection of media that includes high quality music, video, games, applications, mobile television, and mobile advertising.

The big four carriers discussed in part 2 of this series have offered branded mobile web and content portals for years:

Note for Slalom readers: Over the last five years, Slalom Consulting teams have played instrumental roles in implementing and improving a number of these products.

Once again, Apple changed the game by Read more of this post

My iPhone Enterprise Wish List

Slalom Consultant Greg Martin

Greg Martin is a member of the Slalom National Mobility team which incubates emerging technology solutions in areas such as mobility, user experience and alternative application hosting.

At Slalom we don’t dictate what mobile devices our consultants use.  Given the choice, about 40% of our consultants have chosen the iPhone, making it the most popular handset at Slalom.  We have developed a few internal applications for the iPhone using the enterprise deployment model, including an app called Cards.  Cards is a global address book that allows us to get in touch with any other consultant and understand more about them, such as the market they work in and their current client.

Distributing a consumer application through the AppStore is great.  Once your app is submitted and approved, it is there for anyone to install, either from their computer or over the air directly onto your phone.  Alternatively, the enterprise distribution method (similar to the ad-hoc method) makes it challenging for our IT organization to manage application deployments and upgrades across a growing user base.

Here is my wish list to improve enterprise distribution, and interestingly enough, a few of these requests are Read more of this post

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