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BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
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Andrew Hornback
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1/30/2013 | 3:14:27 AM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
Before we go any further, I need to confess that indeed, I do carry a Blackberry for work and was even given the other options of iPhone or Android. Being part of the IT illuminati in the organization, I could pick and choose what I wanted - and I got a boring old Blackberry. Why? One simple thing that RIM has only strayed from a couple of times - it's a device that has a physical QWERTY, period. Being on-call 24/7/365, you don't want me trying to type on a touchscreen, half asleep, at 3 AM and trying to walk a junior tech through a process - you just don't.

But, let's also look at just what I do with my Blackberry (and what I'm assuming most folks who have one dedicated completely to business do) - e-mail, text, calendar and the occasional call. No Angry Birds, no Facebook, no Foursquare, no Pandora. Just basic functionality. Maybe I'm a dinosaur, but I believe in the idea of using a business device, for... business.

Every time someone mentions BYOD, I have this nervous tick. Mixing personal data and applications with company data and applications is a recipe for disaster, in my opinion. Even with the appropriate MDM solution - what happens when a user upgrades their phone and "trades in" the old one without appropriately wiping it? Basic principle of security - if you can't restrict physical access, you have no security. It gets even better when someone wants to add their rooted or jailbroken device to my network, I'm not thrilled in the least. Sure, user, bring your device and I'll load it up with corporate data and off you go - doesn't sound like a great idea.

The one thing that I see as a major draw back with the Blackberry solution is the reliance on their network - which has not proven to be the most reliable. With an Android or iPhone, you end up dealing with the carrier when you have a network outage - with the RIM solution, you end up with the carrier and RIM's network.

There is no perfect answer and we all have our own point of view when it comes to what we think is best for our organizations and for our own productivity. Is BB/BES10 going to be the perfect answer? All signs point to no... and unless they really come up with something amazing...

Andrew Hornback
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FritzNelson
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1/30/2013 | 12:28:53 AM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
I was hoping for a video of the Secret CIO singing a Taylor Swift song, maybe in shadow or something. Very disappointing. However, I am wondering whether there's any real innovation happening on the smartphone right now, even from Apple or the Android crowd. All of the phones seem to offer the same thing, and how many apps can someone really use especially in a business setting? Every improvement now seems incremental. Manufacturers are beta testing different sizes by putting things like 6.1-inch displays on sale. Maybe if someone could double battery life we could all cheer. Hasn't the game become creating a digital assistant-like experience? I see all of the players struggling with that. I no longer feel as if my smartphone (and I try to keep one of each) is a beacon of innovation. So why NOT a BlackBerry?
John Foley
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1/29/2013 | 11:58:32 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
If I read this right, you invited your company's management team to weigh in on one of the most important decisions your IT organization faces, then decided to postpone action. Socialized decision making -- why does this not surprise me. As someone who made the transition from BlackBerry to iPhone, I can tell you the learning curve is about 60 seconds. (I'm guessing you already know this.) I agree with the commenter here who advises using MDM to implement a BYOD policy as soon as possible. You'll a have happier, more productive workforce. Less capability = lower costs is not a compelling business case. "We have opportunities to pursue" -- I'd go with that.
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1/29/2013 | 10:09:10 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
Dump your Blackberry devices and BES, go Windows Phone 8 or as a second choice Android smartphones. I would not add iPhones to my corporate supplied equipment list. Let those be BYOD devices using an MDM solution, paid for by the users. Corporate issued phones would be free to users.
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