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technews2103
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2/2/2013 | 7:51:40 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
Great point you make ... FYI - BES10/BB10 with Balance is truly the closest to a perfect answer, you should really check it out or check some demos of Blackberry balance
moarsauce123
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1/31/2013 | 5:56:29 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
You might like it for good reasons, but do your users like it? There is a reason why nobody cares about Phone 8 and why Win8 is a flop.
AustinIT
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1/30/2013 | 8:05:51 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
Have they what?

Perhaps you should re-read my post - more carefully this time.
Tony Kontzer
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1/30/2013 | 7:25:59 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
It sure seems to me like Blackberry, in turning its focus slightly away from the enterprise and toward the consumer, is following the market. The BYOD trend is so pervasive that worker-consumers have much more power than ever in determining what device they use for work. Blackberry is trying to appeal to that shift--attract the users, and the enterprises will follow. If they're attracted to what BB has done, McGreavy and other CIOs in his place will be able to leverage their existing BB investments. If, however, they scoff at the new BB and remain true to their iPhones and Android devices, then McGreavy and his peers will be following Taylor Switft's refrain.

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Laurianne
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1/30/2013 | 6:07:52 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
No Taylor Swift at the launch event today: Alicia Keys is the new BlackBerry spokesperson. She promised to work on the "female side" of BlackBerry. That prompted some fun in the Twitter-verse. Since when do smartphones have male and female sides? What else did the Twitter-verse say about the launch? It did not speak much to enterprise transition issues -- so I expect our Secret CIO will be singing the blues on that front,
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1/30/2013 | 5:34:07 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
Have they? To date I've had 3 people out of 25k ask about supporting Windows Phone. It's a failure like 6,7 and 7.5

The market is ignoring Microsoft and Windows 8
Frank Castle
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1/30/2013 | 5:26:57 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
Seeing we're already doing a BES+1 model and have a BYOD program I found your post interesting.

We're already using BB10 and BES 10 and its still quite a nice combo. You already have BES and likely some extra BES CAL's - RIM allows you to convery those for no cost so outside of spinning up another virtual server what do you lose?

A few things from running our other MDM (we use Good Technology)

- It does half of what BES does for double the cost
- Everything with iOS is either not supported or coming at some later point
- Apple provides zero enterprise support. Get friendly with your local Apple store if you have one. They do have some AppleCare options now for enterprise but it's nothing like Blackberry T-Support or other traditional enterprise support tiers.

Regarding BYOD we're found more employees choose the corporate Blackberry for a few reasons overlooked in all the BYOD hype.

- Personal privacy matters
- Extra cost matters
- NOMD syndrom

We choose not to stipend due to the tax implications so the appeal of paying for their own device isn't high on most employees mind. It's a cost shift and they know it. It's really troublesome when they travel with their personal device and need to use it for work. We've seen data bills in the thousands of dollars that corporate has washed their hand of. Make sure you have clear policy around reimbursiment or provide loaner devices. Any employee that does international travel will use a Blackberry - period. It's just cheaper.

Employees do NOT want things enforced on their device, I hear about the password and timeout every week. They also have a Not on my Device attitude. BYOD is about compromise and after reading our BYOD terms and conditions just don't bother. So best case you convert 20-30% of your corporate liable to BYOD, your taking a hit on carrier incentives, standing up another MDM and the expense of that all for a few employees who are likely primarily using their device for non work reasons and putting your data into all types of Apps.

Best of luck!
AustinIT
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1/30/2013 | 3:41:12 PM
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Yes, Microsoft was late to the game... with a competitive product. Now, their problem is one of marketing. Not a core strength in my opinion.

With that said, I use a Windows Phone and I love it for the reasons you pointed out. It does every thing I need it to do. Plus, it runs Office365 and Office Web apps which the other platforms have a struggle with.

When I show it to Apple and Android users, they are all amazed. However, once you are on a platform, it's hard to switch gears. This is a war that MS had better be prepared to fight for a long time because none of the platforms are particularly weak now. You have to cultivate your followers carefully.
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1/30/2013 | 3:35:04 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
Heins claims that BB has a marketing problem. One that McGreavy confirms as he explains in so many words that BB is NOT in close communication with their existing shops. At least not to the degree that they should be - if customer retention happened to be top of mind these days.

BB also has a conflict of interest when it comes to their MDM solution. To avoid that, they should spin that division off if they still think their core business is phones.

Lastly, they have huge "trust" issues going forward. This is actually more of a problem than their failure to lead the market on the innovation front.
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1/30/2013 | 12:52:40 PM
re: BlackBerry 10 Has This CIO Singing Taylor Swift
Is Microsoft simply late to this game with Win8 Phone or are they a non-contender today and in the future? I kind of like their pitch of one operating system for my business needs across the desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone platforms.
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