Motorola buying Good Technology today is only the latest deal that points to the fact that phones with e-mail and Internet soon will be the only ones we want.
Motorola buying Good Technology today is only the latest deal that points to the fact that phones with e-mail and Internet soon will be the only ones we want.Elena Malykhina notes this week how Sony Ericsson, a cell-phone maker that's a bit player in smartphones, bought a platform for mobile app development to bolster its ability to put more features on its phones. Vodafone's also doing deals with Microsoft to get app-rich phones, which Samsung will make for it. Techdirt questions whether RIM's BlackBerry will be able to counter this move, as a broader range of employees demand mobile e-mail and phone-makers bundle it in with their products.
Malykhina tackles this ground in a package of stories on smartphones, including buyer's guide and a research-driven article on what applications will be most in-demand on mobile devices. Among a lot of interesting findings, that research makes a clear conclusion: Two thirds of the 527 business-tech pros in our survey say smartphones will be among the mobile devices most in demand over the next 12 months. No other device was cited by even half, and just over a third mentioned cell phones.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?