Archive | Jan, 2012
CIO Association of India (CAI) conducted a survey to understand how CIOs perceive enterprise mobility and what factors influence the decision making. Here I am sharing some of the key findings related to Blackberry.
BlackBerry is the most popular enterprise mobility platform.
BlackBerry leads as the popular platform with 80% of the respondents indicating that their companies currently use it. However, many companies also support more than one platform, including the iPhone, Android, Symbian, and Windows Mobile.
BlackBerry is the preferred solution partner for most respondents.
This is true of respondents across industries, and large and small companies. A clear majority (61%) of the respondents rated it as the best platform for enterprise mobility, with the Android at a distant second (18%).
BlackBerry is popular even with CIOs using other enterprise mobility platforms.
Current BlackBerry customers rated it as their preferred partner. So did the respondents using other platforms – more than 40% of iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Android users tagged it as the preferred partner.
BlackBerry leads the deployments currently in progress, but the Android is also gaining popularity.
A majority of the respondents – about 42% – have BlackBerry platforms being currently deployed (in progress). Android is also gaining momentum with more than a third of the respondents (34.2%) using it for current deployments.
The BlackBerry is the preferred platform across industries.
The exception to this is the Government or Public Sector, which seems to lean towards Android-based solutions. Windows has some appeal in the Hospitality segment, but across all other industries, the BlackBerry leads as the preferred platform.
CIOs prefer the BlackBerry platform for its security and ease-of-use features. This is what they say:
“The ease of use and intelligence of the device, backed by the security features, give it an edge over other mobile platforms/devices available.”
“Enterprise-grade, secure, proven mobile device management, stable.”
“It works best with email.”
“Vastly used and accepted by the users, cost competitiveness.”
“The BlackBerry solutions were designed for enterprise mobility itself and they remain one of the best in the industry. Other players jumped into it later, copying most of the existing features.”
“Secured, facilitation of messenger, mails and Internet access; apps for this platform are far more stable than any other platform.”
“We already have the infrastructure in place and no other brand gives the kind of response time that BlackBerry gives.”
“A study was done and this was found to be the best option based on several parameters.”
For other platforms please refer the actual report (Links are given below).
Survey was launched on 6th September, 2011, and responses accepted till 19th September, 2011. Survey was sent to the CAI member community and received 305 responses.
Download the report by clicking here : CIO Survey on Enterprise Mobility (203)
This is my second blog post on Playbook that I bought about 15 days ago and boy… I just love it.
Many of my friends, who are not using a BB (Blackberry), were curious to know more about my latest craze or rather my latest gadget. My words emit pride as I talk about my Playbook with all the show off! That was the moment when a thought struck my mind, ‘Would non BB users also choose to buy the Playbook?’
Seriously, the willingness to buy Playbook I have only seen in those who are already using a Blackberry. However what I think is it’s a kind of tablet which anyone can buy who wants to buy a wi-fi only tablet. This is as good as any other wi-fi tab we have in market.
Then some guys start comparing the specs, my point is what is in numbers? What we should look for is performance. It is pretty amazing to touch, pretty cool graphics, true multi-tasking, flash supported browser etc etc.. I had NFS, Asphalt, Browser and one more game running in background and I couldn’t see any lag in the performance. Now I don’t need to care as to how many GHz CPU I have, I am happy with the performance.
What RIM could have done is, they could have promoted the Playbook for non BB users as well. They are pretty creative with their ads, ‘Do what you Love, Love what you do’. It’s their ads which made Curve 8520 famous amongst the teenagers. I don’t remember a single ad featuring Playbook. If they had the mindset of launching the tablet as a standalone wi-fi tablet with an extra star for having a BB for an added advantage to access mail, BBM and browse then I am sure it would have encouraged more people to buy Playbook.
So if you want my call, I strongly recommend the Playbook for non BB users as well. Go for it ! I Say
Little less than a year ago RIM launched its first tablet named “Playbook” (PB). Many including me thought that ‘Blackbook’ would have been a better name for it. It got a poor response from market and received a huge setback. I had been using a Blackberry (BB) for more than 2 years then; and I too was not very optimistic to buy it either.
Then after 9 months RIM kind of re-launched the tab with revised prices, almost 50% discounted prices this time. May be they wanted to clear the stockpile. And that’s when I got one, as a gift from my wife.
I must say I was pretty amazed with the build quality. RIM has always been good with quality of hardware with high end devices. It fits pretty well in hands, not too big nor to small for a tablet. Great response to touch, true multi tasking ability and bridge capability to connect to my Blackberry. All this bundled in one package at this price is highly appreciated.
What RIM could have done was to promote this discount in a better way so as to attract more non BB users too. (My thoughts on it will be presented in another blog post)
Today what excites me the most was news that came out from RIM in CES last week. Soon we would have OS 2.0 coming for PB, which means native email client, native calendar, android app support and much more to come. Also, now as many people are grabbing their PB am certain that app developers will be more interested in building apps and coming up with more innovative features for the RIM tablet.
Though many said RIM is dying, I am pretty sure it’s not the time yet. RIM still has abundant potential which can take it a long away. All I am waiting for right now is OS 2.0 for PB and launch of QNX BBs as soon as possible. Hope the launch happens in Q3 of 2012.
Right now my confidence in RIM has only increased and am looking forward for more from them. They certainly know to delight their customers on a timely basis regardless of their critics’ view!
And the winners of our contest are –
Entry #15Rahul P.
Entry #65Pawan K.
Entry #71Shanawaz S.
Entry #61Man M.
Congratulations to all winners