During the past couple of years, mobile device manufacturers including Apple, Microsoft, Nokia, and RIM have deployed mobile application stores. Applications available in these stores are primarily consumer focused including games, music, news, and entertainment - but many applications are emerging that help business users. Work related application examples include PDF document readers, expense report viewers, and productivity enhancing applications for LOB workers such as medical decision-support tools and ECG-reading applications for doctors and nurses in healthcare.
According to the GSM Association, 49,000 people attended the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) in cold wet Barcelona last week. The weather was not a metaphor for the event which has maintained its glitz even though it is no longer a showcase for all devices new. Sure there were plenty of cool handsets on view, but this indicates how the mobile sector has matured into something different - a theme we will pick-up in research to be published shortly.
But what MWC has really become is one great big networking event, and Forrester was there in the thick of it. Personally met with senior executives from Alcatel-Lucent, Orange Business Services, Cisco, HP, Amdocs, Telefonica, Wipro, Tieto, Oracle, Comptel and Convergys; and had the opportunity to hear what Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Motorola had to say in my 2 days at the event. Other Forrester colleagues had equally full agendas, as is the way at MWC. As ever these interactions were as much about explaining our take on developments as hearing announcements (of which there were many).
From these meetings, podium presentations, and a deluge of press releases, four things stand out to me. They are:
I am writing this blog as I return from a whirlwind visit to the Vancouver Olympics - a truly digital Olympics relying on a converged network from Avaya and Bell Canada to deliver all of the data and media required for the games. The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games(VANOC) CIO, Ward Chapin, has been oft quoted saying that hosting the Winter Olympics is similar in scale to hosting 3 Super Bowls a day for 17 days, so when I spoke to him I asked how he does that. Relying on a team of suppliers and partners that includes Atos Origi