Google Product Announcements and Enterprise Acceptance

At the Angelbeat Birmingham Spring 2012 seminar, Google spoke about BBVA Compass (second largest bank in Alabama, fourth largest in Texas, assets more than one trillion dollars) standardizing on Google Apps. After hearing this presentation, I have been closely monitoring Google’s enterprise/product offerings. Recently they have made several announcements that are individually significant, and collectively really important to IT professionals. …

Does a Physical Keyboard Matter?? Surface Strategy, BlackBerry Demise

The Microsoft Surface all-in-one magnetic cover and keyboard is touted as one of its biggest, innovative features. From what I’ve read and heard, I’d agree.My assistant uses her iPad along with a separate keyboard. It works great but if we could eliminate one item (however small and light) to carry with us while traveling, that would be great. Seeing the …

How Microsoft can compete in Phones & Tablets – Insights from Angelbeat Attendees

I surveyed thousands of IT professionals who attended one of the 30 Angelbeat events held so far in 2012, asking if they wanted Microsoft as a viable competitor to Apple and Google in the tablet and smartphone space. Angelbeat attendees are widely respected/known for their technical expertise and vendor knowledge, with many also admitting to a healthy skepticism of Microsoft. …

BYOD Deployment: Importance of Segmenting Personal & Business Data, Upgrading Wireless Network

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) initiatives are among the top priorities amongst CIO’s in 2012. The appeal is obvious. Give your employees the freedom to use their device of choice at both home and at work. Reduce if not eliminate capex spending on new desktops, laptops and/or phones. Lower software licensing fees with VDI/virtual desktop/thin client software platforms from VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and …

Microsoft & Intel: The Evolving WinTel Relationship

Lots of interesting developments in the evolving Microsoft – Intel relationship. In the past the WinTel dominance was widely acknowledged, with PC refreshes every 3 years or so driving profits at both firms. Now fast forward to 2012.Intel is facing fierce competition from ARM, whose historical strength in cell phones and handheld/smartphone/tablet devices now presents a major competitive threat against …