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Why I've defected from BlackBerry to the Apple iPhone

After 6 years happily thumb tapping my way around my email and messages with the real keyboard of the BlackBerry smart phone platform I defected to the Apple iPhone back in July (even though the new iPhone 5 was imminent).  It's such a shame - I've been a big fan of Research In Motion's BlackBerry approach and the integrated nature of their software, but to me this highlights how even strong and successful technology companies can lose their way and loyal customers with the wrong strategy and end user experience in a very short space of time.  In today's technolgy landscape, if you aren't always challenging your current product range and reinventing yourself, your toast!

Things were so different back in April 2006 when I followed Ross Mayfield's advice and replaced my Treo PDA and Sony Ericcson K700i phone with a BlackBerry 8700v smart phone, instead of the HP iPaq and Sony Ericsson P990i I had been looking at.  It was great advice!  I loved the simplicity of the click wheel interface and the way the email, messaging, contacts and phone functions were so elegantly integrated.  It actually worked well as a phone too.  Along the way I ...

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Good for HP (with a but!)

Last week the IT industry had a major bombshell.  HP announced it's intention to get out of the PC business, drop it's WebOS smartphone and TouchPad products and buy enterprise software company Autonomy.  If you don't recognize Autonomy they are a major success story born out of research at Cambridge University.  Founded in 1996 they now have a $7Bn market capitalization.  They are all about the software infrastructure that manages structured and unstructured data.  The headlines on their website tell the story - powering the World's largest Cloud at 31 Petabytes, 25,000 customers, deployed by 77% of Global 100, used by all of the top 10 global banks, 400+ of the world's largest software companies.  They've made lots of acquisitions, but they produce solid recurring revenue.  In buying them and dropping PCs, tablets and smartphones HP is dropping their consumer lines of business, reducing their dependence on hardware sales, and shifting focus back to the enterprise and software in particular.  

Leo Apotheker - photo courtesy ZDNetOn one level it's a great shame that they are discontinuing investment in WebOS and the TouchPad.  We're in a post PC World and just this ...
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Living with iPad

iPad's always on next to the PC these daysJust before Christmas I joined in with the iPad crowd.  The last straw was an XBRL event at ICAEW back in November when 5 of my colleagues who were speaking or supporting Twinfield at the show all had iPads and I didn't.  I started to look seriously at the tablet concept to see how it would help me on the road, and to compare iPad vs Android or whatever was available.  The iPad wins hands down, and even though my own 64Gb 3G device just got made obsolete by the iPad 2 announcement, I don't care.  Apple has done what it did to the MP3 market with iPod, and I just can't understand why the competitors have given Apple a year's head start in the market?  Let me give you my perspective on living with the iPad.

A couple of weeks ago at the end of a EuroCloud dinner, a senior Microsoft guy next to me needed to find his hotel in the Cromwell Road.  I pulled out my iPad.  The irony of using an Apple product was not lost on either of us.  I got straight in to Google Maps, showed him where his hotel was and the directions from the nearest tube station.  Then I showed him the London Underground map, which Lines and where he needed to change. ...