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Mike Lazaridis’ predictions for smartphone market and infrastructure



Mike Lazaridis, speaking at the Canadian Telecom Summit yesterday, said that the BlackBerry devices and smartphones that are Web-enabled are rapidly becoming the “center of how you get things done.”

Of course, all BlackBerry Cool readers already know that we’re at the cutting edge of technology and productivity, but the prediction is going to make some brick and mortar organizations rethink their direction.

Among Mike’s predictions is that the North American market for smartphones will more than double in the next few years. “There is a conversion happening. More and more consumers are not just trading up to a newer phone, they’re trading up to smartphones. I call this the smartphone revolution and it’s occurring right now.”

Rogers’ CEO Nadir Mohamed could not agree more. In the opening keynote address, he said that cutting-edge devices are redefining how consumers view Internet and use it. “The notion of Internet at home [or] Internet at the office is changing to: your Internet, wherever you are,” he said. “It’s very powerful.” Mr. Mohamed estimated by 2014 more than three million Canadians will use smartphones such as the BlackBerry.

With the market shifting towards smartphones, and these devices becoming increasingly more powerful, we’re seeing a progressive evolution towards Every Laptop Left Behind.



7 reasons why the BlackBerry is better than a notebook


Ignoring for the moment that RIM top brass considers BlackBerrys to be netbooks, many of us are familiar with the age old dillema that all corporate road warriors face: do I need a notebook, or can I get by with just a BlackBerry? The fine folks at Rove Mobile have reignited the debate, posting 7 reasons why the BlackBerry is better than a notebook on their company blog (yes, mobile tech companies blog now too). While it’s by no means definitive, the list is a good starting point for recognizing the benefits of a BlackBerry, and with apologies to Mr. Lazaridis, many of the arguments can be used against those fancy netbooks everyone is talking about. Here’s an example from the post.

3. Security

We don’t know of an IT admin who truly believes that any system is 100% secure. These days, portable computers rely on a variety of security measures, from logins and biometric security on the client side to VPN authentication and encryption on the network side. BlackBerry can be secured and its data is also encrypted, but it has the distinct advantage of being remotely provisioned, secured, and even wiped by the home office. So if it falls into the wrong hands, it can be neutralized immediately, removing sensitive data and protecting your organization.

Hit the link below to see the other six reasons, and make sure to post a comment if you can think of anything else.

7 Reasons Why a Handheld Is Better than a Notebook

Cortado Corporate Professional Server (audio)



This week we had the chance to talk with Cortado’s Henning Volkmer and Roger Guerrero about their recently-launched Corporate Server software for small and medium companies, branching to a lot of interesting topics, like the the continuing importance of printing documents (even in the digital age), dreams of leaving every laptop behind, the particular needs of SMBs and their partnership with DataViz. Take a listen to our interview with Cortado, also available on MP3.

Excerpt and interview behind the jump!