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Cloud computing as it pertains to mobile application development

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At WES 2009, RIM made it very clear that cloud computing was on the long term agenda for developing useful services for enterprise. While handsets are becoming more powerful and network infrastructure can handle stronger loads, cloud computing will help push the industry even further by taking the lion’s share of these stresses.

A new architecture based on software running in the cloud will drastically change the way mobile applications are developed, acquired, and used. According to a new study from ABI Research, this will be a profoundly disruptive development that could eclipse the current mobile application model by 2014, delivering revenue of nearly $20 billion annually by the end of that year.

“Mobile application developers today face the challenge of multiple mobile operating systems,” says senior analyst Mark Beccue. “Either they must write for just one OS, or create many versions of the same application. More sophisticated apps require significant processing power and memory in the handset. Using Web development, applications can run on servers instead of locally, so handset requirements can be greatly reduced and developers can create just one version of an application. This trend is in its infancy today, but ABI Research believes that eventually it will become the prevailing model for mobile applications.”
Continue reading the ABI Research data regarding cloud computing and software development

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Email sig to contact app gwabbit Beta test available

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gwabbit is an interesting product that was at WES this year. The app goes through your email looking for signatures. It then takes the information displayed in the signature, and uses it to add the person to your contacts.

The app was previously only available for desktop, but they now have a sneak peak beta available for download. The company is still putting the finishing touches on the app which will be made publicly available on May 26th.

[ED Note: The Beta link has been disabled but we'll let you know when the app goes live.]

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Top 3 predictions for BlackBerry and RIM in 3 years

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At WES 2009, some of the guys behind the BlackBerry community were asked to present their thoughts on where BlackBerry is going in the next 3 years.

Five of the top BlackBerry Bloggers make their Top 3 BlackBerry Futures predictions at the BoxTone Annual User Conference 2009 co-located with WES 2009 in Orlando, FL on 5-May-09. Hear the great predictions from Al Sacco of CIO.com/MobileWorkHorse, Kyle McInnes of BlackBerryCool.com, Simon Sage of IntoMobile.com, Howie Rapapport of Port3101.org, and Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry.com.

Al Sacco - CIO.com

1. BlackBerry hardware will become more robust.
2. More BlackBerry device management.
3. Improvement of the BlackBerry user experience.

Kyle McInnes - BlackBerryCool.com

1. Increase in smartphone adoption and lower-end BlackBerry devices.
2. Greater enterprise functionality.
3. Globalization of BlackBerry devices and new foreign markets.

Simon Sage - IntoMobile.com

1. Mass adoption of BlackBerry-based LBS apps.
2. Pay as you go BlackBerry plans.
3 A slider BlackBerry device.

Howie Rapapport - Port3101.org

1. Availability - the ability to properly monitor and scale your environment.
2. Compliance - knowing which apps have been deployed and controlling this system.
3. Convergence - the device will replace your laptop to be your mobile office.

Kevin Michaluk - CrackBerry.com

1. BlackBerry hardware will become faster and more intelligent.
2. RIM eats Palm (potential buyout?)
3. Smartphones, and BlackBerry, will remain a powerful industry.

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The Best of WES 2009 roundup - what’s your favorite?

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At WES 2009, I did my best to walk around the showroom floor and vPost the highlights from the show. WES has become an enterprise centric show and WES 2010 will likely be the same. Personally, I’m hoping RIM will start a new conference with a consumer theme, but they’ll likely save the consumer news for CTIA 2010.

I’ve taken the time to repost the Best of WES 2009 on BlackBerry Cool so you can review the entries and vote. We’re voting on the following categories:

1) Best consumer app
2) Best enterprise app
3) Overall favorite application at the show
Click through to see the highlights from WES 2009

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The Best of WES 2009 - vote on your favorites

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So WES 2009 is finished and it’s time to check out the Best of WES 2009 page and vote on your favorite applications. There isn’t necessarily every company listed on the Best of WES, so if something isn’t there, feel free to nominate a company.

To vote, comment your top 3 in terms of:

1. Best consumer application
2. Best enterprise application
3. Overall favorite application at the show

Comment now and let us know!

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Save email signatures to contacts with gwabbit for BlackBerry

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gwabbit is a cool BlackBerry app being demo’d here at WES 2009. gwabbit for BlackBerry automatically searches and identifies signatures embedded in emails and adds or updates that information to your Blackberry address book, in a single click. For those users syncing their contacts to Outlook, gwabbit’s automated capture keeps contacts updated globally.

gwabbit for Blackberry will be available at the end of May for an annual subscription of $9.95. Whether you are a sales person, real estate agent, lawyer, addicted networker, or tech savvy traveler, gwabbit brings together simple, automated contact management.

Get your 14 day free trial of gwabbit for BlackBerry.

gwabbit for Outlook is available for a single, one-time fee of $19.95.

Remember to check out the Best of WES where we’ll be voting on companies here at WES 2009.

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Jim Balsillie, Shane Robinson and Malcolm Gladwell at WES 2009

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By Nan Palmero and Kyle McInnes

Jim Balsillie was the first keynote presenter and he was introducing the speakers more than giving a presentation himself. It was good to see Jim Dog but the man of the hour was definitely Malcolm Gladwell.

Shane Robinson executive vice president, chief strategy officer at HP was at WES to talk about their latest cloud-based initiatives. The cloud is an innovative platform that is going to lead to some incredible applications for mobile and desktop alike. Shane put it best when he described the innovation following the birth of PC. When PC was developed, there was two decades of growth in applications and users. The cloud is the next platform to provide another two decades of growth.
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The Best of WES 2009 - follow and vote!

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There is a Posterous account going right now where I’m vPost’ing the Best of WES 2009. At the end of the conference, we’ll all get together and vote on what you believe was the Best of WES 2009. The winner will get to buy me a beer and I’ll maybe hug them.

Keep in mind that WES 2009 is a consumer focused show this year so when we cast our votes, we’ll have several entries including “Best Consumer App”, “Best Enterprise App” and “Most Innovative App.”

What do you think of the entries so far?

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Cortado adds BlackBerry scan and fax features with BES 5.0

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Cortado specializes in mobile document management and they have announced support for BES 5. BES 5.0 now includes file access for documents behind a company’s firewall, and with the Cortado solution provides users with extensive file support as well as a wide range of output options such as printing, faxing and PDF rendering.

Here is a quick breakdown of the newest features you’ll find in Cortado:

- PDF rendering: the first PDF creator for BlackBerry smartphones. Save, print, fax and e-mail PDF files
- Instant Database Reporting: View, e-mail, print or fax database reports from almost any database
- Print to network printer in accordance with the user’s rights in the active directory
- Search for printers in the active directory
- Print to Bluetooth-printers
- Present-to-Screen: Present or view documents from a smartphone on a computer screen or projector
- Mobile fax and short fax: Send any document to a fax machine or quickly create faxes using short fax templates

We’ve entered Cortado in our Best of WES 2009 competition so be sure to keep checking for updates.

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Mike Lazaridis keynote at WES 2009 - BlackBerry 10 years later

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As we have said before, WES 2009 is not the place for device launches. As much as we wanted to see the BlackBerry Niagara launch, this conference is not about hardware. The major news is BES 5.0, security updates, an alliance with HP as well as the release of RIM’s push API’s to developers.

As Mike Lazaridis took the stage, part of me was hoping that he would talk hardware for just a moment but it wasn’t going to happen. Mike took us through some figures, reflecting on the success of the BlackBerry over the past 10 years. Some measures of success include:

  • 10 years of BlackBerry sales.
  • 50 million sold, 26 million in this fiscal year alone.
  • The BlackBerry has become “mission critical.”

Mike Lazaridis focused his keynote on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5.0. The latest updates to BES help organizations make push services work for them more efficiently, and ultimately save organizations costs.

The part I enjoyed most about Mike’s keynote was when he quoted Rove’s ELLB movement almost verbatim. At one point Mike Lazaridis said, “what if you could leave your laptop behind?” This idea truly embodies the direction and vision at RIM. Your mobile device is become so feature rich and powerful, that eventually your laptop will become obsolete.

Mike Lazaridis’ favorite development at RIM? App World. Mike talked about how he started his career as a developer, and the development community is what makes this device so robust. App World is helping developers make more money for their work, and get their apps in front of millions of potential buyers. App World also fosters competition, encouraging developers to make better and cheaper applications.

WES has some great news for developers and enterprise but this conference has moved away from the consumer space. Perhaps device launches are going to be left in the hands of carriers.

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