Rumor has it that RIM will be renaming the Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) conference to reflect the change in the company’s focus to its QNX operating system as well as other content. The new name hasn’t been suggested yet but maybe RIM started this rumor so they could hear suggestions. How about simply “The Awesome Show”.
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BoxTone are hosting a recap webinar for those who missed WES 2010. The webinar seems geared towards those in enterprise who are interested in mobile management, and touches on the following topics:
- The new BlackBerry Expert Support Center (BESC)
- What’s new in BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express
- Latest on BlackBerry 0S 6
- Automated mobile management best practices in use at companies like HP Enterprise Services, Northern Trust and PNC
As an added bonus, all attendees who remain until the end of the Webinar will be eligible to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
I conducted an interview at WES 2010 with Gayle Guilford, Director of Management Information Systems for the Baltimore Police. She and her team have been working hard piloting and implementing the use of BlackBerry smartphones as an integral part of a beat cop’s tool belt.
PocketCop by InterAct can access the police database for outstanding warrants, mugshots, and info. The system also uses GPS asset tracking so that dispatchers can get a bird’s eye view of police coverage, and dispatch backup much quicker and from closer positioned units than ever before. The camera can also be used to gather evidence instead of calling a police photographer in from the station.
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Of course the big news this week was the annual BlackBerry show WES. This year, RIM announced BlackBerry MVS 5, the Pearl 3G and the Bold 9650. We also received a demo of the upcoming BlackBerry 6, that comes with the latest BlackBerry WebKit browser. It was a great show and I recommend you scroll down to check out BlackBerryCool’s unique coverage of the show.
The latest devices look really great, and RIM’s product line seems to be on a slow and steady chart of improvement. Adoption of BlackBerrys globally is exponential, and if you’re looking for some insight into where the company is heading, make sure to listen/read everything that Mike Lazaridis said during the conference. Hit up the articles after the jump and take the weekend to get caught up.
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I got a chance to learn more about RIM’s new smartphone offerings in a WES session. Three of RIM’s experts were in attendance: Andrew Bocking, Product Marketing Engineer, Carlo Chiarello, Director of Product Management, and David Smith, Director of Product Management. The group went into details about the new devices and their accompanying accessories. I’ve posted the audio, which is a good listen if you’re interested in learning more about the major announcements, and I’ll follow up with more shortly.
Topics include (in chronological order):
- New device overview
- Device product lines overview (how the new devices fit into the entire device lineup)
- New chargers and accessories
- OS 5 overview (which Bocking called “BlackBerry 5”)
- BlackBerry 6 (lots of small details about the user interface and design philosophy)
- The WebKit Browser
This is my first WES conference and I’m still in the process of understanding what it’s all about. A lot of the people here, nearly everybody, are dealing with the medium / large businesses. For example, the T-Mobile booth was focusing not on devices, but on their international presence as well as the small business teams they have. Its the same with AT&T and Verizon, where they don’t talk about which phone, as the phone models themselves aren’t important, but about how they sell services to help you mobilize.
WES 2010 makes it very clear to enterprise that what’s important is how to organize, “securitize”, and reduce cost on your business, and how the BlackBerry solution is the best. There are hints and talks of Android, iPhone, and WinMo (though very little on poor Windows) being part of the conversation here, but everybody realizes that the model of the phone itself doesn’t matter. What’s important is the back end. On that note, everybody loves the BES solution. I’ve met with a couple of people from a healthcare group last night at the big party when Beoudin Soundclash was playing, and they were at WES to shop around to find a software solution to integrate in their 3500 BlackBerry setup. They currently use a few web apps, but they were here to see if some of the companies here had a better program to use inside their network.
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