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Monday's Mobility Report, May 29

We, the people, are no longer tied to our desks to get our work done. We have to go and visit the people we do business with and for. We enjoy getting away from the office and catching up with friends at Starbucks or some other coffee-oriented establishment. We have family responsibilities that see us taking children to sports events during the day. And we have friends that are mobile too, and we want to keep in contact with them. Monday’s Mobility Report focuses on the tools, the technologies, and the services that enable us to be people that fully communicate while being constantly mobile. Enjoy.

Access SharePoint on Mobile Devices
SharePoint Server 2007 supports access from mobile devices, such as Pocket PC / Windows Mobile devices. Key points:

  • The SharePoint site administrator has to enable mobile access to specific views.
  • Every site has an easy to remember mobile home address, ie, URL.

Access to SharePoint from such devices is really important to the mobile worker … congrats to Microsoft for enabling this with SharePoint 2007. It would be really nice, however, if lists such as the “Task” list would actually display using the task form in Pocket Outlook, rather than displaying in Pocket Explorer. On further reflection, I guess if you sync the SharePoint task list to tasks in Outlook 2007, and then sync with a mobile device … all will be well. Time will tell.

Source: MSDN Blogs
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Agile Messenger for Windows Mobile 5.0

Agilemobile.com released Agile Messenger, a multi-headed instant messaging client, for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices. Supports ICQ, AOL, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk and XMPP/Jabber networks. Enables the sending of instant text and instant voice messages to other mobile devices and computers.

Free beta version available immediately. Versions for Symbian, Palm OS, and J2ME are also available.

Source: PRWeb
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Aeroprise on Mobile ROI
Aeroprise offers three tips for improving the return on investment for mobility initiatives.

  1. Tip #1 … Identify how the solution will save you money, and then go two levels deeper. In other words, ask “So what?” or “So what does that give me?” after coming up with your first answer.
  2. Tip #2 … Align your project with management objectives. Orient mobile projects around high-priority business problems.
  3. Tip #3 … Your analysis isn’t complete when your project is approved. That is, track the actual returns you achieve on your investments, and compare and constrast that with the budgeted/forecasted ones.

I wrote about an Aeroprise ROI case study in March 2005, and noted that I was impressed with the way the Aeroprise team had put together something that could be believed. It is good to see mobility vendors that show such care and due diligence in their supporting materials. Kudos … x2.

BTW, Aeroprise is on the look out for good ROI stories, with an offer of swag (shirt only) in return for published items.

Source: Aeroprise
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BlackBerry: Replace Space to Think with Spam?
Adam Bryant of the New York Times reflects on life without his BlackBerry, and concludes that he’s better off without it. Key reasons:

  • The BlackBerry constantly tugged for his attention, which disrupted conversation and quietness.
  • The BlackBerry interrupted or eliminated time for thinking. It became a “black hole of attention”.

Obviously these deproductivity costs can apply to any wireless email device, not just the BlackBerry. So … turn off that device regularly and get some real work done.

Source: New York Times
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BlackBerry vs. Others
Om Malik, senior writer at Business 2.0 magazine and prolific blogger, asks “Who’s going to kill BlackBerry?”. He offers a list of alternative devices, and asks readers to vote on their preferred option. There are some interesting comments.

I voted BlackBerry … and as at Monday May 29, at 3.12pm down here in New Zealand, the result set looked like this:

Source: GigaOM
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Sirenic Push Email
Sirenic added new push email capabilities to MobilePA, its mobile email, calendar, contacts and content management solution. Push is triggered based on the relevance of the message to the individual. The new push capabilities will work with Symbian devices in the short term, with others planned.

Source: SourceWire
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Windows Collaboration / Meeting Space
Windows Vista includes Windows Collaboration (aka Windows Meeting Space), for ad hoc live collaboration and virtual meetings.

It allows for collaboration across a network, and via ad hoc peer-to-peer Wi-Fi networking when no network is present.

Across a network, meetings can be set up several different ways. An email invitation can be sent out; when the recipient accepts the invitation, he is sent into Windows Collaboration. The owner of the meeting posts a file or presentation or launches an application, copies of which are copied to the PCs of each meeting participant. He can give the presentation by himself, or turn over the presentation to someone else, who can then add, delete or edit information, which in turn is shared with everyone else in the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, a final document is saved to the PC or everyone in the meeting.

Presence features are included as well.

Includes a variety of security and privacy settings.

Source: InformationWeek
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Roundup of Other Mobility News
SearchMobileComputing published an article entitled Mobile Platforms: BlackBerry — Mobile email’s ‘gold standard’. This is the first in a series of articles aimed at helping mobility managers make an intelligent decision about mobility platforms.

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