With the recent headlines that Facebook would purchase WhatsApp for $19B, I started wondering what happened to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).
About 4 years ago, BBM was a popular and secure chat platform; so secure that Enterprise IT departments loved it. BBM was an enterprise-grade app that was actually consumer friendly (in the BB world, enterprise-grade and consumer were two words that were not paired together on a regular basis)....
Expectations are high these days for IT: company transformation via digitization, mobile, cloud. But IT is not just about hardware and software. It’s about processes, people, and execution too. You can have all the best technology systems in place, but if you don’t have the right talent, or methods, or people to deploy technology, you are likely to crawl rather than run out of the gate.
As I close one year and enter into the next, I find myself reflecting upon the past 365 days. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and speak with customers, employees, peers, suppliers, analysts, tech start-ups, and even some competitors. Lots of interesting conversations, some over a coffee, others over a beer.
Along with the proverbial “take two aspirin and tweet me in the morning”, I invite you to read further for some tidbits I’ve picked up along the way in 2013:
Did you know that one in four apps that are downloaded are subsequently abandoned after the initial use?
Why? Because they are too complicated, or don’t help the person. People will only use personal apps that enhance their lives. Same for work: people will only use mobile apps that enhance their work lives.