David Snell of the Chartwell Group provides high technology consulting in the areas of operations management, sales and marketing strategic and tactical planning, business development management and investments.
One of the most popular topics at last year’s xlab: the Design of Location was what I like to call “the final frontier” of digital navigation: indoors. Google Maps has invested millions in capturing and digitizing our world and Google’s virtual globe has given us confidence to self-navigate unknown lands with our personal wayfinding devices: our smartphones. But as soon as we enter that airport, mall, or convention center, we are bereft of the tools we’ve grown to rely on.
Both Intel and DELL showed off their new upcoming Ultrabooks at CES 2012 Vegas. This new breed of ultra-thin laptops really was introduced back in 2008 with Apple's MacBook Air, but has found new traction under the Ultrabook label (back to the future?). An Ultrabook is described as a very thin laptop less than 20 millimetres thick, light with solid state drives, and use Intel's Sandy Bridge mobile processors. In spite of their high price, Intel feels that they will make up 40% of the consumer laptop market as recently reported in the Globe and Mail. We'll see as Tablets continue to make inroads with technological advances and a plethora of apps, pleanty of storage and processing power, at half the price!
At their trade show booth at CES 2012 Las Vegas bathed in electric blue light, RIM representatives are showing off the new PlayBook features expected in February 2012. This may be a hopeful sign that good things are about to happen. When the upgrade is released, PlayBook will have standalone email, calendar and contacts applications, social media integration, a US only virtual movie store, folders for apps, and the ability to run "some" Android apps. Yes perhaps these features should have been in the original release, but I say better now than never. Perhaps we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel! Some anaylsts expect RIM to ship over 2M PlayBooks in RIM's 2012 fiscal year, but Apple shipped 11M iPads in their last reported Quarter, so there is a way to go yet.
David Snell of the Chartwell Group of Vancouver BC, provides high technology consulting in the areas of Executive management; change agent; strategic selling and training; target market, territory and sales development and management; channel and strategic partner relationships; online marketing. David Snell's experience includes: founding, expansion and sale of a vertical market software solutions company; leading Regional, National and International sales, services and marketing; and, the building and sale of two small high technology companies into worldwide leaders in their markets.