2011 Year in Review

As 2011 winds to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my perspectives of the past year and a look ahead to 2012

2011 retrospective
  • My first year in a new role as IBM mobile technology evangelist focusing on enterprise mobility.  I personally met with over 50 customers, presented at four conferences, authored two IBM whitepapers and delivered dozens of presentations.  I connected with hundreds more via social media.  It's certainly fair to say that without social media, I would not be able to do my job.
  • Year of the smartphone.  Sales volumes eclipsed those of PCs.  Google Android and Apple iOS emerged as the clear market leaders.  RIM faltered and Symbian, WebOS and MeeGo are essentially dead.  One year later, after an alliance with Nokia, Microsoft Windows Phone is finally beginning to gain traction.  Microsoft is also hedging its bet by delivering mobile applications for a variety of platforms.   Google announced its intentions to purchase Motorola Mobility and nearly 17,000 patents.  Patent lawsuits increased in 2011 with no signs of letting up.  Samsung emerged as the leading smartphone vendor driven by their Android phones.   Apple proved the critics wrong and delivered a huge hit their iPhone 4S.   Even with the passing of Steve Jobs, Apple shows no signs of slowing down.
  • Tablets. Led by the Apple iPad, tablets continue to gain momentum and wider acceptance for business use (e.g. iPads in use by airline pilots in the cockpit).  However, the death of the PC didn't come to pass (yet again) and some vendors, like Apple, even grew their MacBook business and spawned a wave of imitators (e.g. Ultrabooks).  Amazon and Barnes and Noble shook up the tablet market by evolving e-book readers into full-featured tablets.
  • Security.   As the number of mobile devices increase and become a larger target, enterprises are increasingly concerned about data leakage and mobile security.  Enterprises that turned a blind eye to "bring your own device" in the past are embracing the new reality and taking steps to manage and secure devices through Mobile Device Management (MDM) and anti-malware solutions.  Prevalent on Windows PCs, malware is an increasing problem on the Android mobile platform.  
  • Mobile applications.  In the past, many enterprises had a singular focus on accessing corporate email on smartphones like BlackBerry.   However, as business has become increasingly social and consumer mobile applications have exploded, interest in enterprise applications have also increased. Enterprises are deploying off-the-shelf and custom applications (e.g. native, web, hybrid, virtual) to users via enterprise application application stores.   Adobe announced that mobile Flash is dead - long live HTML5!  IBM released a number of new mobile applications as well as enhancements to existing applications in 2011.
  • Cloud.  Cloud is mainstream and is how IT is delivered.  The days of enterprises standing up new servers on the raised floor for each new IT project are over.  Earlier this year, Gartner recommended that enterprises explore public cloud services first for delivering new services.  Gartner identified six key vendors IBM, HP, Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, and Cisco; and two big disruptors: Apple and Google
  • Consumerzation of Information Technology (IT).  While certainly not new, I'd argue that this went mainstream in 2012 bu virtual of the "perfect storm" of mobile, cloud and social.  The role of CIO is changing dramatically from "service provider" to leader.

Looking ahead to 2012
  • IBM enterprise mobility.   2012 will be a big year for IBM managed mobility services and solutions.  To date, IBM has been one of the best kept secrets for enterprise mobility.  However, all that will change in 2012 when we broadcast our capabilities and successes with clients and move beyond the hype to help businesses of all sizes deliver on the promise of a mobile business. 
  • 4G.  While we can argue about what constitutes 4G, faster and more efficient networks are needed to support the increasing voice, video and data demands and carriers will respond
  • Near field communications (NFC).  Increasing numbers of smartphones will include this technology to make it easier for devices to communicate over short distances paving the way for a variety of new use cases.
  • Ultrabooks.  Essentially MacBook Air clones, these PCs have already started to hit store shelves but we should see much more at CES next month.   Windows 8 is a big bet for Microsoft and arguably the biggest change for Windows since Windows 95.  Look for Windows 8 to merge with Windows Phone.
  • Smartphones.  Look for Windows Phone adoption to increase dramatically as RIM continues to lose market share and Android growth slows.  Apple will release a new iPhone a new iOS upgrade and kill iTunes.  Look for Google to release Android 5 (Jelly Bean?).  Look for Intel powered Android smartphones to hit the market.
  • Tablets.  Look for a new iPad, new tablets from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, a Google-branded tablet and Intel-powered Android tablets.

2011 blog statistics (ChrisPepin.com)
  • 75 blog posts including 12 product reviews.  Microsoft Money sunset was the most popular with 1,200 page views
  • 135,000 page views
  • Most number of visitors are from Germany (40%), followed by the US (23%)
  • 55% of visitors access the site from Internet Explorer.  85% are Windows users.  Less than 2% of users access the site from smartphones and tablets

2011 Favorites


Aleena Smith said…

Great information in this post and I think the days of enterprises standing up new servers on the raised floor for each new IT project are over. Earlier this year, Gartner recommended that enterprises explore public cloud services first for delivering new services.

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