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Monday Morning Motivation

Putting Mobile in Perspective

What Is Going To Happen in the Next 3 Years

5 out of 5 by 3 User(s)

Seth Kaplan Go to Profile Seth Kaplan
Published: 02/28/2011
Posted by: Mobile Real Estate ID

mobiles_to_skyLast week I attended a phenomenal real estate conference during which the following question was posed to the mobile panelists – “What do you see happening over the next 3 years in mobile?” The witty panelist replied, “The next 3 years? We are waiting to see what happens in the next 3-5 minutes!” At the time I enjoyed the remark, but it wasn’t until I started thinking about what I was going to write this week that it truly was put in perspective.


Comments on: Putting Mobile in Perspective
by Victor Lund 2011-02-28 06:26:25
Don't ever think for a moment that RIM, the parent company of Blackberry will sit idle while Android and Apple make moves in their space. They are still #1 in smart phones and they are business focused.

I invited some friends that work in investment banking to connect on linkedin the other day. They told me that the site was blocked from their computer and their phone. Enterprise services within the Nation's largest corporations are locked down, and Blackberry is an expert at supporting those corporations with the most secure solutions (POTUS uses a Blackberry - as do all other secure government departments both domestically and abroad).

By the way - Blackberry is the #1 phone in real estate.

by Mark Steward 2011-02-28 06:50:28
RIM isn't sitting idle, but they are slow to adapt to the IOS/Android challenge. They will continue to do well with large enterprise customers, due to customer's existing RIM infrastructure investment. Blackberry Enterprise Server is still a great solution for an Exchange or Notes shop.

We've seen RIM's peak as a SMB/consumer technology. As for lock down, Good for Enterprise provides those services across all of the non-RIM solutions (IOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian), so there has always been a choice. Those controls are largely irrelevant in real estate. Our industry business model is mostly small businesses (i.e. individual Realtors) being serviced by other SMBs (brokerages). I know our realtors don't want or need the IT department deciding what applications they can run, or blocking them from accessing web sites on their smart phones.

by Seth Kaplan 2011-03-01 11:40:19
No argument here that Blackberry will continue to hold a large percentage of the market share both in real estate and other industry's. In fact, this is a prime example of why, when choosing a mobile solutions provider, you must ensure that they can format their mobile solutions for all devices. Not just iPhone and Android. Your Blackberry users are looking for info from their device as well (even though they get blocked sometimes) and you need to ensure the integrity of your brand is not compromised because someone is using a blackberry and not an iPhone.

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