Trying out Blogsy

I just installed Blogsy on my iPad.

It seems like a very nice way to create Blog posts on the iPad, with easy facilities for including images and video links in posts. I am hopeful that the ability to create blog posts when offline, and then finalise and post them later, will help encourage me to blog more as I travel.

One other reason to choose Blogsy is that it supports IBM Connections, so I can use the same tool for blogging inside IBM as I use for blogging externally.

If you use Blogsy, let me know what you think of it. From my limited experience (of creating this one blog post) it looks great!


Invisible Technology … and Choosing a Mobile Phone

I haven’t done an iPad post for a while, but was just prompted to by a great CNET article:

It prompted me to write on my IBM internal activity stream:

I don’t "use the iPad" in the way I "use my laptop". Instead I read the Guardian, check what’s happening with my friends (Facebook) or in IT (Twitter), or find out what’s going on in the world of IBM Collaboration (via blogs through the feed reader). Like all great technology it doesn’t get in the way or require me to think about it. It is invisible, I just see the content

That’s what Apple does exceptionally well. It doesn’t think about building a better mobile operating system, or creating a Tablet to compete with someone else, it thinks about what users want to do, and how to facilitate letting them do it without getting in the way. It does feel (most of the time) as if all the irritations around the closed platform and managed ecosystem are there to allow others to contribute to that goal, without letting them undermine the user experience (yes, sure it’s about making money too, but ultimately you are going to make more money if you create a solution that flies off the shelves, rather than by controlling it).

I’m still struggling with whether to get an iPhone or an Android to replace my BlackBerry. In some way, there doesn’t seem to be much of a gap that needs filling around the MacBook Air and iPad – all I really need is something that will let me make calls, show my electronic boarding pass and take pictures, check Twitter/Facebook and find my way home if I get lost, when I am out in the evening with only the things in my pocket. And I can do all those things, even on a BlackBerry (in face, much as it frustrates me, I would not be very motivated to do anything if the trackball wasn’t giving up).

But… I am sure that isn’t really true. I know there will be different apps that really work well on the mobile and enrich my experience. But the thing is, iPhone users I know tell me about the great Apps they use, while Android users tell me how great the operating system is. Apple markets the way it will change my life, while Android markets the fact that it does Flash.

So will an Android mobile phone be invisible the way I want it to be?

iPads at Lotusphere

Supporting evidence for my Lotusphere iPad thoughts from Twitter: “@stuartmcintyre: Just been told that the were 1600 iPads on the wifi at the #ls11 OGS. That is approx. 1 in 5 of the attendees – staggering!”

I spent some time in the Innovation lab and this morning found myself repeatedly seeing things that would help me to work on the road with the iPad and no laptop.

Then I was discussing with Collin Murray my impressions of the week, summed up as: Social Business + Mobile + Cloud are all disruptive and highly complementary.

“Timing is Everything” and the time is right for dramatic changes in our industry. The iPad finally convince me that maybe it is time to buy a MacBook as a cross-over personal/business device. This week made me wonder if I need a new laptop at all.

The Impact of Mobility

As I wander round Lotusphere 2011 I have come to the conclusion that there might be more iPads at the conference than laptops. Maybe not if you count the ones back in the hotel rooms, but certainly in the meeting rooms and open areas. OK, there are probably still more BlackBerry devices being carried, but the iPads win in terms of usage time.I find it really amazing how many there are. Quite a revolution in one year. I understand that 15 million iPads were sold in 2010, and have seen a forecast of 45M for 2011.This has reinforced my belief that people will stop carrying laptops sooner than many think. One colleague left his ThinkPad back in the UK. I am leaving mine in the room “just in case” I need access to something there. As I shift more and more content from local Notes databases to online Connections social content that concern will go away (helped by IBM giving me online access to my whole mail file via iNotes as well as local access to a subset synched to the device).I believe this will accelerate rapidly as Android extends the market down to users who cannot afford a premium Apple experience. I am starting to hear customers here talk about their future being a “bring your own device” strategy, which is also IBM’s approach, to increase flexibility and reduce costs.What many companies are starting to realise is that such employee flexibility (with appropriate usage guidance) can save them a lot of money, help their employees with work/life balance and make the organisations more agile and faster moving by improving employee reachability.I believe there is a strong feedback loop between social software (which is more compelling if it is always at your fingertips), mobile devices (which are easier to adopt if you can connect them to public Internet services) and Cloud based collaboration (which makes it easier for enterprises to adopt new services as they do not need to go through the deployment phase).This virtuous circle will accelerate adoption of Social Business in a way few are expecting. The combination of user owned devices, cloud based services and communities of users collaborating easily across all parts of the organisation to deliver business value, means that IT are going to have to embrace these technologies and use them to deliver an exceptional work experience to their users. Otherwise they risk becoming irrelevant to the business from a collaboration perspective as use of both e-mail and Windows PCs dies away and the users start using mobile devices and Cloud based social services to collaborate instead.Hard to believe? Well think back 3 years. How did you keep in touch with old University friends and the folks you met at the gym? Email, right? So how do you do it today? For most people (who don’t do email for a living) the answer is Facebook and Twitter.That transformation is coming to business to. So embrace it, or get out of the way before it steamrolls over you.

Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab?

Passing through Heathrow today I got my first chance to play with a Galaxy Tab in the duty free. Pretty impressive. There was no Internet connection, but even without I couple pay with it enough to be convinced it is a cool piece of kit … and that Android is a good platform for Tablets.

Fast, easy to use, a nice form factor (it felt a bit cramped after the iPad, but for a "one window at a time" type device I think the screen is big enough) and highly functional with all the capabilities you would expect (and if the iPad was a phone, perhaps I would not be so resistant to buying a second SIM for it).

As I left the shop, I passed the Apple section and a different adjective popped into my head. The Galaxy is functional, easy to use, effective, useful. The iPad is beautiful.

Practically, I do not think there is much difference which platform you commit to. It is emotionally that the iPad gets you. So are you ruled by your head or your heart?