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My new job as mobile technology evangelist

I've worked for the IBM office of the CIO office for the past seven (7) years focusing on the IBM deployment of workplace technologies.   It's been a great experience and I'm particularly proud of my recent efforts to help launch the "Workplace of the Future" initiative designed deliver the right IT services to employees to support IBM's 2015 roadmap.  

In my new role as Technology Evangelist for Mobile Enterprise Services I'm focused on expanding IBM's mobile services to deliver mail, contacts, calendar, collaboration, social networking and business applications to a wide range of secure mobile devices including smartphone and tablets (e.g. Google Android, Apple iPad, etc.).  With more and more enterprises focused on improving the productivity of mobile workers through technology, this promises to be an exciting space in 2011.

Jan 26, 2011
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IBM Business Tech Trends Report 2014 Now Available
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 2:46p   Christopher Pepin
The annual IBM Business Tech Trends Report is now available. To understand how organizations are using big data and analytics, cloud, mobile, and social technologies, the IBM Center for Applied Insights conducted a survey of 1,447 decision makers. Fifty-two percent work in organizations of 1,000 or more employees and 48 percent are from companies with fewer employees. The study identified three common characteristics of successful enterprises: Partnering is in their DNA. While 40 percent of [read] Keywords: ibm mobile twitter

IBM to release annual Tech Trends Report on Thursday, August 21
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 7:45a   Christopher Pepin
IBM will release its annual Tech Tech Trends report this Thursday, August 21. The report focuses on insights and trends around key technologies like cloud, big data & analytics, mobile and social that can help guide business strategy and technology investments. The report will be available online here If you're interested in learning about the distinct characteristics exhibited by pacesetters in the marketplace, IBM will be hosting a webcast this Thursday, August 21 at 1pm EDT. Click h [read] Keywords: ibm community mobile

Windows Phone 8.1 impressions
Tue, Aug 5th 2014 1:45p   Christopher Pepin
Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 on July 15 with over a hundred new features including notifications, Cortana voice assistant as well as a wealth of new enterprise features. This is first upgrade to Windows Phone since the 8.0 release in October 2012. I own a Nokia Lumia 5210 which I purchased without a contract for $50 (after rebate) in 2012. Last week, an over the air AT&T update for Windows Phone 8.1 was released and I upgraded. While the upgrade took several hours and involved mu [read] Keywords: apple application applications enterprise iphone microsoft mobile

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 Summary
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 4:25p   Christopher Pepin
I attended the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) earlier this week in Washington D.C and I wanted to take this opportunity to share my impressions. An annual event, this year's conference had over 16,000 attendees who earn their living from selling Microsoft-based solutions. The highlight of the conference was a passionate, vision keynote from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. This was my first time attending the Microsoft partner conference as part the IBM MobileFirst team which incl [read] Keywords: ibm apple application applications community email enterprise google microsoft mobile office skype twitter

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Fri, Jul 11th 2014 12:25p   Christopher Pepin
The initial releases of Apple iOS, Android and Windows Phone were aimed squarely at consumers and offered few if any features geared to business users. However, all that's changed in the last few years with the growth of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE). Increasingly, users want to access both work and personal information from a single mobile device (AOL CEO Tim Armstong's three smartphones: Android, iOS and BlackBerry not withstanding) Jump forwar [read] Keywords: apple blackberry enterprise google microsoft mobile network

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Mon, Jun 16th 2014 4:45a   Christopher Pepin
I travel regularly for business and personal and the use of mobile technologies has dramatically improved the overall experience. As I author this blog post, I am in the middle of a two-and-a-half week business trip throughout Asia Pacific including Singapore, Thailand, Australia and the Philippines and I can't imagine making the trip without a smartphone. Here are a few of my favorite mobile applications for travel: Travel plans: TripIt. All of my travel plans (hotel, airline, restaurants, e [read] Keywords: apple application applications email facebook google mobile


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Wed, Jun 4th 2014 7:08p   Christopher Pepin
Earlier this week, I attended the Good Exchange conference in New York City. I had the pleasure of speaking on IBM MobileFirst including best practices of mobile leaders as well as moderating a panel on mobile migrations. Good Technologies is an IBM partner in the following areas: Integration between IBM Worklight and Good Dynamics allows developers to integrate their mobile applications with Good DynamicsIBM Cognos Mobile for Good mobile application for Apple iPadIBM Managed Mobility Service [read] Keywords: ibm apple application applications community enterprise exchange exchange google integration mobile twitter

Apple expands iOS 8 Enterprise Support at WWDC
Mon, Jun 2nd 2014 2:32p   Christopher Pepin
Earlier today, Apple kicked off their annual World Wide Developer's Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. During the keynote session, Apple CEO Tim Cook and team provided details on the upcoming version of OS/X and iOS. Of particular interest to me are the new enterprise features in iOS 8. Last year, Apple introduced a wealth of enterprise features in iOS 7 and iOS 8, due out this fall, didn't disappoint. With over 4,000 new API's, iOS 8 is poised to be one of the largest upgrades yet. [read] Keywords: apple applications enterprise security

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