Is the iPad Apple’s Key to the Enterprise?

RIM recently announced the PlayBook, a 7-inch BlackBerry tablet clearly aimed at business professionals, but is it a case of too little, too late? Has Apple’s introduction of the iPad secured it entry into the enterprise market and helped usher in the iPhone, too?

Enterprise: Yeah, We’re Cool With Open Source

The just released the annual 2010 Open Source Management Survey found that open source is seen to be easier to deploy than previously, IT professionals are articulating a preference for open source., and no longer focusing on whether it’s open source or proprietary

Charts (Sort of) Prove What We Already Knew: iPhone Pwns!

Microsoft’s (s msft) Windows 7 is released yesterday, and the boys and girls at Redmond are probably feeling very pleased with the news that pre-orders on Amazon (s amzn) for its latest OS have broken records. Windows 7 is now the biggest pre-order product in Amazon’s history.

Not to be outdone, Apple is busy breaking records too. At the Web 2.0 Summit this week, Morgan Stanley’s Managing Director Mary Meeker revealed that the iPhone/iPod touch is the fastest growing consumer electronics platform in history. And she had some charts to prove it. TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld picked through her 60+ page presentation to focus on three iPhone-relevant slides.

Mary Meeker - iPhone Platform Adoption

Catchy title, no? But impressive. The iPhone/iPod touch has seen far steeper user adoption than that of other popular consumer electronics platforms, including other iPods.

However, Gizmodo’s Dan Nosowitz very wisely points out:

Comparing one gadget to another in a different category is messy and inconclusive. iPhone adoption is different than, say, Wii adoption for lots of reasons: The iPhone is a phone, a gadget which pretty much everybody has and needs, and it combined the capabilities of a phone with that of an established hit, the iPod. In contrast, the Wii is a videogame system, a category with a totally different demographic, requiring different kinds of software and accessories. They’re just not the same (and I only mentioned a couple reasons), and comparing unit shipments doesn’t necessarily prove anything.

Mary Meeker Mobile Internet Adoption

A slightly busier one, this illustrates how, in the two year period following its launch, the iPhone/iPod touch’s mobile internet user base has enjoyed a faster, higher adoption rate (57 million) than NTT Docomo’s mobile internet platform imode (25 million) and even desktop Internet legend AOL (7 million). Read More about Charts (Sort of) Prove What We Already Knew: iPhone Pwns!

Learning to Love Technology: My Wife and the iPhone

As I think it goes with most geeks, our better half (yes as a matter of fact, some of us have girlfriends and wives!) usually isn’t the most technical of people.

My lovely wife can use a computer just fine, but she’s not the type of person who considers that technology can be leveraged to make her life easier — I guess that’s where I come in. So when I passed my original model iPhone down to her, it wasn’t received with the excitement that I would have hoped. A few months under her belt with the iPhone on her belt, she’s really getting into the concept that it makes her life easier.

As long as it could dial numbers and remember a couple of her regularly-called contacts, my wife didn’t care what the phone looked like or the functions it had. So when I bestowed my iPhone upon her, it lacked the fanfare that I would have hoped for. But I pressed forward and began to demonstrate some of the features that I thought would make taking care of the kids and the household and everything else in her busy life, as simple as remembering to bring the phone with her at all times. It wasn’t a smooth transition — there were some scratches and bruises (to my ego) — but these days, she actually loves her iPhone!
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Seth Godin’s New Standard: Does your product lower stress?

So now you’ve racked your brain to divine the Product; sold your soul to fund It; crushed yourself and staff to develop It. Well, now you’ve got to sell It.

Sales may not be the most taxing of your grey matter as a founder, but no one said it would be the easiest, either. Trouble is, it also matters more than most anything else.

As angel investor Constantin Delivanis said to me just the other day: “You can have the best product in the world, but if it doesn’t get traction in the market, what’s the point?” In his terrific Guide to Startups, Part 4 founder Marc Andreessen profiles this common startup-Achilles heel:

Here’s the classic scenario: the world’s best software application for an operating system nobody runs. Just ask any software developer targeting the market for BeOS, Amiga, OS/2, or NeXT applications what the difference is between great product and big market.

Nothing matters more than the market, except market adoption. Adoption requires marketing. Lucky for you, marketing guru Seth Godin has a new tip for you: market to stress. Read More about Seth Godin’s New Standard: Does your product lower stress?