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Business Consulting For The 21st Century Via A Holistic & Intelligent Approach

Technology is a means, not an ends

Consumed => “Global CIO: Apple iOS Crushes Google Android In Enterprise” by Bob Evan on Information Week.

My value add (i.e., left a comment)…

Bob, frankly I’m disappointed, if not shocked you’d write such a piece. And then I wonder how did it get past the IW editors?

Here’s why I’m commenting:

1) You’ve taken one quarter from one “fast-growing” (read: small?) vendor and that generates the headline, “Apple iOS Crushes Google Android In Enterprise”? What is this, cable news? Or maybe Mashable?

2) You took a piece of press release spin and just slapped it right in. Granted, you were transparent about it, but none the less it comes across as lazy and unchallenged. It’s as if Good’s press release is actually objective. Which is typically doubtful, eh? The least you could have done is get an actual unfiltered and unspun quote from Herrema.

3) At the beginning of page 2 of this article you said, “Instead, the iPad has…the norm in our frenetic and visual-oriented world. ” I’m all for agile. I’m all for making mistakes faster, etc. However, I would like to note that you make no mention of the ipad increasing the quality of the decision making. You’ve simply described another shiny new object high on hype and promise and low on actually measurable improvement in the quality of (personal or business) life. So it’s the lack of a small portable touch screen that has been holding back business all these years? Really? Which leads me to my final point…

4) You said, “…but rather a widespread and essential element of their IT-powered business strategy.” And this is exactly the problem with IT and these high on the hype hog articles. Yet another tool being sold as a panacea, as an ends instead of a means. Once again that ends will fail to live up the hype of being an ends (because it’s not), and once again IT will be left trying to live up to unreasonable expectations. Shiny objects come and go and IT remains in the corporate dog house. When are we going to learn?

I’m not dismissing the ipad’s value. Maybe it actually is the wheel reinvented? But if we are witnessing the second coming then I for one expect InformationWeek to report the facts, not what’s filtering down out of some random press release as generated by some “fast-growing” vendor.

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