‘We Believe’ and so does Business!

April 3, 2011

The impact of the iPad (post PC device) within SMEs, Enterprise and Government is beginning to reach critical mass.

Much has been written on the subject but from where I sit, this transformation is even more remarkable because within the corporation or business – adoption of any new Apple technology has mostly been a taboo subject.

The obvious reason being; for the past couple of  decades – ICT Information Communication Technology systems administration – (the business crown jewels) has largely been a Microsoft or RIM held bastion. Therefore  it’s not surprising there’s very little Apple IT experience or knowledge. Yet of late – the  ‘IT’ department is being inundated  from eager employees, management or the  CEO  – “when will we be able to use this magical iPad device?”

Not surprisingly the enterprise IT or business leader is now looking for a trusted Apple partner to ensure everything ‘just’ works or worse isn’t sabotaged from within by the IT status quo whom feel threatened!

Therefore, there’s an urgent need – for new Mobility integration and deployment specialists (and this is an important bit) with both MSFT and AAPL enterprise credentials.

Apple Inc. – through the new ACN (Apple Consultancy Network) certified accreditation program is now helping to raise the professional integration bar – to ensure the levels of support match what’s expected and required within the enterprise and wider IT business community.

And when both these planets align – something magical really does happen. Over the past 12 months through Rype I’ve witnessed – the transformation of many IT managers and CIO’s whom  now embrace and welcome change, Think Different, and rapidly becoming enthusiastic and passionate Apple advocates.

Remarkable indeed.

When technology gets out of the way  – it’s as though the child like quality of fun is unleashed. At the user level, there’s real interest from all involved including senior management. More happy faces, improved staff morale, individual productivity and customer service and satisfaction are up a notch. But perhaps the greatest transformation of all is – there’s new-found passion and committment within the enterprise and workplace towards discovery, innovation and creativity – the holy grail of any organisation.

iPad within business and the enterprise?

…..We Believe!

Cheers

ozechad

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Greenlight Laser…meet Dr Charles Chabert!

March 24, 2011

An Innovation Technology Post – from the patient:

“Ok Tony, you don’t have cancer you have a benign prostate growth and the the operation for this is called a TURP it takes about 1 hour, – you’ll be in for 3 to 4 days and off work 3 – 4 weeks. I’ve done thousands of them over the years – you’ll be fine, the epidural ensures pain is minimal and as for side effects there’s only a slight risk to sexual disfunction however a % of men do suffer incontinence. Oh look you’re lucky I have a cancellation so can fit you in on the 14th Nov – first cab off the rank

So how does all that sound?….i sat there nodding with a pathetic smile on my face agreeing to something I really had no idea what he was talking about. Besides it all sounded too mechanical and easy – like some production schedule!

Surely there was something better than this?,  given my background – time for a second opinion, even better perhaps there’s some new technology advancement?… and, fortunately for me there was!

Meet Dr Charles Chabert

The minute we met I liked him. Warm, enthusiastic, genuine and sincere. We discussed my various options including  medicine because … Tony the last option is surgery.

But in the end it was my decision. At 57 I could only imagine what I’d be like at 67.

So it was decided – Tuesday 22nd March 8.00am at the John Flynn Hospital Gold Coast.

John Flynn Hospital

Where's the Razor Blades?

Recovery

It’s now Thursday 24th – 48 hours since my Greenlight Laser surgery was performed by my maverick urologist – who’s on a mission to improve mens health! But it didn’t quite go exactly to my plan and not that I’m a sook but the post operative pain was what I would describe as like “pissing razor blades’ but, nonetheless the hospital team were fantastic and able to manage it all so I came home after only i night in hospital, completely pain free, feeling pretty happy about myself!

NO; 3 or 4 night stay in Hospital. NO; 3 – 4 weeks recuperating. I’ll be back to normal in half that time!

Greenlight Laser has only been around a few years in Australia and we can thank my Qld urologist Dr Charles Chabert and his passionate team for pioneering this new technology and, blazing new trails for mens health -all because he dares to Think Different! – motivated to do things better and because its time to change the status quo!

Not surprisingly, Charles is also an Apple evangelist  – I really must chat to him about getting him a new iPad 2….

Cheers

ozechad


Goodbye PC. Hello iPad 2

March 7, 2011

It’s 4.00am – Thursday 3rd March and I am awake and smile as I read my incoming ‘tweets’ from those fortunate to be live in San Francisco as Steve launches the new iPad 2…Later that morning I also watch the keynote event replay on my TV. (iTV)

If you’ve never seen Steve Jobs present then treat yourself because no one comes close to his perfect timing and flawless delivery – it’s very inspiring even if you’re not an Apple fan. View here.

So here we are now a few days later and the verdict is in – Steve and the boys at Apple have raised the bar again – just as they have done every year – for the past 10 years. Yes – every year for the past 10 years!

I’ve been reflecting on the significance of that statement. In just 10 years Apple have completely disrupted and revolutionised – two giant industry sectors and now they’re well into the third!

2001 – iPod and iTunes – MUSIC

2007 – iPhone and Apps Store – TELECOMMUNICATIONS

2010 – iPad and Apps – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Some of you will question my take on the iPad disrupting the hallowed turf of the traditional IT dept, but the shift from Hi Tech to Hi Touch has already began and according to Apple we’re now entering – the ‘Post PC era!

So what exactly is the “post-PC” world? And why is it significant?

Talking to journalists last year, Steve Jobs provided a hint: “I’m trying to think of a good analogy. When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks. But as people moved more towards urban centers, people started to get into cars. I think PCs are going to be like trucks. Less people will need them!

According to Joshua Topolsky – Engadget!: Apple no longer believes it needs to compete on specs and features. “There is no Mac vs. PC here” — only “the future” versus “the past.” It won’t be a debate about displays, memory, wireless options — it will be a debate about the quality of the user experience. In a post-PC world, the experience of the product is central and significant above all else. It’s not the RAM or CPU speed, screen resolution or number of ports which dictate whether a product is valuable; the focus now is more about the experience and creative freedom for the user,

Why? – because the Apple brand with its magical user experience is a clear leader achieving the ultimate Lovemark status – by capturing users hearts not just their minds!. With some 200 Million User Accounts – they are lightyears ahead of any IT competition!

Joshua again….Apple isn’t just challenging perceptions of the PC — they’re now saying that the age of the PC is over (at least for many people). They’re challenging consumers to ask if they even still want or need something called a PC (while of course making sure to point out that the competition is playing the same old game). And really, that’s all part of the plan. Apple is in the process of making the iPad the de-facto standard for what the next stage of computing looks like, both within the home AND within the workplace. From the look and feel to the kind of software and experiences you have on the device. Apple doesn’t just want to own the market — it wants to own the idea of the market. We’ve seen this all happen before, and we know how it ends.

So what brand MP3 player do you own?

In Australia this IT revolution is already underway. Informed IT managers within the Corporation, Government and SME’s are now redefining the notion that an employee gets the standard issue of desktop PC / Laptop and a Blackberry!

Informed IT professionals are beginning to Think Different and are fast realising that a great way to – improve staff morale, productivity and overall employee happiness has more to do with providing an IT lifestyle choice that integrates and delivers both the work/ life connected experience.

Thanks to genius consultants (like Rype) Informed IT professionals are now working collaboratively – to scope and deploy new enterprise level solutions that securely manage the workplace mobility environment as well as providing employees with exciting new IT lifestyle choices.

So within the savvy enterprises it’ll mean: Goodbye PC and Hello iPad 2

2011 – won’t just be the year of the iPad 2, rather it may well be remembered as the year of – an IT Renaissance!

Cheers

Ozechad