Well, Research In Motion (RIM) is holding its annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) in Orlando next Tuesday through Thursday, and I just found out that I’ll be getting a sit down with Mr. BlackBerry himself, Mike Lazaridis, RIM’s president and co-CEO.
This is big news for me—one of my editors likened it to a political correspondent getting an interview with Hilary Clinton or Barack Obama—and I’ve got more than enough questions to fill the half hour or so I’ll get with Lazaridis at WES. But I want my interview and the resulting article(s) to be memorable and useful for you; and it occurred to me that I’d better ask you all what exactly you want to know.
There are so many interesting things going on at RIM these days and in the smartphone/mobile space in general, and many of the decisions Lazaridis and his colleagues make on a daily basis will directly influence the way that you do your jobs.
First, the obvious: With the introduction of the iPhone, RIM got itself a new—and powerful—competitor in Apple, which so far has taken the opposite path into the handheld market as RIM: consumers first and then the enterprise. So I’ll obviously be asking Lazaridis about his thoughts on the iPhone and what the device means to his company’s strategy.
What I want to know from you, the CIOs, IT managers, BlackBerry/smartphone admins, consultants, tech support reps and end users, is what BlackBerry or smartphone-related issues concern you the most? What gets you pumped up about the potential future of enterprise mobility? What keeps you up at night?
Drop your questions/comments below, and I’ll do my best to get answers and post them for you right here following my interview with Lazaridis on Wednesday.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.