I've been so busy this week on back-to-back phone calls that I've hardly had an opportunity to lift my head and see what's going on in the world.
I finally took a few moments this morning to do so, and discovered a couple of tidbits on the mobile front. One, the new Samsung Galaxy IV is now available, and two, the QWERTY keyboard version of the new BlackBerry, the Q10, is also available.
On the former, it's a mixed bag according to the Verge, though a mostly positive bag, but one that suggests Samsung Galaxy has plenty of "good enough" competition not to warrant the steeper price of entry for the IV.
And on the latter, TechCrunch writes the Q10 is "a QWERTY keyboard smartphone comeback worth waiting for," which I'll consider at least a semi-positive endorsement.
Being a social and digital media guru of sorts, people look at me like I'm from another planet when carrying this phone. That alone is a good reason to do so, as it's a great conversation starter: "What the hell are you doing with that phone??!"
The other is, I like having a phone that works as a phone. I have an HTC Android device, a Kindle, an iPod Touch 5th gen, an iPod Touch 2nd gen, and an iPad 1st gen for all my tablet needs. But for all the time I spend on the phone, good battery life and strong signal reception are key, and the Cosmos 2 continues to deliver day after day without fail.
"Can you hear me now?" are words rarely spoken through the Cosmos.
Speaking of the cosmos, in the social media realm IBM just announced that for the fourth consecutive year IDC ranked them No. 1 in worldwide market share for enterprise social software.
Fact is, social networking adoption continues to soar as businesses look to transform their organization into a smarter enterprise that is capable of empowering a global workforce and transforming client experiences.
According to IDC, the worldwide enterprise social market segment reached 1.0 billion in 2012, representing growth of 25 percent over 2011.
As this demand grows, organizations are looking to introduce social capabilities into all key areas, from marketing and research innovation to sales and human resources. The challenge is that many lack the ability to capture and share the unique insights from each employee and use it to help drive real value to the business.
IBM's social business software and services pair powerful social networking capabilities with analytics that help companies engage all key stakeholders whether an employee, customer or partners in order to accelerate innovation and deliver results.
Today, more than 60 percent of Fortune 100 companies have licensed IBM's solutions for social business, including eight of the top 10 retailers and banks.
IBM's social networking platform, IBM Connections, allows for instant collaboration with one simple click and the ability to build social communities both inside and outside the organization. We live by it inside IBM these days, and it's available both on-premises and in the IBM SmartCloud for Social Business. IBM currently has three IBM SmartCloud for Social Business facilities based in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
You can learn more about the latest version of IBM Connections in the video below.
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