Tuesday, March 30, 2010

InnoPath's Dave Ginsburg interviewed by Rich Tehrani on TMCnet

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, however InnoPath's own Dave Ginsburg's interview with TMCnet's Rich Tehrani is one of the exceptions. While some were manning the booth, doing live demos on the show floor, others were living La Vida Loca doing interviews with the likes of Rich Tehrani. The video is here.

Monday, March 22, 2010

InnoPath: Keeping That Which Happens in Vegas Safely on Your Smartphone and Off the Internet

Jason Lackey

Smartphones are both a blessing and a bit of a curse. We have talked about ARPU and support related issues around smartphones in the past, but the increased capabilities of these devices also have other implications, some potentially large indeed.

With vast storage and the ability to open files like Word, PPT, Excel and the like as well as photos, videos and movies, there is no doubt that a smartphone is much more like a pocket computer than a phone. There is also no doubt that the loss of a corporate roadmap, compensation information or compromising images and the like would be a much more serious blow than the exposure of phone numbers, which is pretty much the only thing you would lose on an older voice-only terminal.

When the service provider can lock and wipe a lost or stolen device remotely, over-the-air, this potential exposure is limited and in some cases eliminated, helping keep that which happened in Vegas safely in Vegas, or at least on the phone.

See you at CTIA. We will be at Booth 3749. In the meantime, check out our press release here: http://innopath.com/news/press_releases/2010/2010_03_22_ctia_rim.shtml

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

InnoPath Named CTIA Emerging Technology Award Finalist

Jason Lackey

Well, delivering the green is no longer the exclusive domain of leprechauns and the like. While some of the advantages to FOTA and other OTA update technology are fairly obvious, things like preventing recalls, heading off support calls and in-store brick and mortar visits, enhancing subscriber satisfaction, squashing bugs and so on and so forth, some of the advantages are not always immediately obvious.

One of those is the environmental impact, or lack thereof, of doing updates remotely, over-the-air.

Let me explain.

When you need to ship or hand carry a device somewhere to get it reflashed, this is going to take some non-zero amount of fuel to fire up the family truckster or whatever and get the phone to the store. When using technology like InnoPath's Mobile Update, the phone stays next to your bed and gets updated in place and the family truckster stays in the garage and the co2 stays out of the atmosphere and the oil stays in the ground and generally everything is incrementally better, cleaner and greener.

May not seem like much, but by our calculations we saved 33m kg of co2 emissions in 2009 with the numbers for 2010 looking to be considerably larger.

Evidently the folks at CTIA agree with us that this is kind of cool stuff, we are CTIA Emerging Technology Finalists because of these energy savings, something that we announced in a press release today, "InnoPath Software Named CTIA E-Tech Award Finalist".

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Helping Carriers Sleep Better at Night

The industry is both delighted by the rise of the smartphone (or as some like Om Malik or Rob Glaser are calling them, the superphone) and horrified. They are delighted because they bring people into the stores, they create a lot of excitement (iPhone, Moto Droid) and they help keep subscribers. The service providers are also horrified - they are horrified because smartphones cost more to support and are hard on their wireless networks.

RCR Wireless recently interviewed our Dave Ginsburg on how InnoPath is helping the carriers sleep better at night. You can watch the interview here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs!

Jason Lackey

Last weekend I blogged about how fortunate we are here at InnoPath to be working in wireless during one of the most exciting times the industry has ever had. This still is true most of the way through the week, although we still have a bunch of things to do before CTIA. By the way, if you are going to be at CTIA, let me invite you to drop by our booth, we will be there at Booth 3749 with a professional barista, some cool ActiveCare demos including stuff on Android and RIM and you can even drop off a resume or talk to us about working at InnoPath.

Anyway, on the subject of fortune, I just posted another job, this one for a Senior Director of Sales for CALA. Know a motivated closer with high level telco contacts? Send 'em our way!

Right now we have a total of 9 positions posted, with more to come. We are busy and we need good people. Check out the jobs page and see if there is a good match. Even if you don't see an exact match, but you do have relevant experience, either technical or business, go ahead and send in your resume. We are always looking for good talent.

Hope to see you at the show!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Citius, Altius, Fortius - The Service Provider Olympics!

While the end of the party in Vancouver brought a tear to some otherwise dry eyes here at InnoPath, it also inspired a bit of thought with regard to a kind of competition we all enjoy and benefit from that doesn't require scary fast bobsled runs or foggy ski courses to hold - competition between the mobile operators.

Dave Ginsburg has put some thoughts to paper with regards to Gold, Silver, Bronze and DNFs in the Mobile Operator Olympics in a story available on TMCnet.

Citius, Altius, Fortius!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Right Here, Right Now

Jason Lackey

"Anyone working in the mobile and wireless industry is fortunate." - Dr. J. Gerry Purdy

Way back in 1990, inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the British pop band Jesus Jones released the single "Right here, right now" (snippet here), a tune which captured well the zeitgeist in Europe with the end of the cold war, a magical time. I will never forget sharing cigarettes with some of the East German guards through holes in the wall as a college student on vacation and how blessed and fortunate many of us felt to be sharing smokes instead of burning on an atomic funeral pyre, which for a while had seemed a likely outcome.

Fast forward through 9/11, a recession, a housing bubble, global financial crisis and the whole bright shining future as seen in Wired Magazine of the mid 90's seems for many a dim and tarnished dream and reality is starting to look more like some sort of cyberpunk dystopia.

Except not everywhere.

As an example, Friday was bonus day at InnoPath. Sure, everyone is working hard and sure we are doing more with less but this does not diminish the fact that while so many are still getting pink slips and San Francisco is dolling out 15,000 pay cuts, it was bonus day at InnoPath and a year of blood, sweat and tears was recognized in a very real way at one company in Silicon Valley.

Dr. Gerry Purdy pretty much summed it up with his quote - we are fortunate to be in wireless, particularly right now. While construction, commercial real estate and the automobile industry suffer a holocaust of near biblical proportions, we are dealing with customers who are growing faster than they thought and who are scrambling to build enough capacity. While some are shuttering factories, we are going to be hiring another 30-40 people over the next year or so. Speaking of which, if you or anyone you know are interested in working in the wireless industry, please visit our jobs page, here. Maybe your dream job is there, but even if you don't see an immediate match, if you know people with experience in the industry encourage them to send in their resumes.

Time to go play with phones now...will it be the Nexus One or Tilt2? Hmmm....maybe both!