Recently we attended the 2012 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. This event featured over 450 industry analyst sessions, workshops, roundtables and keynote speeches from renowned business leaders. Featuring insight into what’s new and next in IT, this was one incredible event Research In Motion (RIM) had the privilege of participating in.
Featured keynote speakers included John T Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from Cisco, Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer from Hewlett-Packard, and General Colin Powell, Retired U.S. General.
RIM held a number of information sessions to highlight the upcoming launch of BlackBerry 10. Featured speakers included Jeff Holleran, Senior Director of Enterprise Product Management and Vivek Bhardwaj, Head of Software Portfolio. Throughout his session, Jeff talked to over 100 Gartner session attendees about the future of the mobile enterprise, which requires a unified solution that gives employees access to the information they need, without compromise. Jeff’s session shed light on what’s in store for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, RIM’s enterprise mobility management solution. Representing the Enterprise Business Unit, Jeff explained how “BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 supports a heterogeneous mobile environment with greater security, flexibility, cost-savings, and manageability.”
Following Jeff’s engaging presentation, Vivek Bhardwaj, Head of Software Portfolio, shared an overview of the BlackBerry 10 experience with over 200 session attendees. By demonstrating the BlackBerry 10 features and functionality in action, Vivek captivated the audience with a series of live demos. Vivek also expertly balanced the end user perspective from both a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) consumerization mindset, and a management perspective targeted to the CIO’s and IT decision makers in attendance.
In addition to two BlackBerry 10 focused information sessions from RIM leadership, a BlackBerry booth was set up on the 2012 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo show floor to demonstrate the various BlackBerry product and service offerings available in the North American market today. Visitors to the BlackBerry show floor booth were able to learn more about BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, RIM’s mobile device management solution for BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices, BlackBerry PlayBook and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone. A “cell spa” was also set up as a service to attendees. BlackBerry staff were on hand to charge BlackBerry, iOS and Android device batteries and freshen up smartphone display screens at the cell spa for conference attendees.
Were you in attendance at the 2012 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo? If you were able to listen to our BlackBerry information sessions or visit us on the show floor, let us know what you thought by commenting below!