People-OnTheGo launches “Blackberry, Treo or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” to help users select handheld devices

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Millions of business users today are faced with the need to stay connected while on the go, consolidate technology, and increase efficiency, but are overwhelmed when it comes to selecting the right handheld device. Training companies like People-OnTheGo (http://www.people-onthego.com) provide a decision making framework to help consumers avoid costly and less than optimum handheld purchases.

San Francisco, CA – December 9, 2005. Millions of business users today are faced with the need to stay connected while on the go, consolidate technology, and increase efficiency, but are overwhelmed when it comes to selecting the right device. “The challenges involved in selecting a device go well beyond comparing features and prices”, says Pierre Khawand, Founder and CEO of People-OnTheGo, a San Francisco based productivity-training company. “Users struggle most with the less obvious factors such as usability, integration with desktop applications, voice and data plans, and international support for international travelers.” In response to these challenges, People-OnTheGo launched the “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” online workshop to help users select handheld devices.

“In this economy of mass production, mass distribution, and little time for a meaningful personal consultation in the retail store, we need more in-depth education, and expert demonstrations,” said Deborah Bonner, President of Golden Rule Training, who has recently acquired a handheld device. Users seek help in determining selection criteria and getting first-hand experience with capabilities, as well as with the usability issues.

Patti Frey, sales and business development professional at Thomson, decided to take the “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test-Drive” before heading to the retail stores. The workshop, which is offered as a Web self-paced session, lays out a methodology for formulating selection criteria and rating each of the devices based on the user’s specific needs.

“Getting into the details and seeing the devices in action was most effective for me” added Patti Frey after attending the workshop and ultimately deciding on the BlackBerry 7100. Joni Stone, from Tropical Vacations Travel, found the device comparison and demonstrations that used real-life business scenarios quite helpful, and chose the Treo 650. Glenn Millar, a partner at EWS Real Estate Investments, indicated that “the workshop was highly informative, well-organized, easy to understand and perfect for helping me – a non-techy – make a decision on which product to buy”.

As more users look for handheld devices, and as features, plans, and usability factors become more complex, users need a framework for their decision making process. Companies like People-OnTheGo (http://www.people-onthego.com) provide that framework and help consumers and professionals avoid costly and less than optimum handheld purchases.

( Note: An expanded article relating to handheld device selection is available upon request.)

About Pierre Khawand

Founder and CEO of People-OnTheGo, Pierre Khawand’s interest centers on bridging the gap between technology and people. He founded People-OntheGo to help corporate users manage e-mail and digital communication tools more effectively.

About People-OnTheGo

People-OnTheGo helps companies and their employees effectively manage the use of e-mail, office applications, and handheld devices, to save significant time, communicate more effectively, and minimize legal and security risks. The learning programs include onsite, virtual, and Web self-paced modules, as well as one-on-one and team coaching sessions.

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