People-OnTheGo Launches 'Blackberry, Treo or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive' on Google Video to Help Users Select Handheld Devices

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People-OnTheGo has launched its “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” on Google Video to help users see the devices in action and make an informed decision about which device is best for them. This free 30-minute video is an example of how Google Video and similar platforms are enabling the broad distribution of quality training programs, allowing users to get educated initially at no cost, and then decide if additional paid training is necessary.

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. People-OnTheGo has launched its “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” on Google Video to help users see the devices in action and make an informed decision about which device is best for them. This free 30-minute video takes the user through in-depth demonstrations of these devices, including the more advanced features such as e-mail composition, e-mail attachments, advanced phone handling, and overall usability issues.

“Google Video is a great platform to make training available to a broad audience” says Pierre Khawand, Founder and CEO of People-OnTheGo, a San Francisco based productivity-training company. “It is likely that more professional training programs will be using the Google Video platform to reach broader audiences by offering some free training, and then, users who need the next level of training will self-select and purchase the additional training”. Following this model, People-OnTheGo is offering the “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” free of charge on Google Video (video.google.com), and then users who see the video and are interested in the next level of training, can either purchase the complete handouts package in PDF format at a nominal price, and/or join one of the more live virtual workshops or Web self-paced classes that People-OnTheGo offers on the topic.

The People-OnTheGo “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” workshop was created to help users address the complex issues involved in selecting a device. “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 now 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 online 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. Google Video and similar platforms are enabling the broad distribution of such training programs, allowing users to get educated initially at no cost, and then decide if additional paid training is necessary.

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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