San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 15, 2006 –-
Starting on August 14, 2006 and for the next 81 days, Pierre Khawand, founder of People-OnTheGo, a San Francisco based productivity-training company, will use a new handheld device every 9 days, starting with the Treo 700p and 700w, and then moving to a variety of BlackBerry and Windows Mobile models and providers. The daily observations from the 81-day experiment will be captured in the blog (http://81dayexperiment.typepad.com) and they will cover issues ranging from purchase, to installation and technical support, and most importantly to the details of using the devices and integrating them into the daily workflow.
“People-OnTheGo has been entrenched in the handheld devices world," said Pierre Khawand, “and with this experiment, we intend to take this process further and provide our users with additional in-depth insights from the trenches.” This will include observations relating to usability, features, and service, in order to help new users, and users who are seeking to upgrade their devices, select the device that best fits their need. In addition to the blog, selected tips will be published monthly in the People-OnTheGo Tip-Of-The-Month e-newsletter, and in a new version of the online workshop titled “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive.”
Since People-OnTheGo released its “BlackBerry, Treo, or Pocket PC: Virtual Test Drive” as an online workshop and on Google Video last year, business professionals such as Patti Frey, sales and business development professional at Thomson, found the workshop informative and even necessary before heading to the retail stores. The workshop 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,” said Ms. Frey after attending the online workshop and ultimately deciding on the BlackBerry 7100.
As millions of business users today are faced with the need to stay connected while on the go, and to consolidate devices, and to increase efficiency, many are considering handheld devices, but are overwhelmed when it comes to selecting the right device. “The devices have been changing faster than we can track them," said Deborah Bonner, President of Golden Rule Training, a San Francisco training company providing BlackBerry and productivity training to Wells Fargo, Kaiser, and other large organizations. “Since I got my BlackBerry 7100 only 6 months ago, I already see many new enhancements including high-speed connectivity,” added Ms. Bonner.
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 users avoid costly and less than optimum handheld purchases. The 81-day experiment is intended to supplement such a framework with practical advice and helpful tips relating to the latest devices and the most up-to-date technologies that are on the market today.
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, online live, and Web self-paced modules, as well as one-on-one and team coaching sessions.