BlackBerry, Dell execs answer mobile, cloud questions in #TechCIT chat

Miss our #TechCIT Tweet Chat? Here's a recap of what execs from BlackBerry, Dell, IBM and Microsoft said about their mobile and cloud strategies.

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Tech companies with a long history in enterprise IT shops continue to evolve their platforms for the cloud and mobile era, giving customers reason to wonder how the new focus will affect their data center buying decisions in years to come.

We recently covered the progress made and the challenges that legacy tech companies face as part of their move toward mobile and cloud services in our in-depth Companies in Transition guide. In addition, SearchDataCenter.com held a #TechCIT TweetChat to ask vendors including BlackBerry, Dell, IBM and Microsoft questions about how their transformations impact IT customers. Here are some highlights from the chat:

BlackBerry

Blackberry's transition involves getting back to its roots -- the Q20 exemplifies this with a return to hard buttons and a trackpad. But the smartphone maker has also moved into enterprise mobility management (EMM), giving customers reason to wonder -- where is the company headed, and should they stick with BlackBerry?

BlackBerry's Jeff Holleran, senior director for enterprise product management, leads the team that sets the product strategy and roadmap for BlackBerry's enterprise software. Here's how he answered some of the questions posed during our Tweet Chat:

Dell

The newly private Dell has acquired a number of mobile technologies and hastened its trajectory into software and cloud services as its hardware sales decline. Long-time Dell shops wonder whether they should continue to invest in Dell PCs and servers, and where the company is headed.

Dell's Joanne Moretti is in charge of Dell's transformation from a product company to an end-to-end technology provider. Here's what she said during our TweetChat:

IBM

This isn't your father's IBM. Big Blue has updated its systems for the cloud era, sold off its Intel-based x86 servers, and moved deeper into mobile software and services. IBM's Ken Parmelee, technology business development executive for MobileFirst, is responsible for IBM's mobile technology and services ecosystem development. Here's what he told us on Twitter:

Microsoft

Much has changed at Microsoft over the past few years, in terms of products and organization. The company is doing all it can to compete in the mobile and cloud space. With its Nokia acquisition, and a new CEO with a cloud industry focus, there are sure to be more changes ahead. IT pros wonder whether on-premises versions of entrenched technologies, such as System Center, will lose priority along the way.

Microsoft's Andrew Conway, senior director for Windows Server and Management, addressed those questions and more. He works with Microsoft Software as a Service (SaaS) products around the consumerization of IT and BYOD trends including mobile device management, desktop and session virtualization, and information protection.

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