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Video: Will the Mobile Wars Become a 3-Horse Race?

03.24.2011
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The last few years have been a dogfight between Apple's iPhone and Google's Android phones, and its been hard for any other mobile platforms to seem relevant in the long term.  However, there are early signs that Microsoft's reboot of their Windows Mobile Platform, now called Windows Phone 7, might become a third contender in this clash between mobile titans. 

I had the chance to speak with Derik Whittaker, the lead software architect at Allscripts, about NoDo (the latest release of the WP7 OS), the future of the mobile ecosystem, and his company's decision to go all-in on WP7.  We also talked about WP7's unique position, having learned their lessons from the walled garden of iOS and the fragmentation of Android.

Derik is a Software Architect currently working at Allscripts Healthcare helping to move medical software into the 21st century.   Lately Derik has been spending the majority of his development energy focused on how to build killer applications for the Windows Phone 7 platform. He has over 10 years of experience developing, mentoring and leading Microsoft based products for a wide variety of different professional fields.

Derik has been award the MVP award in C# for the past 3 years, he is also a member of the ASPInsiders group.  He has been working exclusively with .NET since its inception and has professional experience in both VB.NET as well as C#.  He is also a follower and believer in the Agile methodologies and has wide array of experience using various Agile techniques in the real world.  You can catch Derik online as a member of the blogging group Devlicio.us (http://devlicio.us/blogs/derik_whittaker/) or over at www.DimeCasts.Net.

Outside of his day job you can find Derik hanging out with his beautiful wife Tiffany and 2 sons (Brendan and Ryan).  He also enjoys all things sports (Go Blue) and can be found at the local climbing gym on most weekends.

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Mark Unknown replied on Thu, 2011/03/24 - 2:56pm

Allscripts is a "Microsoft" shop. That is why they chose to go with WP7. Will it succeed? Will it become the third horse? No one can see the future and no one can say that the lead that Android and Apple have is insurmountable. But ... look at the hold Windows [currently] has on the desktop. It is not because it was/is better or was/is good. Apple and Android are good. WP7 competing will be tough.

BTW, i work in the Healthcare industry. Unless they are targeting physicians, i see little use for phone apps for patients. Most patients are older and/or technophiles. And doctors are clamoring for iPhone, iPad and Android apps. They are not going to switch to WP7 just to use the Allscript app. Allscripts needs to support all three so they can sell their platform. Trust me, they need help.

As side note, I have looked into working at Allscripts. It is funny that Derik is trying to move them "into the 21st century" while using the .NET platform. They have to operate in an "enterprise" environment and that platform is sadly lacking in that area. (No, I am not Java-only)

I suggest if they get out of their Microsoft box.

In listening to the discussion, his comments seem very short-sighted, misinformed and only look at part of the picture (which is typical when comparing Microsoft products to anything else).

Jacek Furmankiewicz replied on Thu, 2011/03/24 - 5:18pm in response to: Mark Unknown

Couldn't have said it better myself. It's the usual MS fanboy marketing.

Mark Unknown replied on Thu, 2011/03/24 - 8:18pm

This link is pretty funny in light of Derik's comments. LOL. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215042/Windows_Phone_7_owners_rage_at_Microsoft_over_update_no_shows

Mark Unknown replied on Sun, 2011/03/27 - 10:24pm in response to: Mark Unknown

And another - http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9214606/Steven_J._Vaughan_Nichols_I_want_my_iPad_at_work_ I can tell you that HealthCare companies are supporting "Bring your own phone". I know of at least one large one. And since Allscripts is targeting these companies, they must target more than WP7.

John J. Franey replied on Sat, 2011/04/02 - 7:00pm

uh.....no. http://www.comscore.com/Press_Events/Press_Releases/2011/4/comScore_Reports_February_2011_U.S._Mobile_Subscriber_Market_Share

Mark Unknown replied on Thu, 2011/04/07 - 9:52am

So... why do they have to target one platform when doing C#? http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215538/Novell_moves_.Net_development_to_Android "A user of the product said it offered the ability to share business logic and database among multiple platforms. "Code it once and share among several platforms," said Tiago Reis, senior developer at Cardmobili. The product in its pre-release stage has had some bugs and rough edges but is still "a great product," he said. Although Cardmobili has a lot of Java experience in-house, most of the company's mobile applications are built on C#."

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