Profile of Fritz NelsonVice President, Editorial Director InformationWeek Business Technology Network
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Fritz Nelson is a former senior VP and editorial director of the InformationWeek Business Technology Network.
Articles by Fritz Nelson
posted in February 2009
Very few of us get to see our daily drudgery contribute to something politically, environmentally, or sociologically charged, to a cause with greater implications than the outcome of driving the machinery of Brand X or Company Y; sleepless nights reimagining business processes, building customer portals, renegotiating a key vendor contract, all for company, livelihood, or a write-up in HR's internal newsletter.
Suddenly, somehow, maybe even unintentionally, Adobe's got a flat tire like the ones you gave your friends in grade school. For years it found niches we now take for granted, and insatiable apps to consume its technology with frenzy, and yet, inexplicably, it remained largely unchallenged. It became dominant without being threatening, kind of like a benign vampire novel except it's suddenly being banned in the church; or in this case, on far too many mobile devices.
Mobile World Congress and Barcelona surprised me this year more than any other. I rediscovered Parc Guell, a Guadi-gingerbread-ish spectacle I'd forgotten; our audio engineer was almost mugged right in front of me on the subway -- I'd always heard of the dangers in this city; hookers were rampant on La Rambla (I'm just re
Mobile World Congress is an enormous show that cuts across the entire mobile ecosystem, from the die casters to the equipment manufacturers to the mobile operators to the handset makers to a diverse roster of content providers (there's even a developer garage), and they are all here again in force in Barcelona, home to the colorful architecture of Gaudi and an insanely endless arsenal of appetizers called tapas, good for arresting every taste bud and an apt metaphor for Mobile World Congress.