INSIDE WIRELESS: Separation of Business and Personal Information-Some Personal Observations

By J. Gerry Purdy  |  Posted 2008-07-22 Print this article Print

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Overall, I have made the transition, although it's hectic to keep the systems straight. And many people who interact with me don't realize I have multiple online identities and communicate "cross-system." I sometimes get personal correspondence on my Frost system and Frost correspondence on my personal system, which requires me to send the e-mail to the other system for reply.

Another future objective is to get an Apple MacBook Pro and manage all of my personal multimedia on that system. This is due to my running out of disk space on my Acer notebook, plus wanting to benefit from the Mac environment for managing my rich media. I likely won't move my e-mail over to the Mac for a few reasons: Outlook isn't available, I have too much history (over 10 years now and 10GB) using Outlook, and it's not possible to migrate PST folders over to Entourage (the Mac Office e-mail program). It's possible that I may decide to run Outlook under a virtual environment on the Mac. If I move down that path, it will justify my writing another column on the experience.

It's funny, but one negative issue about separating my business and personal information is having to carry two notebook PCs with me when I travel. I tried leaving one behind and managing e-mail via the Web. But this causes too much difficulty (primarily due to needing to access historical e-mails stored in my personal Outlook PSTs that are not available on the Web).

I thought this column would be a summary of the final result when I planned it a few months ago, but I now realize it's more of a work-in-progress activity that appears to be never-ending. Hopefully, my story will provide some "lessons learned" for many of you.


J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., is vice president and chief analyst with the Frost & Sullivan North American Information & Communication Technologies practice. As a nationally recognized industry authority, he focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging trends, technologies and market behavior in the mobile computing and wireless data communications industry in North America.

Since joining Frost & Sullivan in 2006, Dr. Purdy has been specializing in mobile and wireless devices, wireless data communications and connection to the infrastructure that powers the data in the wireless handheld. He is author of Inside Mobile & Wireless, which provides industry insights and reaches over 100,000 readers per month.

For more than 16 years, Dr. Purdy has been consulting, speaking, researching, networking, writing and developing state-of-the-art concepts that challenge people's mind-sets, and developing new ways of thinking and forecasting in the mobile computing and wireless data arenas. Often quoted, his ideas and opinions are followed closely by thought leaders in the mobile & wireless industry. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

J. Gerry Purdy can be reached at

Disclosure Statement: From time to time, I may have a direct or indirect equity position in a company that is mentioned in this column. If that situation happens, then I'll disclose it at that time. I have an affiliation with IDG Ventures.

J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., is Principal Analyst of Mobile & Wireless at MobileTrax LLC.
Dr. Purdy has been covering mobile, wireless, cloud & enterprise for the past 20+ years. He writes analysis and recommendations each week in an easy-to-read manner that helps people better understand important technology issues and assist them in making better technology purchasing decisions.

Disclosure Statement: From time to time, I may have a direct or indirect equity position in a company that is mentioned in a column. If that situation happens, then I'll disclose it at that time.

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