How to Use Virtualization to Deliver Mobile Innovation

By Michel Gien  |  Posted 2009-02-18 Print this article Print

In the competitive mobile and wireless market, newcomers who deliver technical and business innovation can quickly carve out a significant share. As we weather the global economic crisis and the mobile and wireless market faces a possible decline of sales, innovators may have the greatest chance of survival. The mobile and wireless market needs a unifying architecture that encourages independent innovation. Knowledge Center contributor Michel Gien explains how mobile virtualization can help businesses deliver this innovation.

In the innovation life cycle, innovative ideas emerge when technology meets needs. Ideas are innovative when they are developed in a timely fashion and are supported by a sound business model. Delivering late to market in today's market can drastically reduce the benefits. Innovative organizations require fertile grounds for seeding ideas, a vehicle for bringing them to reality and a business to drive revenue.

Today's mobile solutions result from tedious integration of hardware (chip sets and peripheral devices) and software (system, frameworks, applications and services). The most successful players in this marketplace have the resources required to rapidly integrate new technologies and bring them to market.

Ironically, very tight coupling of the components is a detriment to open innovation in this market. These dependencies have led to risky product development cycles where non-optimal choices in the selection of a single component have increased time to market and minimized the products' return on investment.  

The mobile marketplace is in need of a unifying architecture that encourages independent innovation in each of the key technologies, while serving as a catalyst for open innovation mash-ups and promoting new business models aligned with today's Internet services business. Virtualization is an excellent candidate for enabling this new way of building mobile devices.

Michel Gien is co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Virtual Logix, Inc. Michel has more than 30 years of experience in the research and software industry. His passion for technology, working with customer issues, and his commitment to excellence are the foundation of VirtualLogix's culture. Prior to co-founding VirtualLogix as its first CEO in August 2002, Michel was co-Founder, General Manager and Chief Technology Officer of Chorus Systems. He became the first Distinguished Engineer outside North America at Sun Microsystems when they acquired Chorus Systems in 1997. Prior to founding Chorus Systems, Michel worked as a Director at INRIA (French public IT research center) and CNET (France Telecom's research labs), leading research projects on computer networks, UNIX and distributed operating systems from 1971 to 1986. Michel also founded, co-chaired, and then chaired the European Unix Association (EUUG, then EurOpen) from 1980 to 1990. Michel graduated from Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures de Paris, France in 1971. He can be reached at

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