Bayan M. Qandil

From My Perspective…

Feature phones won’t be dead soon!

I was asked recently if I thought features phones are dead or will be dead soon.  Due to my current work, I know that low resourced areas of developing nations have a strong need for feature phones, mostly for their SMS capability. So my gut feeling was that the feature phone is nowhere near dead.  But I needed to justify my instinct with data, so I went on a search. Thankfully, there was a recent report published by Ericsson that gave me what I need.  Below are a series of graphs, with my take on them, that provide a summary of […]

My personal mobile device history

I was asked on Quora about my personal device history.  I wrote the answer and decided to share it on my blog as well. Here is my best recollection of my mobile device history: Pager (1996 – 1997) – don’t remember manufacturer Qualcomm QCP-2700 (1996 – 1999) Palm IIIxe (1999 – 2000) Palm Vx ( 2000 – 2001) Palm m500 (2001 – 2003) Ericsson T28z (1999 – 2002) Nokia (2002) Motorola RAZR (2003 – 2005) HP Pocket PC (2002 – 2005) BlackBerry 7250 (2005 – 2008) Worth mentioning that at this point I joined RIM (BlackBerry). BlackBerry Bold 9000 (2008 – […]

My take on ‘illegal content sharing’

In a recent answer to a question on Quora (embedded at the end of this post), I gave my take on content piracy or, better stated, ‘illegal content sharing’.  I thought it would be worthwhile to share that on here as well.  Here is what I wrote: In my view, content piracy is a result of a demand for content that is not being offered in a compelling manner.  Piracy is not just an innate desire to just take something at the expense of others. At least I hope that is true for humanity’s sake. To visualize this, think about […]

Are there any opportunities for software engineers to volunteer or contribute to medicine or medical research?

I wrote this answer on Quora and thought it's worth sharing on here as well. Answer by Bayan Qandil: Your dedication to the cause is admirable.  Software is needed in all aspects of life as you know.  They key is to find how software is used to support the cause you're interested in.  I would focus on current scientific researchers who are working in the field.  Read their recent papers, and reach out to them to understand their research, goals and how they go about conducting or applying their research.  With your experience and skill in software, I'm sure you […]

Will the $17k Apple Watch Edition hold value (or appreciate) as well as a ‘traditional’ clockwork watch of a similar price?

I wrote this answer on Quora and thought it’s worth sharing on here as well. Answer by Bayan Qandil: The answer to this is not answered by technology strategy but rather economics. The resale market for Apple Watches will decide the value of the resale of the high end model.  The key question will be what the valuable attributes of the watch will be. Typically resale items hold value due to: Brand – think Rolex Quality – think German cars Scarcity – think limited edition Apple branded products typically have higher resale value than other brands in the same market. […]

The Power of Decision Making

Many years ago, I had a lot of conversations with colleagues and even wrote a blog article on decision making.  On the heels of my blog re-launch and my recent blog on the importance of Truth in business, I think it would be a good idea to revisit this topic. What Is Decision Making When I refer to decision making, I’m talking about the ability and willingness to make a decision when necessary.  There are a few key aspects of my definition that I want to focus on: Willingness: By this word, I mean the desire or comfort of wanting […]

The Importance of Truth in Business

I posted this article almost 5 years ago and I’ve decided that it’s time to update it based on my more recent experiences. Let me first start by saying that what I wrote 5 years ago, still stands true today.  When it comes to management and leadership, there is one attribute that is almost always forgotten: Truth.  People don’t understand or realize the value and importance of Truth. Let me tell you why it’s crucial to each and every organization. What is Truth So what do I mean by this thing I call ‘Truth’.  Dictionary.com has numerous definitions but my favourite has to be: […]

Repost: What kind of room for career growth is there for software engineers at large companies?

My answer to this question on Quora: What kind of room for career growth is there for software engineers at large companies (i.e. Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, etc.)? I’m first going to answer the question, then I’m going to give you my thoughts on Software Professionals, career progression, management and leadership. Typical Software Engineering Career Paths Software Engineerings or Developers are typically promoted based on their technical skills.  As you improve and add to your skills, you are promoted through the typical technical “ranks”, which typically are Jr. SW Developer, Intermediate SW Developer and Sr. SW Developer.  Different organizations may […]

Yet Another Re-launch, Truthfully

This is probably the third re-launch of my personal blog.  Each re-launch came with its own story and maybe I’ll be sharing that with you nice folks one day.  This re-launch, however, is focused on the truth. If you’ve been following my blog, I’ve talked about honesty and the truth in the past.  I think it’s the key to all success in personal and business aspects of life.  Being truthful to yourself, being truthful with your partners and being truthful with your colleagues.  Without truth, there can be no ‘good faith’ and without ‘good faith’ there is no trust, and without trust, […]