Posted by admin on April 22, 2014
Microsoft is undergoing rapid changes, and I’m starting to hear more demand for support of the Surface tablets. Is Microsoft’s tablet about to gain widespread enterprise adoption?
What took so long?
It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Surface tablets haven’t been as much of a success as the company hoped, but as no other Windows 8 devices have been popular either, it’s not entirely clear why. The hardware has been deemed disappointing, the Windows 8 operating system too confusing, and the prices too high. Then there’s the lack of apps and the sense that none of these devices seem to …
Posted by admin on April 10, 2014
Mobile Expert Interview: Dave Akka and Kevin Benedict on Mobile Platform Strategies
I had the pleasure of another discussion with noted tech blogger Kevin Benedict, this time we dig deep into mobile platform and mobile app development strategies.
I hope you enjoy the video!
Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwm5ig7ARc4&feature=share&list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw
To watch my previous interview with Kevin, go here.
Posted by admin on April 4, 2014
Over the last six months I met with a wide range of customers and prospects in order to understand how they understand enterprise mobility, and especially to see whether they see it as a business opportunity or just another piece of technology. It’s no secret that the past few years have seen a debate between two paradigms: whether to write specific code for different devices, or to take a wider approach. The rapid advances in mobile technology have led to a world where there is no single accepted approach, but history looks to be repeating itself from the desktop world, …
Posted by admin on March 17, 2014
Last year I wrote about the emerging new round of the CRM wars following IBM’s decision to replace its Siebel implementation with SugarCRM. In particular, the increasing ease of switching between CRM systems at the end of your subscription encourages customers to continually switch in order to get the best new features. However with the true value of CRM increasingly being the custom developments done to the system and its integration with other enterprise systems, is there a way to reconcile these conflicting realities?
Reasons for caution
There are good reasons for you to be cautious about your future with …
Posted by admin on March 6, 2014
Salesforce1 is the new platform with a big ambition: to connect business applications and users, creating an integrated mobile Salesforce experience with APIs and mobile support. It represents a more API-focused view of Salesforce and, being built on the Chatter social platform, takes the view that our work lives are increasingly defined by connections. This ties in very nicely with a concept I’ve been using for a while, the “enterprise portal” where systems integration is used to automate all enterprise processes and provision data to staff where and when they needs it, making it available through a single portal. Mobile …
Posted by admin on February 24, 2014
Of all the questions I’ve been asked over the years, none seem to come with quite the edge of despair as those pertaining to Lotus Notes, whether it’s asked by IT or an end user. Today I’d like to share a perspective that allows everyone to enjoy their happy ending.
What’s the problem?
I doubt many past or present users of Notes will harbor any affection for it, unfriendly, unintuitive, Java-based memory-hogger that it is, but they might be very surprised to learn that IT is keen on what they perceive to be a powerful, stable and flexible platform, or …
Posted by admin on February 17, 2014
Since business intelligence (BI) systems evolved as data warehouses, businesses have been able to analyse and act upon increasing amounts of information that they hold in their databases. However today’s trends towards Big Data and real-time analytics are making BI systems look like dinosaurs: yesterday’s data is too old to be relevant, causing businesses to miss out on opportunities when faced with increasingly agile competitors. In-memory data is the technology that is making this world a reality, able to handle both traditional data and unstructured data, but what changes need to be made, and can legacy BI systems be integrated …
Posted by admin on January 31, 2014
I’ve written several blogs on how new mobile technologies, Big Data and the emerging Internet of Things are changing how we work, and today I’d like to discuss the specific challenges faced by the warehousing and self-storage industry.
Easier customer engagement and “one click” sales
The rise of mobile-first computing provides an array of opportunities to engage with the customer both more frequently and in a more relevant fashion, but also allows the customer’s experience to be made simpler and easier; all of which increase the chances of repeat business. With more commerce taking place over the internet and increasingly …
Posted by admin on January 23, 2014
In last year’s State of Mobile I predicted that the pace of innovation and disruption in the mobile market would mean the world would be very different today. The mobile world is continuing to change at a rapid pace, so here are my top picks for what’s important in where we are today.
iOS vs Android
If one thing hasn’t changed, it’s that you can hardly read a technology website without finding at least one article predicting “victory” for one ecosystem or the other, but fortunately the reality is more nuanced and far more interesting. Firstly, mobile is not …