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Reducing resistance to iPhone in the Enterprise is happening and other blogs point in same direction! I was happy to see that Rachael King, who writes for Business Week has just posted two very interesting articles on 'Managing iPhones in the Enterprise' and 'Companies shed initial resistance to iPhone'. The first story includes a comment by Sybase's own Willie Jow, Vice President of Business Operations Mobility, who mentions the security features within iAnywhere Mobile Office that address security issues. The second is more lenghtly and covers the gaining adoption of the iPhone by Companies. Rachael includes several analyst quotes and stats/research on enterprise adoption. What is satisfying is that both echo my sentiments that I expanded on with my last posting... 'iPhone into Business Does Go!' So I stand by my statement of iPhone Users are becoming business savv... (more)

iPhone OS 3.0 Hits the Streets Today

Today June 17, is the day that iPhone OS 3.0 is available to the masses for download and I'm predicting upgrade fever will be the phrase for today and the next few weeks. History... On May 6th 2009, after a few rapid cycles, iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 5 was released for general consumption, still within the iPhone Developer Program and under NDA. Though the big news that accompanied it, was that Apple would no longer be accepting any iPhone or iPod touch applications that were not compatible with iPhone OS 3.0.To quote Apple's email... "Beginning today, all submissions to the App Store will be reviewed on the latest beta of iPhone OS 3.0. If your app submission is not compatible with iPhone OS 3.0, it will not be approved." This started developers and companies alike to certify their applications for 3.0. Sybase was one such company that successfully re-certified their iA... (more)

Smartest-Person-in-the-Room Complex

A few weeks ago, I came across one of those LinkedIn stories that pop up in everyone’s feed. Basically, it was an advice column dedicated to answering a question from someone who asked if he should leave a company that made stupid decisions despite him telling everyone what the right answer was. The comments section of the article was particularly one-sided as everyone sided with this individual, suggesting that if the company’s leadership team had such big egos that they never listened, he ought to find somewhere else to work. I find this type of response maddening. There is a prevailing belief, particularly in the tech industries, that coming up with the right answer is the hard part. While I certainly think that it is challenging at times to know the right answer, I would argue that knowing what to do is at best only half the solution. And people who believe t... (more)

It's a Mobile World

Currently we have explosive data growth leading to information everywhere. What is critical is access to useful information anywhere, anytime. End users want convenience, enterprises want ROI.  Wireless now is everywhere and coverage is strong and constantly improving. People can literally work from anywhere today and be as productive out of the office as they would be in the office. Consumer needs are defining what becomes the business need for mobile users. New mobile devices are constantly coming on the market. New operating systems are also emerging as the mobile world evolves. This is a challenge for Corporate IT to constantly support the latest and greatest devices that employees want to use. I have seen many waves in Mobile Computing... #1 Communicate... Mobile Alerts – Thin client, read only, one button response if any Mobile Mail & PIM – synchronising email... (more)

One Billion iPhone App Store Downloads Milestone Has Been Passed

This is a major milestone for an outstanding iconic Platform; from a company that always gives 100%... Apple... if they go into a market... they go into win! Since the iPhone was ‘born', we have seen many OS updates and two variants of the iPhone hardware... as well as a lot of consumer excitement, which is eventually coming to the Enterprise Mobility world. What can't be forgotten is that without the iPhone developers of this world, this would not have been possible. There are 35,000 applications on the App Store and each and every iPhone developer, that has either a free or chargeable application, should take a part of this celebration. We now look forward to the GA release of the iPhone 3.0 OS and the possibility of new enhanced hardware. Well done everyone. ... (more)

Xignite Financial Web Services To Help Wolfram|Alpha Engine

Cloud services provider Xignite announced it is working with Wolfram|Alpha, the world’s first computational knowledge engine. Under the agreement, Wolfram|Alpha has integrated Xignite Web services to provide powerful on-demand financial market data calculations for its users. Xignite Web services enabled Wolfram|Alpha to meet a tight development schedule and minimize infrastructure costs prior to its May 2009 launch. Wolfram|Alpha generates powerful systematic results through real-time computations on its ever-growing internal knowledge base. Wolfram|Alpha's knowledge base and capabilities already span many domains and its underlying framework has the power and flexibility to support any domain that is based on systematic knowledge. The information Xignite delivers in response to the search is aggregated and analyzed by Wolfram|Alpha before it is returned to the us... (more)

The Information Worker

Let me set the scene for my fictitious organization... My insurance company needs to speed up the flow and turn around in claims. Currently Assessors are given their appointments in the office at the start of day and then go out on the road. With them, they may take a paper notebook, a set of claim forms, dictaphone, diary, camera, mobile phone and a set of street maps for the local and surrounding area of responsibility. Not a pretty picture of a Mobile worker, with all this equipment, but a real possibility. During a full working day the Assessor drives to each claimant’s location and takes detailed notes & pictures, these separate pieces of information, then have to be entered into the back office system on return to headquarters at the end of day. Quite a task! The insurance company also has issues that they do not readily know where each Assessor is located; if a... (more)

The Economy and Enterprise Mobility?

This is the first in a series of five initial articles, in which I'm going to put my thoughts and findings on the subject of Enteprise Mobility. For this article I've decided to tackle the Economy, which is effecting us all in various degrees, according to your geographic location. Firstly I believe that Mobility as a strategy is bucking the trend of any downturn or slowdown in the economies around the world. Look at any analyst report and you will be able to see that Smartphone/Converged Mobile Device (CMD) handset sales are still on the rise, though not as sharply as over a year ago. What is being effected by any fluctuation in the economy, is that companies are looking at their investments that they have already made in Mobility, extremely carefully. This is from the basic level of investments, such as the handsets purchased and used for business, upwards. Any i... (more)

How's Business Viewing Enterprise Mobility?

This is the second in a series of five initial articles, in which I'm going to put my thoughts and findings on the subject of Enteprise Mobility. For this article I've decided to tackle the way that Business is viewing Mobility. This has definately changed over the last few years and has been caused by various factors. Economic factors (as mentioned in my first article) Diversity of devices (coming onto the market and into their companies) Sophistication of devices & device operating systems (opening up innovative designs for mobile applications) Ubiquitous high speed networks (allowing always available connectivity) Mobility is now looked on as a Strategic Platform rather than an item on an accountants spreadsheet. This Strategic platform should deliver precious corporate back-end data, which over 70% still resides on 'legacy' systems, to a wide variety of devices be... (more)

Opportunities and Enterprise Mobility?

This is the third in a series of five initial articles, in which I'm going to put my thoughts and findings on the subject of Enteprise Mobility. For this article I've decided to discuss the Opportunities that lie in front of companies that undertake an Enterprise Mobility Strategy. As part of making 'Mobility for the Masses', that I mentioned in my last article, the Information Worker (example here) has become a key mobile worker. The oppertunites to be gained here are... Ability to mobilize workflow Enabling transparency of business processes Zero latency of the above Agility of the worker with competitive data at their fingertips... anytime & anywhere Many critical processes are part of business process/workflow such as Purchase order requisition, HR requisition, Expense approvals, Intranet notifications, Timesheets, Tracking KPIs and CRM sales activity. If these ... (more)

Are Mobile Luddites Resisting Mobility?

This week I had my attention drawn by a few interesting articles that seem to suggest that, the increase into Enterprise Mobility has not occured yet. I am stating... 'Come into the Light of the Mobile Age or BE DOOMED!', that is my call to the Mobile Luddites. I must admit, I like that term Luddites as used by Eric Lai at ComputerWorld whilst he sites the Forrester Research study in his article here. Along with Pat Thibodeau's article here it makes really sad reading that... e-mail and the telephone remain the primary means of business communication Only about 10% of the workers said they use videoconferencing technology at work Only 15% reported using social networks at work However, that being said, the report also showed that... 30%, said they work in teams where members are in different locations, and nearly 11% said they regularly work with employees of other firms... (more)