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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)

ER Urgent Care Centers Participates in State Vaccine and Back-to-School Programs

MIAMI, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/20/07 -- ER Urgent Care Centers (PINKSHEETS: ERUC) ERUC is proud to announce that it is participating in the State of Florida Vaccination program. Its objective is to make sure that all children are properly vaccinated prior to the start of the school year. In addition, with the cooperation of local school officials, ERUC will be providing back-to-school and sport physicals throughout the State of Florida for the 2007-2008 school year. ERUC flyers are located in the lobby of each of the schools. This will have a tremendous impact on the patient flow as well as the exposure this will give the clinics to family, friends and faculty. For example, Miami-Dade County Schools has an approximate enrollment of 850,000 students and growing. It is the third largest school district in the United States. Fees vary depending on the age and the nee... (more)

Securing and Delivering Business Data on the iPhone

No one can doubt the success of Apple's iPhone, as it's now sold in over 70 countries and to date has well over 13 million units in use. I have been keeping a close watch and I'm sure that each one of us can say that they have seen one in use by a friend, neighbor and even a passerby in the street. It is my opinion that the success story has happened not just because the iPhone is a great device, but it is the all-around user experience that it creates which makes it so compelling! With the iPhone more than earning its place in the consumer market, it is now being adopted by corporations. So the next time you see the hottest device around, it may be in the hands of colleagues or competitors, giving them the edge over you! This adoption is being driven by such factors as the multitude of general applications available via Apple's iTunes AppStore. But let's ask ourse... (more)

Everyone Likes Something for Free, But...

I was asking myself a question the other day...Are 99c apps on the iTunes Appstore more popular? Lets face it everyone likes something for free and you can imagine that the free apps on the Appstore get a lot of downloads. So I started to check out around the web and came across a great article from the guys at Mobile Orchard My analysis after reading through it is, sure the Free apps get a LOT of downloads but surprisingly the 99c apps get roughly the same amount of downloads as the higher priced apps. I think that shows that iPhone users know the benefit of well thought out and written software... that in turn bodes well for the iPhone developers out there. ... (more)

What Do iPhone Developers Think of SDK 3.0 and the OS?

iPhone 3.0... Three days in and 100 Polled Its now been three days since the announcement of the iPhone 3.0 SDK and OS from Apple, ample time for the eager developers and users to have made their mind up. In fact I set a Linkedin Poll as soon as the announcement finished and already have had over 100 responses. I have felt a bit like a reporter following President Obama's first 100 days in office and we all know first impresstions count, so whats the score? Firstly, not surprisingly to me, nobody polled thought that Apple did not deliver the goods with this announcement and only 19% wanted Apple to deliver more. Maybe those 19% wanted video recording, background processes or some other features that did not make it into this cool enhancement list. Well you can't please everyone, but along with the 16% who were still thinking the features over, I am sure they will se... (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)

A Day at the Mobile Races

On January 27 2009 I opened a LinkedIn Poll to gauge "What will be the most widely adopted Enterprise Mobile Device in 2009?", which I decided would run for 2 months or 200 votes, whichever was first. To get the best cross section of voters I placed it on various groups of which I'm a member, such as... Enterprise Mobility Mobile Architects Mobile Development Professionals Mobilists Right from the offset I knew this would be an emotive question in the mobile arena and I had my own opinion who would win. I knew it would be close, but I did not know then how close it would be and how many times the lead would change. Today, Monday March 30, the poll closed and could be described as a three horse race, in fact let me describe my poll like a day at the (mobile) races. The runners and riders have been paraded around the paddock for us observers to look at  for a while now... (more)

Seven Steps to the iPhone Developer's World

Master, what is the best way to master iPhone Development? Grasshopper, here are my seven steps to becoming an iPhone Developer. Tread carefully and you will become a wise man... Buy an Intel Based Mac & a Device - though the iPhone/iPod Touch device isn't 100% necessary for this early stage, as the iPhone simulator that you will get with the SDK is free and more that capable for initial development. Saying that, there is no replacement ultimately for having a device. Join the Apple Developer Connection - It's free at http://developer.apple.com/. This is a great place to check out the very good Apple Documentation and gain access to some of the Developer videos on iTunes. I have enjoyed watching the TechTalks World Tour series, which gives a good introduction to many subjects from the Apple Evangelists. Download the Apple iPhone SDK - It's a large download, but be patie... (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)

Stanford iPhone

In one of my last few posts I have given you the Seven Steps to iPhone Development. I mentioned that I’m having great fun watching the free Stanford University iPhone Development Course which are available via iTunesU . Each week, in the 10 week class, there is a number of subjects covered in the tutorials and assignments set, that will build upon each other. OK for those of us that are not on campus, as we have the ability to take our time over each... but would you like to see behind the camera? WIRED has just posted a story here. Let's hope that the guy in the 3rd picture has not been partying too hard & did not miss too much ;-) Ian ... (more)

iPhone into Business Does Go

The New York Times has posted an article with the headline, “Apple iPhone Owners Don’t Use It For Work” – quite a bold statement, though now has been clarified and re-written as "Apple iPhone Owners Favor Personal Uses, Not Business". The writer, Jenna Wortham, sites findings from a Compete study who surveyed smartphone users and seems to be taking a perspective that the iPhone is being used for personal productivity whereas users of BlackBerry, Nokia, HTC and such use it for business/work needs. You can find the New York Times article here. In response to the New York Times article, Robin Wauters wrote a blog on TechCrunch questioning where the survey stats were coming from and how the headline was misleading as they feel the iPhone is for both work and play. Robin cites findings from AdMobs Mobile Metrics report and a study by JD Power and Associates which ranked... (more)