By Dr. Christelle Scharff
Mobile technology is closing the achievement gap and providing students and adults around the world with unprecedented access to education.
Mobile learning offers new ways to support learning through tablets, MP3 players and phones. It accommodates different styles of learning – anywhere, anytime and, particularly, on the go. Cloud technologies are at the root of mobile education’s rapid expansion, opening up new learning possibilities for people across the globe who previously had no access to any kind of education at all. Cloud technologies are used in solutions going from SMS services adapted to basic phones to sophisticated mobile apps for smart phones. Continue Reading »
By Martin Cooper
After decades of existence, the mobile phone is finally beginning to hint at its potential to address some of society’s most important challenges.
As the mobile industry grows out of its vapid obsession with pixels, apps, and bling, recognition of one of the mobile phone’s higher callings is getting attention. This emerging focus on the phone as a device for transferring personalized health information to and from an individual sets society up for revolutionary improvements in healthcare.
Just imagine a society in which diseases, and the pain and suffering they cause, simply do not exist—in which people are healthy until end-of-life. Such a society is within the realm of scientific possibilities, but only if we change our approaches to healthcare. Smarter use of data, enabled by mobile phones, can help as we switch from curing diseases that have already struck to anticipating and preventing the diseases before they strike. Continue Reading »
By Stephen Gold
Ever since the early days of personal computing, scientists, sci-fi mavens and movie makers have envisioned a time when people would interact with pocket-sized intelligent digital assistants that would help them organize their lives and get things done.
Like flying cars, those intelligent digital assistants always seem to be off in the future.
Except that’s not so anymore. Today, scientists and engineers at IBM are designing cognitive systems that will ingest vast amounts of information, learn, reason, and interact with people in ways that are more natural to us.
Very soon, you’ll have all of the power of Watson, the Jeopardy-winning computer, delivered in the palm of your hand. In fact, some early adopters are already trying out test versions of the technology.
Many people think of Watson as a room-sized supercomputer. Today’s reality is quite different. The computing power of the original Watson has been squeezed into a space the size of three pizza boxes, and, thanks to the cloud, Watson’s intelligence can be accessed on your smart phone or tablet wherever and whenever you want it.
By Andy Daudelin
Among the 10 most stressful C-Suite roles of 2014 in business today is the role of chief information security officer (CISO). These IT security leaders set the strategy for the way a company protects itself from constantly evolving cyber threats – and they must implement these strategies without disrupting the speed of the business or its ability to innovate.
The threat landscape today is fraught with risk. IBM’s most recent Cyber Security Intelligence Index confirms that the average company faces 1.57 million security events per week, with 1,400 of those identified as actual attacks. And earlier this year, I discussed how new security threats and regulations will make 2014 a critical year for compliance and audit demands, and organizations need to be better prepared.
Cloud and mobile technologies are an excellent example of the balance CISOs must strike as they strive to protect the IT infrastructure while incorporating emerging technologies. Many companies are finding cloud an ideal platform for emerging business applications and are integrating those cloud-based services with their traditional technology platforms. It’s the CISO’s mission to secure all of this – and its underlying data – as a single seamless service. Continue Reading »
By Rich Esposito
Keeping pace with the latest consumer technologies is hardly a new challenge for business. Not too long ago, business leaders were scratching their heads over the idea of selling stuff over the Internet.
But if we step back from the latest gadget-of-the-month discussion and look at how companies have evolved their mobile strategies, we find many still don’t have a strategy at all. Instead, they’re taking a tactical, often siloed or reactive approach to mobile computing, rushing to build a new app without a bigger picture of how the platform can provide opportunities to generate real business value.
What’s needed is a comprehensive mobile strategy and roadmap. In fact, an IBM study of mobile leaders found that organizations that are both prioritizing mobile technology initiatives and implementing a mobile strategy are twice as likely to receive IT budget increases and experience revenue growth of 10 percent or more. Continue Reading »
By Rich Schwerdtfeger
Throughout the history of computing, software has typically advanced more quickly than the hardware on which it runs. But that’s not the case when it comes to documents and mobile devices. All too often, things like PDF documents and HTML pages are laborious to operate on a mobile device or limited in capability. When you consider the widespread and unrelenting proliferation of mobile devices, from smart phones to tablets, the problem was only going to get worse.
At IBM we viewed the challenge as an accessibility issue, one that was preventing consumers from viewing their desired content. So we set out to collaborate to create a solution that would help the literally billions of mobile users access and consume documents easily and without degradation of performance.
When developing an accessibility strategy for software we try to take a holistic view that is heavily dependent on open standards. When we set out on this journey, our two primary documentation formats were XHTML and PDF. Continue Reading »
By Christopher Altchek
In today’s “mobile first” world, creating content with a laser focus on distribution is more important than ever.
Content consumption patterns have evolved dramatically from just four years ago as smart phones per capita globally has grown from 4 percent in 2008 to 22 percent in 2013. With content consumption shifting to mobile devices at a rapid pace, businesses that are trying to reach their customers need to very clearly define the audience and its consumption habits.
For example, are you targeting college students who live on SnapChat and Instagram or are you targeting a CMO who goes from meeting to meeting, checking their email and Twitter feeds religiously? Knowing your core audience and understanding their behavior is crucial to building a mobile strategy. Continue Reading »
By Anthony Behan
For all the talk of curved cell phones, wearable tech, and android cars at CES this week, most telco consumers around the world are still driven by price. Prepaid subscribers in growth markets remain highly price sensitive, and many carry a SIM card for each service they require, from different service providers, in order to minimise the cost of communications. Competition is ferocious, and data usage for the mass market remains a luxury – internet cafés remain massively popular across the developing world.
Today we buy data from our communications service provider in subscriptions or bundles. For example we can subscribe for 10 GB per month, in some countries we can choose to buy 1GB for $5 pre-paid, and in other models it’s unlimited. Unlike voice minutes, data is expensive to provide, and so service providers are constantly looking for models to minimise their exposure while not undermining the experience of the consumer. One question being asked now is what if you could share your data? What would that do to consumption patterns, and the user experience? Continue Reading »
By Chris Preimesberger
Hot on the heels of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend is this one: bring your own cloud (BYOC).
It sounds like another market-speak acronym designed to promote a new product or service. But once you get past the jargon, there is some substance there, not to mention a whole new market. In fact, users are increasingly presented with the option to own their own personal storage or collaboration cloud outside of their enterprise.
BYOC describes a trend in which people bring their own “personal clouds” to work; or when employees are empowered to use public or private third-party cloud services to help them perform certain jobs. In the corporate version, BYOC typically involves the stitching together of enterprise and consumer software, both in the cloud and on-premise, to get the job done. Continue Reading »