The rise in popularity of smart mobile devices has introduced a host of unique security challenges to IT departments across the enterprise. At the root of these challenges is a strong desire by employees to use their mobile devices in heavily firewalled private networks. They use their phones for virtually everything in their personal lives, so they naturally wonder why they cannot also check their work email, manage their schedules and share documents from their phones. The core difficulty of this seemingly simple desire, for IT departments, is a fear of unauthorized intrusions into and sensitive data flowing out of their private networks. Enterprises worry about the level of control and monitoring (or lack thereof) that can be imposed on these new devices.Tweet
The world’s largest annual gathering of mobile industry leaders, visionaries and innovators will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from March 2–5. Mobile World Congress is the center of all things mobile: technology developments, new services and growth strategies in the mobile industry.
“The Edge of Innovation,” this year’s conference’s theme, emphasizes our place in the midst of a mobile communications revolution that’s driving our greatest technology breakthroughs. There are nearly seven billion mobile subscriptions worldwide—the equivalent of 95.5 percent of the world population. The planet has reached the mobile moment.Tweet
So far in my mobile wallet series, I’ve introduced and offered a definition of what a mobile wallet is: a container to store digitized valuables for authorization. I broke down the concept into proximity and remote mobile wallets, as well as umbrella and integrated wallets. In the most recent post, I discussed the many mobile wallet services that are or could soon become available. Now let’s look at what this all looks like in the real world. Continue Reading »Tweet
As we continue to count down the days before IBM InterConnect, here’s a glimpse into some of the great content being prepared for the Mobile portions of the event. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a veteran, it can be difficult to pick from all the great sessions offered at an IBM event and InterConnect is no exception.
Let’s start with the Mobile Enterprise keynote session on Monday (February 23) at 2:00 p.m. During this session, we’ll address one of the most typical pain points faced by CIOs, IT managers and mobile app developers: trying to support the continuous iteration of mobile apps to meet business requirements under tight deadlines. Research shows that 85 percent of enterprises have a mobile app backlog because they can’t cope with business demands, resulting in competitive disadvantage. To realize the full potential of mobile, you need to look beyond the apps themselves. For example you should: Continue Reading »Tweet