Last year, Apple introduced iBeacon to iOS (which is really just based on Bluetooth low energy [BLE] and is also available on Android devices). Since then, the excitement around the applications for this technology has been ramping up exponentially. Conceptually, iBeacons act like GPS satellites but at a micro-location (and often indoor) scale. Several iBeacons could be located in different areas around a building. As a person moves through the building, her smartphone can pick up the signals of any iBeacons in range and know her precise location within the building.
For many, iBeacon is synonymous with location-targeted retail ad technology. This is probably because many iBeacon articles use this as an example of how iBeacons work and what they could be used for. However, the potential applications of iBeacon and micro-location technology are much broader. Here are several examples: Continue Reading »Tweet
Nowadays the word mainframe is mistakenly used to refer to an old world. New frontiers are monopolized by mobile technology, and most people believe that these two worlds oppose each other, or are even competitors.
I believe many are not aware that IBM System z technology is so up-to-date that it can be efficiently mixed to build a mobile-ready and cost-affordable infrastructure.
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In current times mobile devices are everywhere (cell phones, tablets, smartwatches). You have to provide for these devices, or “feed” them, by making the needed data and services readily available in the right way and at the right time.
If you produce mobile applications that deal with online information or that need to interact with your systems, one of your main goals should be having this information available at the right time and place.
No user wants to lose valuable minutes waiting for an application to update content, show a search result, see a product description or simply pass to the next screen. We need the correct information at the correct time and if we don’t get it, we’ll simply fly away to a faster and more reliable application.
There are several ways to host the servers and applications that you need to serve your clients in the traditional way. You can: Continue Reading »Tweet
Every four years, the world joins together to watch the jogo bonito (translated “the beautiful game”): soccer. Each new World Cup presents a great opportunity to observe what has changed since the previous games—new teams, new stars and as of late a large shift in how consumers use technology to enjoy the game.
Here are some of the trends I noted from this World Cup and how you could use them in a mobile enterprise: Continue Reading »Tweet