The introduction of the centralized app store has proven to be a very successful software distribution model for the consumer market. However, in the enterprise this model flips things around, with users getting software directly from the producers, bypassing the information technology (IT) group.
Having worked in the IBM Cognos Mobile development team for the past several years, I’d like to share some of the challenges the app store model has introduced (both for us and our enterprise clients) and some of the best practices we’ve developed around adapting to this new world.
Software developers release directly to the users, bypassing IT. Continue Reading »Tweet
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are changing the way we interact with the world. No longer must devices operate in isolation; they can now communicate with each other to perform smarter, collaborative tasks. And those connected devices are moving into the world of transportation with the connected car.
A connected car, combined with your mobile device, can offer all manner of features not previously possible. Here are my top five expectations for the connected car: Continue Reading »Tweet
The visions and various implementations of smart, communicating objects are not new. The term Internet of Things has been is use for at least 15 years (Kevin Ashton, a cofounder and executive director of the Auto-ID Center, claims to have used the phrase first in 1999).
Billions of devices and sensors already communicate with each other and with us. They can help regulate thermostats, our water intake and our exercise routines; they can monitor jet engines, pacemakers and gas turbines; they are able to automate predictive maintenance of appliances, optimize a train’s velocity and enable countless yet-to-be-imagined capabilities.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer just about new devices, productivity improvements or even connectivity. It is about moving to a higher value by delivering actionable insights in the physical world from all the data that connected devices generate. Continue Reading »Tweet
Through my experiences with various clients, I’ve learned how to build mobile business solutions that can help meet differing requirements and expectations. In this new series of blog posts, I will share some sample business cases and then describe how you can develop solutions for these types of cases with IBM MobileFirst offerings.
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Mobile devices have evolved from handheld instruments used exclusively for making calls into smart devices—including smartphones and tablets—that can hold numerous applications. Many types of unified communications software are available today to turn your notebook computer into a “softphone,” which allows you to make telephone calls over the Internet rather than using your cell phone. These smart mobile devices have changed our lifestyle as well as our work life.
With the increased availability of smart devices that can access information and applications, bring your own device (BYOD) has become the mobile policy of many companies. BYOD permits employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (notebook computers, tablets and smartphones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications. Is this the right approach for enterprise IT policy?Tweet