We’ve seen a boom of mobile devices and applications that have been developed for use in our personal lives and business environments. Have you thought about how these are changing our lifestyle? The mobile development solution war is here: companies are now battling to innovate the next mobile solution that will change our lives.
The need to be always connected wherever and whenever we go has triggered a new generation of solutions and devices for mobile environments. These tools allow us to be “always on” and to maintain constant communication with family, friends and our work environment. Continue Reading »Tweet
There are a lot of Big Numbers associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) at the moment. Really Big Numbers. Industry analysts and vendors are all keen to tell us just how big these numbers might get. What all of them have in common however, is the prediction that by 2020 there will be tens of billions of connected devices, driving trillions of dollars in revenue. That’s a lot of revenue. We only normally talk about trillions of dollars of anything when we are discussing the GDP of some of the world’s largest nations.
I am of the opinion that many of these numbers, particularly the revenue projections, are fairly optimistic, at least in the 2020 timeframe. That the heady optimism of the present may well give way to a trough of disillusionment in a year or two, at least in the media. Looking to the longer term however, I am much more bullish and would actually lean the other way and suggest that we can’t yet predict how big the IoT will become or to what extent it will transform companies, industries and even society. In the rest of this post I will attempt to outline the reasons for this. Continue Reading »Tweet
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.