The Need for “Yelp-Like” Consumer App Experiences in Enterprises
While the consumer app market has grown significantly in the last ten years, the business mobility market continues to lag. “Yelp-like” experiences are commonplace for consumer apps but are wanted and needed in the enterprise, with users expecting to accomplish multiple business workflows that span multiple applications and data sources via one mobile app.
Why Mature DevOps Shops are Utilizing Automated Security
More than two thirds of respondents to a survey conducted by Sonatype say their DevOps practices are either ‘very mature’ or of ‘improving maturity’, with mature organizations weaving automated security into their DevOps practices. The study, which polled almost 2,300 IT professionals, found only a quarter (28 percent) of mature DevOps teams believe they were being slowed by security requirements, while 38 percent of developers in those teams say security is a primary concern.
PowWow Mobile’s SmartUX 5.0 Released So You Can Make Low-Code Apps Even Faster
PowWow Mobile, the enterprise mobility platform that lets you create apps, has announced the latest release of its SmartUX Platform version 5.0. The new enhancements will simplify collaboration between IT and business teams through new levels of speed, visibility, and controls.
How Role-Based App Development Drives Enterprise Transformation
Most organizations have evolved their customer-facing mobile apps through several generations of maturity. Design principles carefully consider the entire customer journey, and we would not dream of making customers open several apps during that journey. However, few have taken the same approach with app development for their employees, where it is still common to find a mindset of functional app deployment to an internal app store for self-service usage.
Enterprises Using ‘Portal’ Apps on Rose With Android Becoming More Dominant
A new study from enterprise app platform provider Fliplet confirms Android became more dominant in the enterprise in 2016, with consumer-facing apps similarly gaining in popularity. The findings were released in the company’s 2017 enterprise mobile app report, and found of its more than 35,000 users of apps built on its platform, Android secured 42 percent of activations in 2016, up from 23.4 percent the year before.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: An Android Tablet Built with Enterprise Users in Mind
For the most part, Android tablets have been relegated to a device used to catch up on Netflix or to entertain kids with games. Samsung’s $599 Galaxy Tab S3 is the Korean’s company latest attempt to change that narrative. Well, as much as it can. After all, the company can’t force third-party developers to build apps for a tablet. But Samsung has built a stylus and keyboard for the Tab S3, both of which go a long way in making it useful.
Google Reports a Jump in Hacked Websites in 2016
Google last year recorded a 32 percent increase over 2015 in the number of websites that its search engine flagged as being hacked. More than six in 10 of the webmasters of such sites, however, never received a notification from Google about their properties being infected because their sites had not been registered with Search Console, Google said in a review on its Webmaster Central Blog this week.
Google Mobile App, Website Redesign Adds Search Shortcuts
Google has announced a redesign to its mobile apps on iOS and Android, along with its Google.com mobile website, that is shortcut-focused to explore deeper topics. The redesign adds shortcut access underneath the search box. It includes topics of interest like weather, sports, restaurants, entertainment news, and more.
Apple Users Can Now Automate Their Lives for Free as Apple Buys Workflow Apps
Apple has acquired Workflow, an automation app for the iPhone and iPad that helps users program tasks between other apps. Two years ago Workflow won an Apple Design Award and got a glowing review from Apple’s accessibility engineer due to the app’s support for iOS accessibility features. Today, the app and its developers are part of Apple.
Legacy Technology is Biggest Barrier to Digital Transformation
Nimbus Ninety, the UK’s independent research community for disruptive business and technology leaders, has released its latest research into digital transformation in partnership with Ensono, a cloud solutions and Hybrid IT services provider. The report interviewed 251 senior stakeholders responsible for digital transformation initiatives and found that 36 percent view increased competition from digitally driven companies as a challenge, yet more than half (52 percent) of respondents rated their organizations’ progress toward achieving their digital ambitions as adequate or poor.
Two Reports Investigate Growing Demand for Enterprise Mobile Apps
Two new research reports from different companies with different goals speak to one main conclusion: enterprises are demanding more mobile apps. Who develops them, how they’re created and what they’re used for may vary, but more enterprise mobile apps are definitely being built, according to reports from Fliplet and ContractIQ.
IDC Forecasts Western European Mobility Revenues to Reach $224.8 Billion in 2017
Mobility revenues in western Europe are set to reach $224.8 billion in 2017, a marginal increase of 0.1 percent over the previous year, according to the latest analysis from IDC. Purchases of mobile hardware, software, and services are expected to grow at a more stable rate in 2019 and 2020, achieving a compound annual growth rate of 0.4 percent over the 2015–2020 forecast period and reaching $230.3 billion in 2020.
Why the New 9.7-Inch iPad Might Jumpstart Becalmed Apple Tablet Sales
As anticipated, Apple on March 21 unveiled a new tablet it’s calling, simply, the iPad. The device is designed to replace the aging iPad Air 2 and comes with a 9.7-inch Retina display. While it doesn’t include significant design enhancements compared to its predecessor, it comes with several improved components, including a faster A9 processor and 10 hours of battery life, which should help it satisfy most consumer, education and enterprise buyers.
Windows 10 Gets Battle-Hardened: US Army Recruits 10,000 Rugged Tablets
The US Army’s Windows 10 deployment has progressed far enough to roll out nearly 10,000 new rugged tablets with Microsoft’s latest OS. The rugged Windows 10 tablets will be deployed to soldiers who support the US Army’s Global Combat Support System, an SAP web system that handles the US Department of Defense’s logistics, supplies, and finances.
Augmented Reality Gets a Second Life in Manufacturing
The ungraceful death of the consumer version of Google Glass in 2015 may have had some grieving the early death of augmented reality. But the technology is being resurrected by companies on the manufacturing floor. Take for example Lockheed Martin. Technicians at the aerospace manufacturer use Microsoft’s Hololens headset to design and examine models of spacecraft such as the Mars lander ahead of its 2018 mission.
How Are Governments Using Blockchain Technology?
Government organizations across the globe are exploring the use of blockchain technology to improve operations. According to a recent survey conducted by IBM and the Economic Intelligence Unit, government interest in blockchain is high. Nine in 10 government organizations plan to invest in blockchain for use in financial transaction management, asset management, contract management and regulatory compliance by 2018.
Could Your iPhone Replace Your Laptop?
A new patent application from Apple shows it toying with the idea of a laptop powered by an iPhone that’s docked face up where the touchpad is normally positioned. The idea that a smartphone is a pocket-sized computer has spawned many dreams of creating a phone that is a PC. Microsoft has tried it with Continuum, Canonical wanted to do it for Ubuntu, and startup Jide hopes to bridge Android to the PC. The one thing all these attempts lack is Apple’s control over hardware.
How CIOs are Transforming Their Organizations for the Digital Era
Companies are facing a digital imperative to revamp business operations to better serve customers. To accommodate these shifts, CIOs are making sweeping organizational changes. Social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) form the primary digital fuel for most IT organizations. But most CIOs eager to stay atop trends are also testing new products in artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things and blockchain. Collectively, such technologies have the potential to help companies transform their business processes.
Think Digital Renovation, Not Digital Transformation
When you renovate an old house, you start by improving what’s there. The same goes for digital transformation. But instead of thinking of it as a “transformation,” it might help to look at it as Sergio Zyman does — “digital renovation.” Zyman’s book “Renovate Before You Innovate” preaches improving what you already have rather than scrapping everything and starting from scratch.