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Enterprise Mobility Bytes | Week of – March 26 – April 1, 2018

The App Economy Is Solidifying Mobile Transformation

Business is about return on investment, plain and simple. If there’s no profit, there’s no business. In the ever-widening scope of technological innovation, those companies who take advantage sooner and with proper techniques tend to lead the pack in their individual industries. When considering enterprise mobility and how that’s transformed the way organizations run, there are myriad ways IT administrators can harness those tools to widen the bottom line.

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Rethinking Digital Transformation

McKinsey recently reported that companies are underestimating both the scope and speed of the transformation that is occurring across the world. The evidence of the inability for large established firms is clear. Market capitalization for U.S. companies is increasing while the number of public companies is decreasing. What’s going on?

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Google Launches Wear OS Developer Preview Including Android P

Google has announced the new Wear OS preview is now available to developers for testing on wearable devices. The Wear OS developer preview includes Android P platform features, alongside a new dark mode to enhance glanceability for the notifications stream and system launcher.

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Focusing On The Quality Of Mobile App Is Important

A plethora of mobile app development platforms can turn your ideas into awesome apps and that’s what driving the mobility hype these days. Quite needless to quote but yes, every enterprise wants its product to stand out in this ocean of mobile applications. Quality assurance, or simply said QA, is an essential aspect of the application development. Often used interchangeably with testing though they are different terms, QA is a process that is neatly integrated into the development cycle while testing is a process taking place after the application has been coded.

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Apple Teases Launch Of New Business Manager Platform For Enterprise Users

Apple is teasing the launch of a new Apple Business Manager device management solution for ‘late spring’ of this year. In a document outlining new enterprise features, Apple explains that Apple Business Manger is a web-based portal for IT managers to manage people and devices. Apple seemingly started beta testing its new Business Manager platform last month, as evident by this extensive document outlining the features of the platform. The beta testing period, however, began with little coverage from Apple itself or the press.

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Huawei, Xiaomi Unveil New High-End Smartphone Models

Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and Xiaomi introduced new top-of-the-line smartphone models in separate launches on March 27, but only Xiaomi’s new Mi Mix S2 smartphone may actually be marketed in the U.S.

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Google Releases Cloud Text-To-Speech Service For Developers

A new Google text-to-speech service generates natural-sounding speech in 32 voices and 12 languages. Developers can integrate the software with most enterprise apps and devices.

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Google Cloud Platform Adds Duo Of Application Performance Management Tools

Google Cloud Platform is rounding out its developer tools for application performance management with Stackdriver Profiler, service that allows you to see how code actually performs in production. Stackdriver provides monitoring, logging and diagnostics for Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services and open source packages.

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Office Mobile App Management Evens The EMM Playing Field

Office 365 shops have more options than ever to manage their mobile apps. Most of the top mobile app management (MAM) providers now support the Microsoft Graph API, which enables their products to manage Office 365 apps — but only among organizations that also own Microsoft Intune licenses. The latest addition to this market is BlackBerry’s Enterprise Bridge app, which also provides a container where IT can apply MAM policies to Office apps.

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Three Out Of Four Believe That AI Applications Are The Next Mega Trend

IDC predicts that global spending on cognitive and AI systems is forecast to reach $57.6 billion in 2021. In a follow-up to its 2017 survey on the future of marketing and content, Foster City, Calif-based organic search and content platform BrightEdge has released new findings from a survey of Fortune 500 marketers.

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Overcoming The Challenges Of Multi-Cloud Disaster Recovery

As multi-cloud environments proliferate, data backup and recovery tech is essential. Here’s how to assess enterprise multi-cloud disaster recovery capabilities — and limitations.

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The Four Pillars Of Digital Transformation In Banking

Digital transformation is about more than just providing online and mobile functionality. Traditional banking providers need to combine digital speed and convenience with human interactions that are both thoughtful and caring at crucial moments in the customer journey. Here’s how to get there.

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BlackBerry Calls Out Between Two Worlds

BlackBerry is introducing a way to bridge two worlds: Microsoft’s InTune container and the BlackBerry Dynamics sandbox. Called BlackBerry Enterprise Bridge, the new software allows work to flow between the old Good Dynamics container – now called BlackBerry Dynamics – and Microsoft apps. So if you receive a document with one identity in the Works sandbox, you can open it and edit in the Microsoft InTune sandbox.

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VMware Updates vRealize Suite With Focus On Business, Operational Intent

VMware is rolling out the latest version its vRealize cloud management platform, bringing customers the ability to tailor operations to their specific business intentions. The latest version also features new automation and lifecycle management capabilities.

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What Traditional Businesses Need To Know When Beginning A Digital Transformation

Digital transformation has been a top concern of CMOs, CEOs and boards across industries. The digital imperative came earlier to some sectors, such as media and financial services, while others have not yet been driven to re-invent their businesses around bits and bytes. For a company that’s still at the starting block, and with little experience in the realm of developing digital products and services, the prospect of transformation can be daunting.

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Microsoft Excel Gains New AI-Powered Data Types

Microsoft has added new capabilities to Excel that infuse spreadsheets with artificial intelligence, opening up new and faster ways for users to churn out reports. Excel’s “new, cloud-connected data types” are being rolled out to Office 365 business users who also happen to participate in the Office Insider early-access program, announced Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of the Office group at Microsoft, on March 29.

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IT Science Case Study: Aligning Security With A Cloud-First IT Strategy

Here is the latest article in a new eWEEK feature series called IT Science, in which we look at what actually happens at the intersection of new-gen IT and legacy systems. Unless it’s brand new and right off various assembly lines, servers, storage and networking inside every IT system can be considered “legacy.” This is because the iteration of both hardware and software products is speeding up all the time. It’s not unusual for an app-maker, for example, to update and/or patch for security purposes an application a few times a month, or even a week. Some apps are updated daily! Hardware moves a little slower, but manufacturing cycles are also speeding up.

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Culture Is One Of The Toughest Digital Transformation Challenges Coca-Cola Has Had

Changing culture across the marketing team is the hardest thing Coca-Cola has to tackle as it transforms the enterprise for the digital era, its chief digital officer says. Speaking at this year’s Adobe Summit in Las Vegas, the CPG’s digital chief, David Godsman, said the group kicked off its digital transformation 12 months ago, with the ambition of shifting a traditional bricks-and-mortar player to a digital leader in five years.

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Research Reports Reveal Concerns About IoT Risks And Microsoft Flaws

Multiple research reports released the week of March 26-30, reveal prevailing trends in the cyber-security attack landscape. In the aggregate, the reports provide a snapshot of some to the top concerns facing enterprise IT today, including cryptocurrency mining, ransomware and IoT threats.

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Healthcare Lags Other Industries in Digital Transformation, Customer Engagement Tech

A recent study examining the digital maturity of six industries found that the healthcare industry ranked third in terms of overall digital maturity, as healthcare firms typically lag about a decade behind other industries in adopting business technologies that would help with customer engagement.

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Cisco Critical Flaw: At Least 8.5 Million Switches Open To Attack, So Patch Now

Cisco has released patches for 34 vulnerabilities mostly affecting its IOS and IOS XE networking software, including three critical remote code execution security bugs. Perhaps the most serious issue Cisco has released a patch for is critical bug CVE-2018-0171 affecting Smart Install, a Cisco client for quickly deploying new switches for Cisco IOS Software and Cisco IOS XE Software.

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Adobe And Nvidia Expand Partnership For Sensei AI

Adobe and Nvidia have announced a partnership that will see both companies deliver new artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning services for Adobe Creative. Making the announcement during the Adobe Summit keynote in Las Vegas, Adobe CEO and president Shantanu Narayen was joined by Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang. The CEOs said the partnership will see both companies work to optimise the Adobe Sensei AI and machine learning framework for Nvidia GPUs.

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AT&T, Other Big Carriers Push Adoption Of Open Networking Deployments

AT&T and the world’s largest telecommunications providers are accelerating their move into open source networking software, pushing the mantra of software-hardware disaggregation and modern DevOps practices based on Kubernetes and containers.

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