Without Enterprise Architecture, The Internet of Things is Just…Things
With the rise of the Internet of Things, there’s never been a more critical time for enterprise architects. In a recent piece in AnalyticsWeek, Jelani Harper discusses how enterprise architecture — employing containers and microservices — helps smooth the path to IoT. “Microservices are especially well suited for the IoT because of the machine-to-machine capacity of the latter. In particular, numerous IoT or Industrial Internet deployments involve machine learning.”
Debunking the Five Most Common Myths Associated with Enterprise Mobile Apps
Each year the world becomes more mobile. According to the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU), there are more active mobile phone subscriptions than people on the planet. In the consumer world, the mobile customer is the new norm, but the picture is notably different in the enterprise. There are five common myths associated with creating and deploying enterprise mobile apps. As a result, enterprises frequently encounter obstacles to achieving their mobility priorities.
Apple’s Siri Speaker Enters Production
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off on Monday, June 5, with an opening keynote. During the keynote, Apple is expected to announce software updates for its myriad of platforms, and, according to a new Bloomberg report, it’s looking more likely the company will announce a so-called Siri Speaker. According to the Bloomberg report, Apple has begun production on the Amazon Echo-like device. It’s not expected to ship until later this year, however.
Accelerate Task-Based Quick Wins In Your Enterprise with Micro-Apps
When you think “micro,” you probably think of something small or minuscule. In the world of mobile though, micro represents a consumer or business app that delivers highly-focused, task-based functionality while allowing users to get in, interact and get out of the process with maximum efficiency. While business mobile apps are designed to help increase productivity and workflows in a number of situations, micro-apps are designed to resolve simple but critical tasks in your organization.
Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report: Five Takeaways
Mary Meeker, partner at venture firm KIeiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has released her annual internet trends report. As usual, the lengthy compilation of Internet prognostications offers a comprehensive look at the current digital technology landscape and what tech trends to expect next.
Enterprise Mobile App Uptake ‘Not Accelerating’
The latest missive from analyst firm Gartner is a pessimistic one, with the company warning that more than a quarter of enterprises globally have not built, customized, or virtualized any mobile apps in the last 12 months. Despite this gloomy outlook, the number has gone down from the previous year, which stood at 39 percent of respondents. Enterprises who have undertaken mobile app development have deployed eight mobile apps on average to date – a ‘relatively flat’ number when compared with 2016.
See How Atlanta is Transforming Itself Into a Smart City
Atlanta, like other metro centers, is striving to become a “smart city” via the latest technological innovations. But with some of the city’s infrastructure more than 100 years old, it faces challenges that planners hope to resolve through an integrated technology approach.
Enterprises Relying on Legacy Tech to Manage IoT Risks
Enterprises are not managing the risks associated with the Internet of Things , with many relying on legacy technologies and governance practices to mitigate security threats, according to the Ponemon Institute. A recent study by the Ponemon Institute, which surveyed 553 enterprise IT decision makers, showed that most organisations are aware swathes of easily compromised IoT devices enable hackers to build massive botnets as exemplified by the Mirai botnet that crippled the internet in October.
Five Emerging Technologies for Rapid Digital Transformation
Most people involved in enterprise technology are well aware that we live in exponential times, with the rate of change across most technological trends occurring at a rate far quicker than in years past. Almost daily, the industry witnesses data points in the tech media that show us that we are currently at a high watermark for technological innovation. In this hyper-competitive yet nearly flat operating environment that organizations face today the pressure to keep pace and deliver a wider range of digital capabilities has never been greater.
Enterprise App Development on the Back Burner
In this year’s Gartner mobile app survey, results have shown that more than a quarter of organizations globally have not built, customized or virtualized any mobile apps in the last 12 months… This number is down from the 2016 survey, where 39 percent of respondents said they had not built, customized or virtualized any mobile apps in the previous 12 months.
Legacy Processes Are Holding Back Your Digital Business
Businesses like Netflix and Uber are often touted as ‘cloud native’ businesses, without the disadvantages of legacy enterprise IT to hold them back from taking advantage of SaaS and PaaS, microservices and mobile apps. And Aaron Levie, CEO of file sharing service Box, says that Netflix “had time to become an end-to-end business and to create its own content, because it was digital from the ground up.” Getting your own sustainable digital business model, though, takes far more than just having a web site for customers or some mobile apps for employees.
Enabling Mobile in the Workforce with Three Key Components of an Enterprise App
For any forward-thinking CEO, the mobile enablement of the workforce is of paramount importance. Enabling the mobile workforce requires enterprises to address a host of issues around management of mobile devices, data, applications, security, and expenses. But as solutions for these challenges become increasingly commoditized, the focus is shifting to optimizing the user experience.
Your Digital Initiative’s Biggest Test May Be Measuring Its Success
Digital transformation is a key initiative for many CIOs these days, but how do you know if your digital efforts are working? Gauging customer and employee engagement has worked for David Gledhill, who as CIO of DBS has propelled the Singapore bank from digital laggard to leader over the past nine years. Gledhill, who spoke about the topic on a panel at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium last week in Cambridge, Mass., attributed some of his success to creating instrumentation and metrics to track operational efficiency and digital engagement.
Why Mobile Apps Management Trumps a Traditional BYOD Strategy
While mobile devices are critical to any modern business strategy, paying for company-owned smartphones or tablets — or mobile device management (MDM) software to keep them all secure — can be a wasteful pursuit. “Basically, they…end up hitting a roadblock getting every group or department, business unit or user type to sign on to have their device managed,” said Chris Silva, a Gartner research director, “especially, if it’s a personally owned device.” A more targeted solution: a mobile applications management-only (MAM) strategy, which locks down enterprise applications and data associated with them, not the devices themselves.
The Perils of Digital Transformation
Discussions around the topic of digital transformation often take on a “do or die” flavor, with one party warning others of the perils of not undergoing a digital transformation. Digital technology is upsetting the proverbial apple cart, disrupting the way organizations do business and interface with customers. And with this comes new demands and new, much higher standards. However, for all these challenges, digital tech also presents companies with opportunities to grow, to gain knowledge, and, ultimately, to succeed in new and exciting ways.
Walmart Introduces VR Training in All of Its U.S. ‘Academy’ Centers
The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, is set to introduce virtual reality into its training programs for management, customer service and more. VR instruction will be added to each of the retailer’s 200 ‘Walmart Academy’ training centers across the US by the end of 2017.
The Future of Business: A Call for Digital Transformation
According to John Chambers, former CEO of Cisco, “in 10 to 15 years, more than 500 billion devices worldwide will be connected to the Internet.” The Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept of connecting any device with the Internet, and it’s clear that IoT will have a profound impact on our daily lives at a much faster rate than previously anticipated. IoT is but one example of a transformative technology; and while the impact of technologies like IoT isn’t new, we are seeing an acceleration in new innovations and developments across many fields, with breakthroughs in one area serving to propel another forward.
Four Steps to a Digital Transformation
By now, most of us have heard of the idea of digital transformation and how critical it is to the longevity of our business. Yet, despite all the hype, there is little discussion on what digital transformation really means, or advice on real-world steps on how to get there. In this article, we’re going to tell you in simple terms what all the fuss is about as well as what steps are required to move your company to a digitally transformed state.