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Enterprise Mobility Bytes | Week of October 2 – 8, 2017

Microsoft Is Bringing New Edge Apps To iOS, Android

Microsoft is taking the next step in its quest to try to keep Windows PCs relevant by bringing Edge to iOS and Android. Microsoft isn’t doing this in the way many had thought it might. The company is not porting the Edge browser to iOS and Android. It is instead bringing the Edge “experience” (its look and feel) — in the form of new apps — to these non-Windows platforms.

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Ford CEO Hackett: Digital Transformation Means Making The Business Fit First

Ford outlined its digital transformation plan, which revolves around smart connected vehicles, speeding up its product development and becoming more fit as a company on costs. The interplay between Ford’s quest for fitness and digital transformation is a notable one. CEO Jim Hackett, on the job at Ford for 100 days, is betting on a strategy where it can use efficiency and cost savings to fund the future.

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A Look At The Top 2018 Business Technology Priorities

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and tools such as conversational platforms, digital twins and blockchain are among the most strategic 2018 technology investments, according to Gartner. At Gartner’s Symposium/ITXpo in Orlando, Gartner outlined its top strategic investments. These investments will be pushed into a global IT spend of $3.7 trillion, up 4.3 percent from a year ago.

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How Digital Transformation Is Reshaping The IT Budget: The Journey Of Three CIOs

The lines between business and IT continue to blur, as next-generation technologies change and disrupt the way professionals get work done. Nowhere is this more evident than with the advent and growth of digital transformation. As methods and workflows move from on-premises to the cloud, or from manual tasks to automated processes, it can become unclear which division of the company is responsible for what. On the financial side of things, that disruption can also affect the IT budget.

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Appthority Pulse Report Reveals Top Blacklisted Apps By Enterprises

Appthority, the global leader in enterprise mobile threat protection, has released its new quarterly Enterprise Mobile Security Pulse Report, which reveals the most frequently blacklisted apps by mobility and security teams. For iOS devices, WhatsApp Messenger, Pokémon GO and WinZip were the top blacklisted apps. For Android, Poot-debug(W100).apk, an Android System Theme, and Where’s My Droid Pro topped the list.

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Modernizing Legacy Applications For Mobile Use Is Still A Top Challenge For IT

PowWow Mobile partnered with Enterprise Mobility Exchange to survey IT professionals about their 2017 digital transformation initiatives as it relates to mobile apps and how rapid mobile app development solutions can help to modernize their legacy applications. From our findings, we learned that enterprises large and small have an incredible amount of data and workflows that need to be modernized for multiple mobile devices.

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Google Beta Tests New NoSQL Document Database For App Developers

Google has launched a beta-version of a new fully managed NoSQL document database service for its Firebase application development platform. The new Cloud Firestore database, announced Oct. 3 is designed to help mobile and web application developers using Firebase to store and synchronize application-related data.

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Apple’s iPhone 7, 7 Plus Best-Selling Handsets In First Half Of 2017

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were the two top-selling smartphones worldwide in the first half of 2017, according to fresh data from IHS Market. But the two largest smartphone vendors in the world struggled during the first six months of the year as Chinese manufacturers continued to gain traction.

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Oracle Plugs Its AI Enterprise Bots Into Social Apps

Oracle has brought AI capabilities to its customers, allowing companies to build their own chatbots and hook them into the likes of Facebook Messenger and Slack. The major update to Oracle Mobile Cloud is reflective of people’s shift away from using web interfaces and even mobile apps and moving more towards social channels like Facebook Messenger, the company said.

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CIOs Lead Digital Transformation Projects, But Companies Still Fail To Innovate

More businesses are investing in digital transformation strategies to gain new opportunities for growth—but most companies are still failing to invest in key areas where customers are flocking, like mobile, according to a new report from Altimeter. In the The 2017 State of Digital Transformation report, Altimeter surveyed more than 500 executives and digital strategists to understand the current challenges and opportunities they face as they undergo a digital transformation.

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Succeed In Enterprise IoT: Narrow Your Focus

According to a recent Cisco survey, 60 percent of IoT projects stall at the proof-of-concept stage. And of the 40 percent of IoT projects that made it past the proof-of-concept stage, only 26 percent were considered a success. That adds up to a pretty dismal success rate. Is this indicative of IoT being overhyped and oversold? Or, to borrow from Gartner, is this just IoT slipping into the “trough of disillusionment” before finding that “slope of enlightenment?”

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Oracle AI Apps Now Present Throughout Enterprise Cloud Suite

Oracle has vastly expanded its roster of Adaptive Intelligent Applications, adding the narrowly focused, special-purpose machine learning tools to major modules in its cloud ERP suite — from financials and HR to manufacturing, the supply chain, e-commerce and sales. The new Oracle AI apps are the latest entry in a race among ERP vendors to show leadership in artificial intelligence, a once-ridiculed technology that has become the hottest trend in IT.

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Partnership Of Banks To Build Blockchain-Based Trading Platform

Bank of Montreal (BMO), CaixaBank, Commerzbank and Erste Group have joined an initiative launched by UBS and IBM in 2016 to build a new global trade platform based on blockchain technology. This platform called Batavia will be built to be openly accessed by organizations of all sizes anywhere in the world, and built to support trade finance for transactions across all modes of trade, whether goods are being transported by air, land or sea.

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ZTE To Launch Folding Smartphone Ahead Of Apple, Samsung

China’s ZTE could soon be launching a folding smartphone that splits its screen into two parts, but when unfolded creates what looks like a small tablet, according to several recent reports and rumors. An early report on Sept. 5 through news tipster Evan Blass said ZTE is soon planning to unveil a dual-screen Axon Multy handset that will unfold into a 6.8-inch display.

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The Rising Tension Between IoT And ERP Systems

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems have been on the scene for many years now, spitting out and consuming data on a range of functions, from the production-floor to the finance office. Now, with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), an entire new frontier is opening up. However, so far, there is precious little connectivity between the older world of ERP and this new frontier of IoT. That’s the takeaway of a recent IFS survey of 200 marketing and contracting managers, which finds that only 16 percent consume IoT data in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

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A Bumpy Road Toward The Smart City

Many US citizens and government officials are excited about the prospect of smart cities, but they also have concerns about issues such as paying for these initiatives, ensuring cybersecurity and privacy, and addressing a lack of needed technology skills. That’s according to a new study from technology industry association CompTIA, which surveyed 1,000 US households and 350 government officials on their awareness and interest in the concept of smart communities.

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NetApp, Microsoft Expand Partnership For Azure Hybrid Clouds

NetApp is expanding its partnership with Microsoft to bring more capabilities to Azure to make it easier for enterprises to migrate more workloads to the public cloud. The expanded collaboration with Microsoft was announced on Oct. 2 at NetApp’s Insight user conference, which is moving ahead under the pall of the country’s largest mass shooting, which occurred the day before the event was set to begin.

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Microsoft Power BI Now Makes AI-Driven App Recommendations

Power BI, Microsoft’s cloud-enabled business intelligence (BI) software and data visualization software suite, already uses artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, machine learning in particular, to help users gain more insights from their business information and ask the questions they didn’t even know to ask. Now, to help users make the most of the software’s extensibility in a more targeted manner, Power BI uses AI to suggest apps in Microsoft AppSource, a repository for Power BI, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 business apps, and surfaces those apps that are relevant to specific users.

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Google Touts AI, Machine Learning As It Unveils Pixel 2

Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 boasts some impressive specs, as expected, but the company is much more interested in talking about user experience than it was in boasting of the phone’s technical prowess. The online search giant trotted out two versions of the second-generation phone during its highly anticipated media event in San Francisco: the 5-inch Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, which features a 6-inch, pOLED 18:9 display. Both phones are powered by Android 8.0 Oreo and water-resistant, and both feature improved cameras over the first-generation Pixel, which received rave reviews for its camera technology when it was introduced last year.

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Digital Transformation Is All About CIO/CFO Collaboration

There are many factors that are required for a successful digital transformation project. One that’s been called out as particularly important is CIO and CFO collaboration. The emphasis on the importance of the relationship between the heads of the finance and technology functions is at the root of a new report from Forbes Insights. Conversely, when the relationship is problematic between finance and information technology then digital transformation projects tend to fail.

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