The Internet of Things has continued to grow at a pace that suggests a
staying power beyond a simple buzzword. It permeates nearly every industry
across the globe, both industrial and consumer, and although the complexity
varies from application to application, the technology has allowed us to
rethink the way we live into the future. However, as fun as it is to don the
seer's cap and predict all of the wonderful ways connected technology will
change our lives, the development of the "back end" of the Internet of Things
is proving to be a formidable component in the quest for growth.
As our devices continue to increase in connective capability, the amount of
data being transferred every second will continue to grow as well. As the
flow of data expands, the mobile and web applications through which the data
runs will need to be able to incorporate not only greater amou... (more)
Will native applications be the dominant and preferred form of interaction or
will new technologies like HTML5 make web apps more preferable? These are the
two major ways applications are supported in a mobile platform:
Native Application: It is essentially a bundle of software that can run on a
smartphone or tablet. Native apps are specific to particular mobile platform.
Mobile Web: Refers to browser-based experience on mobile devices. Mobile
websites can essentially run across any platform with a built-in browser.
Mobile presence is no longer an option for organizations so business and
technology leaders need to decide on a mobile application development
strategy to make best use of their budget. This article highlights the
strengths of mobile web and native apps that will help make an implementation
Mobile web refers to a browser-based Internet ... (more)
Apple is apparently more reasonable than it lets on.
Back in 2010 it offered Samsung a license. Apple estimates that it might have
cost Samsung $288 million back then. Now it's asking $2.5 billion and that's
just in the current case in California.
FOSS Patents calls it "the most spectacular revelation of the ongoing trial."
In August of 2010 a "shocked" Apple, upset that a major supplier could copy
its iPhone technology, handed Samsung a detailed presentation of dozens of
examples of where it believed the Korean company's Galaxy S phone infringed
Most of those patents haven't been asserted in litigation anywhere.
Two months later in a document pointedly called "Samsung-Apple Licensing
Discussion" it offered to license its patents for $30 per handset and $40 per
tablet. The license would have covered Samsung devices running Android,
Symbian, Bada a... (more)
Mobile adoption rates are on the rise and if market reports are any
indication, growth rates aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Consumers and
employees alike are the driving forces behind mobile adoption spurred by the
evolution in mobile device capabilities along with the speed of mobile
A recent Morgan Stanley research study predicts that sales of smartphones
will overtake PC sales (including both desktops and notebooks) in the next
two years, supporting the demands of our always-connected society.
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The ubiquity of smartphones and more than 300,000 mobile apps available on
Apple’s App Store, coupled with the ease and convenience of mobile
computing is putting pressure on IT to mobile enable B2C and B2E applications
to facilitate organizational efficiency and keep up with consumer and
Too often, little consideration is given to performance testing in the
context of mobile application testing. We are reaching a tipping point in how
consumers are accessing the Internet, with more than 50% of users expected to
access the Web via a mobile device by the end of 2013. With this increase in
mobile usage comes the need (really, a requirement) for organizations to meet
an increased expectation in application performance.
As users demand the same experience whether they are accessing Web-based
content from their smart phones, tablets, or laptop computers, the
performance of your mobile application has never been more crucial to the
performance of your bottom line. Not only are user expectations creating a
need for better performing apps, your competitors are rushing to mobilize
their apps, creating a sort of "mobile arms race" in which the loser risks
Welcome to a series on three concepts decision makers must understand for
their own mobile application development. Many companies are creating
mobile applications for internal and external use. Some of these mobile
apps are systems that exist in some other form, such as a traditional web
application. Or, perhaps a company wants to speed up an old Microsoft Access
database entry form and increase its accessibility. Some are pioneering new
ways to utilize the mobile connectivity with applications that change the way
we interact with our world around us.
No matter what kind of mobile application development you are considering,
there are several critical decisions you need to make based on your unique
product and opportunity in order to create a successful mobile app and spur
adoption and entanglement.
Audience and Platform Support
The first step is to identify th... (more)
Here’s a quick look at what’s out and what’s in for IT in 2014.
What’s out: Mobile, especially Mobile First. What’s in? Experience First.
Mobility has become a means to an end now. People now demand compelling,
engaging, context-aware experiences that catch them in the moment, that
deliver services when they most need or want them. People want an emotional
connection to the companies they do business with, and mobility is definitely
one tool that can be used to deliver that. Certainly, mobility is going to
continue to grow, people are still catching up in certain areas. and it will
be a critical delivery channel, but it’s not only about mobility any
longer. It’s really about the experience. And it’s a multi-channel
experience, that will grow to include wearables.
What’s out: general-purpose wearables -- Segway for your face? No, thank
you. What’s in, use-specific w... (more)
While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are very widely adopted, far
fewer companies have implemented a comprehensive enterprise mobility
strategy. When there isn't a consistent governance policy in place, the
approach to mobility tends to become fragmented and siloed, with each
department executing on its own strategy.
Without a high-level, enterprise view of mobility and the governance policy
to support it, mobility management will be supported by a series of redundant
and fragmented point solutions, which can be quite costly. Worse still,
failure to implement an end-to-end strategy leads to increased risk and
sub-optimal service from lack of coordination.
As the mobility phenomenon matures over time, companies are increasingly
looking at mobility from a much higher level. Forget about devices. Forget
about applications. What matters is the whole end-to-end ex... (more)
How quickly do things change in the world of mobility? Just last year, CA
Technologies conducted a worldwide survey that told an entirely different
story from the one we are hearing today. 2013’s Enterprise Mobility –
It’s All About the Apps was a call to action for enterprise IT to keep up
with customers mobility demands and employee’s desire for BYOD.
If last year was about keeping up with customers’ mobile application
demands, this year that issue has all but disappeared. Our 2014 survey
respondents released an average of six customer-facing apps last year, and 71
percent of organizations surveyed are now providing mobile apps to their
customers. So what’s the problem?
Our latest research report, Mobility: Why Your Customers Aren’t Satisfied
and What to Do About It, is a wakeup call. The survey reveals shockingly low
end user satisfaction with enterprises’ mobili... (more)
"As end-user demands and requirements have evolved, extending the performance
and scalability benefits of our Ultra Messaging software to audiences
accessing applications on any Web-enabled device has been a priority for many
customers in the financial services arena" said Mike Pickett, VP of Product
Marketing for Ultra Messaging at Informatica, as it was announced jointly by
Informatics and Kaazing that Kaazing's WebSocket Gateway technology will
henceforth be integrated into Informatica's Ultra Messaging product line to
enable the seamless, reliable and secure delivery of real-time information to
any Web-enabled device.
"Ensuring that information is delivered in real-time between a client and a
browser," Pickett continued, "Kaazing's WebSocket Gateway technology gives
Informatics the power to do just that, allowing customers to reach new
audiences and expand thei... (more)
A growing number of websites allow visitors to log in using a digital
identity from a trusted 3rd party -- like Facebook, Microsoft, PayPal, or
Google. The fancy term for this is "federated identity," but most people call
it Bring Your Own Identity, or BYOID.
In today's application economy, organizations need to securely deliver new
apps to grow their business quickly. This can increase IT risks, which puts a
premium on an organization's ability to simplify the user experience without
sacrificing security. Using an existing digital or social identity issued by
a trusted third party to access applications can help organizations meet the
need for simplicity, security and a positive customer experience.
The Ponemon Institute and CA Technologies recently surveyed 1,589 IT security
practitioners and 1,526 business users worldwide to understand how companies