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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)

What’s In and What’s Out for IT in 2014

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 wil... (more)

Five Overlooked Factors of Mobile Application Performance

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 performanc... (more)

Three Business Decisions for Mobile Application Development

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 ... (more)

APIs in Your Eyes with the Augmented Reality Wave of Bigger Data

Augmented reality (AR) is coming, not for flash or fashion (sorry Google Glass), but because of the overload of big data bombarding the human mind, in work and in our lives. We are about to reach a tipping point in the evolution of information technology, sparked by the intersection of big data and the natural capacity of the human mind and body to think, and accomplish our life's tasks. Since 1995, data is being produced, processed, and aggregated at such volumes that we are now reaching diminishing returns in our worker's ability to actually do something with it.  The average c... (more)

The Mobile App Development Differentiator: User Experience – Part 1

The delineation between great mobile apps and bad ones is becoming easier and easier to see as the mobile app ecosystem edges closer and closer to maturity.  What makes a great mobile app? Simply put, it's a great experience for the user. The best apps in the current marketplace are those that can engage the user beyond a mere day or two, and become the go-to destination on their smartphones for an extended period of time. In this two part post, I will discuss a real life case of how a great user experience leads to app success and explain the steps that developers can follow to ... (more)