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In the early 1990s major retailers began investing in data analytics to better manage their stores and warehouses by analyzing individual store sales. This insight gave them a perspective on the needs of the local market. Retailers soon advanced in their use of analytics and added e...
Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) is credited as the first person to classify our five sense organs: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing and Immanuel Kant, a famous philosopher from the 1700s said that our knowledge of the outside world depends on our modes of perception. Our highly develop...
Four years ago, if you asked me for recommendations on the best solution for a mobile application on multiple platforms, I would have doubtless told you to use a MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platform) or a MCAP (Mobile Consumer Application Platform) depending on the business cas...
“10 Hot Internet of Things Startups.” “5 Internet of Things Startups to Watch.” “Top 8 IoT Startups of 2015.” These are the actual titles of just a few of the many articles being written about IoT. It’s a concept that generates a lot of excitement among business leaders and consumers a...
Mobile testing is getting harder: more devices, multiple operating systems, higher quality expectations and shorter development cycles. In his session at DevOps Summit, Tom Chavez, Senior Evangelist at SOASTA, will discuss the seven steps to improving your mobile testing process. To...
In case you missed it, the first phase of cloud computing has left the building. Thousands of companies are in the cloud. Practically all organizations regardless of size already have production applications in a public, off-premises cloud or a private cloud. Yep. Been there, done that...
Brands are more than the sum of their brand elements – logos, colors, shapes, and the like. Brands are promises. Promises from a company to its customers that its products will deliver the value and experience customers expect. Today, digital is transforming enterprises across numero...
Our guest on the podcast this week is Nicola de Carne, Founder, President and VP of Marketing at Wi-Next. We discuss ways to manage data on the edge, by allowing end nodes to react and make decisions close to industrial machines without communicating back to a centralized ERP. We also ...
One of the most prominent current trends among enterprise companies is the nearly insatiable demand for enterprise mobile applications. By some reports, 85% of companies have a mobile backlog of between one and 20 applications, with a majority (50%) having a backlog of between 10 and 2...
There was a time not so long ago when phones were used exclusively to make calls. Today, that notion seems almost alien. Smartphones are essentially all-in-one mobile computing devices, as useful for communication as they are for productivity. Given its prominence, it's thus not surpri...
Localytics uses data and associated analytics to help providers of mobile applications improve their applications - and also allow them to better understand the uses for their apps and dynamic customer demands. To learn more about how big data helps mobile application developers bette...
Regardless of what they are looking up, travelers’ first experience is on the go. Users are under pressure, trying to figure something out without wasting any precious time. They are distracted – navigating a busy ticket counter or conversing in a foreign language with a street vendor....
‘FDA tells hospitals to stop using a pump that is vulnerable to hackers.’.This headline was all over the internet and news this weekend, with the pump in question being a medical infusion pump that automatically administers dosages of medication to patients in a hospital. A vulnerabili...
The word digital has been with us for years, but today it’s experiencing a renaissance, as enterprises in every industry reinvent themselves as software-driven organizations. And yet, digital paradoxically isn’t about software. Digital is all about the customer. The only reason techno...
It’s called Cubefree, a free app that helps you find cafes with WiFi, power outlets, parking and even a table to share. CubeFree shows a map view with nearby cafes, along with user ratings and comments, as well as others who have checked in. This app perfectly complements the other t...
The Internet of Things (IoT) has quickly become the next “be all to end all” in information technology. Touted as how cloud computing will connect everyday things together, it is also feared as the real- life instantiation of The Terminator’s Skynet, where sentient robot team with an o...
Sensor-enabled things are becoming more commonplace, precursors to a larger and more complex framework that most consider the ultimate promise of the IoT: things connecting, interacting, sharing, storing, and over time perhaps learning and predicting based on habits, behaviors, locatio...
The iPad sales are down, but it is now possible to run most business apps on the iPad with the Citrix X1 Mouse. Can this make the iPad more relevant for business? Despite the mostly positive financial news from Apple, the one weakness that gets a lot of press is the decrease in iPad s...
Notwithstanding my exhortations against digital marketing creepiness, B2C digital marketers love to circumlocute around the notion of the purchase. “It’s all about the customer journey!” they exhort. Focusing on the purchase transaction, it seems, is too mercenary for today’s enlighten...
Farmers once sold their harvest bounty directly to their customers from beneath the branches of their fruit trees. Customers had a direct face-to-face relationship with the farmer and could express their preferences and demonstrate their buying patterns to the farmer. Over time farme...
Digital Transformation is the process of updating your business and IT infrastructure to align with today's and tomorrow's consumers. Today that is important, but hard to do. Mobile consumer behaviors are changing far faster than most IT budgets and initiatives and that can cause pro...
The concept behind the Internet of Things has been around for a while now, ATMs being some of the first enterprise, hardened, network-connected, managed devices for mainstream consumer use. So too with our mobile phones, these are not new concepts to network technicians or hardware gee...
A recent purchase of mine was a 2015 Jeep. Until now, I thought it was a safe and reliable car, but that is not the case anymore. As technology advances and cars become smarter and more technologically savvy, they become another target for hackers. Imagine speeding down the highway,...
As much as I like to promote and evangelize mobile technologies and mobile commerce, it remains in its infancy. My preliminary research reveals it is critical for a mobile retailer to know who is using a mobile application in order to maximize sales. This knowledge should then be us...
Forbes called 2015, the Year of the Mobile Beacon. AdWeek talks about how beacons are already influencing the way we network, get drunk, vacation, shop, and even how we buy sausage. Ten experts at Marketing Land predicted that this year the whole world of mobile marketing will become ...
Machine Learning, which is a process to predict future patterns and incidents based on the models created out of past data, is definitely the most important part of the success of the Internet of Things in the enterprise and consumer space. The main reason is that without machine learn...
Today enterprises are facing a massive challenge that will require new strategies and investment. In fact, 80 percent of survey participants reported that increasing demand for mobile apps is forcing IT departments to rethink and change how they have designed IT environments. Rethinki...
If you have spent any time working on IT projects you would have heard the comment, "The system is only as good as the data." It's an accurate and necessary statement, as it describes a prerequisite for many technological innovations. Many system designs fail in the face of reality. Re...
Zigbee is an open global wireless protocol standard that addresses the needs of low-cost, low-power networks that connect IOT devices such as home automation; (automating functions like opening doors, garage openers, water sprinklers, etc.); environment control like temperature; contro...
You don’t want to overlook anything when it comes to mobile performance testing. So in order to save you from the pain of missing those little things, we’ve put together a guide highlighting eight testing blind spots. Use it as a checklist – you may even want to print it out and keep i...
In the last blog we started the conversation on our findings from @Cloud Expo 2015 and @ThingsExpo 2015 as the industry came together to explore the impact of Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) on business models as we know them. While often the focus of IoT are consumer services and t...
If you are the VP of Sales, it is quite likely you want and need to know up to date sales numbers, pipeline status and forecasts. If you are meeting with a prospect to close a deal, it is quite likely that having up to date business intelligence and CRM information would be useful. L...
Supporting real-time mobility is more than just a technology issue. It also requires companies to support real-time operational tempos. An operational tempo, in the context of this article, is defined as the speed or pace of business operations. Achieving a satisfactory operational tem...
The key is to develop a Cloud strategy, start planning, allocate resources and look at alternatives well in advance to allocate appropriate time for performing testing activities such as simulation and performance testing. The outcome at Wimbledon is: Mobile Cloud and Analytics – winne...
One of the biggest barriers for adoption of the Internet of Things in commercial and residential buildings is the cost of installing and maintaining new sensors inside existing buildings. By replacing existing lights with LED + Wireless Controls + New sensors, one can create a Smart Bu...
In a recent survey of eighty IT and business professionals, 73 percent responded that having optimized mobile applications and user experiences was "very important to critical" to their company's future success. In the same survey however, 78 percent reported their mobile strategies a...
IFTTT stands for the conditional statement "If this then that'. It is a web based service with a simple workflow. Flow of work (action, that) is created by a trigger based on a condition(this), like say,'If it rains take the umbrella'. This service was provided in some cases, such as t...
Can wearable technology help to prolong your life? We already know more conventional forms of tech, can save lives in a definitive manner, as well as keep people in comas and other unconscious states alive for an indeterminate period of time, but how can smaller, wearable gadgets help ...
All the data I have been reading this week suggest mobile users want and value a personalized experience on their mobile apps or mobile website, but on the other hand they don't like giving up their personal data. That means it is imperative to find the right balance so a mutually sat...
It’s up to IT to secure BYOD without locking out its greatest asset: employees. Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) provides a compelling way to do so. Despite the kicking and screaming from IT departments, organizations have largely resigned themselves to the fact that BYOD is here t...