Mobile Tech and Big Data

Chris Nerney's take on the latest developments in mobile technology.

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Augmented, virtual reality markets to soar as enterprise use cases emerge

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Augmented and virtual reality headset sales will increase to nearly 100 million units in 2021, up from 10.1 million units last year, IDC predicts. “New device launches, an expanding array of content for both consumer and enterprise users, and lower price points will propel the worldwide augmented and virtual reality headset device market at a […]

Getting your enterprise ready for IoT

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IT professionals have heard plenty over the past year about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to dramatically impact their enterprises and their jobs. Indeed, many IT pros already are managing devices connected via the Internet to their networks and infrastructure. These pros are learning what many learned not long ago as they […]

The mobile revolution has only just begun

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Nearly a decade ago, the first enterprise CEO walked into the office with his or her brand-new iPhone and told the CIO, “I want to use this to access my work files and accounts.” That CIO presumably snuck out for a drink — but the consumerization of the enterprise was under way. Since then, everyone from […]

Workplace of the future still mostly in the future

Many enterprises today are aggressively embracing digital technologies such as mobile apps and collaboration software, as well as workspace strategies, such as desk hoteling and modular spaces, to be more productive and efficient. But a survey report from TECHnalysis Research concludes that “most companies still have work environments, policies and tools rooted in the past.” […]

The top traits employees need to succeed in the digital economy

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The Wall Street Journal has a great interview with two technology industry experts about what enterprises need to do to find and keep the best employees. Bottom line? Create an environment that instills a sense of pride in workers and encourages entrepreneurial behavior. Let’s flip the question, though: What should enterprises be looking for in the “best” […]

Why consumer-market leader Android is an enterprise runner-up

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Google’s Android mobile operating system dominates the global consumer smartphone market with an 88% share through the third quarter of last year, compared to a 12% share for Apple’s iOS. The race is much closer in the U.S., where Android’s market lead in the three months ending in November 2016 was 55% to 44%, according […]

What do employees really want? (Hint: Not foosball tables)

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Enterprises through the years have spent a lot of time and money trying to get their office environments just right. The goal, of course, is to make employees more productive and happy — which, theoretically, benefits the enterprise’s bottom line. Office perks and features can range from the archetypal foosball table to stand-up desks to office gyms and […]

Cloud integration now tops mobile priorities, survey finds

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Cloud integration and mobile data management are top priorities for mobile initiatives at large enterprises, according to a recent survey. Two-thirds of the nearly 600 IT decision-makers surveyed (by B2B research platform Clutch and mobility services company DMI) identified cloud computing as the key enabler of mobile data management. Varun Dogra, chief technology officer at DMI, said the enterprise […]

Alexa’s growing skills show potential for voice assistants in the workplace

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Amazon announced last week that Alexa, the voice assistant software that powers home hardware units such as Echo, Dot and Tap, now has 10,000 “skills” to offer humans seeking information, instructions or entertainment. Not everyone is impressed. Gizmodo’s Michael Nunez dismisses Alexa’s “10,000 mostly useless skills,” lamenting that “you can’t really complete any important tasks with the […]

Enterprises to invest heavily in IoT

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The rate of growth in the deployment of connected devices worldwide will increase slightly in 2017 as both consumers and businesses embrace the Internet of Things (IoT), a new study shows. Research firm Gartner said it expects 8.4 billion IoT devices to be in use by the end of this year, up 31% from the estimated […]