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Microsoft: Platform

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  yesterday

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Satya Nadella's experience coming up through the Microsoft ranks (and through several different divisions) has given him a very different picture of the company than Steve Ballmer had, and it's shaping his re-invention of Microsoft. The key to Nadella's Microsoft is the idea of Microsoft as a platform. While that idea may seem orthogonal to the original devices and services concept developed by Ballmer, it's actually closely related. The platform that Nadella is talking about is Microsoft's services, and he's thinking ten years ahead when hyperscale cloud services deliver much of our computing experience."
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How to prepare for the flood of wearables into the workplace

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  yesterday

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Wearables are poised to make a dramatic entrance into our lives and workplaces, if they haven't already. Wearables pose many of the paradigm shifting challenges that mobile devices, apps, and cloud services did. Companies will have to figure out how to redesign apps — again — to be more aware of context, and will have to grapple with new privacy and security challenges. But unlike with the flood of smartphones, this time they can be prepared."
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Why Apple's IBM partnership is big win for HealthKit and iOS 8

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  2 days ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "The IBM deal isn't just about helping Apple sell more iPads. IBM has deep connections and expertise in the health care industry, where IT departments still rule. The deal could help Apple establish HealthKit as a widely accepted standard, paving the way for a big win with iOS 8 devices and the rumored iWatch or other wearables."
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IBM's iPad apps will be built using Swift programming language

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  3 days ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Buried in this CITEworld story about Tim Cook and Apple's earnings was an offhand remark that IBM is using Apple's new Swift programming language to build the dedicated enterprise apps for iOS under the terms of their deal. That could be very significant because it means that the apps will developed specifically for the iPad (and possibly the iPhone as well) and will take into account the form factor and mobile nature of the device. It could also mean that these are apps that will be iPad-specific and not easily ported to other mobile platforms like Android."
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A year later, Virgin still loves Salesforce Chatter, but regrets outsourcing

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  4 days ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Eighteen months ago, CITEworld talked to Virgin America about their installation of Salesforce Chatter. In this follow-up, VA says they still love Chatter, and adoption and usage have actually grown. But the decision to outsource their Salesforce development had some unfortunate consequences."
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http://www.citeworld.com/article/2452695/development/amazon-aws-mobile-services-

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about two weeks ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "This week, Amazon announced its entry into backend-as-a-service market. This article gives an overview of the new offerings, including Cognito for identity management and a service for analyzing mobile app data."
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What businesses need to know about Android Work

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about three weeks ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Android Work is Google's most concentrated attempt yet to stop iOS from dominating the enterprise. In this piece, longtime IT and Apple writer Ryan Faas explains exactly what's in Android Work, how it compares with Apple's current enterprise mobile management offerings, and what they mean for existing IT policies. A must-read for anybody who has to deal with Android devices at work."
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Apple, Microsoft, Google, and the battle for the mobile enterprise

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about three weeks ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "The last three months have seen major moves from Apple, Microsoft, and Google as all three jockey for position in the mobile enterprise. Apple is the incumbent — a strange position for the company — but Microsoft is trying to leverage its strength in traditional IT markets, and Google is finally paying attention. Writer and long-time IT worker Ryan Faas looks at the current state of all three companies in mobile enterprise after their recent developer conferences."
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The great tech lull of 2014

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about a month ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "There's a reason that Google and Apple's developer conferences this year seemed kind of blah for mainstream audiences. We're in one of those periods in tech between revolutions. Everybody agrees the next revolution will be some kind of world where previously dumb devices get "smart" and connected, but nobody knows exactly how the plumbing will work or who will come up with the killer use case that will actually get people to buy whatever they need to buy. But we're far from done with the changes the mobile revolution has wrought, even though it's seven years old and running."
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Google embraces Samsung KNOX: Less than meets the eye

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about a month ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "By integrating Samsung's container technology into the upcoming version of Android, Google hopes to capture elusive enterprise customers. Burt details are scarce, and there are plenty of other barriers to Android adoption in the enterprise."
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How the Lotus F1 racing team sets up a private cloud at each new track

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about a month ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "The Lotus F1 racing team has put together a remarkable system that collects data from hundreds of sensors in its cars, using analytics to make smarter strategy and design decisions. Perhaps the most impressive achievement? The team sets up a dedicated private cloud with 50 virtual servers in each race."
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Why Microsoft's Azure ML is a big deal

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about a month ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Azure ML's tools make it easy to import training data, and then tune the results, before publishing APIs that can be used to build intelligence into our applications. That technology is going to be increasingly important as we build an internet of sensors, giving us the tools we need to interpret and use the resulting flood of data."
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Why the mobile health platform wars won't be like other tech rivalries

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about a month ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Mobile health platorms like Apple's HealthKit and Samsung's SAMI will be advertised to consumers. But unlike most tech platforms, consumers won't be the only ones who determine which platform wins. Health care IT has uncommon influence over its industry, and in this case, will determine which platforms are best able to access and share patient data. The US government could also have a say."
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What IT needs to know about iOS 8

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "In this comprehensive rundown, Ryan Faas of CITEworld covers features like managed domains, Handoff, iBeacon and indoor locations, and new MDM capabilities in Apple's next operating system. If you work in IT, you need to read this article — iOS 8 will be coming to your workplace. Be ready for it."
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OnLive pivots: Troubled gaming company throws Hail Mary PaaS

mattydread23 mattydread23 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mattydread23 (2793761) writes "OnLive got its start building an online network for fast-twitch gaming. That initiative ran into trouble, but now the company is pivoting, rolling out a PaaS for graphics-rich enterprise apps. CITEworld talks to the company's COO about the plan."
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