Mobile News & Analysis
| Tuesday Jan 7, 2014
“Whoever is dialing in from Disney World, please mute your phone.”
So began a company conference call I was on several years ago while on winter vacation with my family. As my wife and kids rode the Mad Hatter tea cups ride, I was able to deal with the latest company "crisis" … from the convenience of Magic Kingdom. And the ability to be accessible anywhere, anytime is magic indeed.
But not always.
| Monday Jan 6, 2014
Mobile strategy and commerce is entering a new era of growth, spurred on by increased consumer usage of mobile devices for searching, shopping, promotions, marketing and buying both on-device and in-store. Campaigns are becoming more interactive, mobile traffic and search is gaining on web, and social media usage has shifted to a mobile-first activity.
| Monday Jan 6, 2014
Gartner predicts IT spending will rebound this year. The consulting firm estimates global enterprise IT spending will grow to $3.8 trillion in 2014, up 3.1 percent year-over-year — and much of that increase will be driven by a desire to improve customer experiences.
| Monday Dec 30, 2013
Looking back over the year in document management, one thing stands out. And that is that organizations still appear to be struggling under the weight of paper despite developments in enterprise technologies that should make managing all that information a lot easier.
In fact, the view from December 2013 is much the same as the view was in December 2012, with some subtle but notable changes. The first of those changes is the growing importance of mobile, while the second is the demand for agile products that can respond to changing market conditions quickly.
| Tuesday Dec 24, 2013
As we wrap up 2013, let's look back to see what made digital marketing news in the past 365 days or so.
From what we can tell, the biggest challenge that still remains is for digital marketers to show their worth. In fact, it's what keeps them up at night -- providing ROI to executives.
Digital marketers and CMOs want a seat at the table where big business decisions are made. But executives want them to earn it. And with barriers like these, it's not easy.
| Friday Dec 20, 2013
Mobile enterprise trends gathered momentum in 2013 as the smartphone and tablet juggernaut rolled from the consumer space into the enterprises. Vendors tweaked their operating systems to be more enterprise friendly as the bring your own device (BYOD) concept knocked down more doors.
The increasing trend toward mobile business provides both entrepreneurs and hardware or service vendors with more opportunities. The reality is that anything you currently do on a laptop or desktop computer is or will soon be a mobile-enabled task.
While 2014 will be headlined by the arrival of sleeker, curvier and more powerful smartphones, behind-the-scenes features will interest businesses and marketing. Smartphones offer — in increasing detail — a wealth of information about customer behavior, mood and location, allowing for new levels of tracking and interaction.
| Friday Dec 20, 2013
Despite iOS and Android's huge consumer mobile sales and the rise of bring your own device (BYOD) policies, Microsoft still has a shot at becoming the dominant force in mobile enterprise.
Business connectivity, SharePoint and Office integration for Windows Phone 8 will earn it many friends in the enterprise. And Microsoft will place increasing emphasis on its mobile offering as the desktop market continues to stagnate. As sales rise, developers are returning to populate the app marketplace.
| Thursday Dec 19, 2013
We've all made new year resolutions and we've all broken them, but rather than idly imagining you can run an ultra-marathon by the end of the year without leaving the sofa, why not focus on some achievable, work-related goals? Here are five new year resolutions all digital marketers should bear in mind as 2013 draws to a close.
| Wednesday Dec 18, 2013
Gartner may have told enterprises to ditch BlackBerry and consumers have largely turned their back on the company. But many enterprises move to a different, slower beat. So news of the company's new hire might keep them interested in the mobile vendor, at least for a while.
What can new hire John Sims, head of Global Enterprise Services, do to restore some lustre and plain old lust for BlackBerry's offerings? And what should CIOs and IT managers ask themselves before switching from BlackBerry to other solutions?
| Wednesday Dec 18, 2013
Document digitization specialist Fenestrae has rolled out a Google Drive integration with its Udocx document scanning technology. The cloud-based document capture and processing service lets users scan, share and edit paper documents with the increasingly popular Google Apps for Business.
| Monday Dec 16, 2013
Twitter is testing a new service called Nearby that will display geographically local tweets to users. It will allow a limited amount of local interaction and provide users the ability to search for tweets in a defined geographic area.
It could also give local business and marketers a boost, enabling them to target advertisements and offers to users in proximity to a business or event. The service mixes maps and tweets to identify local tweets.
| Friday Dec 13, 2013
Brand Republic has highlighted its top marketing events of the year, covering the genius and perils of marketing and social media. Here are the lessons to be learned when it comes to engaging, selling or increasing your visibility on the web.
Some of the best marketing and social media moments of the year came from spur of the moment decisions or short-term windows of opportunity, proving that marketers and social media managers for businesses of any size always need to be ready to act.
| Thursday Dec 12, 2013
While the exact form of the Internet of Things (IoT) is still nebulous, its size is not. According to new research from Gartner, it will include 26 billion units — excluding PCs, tablets and smartphones — by 2020. It will also have a global economic value of $1.9 trillion.
| Wednesday Dec 11, 2013
Enterprise software spending will recover next year driven by the combined forces of cloud computing, data management, mobile applications and social business, according to new research from Gartner.
| Tuesday Dec 10, 2013
Huddle has just announced the general release of Huddle Note, a new iOS application that enables users to create content in the cloud, share it inside or outside the firewall and collaborate with other workers on documents — all from a mobile device. Taking all Huddle’s functionality into account, the company's management claims it provides a viable alternative to SharePoint.