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SAP Working to Engage Mobile Shoppers

SAP App could Show us How Easy Mobile Shopping Really is

Do mobile devices really make our lives easier? It depends. Some things, like sending email, isn't necessarily as easy as it could be. But online shopping is another story. It's one of the things mobile devices do pretty well.

However, given that mobile commerce is still a relatively new phenomenon, companies like SAP are working to create even more engaging shopping experiences to combat things like showrooming.

Document Mgt Roll-Up: Google Improves Drive, Box Rebuilds iOS App

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A busy week in the document management space with the  relaunch of the rebuilt iOS app from Box and the addition of a new activity stream to Google Drive,. There is also a new mobile capture platform from Kofax and more SharePoint migration expertise from Metalogix. 

What Else Could Hatch from the Google Nest?

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Google put down a big marker for the Internet of Things with its Nest acquisition, having previously invested in the company via Google Ventures. We take a look at what the other companies Google is backing and what its portfolio could bring to the race to be the next big thing. 

From Bitcoins to office temperature control, global food prices to web testing and mobile apps, Google has its fingers in many pies ... or nests, as the case may be.

Forrester: Project Design Lessons from Ally Bank, PwC Australia

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Can the successful development of a B2C mobile app and a B2B intranet provide best practices for interactive projects? A report from industry research firm Forrester claims they can.

The two projects described in “Design Lessons from Forrester’s 2013 Outside In Award Winners” took the top prizes in the customer experience design category at the company’s first annual Outside In Awards.

  • Ally Bank used a rapid iterative process over nine-weeks to design and test a mobile app.
  • PwC Australia, a B2B professional services company offering assurance, tax and advisory services, redesigned and rebuilt its employee intranet.

Does the End of Net Neutrality Threaten Your Business?

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Net neutrality has been one of the original and enshrining tenets of the Internet: All content is created equal. But a US federal appeals court has struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling meant to prevent ISPs from prioritizing some website traffic over others.

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled today that the FCC cannot mandate net neutrality on the likes of Verizon and other broadband providers. This opens the way for multiple tiers of Internet access, with preferred content services potentially getting faster service, depending on the Internet provider.

We take a look at reaction to the news and what it could mean for businesses and users.

What You Need to Know Microsoft's New Surface Tablets #CES2014

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Microsoft doesn't have an official presence at the International CES in Las Vegas this week. It stopped participating in the opening keynote and abandoned its booths on the show floor two years ago.

But it still conducts behind-the-scenes meetings with partners, hardware manufacturers, mobile operators and developers at the giant consumer electronics show. And it left the biggest footprint among an onslaught of systems from of Lenovo, HP and others. 

Among the Microsoft show news: leaks about the Nvidia-powered Surface 3 and Mini tablets — which topped rumors on gadgets like Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone.

Crowdfunding Celebrates a Lively 2013, Could You Benefit in 2014?

Crowdfunding Celebrates A Lively 2013, Could You Benefit in 2014?The premier crowdfunding site Kickstarter is promoting a video showcase of some of the successful projects that came to fruition in 2013. From the Pebble smartwatch, Ouya Android console and Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for gadget lovers, to art on the Berlin Wall and short movies at the Cannes Film Festival, it has helped fund projects covering the scope of human endeavour. 

It represents just one of the alternate funding options for entrepreneurs and business, and is increasingly viable as interest takes off. Does your business have an idea that could benefit from crowdfunding, and where will the scene take us in 2014?

The Internet of Things Brings Connected Cars to Life at #CES2014

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The Internet of Things is affecting pretty much everything at the 2014 International CES taking place in Las Vegas. Cars are in the vanguard of this change, as various players try to get their services inside more vehicles, and inside the mind and wallet of the driver. 

With cars now packing 4G, working smoothly with a smartwatch or phone, and with access to masses of data, soon the seat of your car could be just as homey as the couch. 

Apigee Acquires InsightsOne to Bring Predictive Analytics to APIs

Apigee Acquires InsightsOne for Predictive AnalyticsAPI management company Apigee has acquired predictive analytics firm InsightsOne, and the merger brings the killer app to the world of big data, Waqar Hasan, InsightsOne founder and CEO said in an interview.

Android Devices Remain on Top as Tablet Market Explodes

Android Devices Remain on Top as Tablet Market ExplodesGartner is not only predicting steady growth across the global IT sector this year:  It is also predicting 7.6 percent growth in device shipments in 2014. Android will dominate the operating systems (OS) market and the PC market, contrary to popular belief, will still have a slight pulse.

Reflections on Work-Family Balance in the Mobile Enterprise

Work and Family in the Mobile Enterprise: Reflections on Priorities“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.

6 Mobile Lessons Learned in 2013 to Boost 2014 Strategies

6 Mobile Lessons Learned in 2013 to Boost 2014 StrategiesMobile 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.

Better Customer Experiences Pushing Global Enterprise IT Spend

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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.

A Look Back : A Mobile, Cloudy World for Document Management in 2013

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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.

A Look Back: Digital Marketing Trends from 2013

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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. 

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