Top news for December 19, 2014, including cloud-based apps, AirBnB's mobile experience and the VA's tablet deployment.
Proving again that it has shifted its focus to the mobile user, Microsoft announced Thursday that it would offer its offline managed client SDK to the general user base. With the service, users can sync their apps and continue to modify files while they are in unconnected areas.
Once Needham Bank gave employees access to corporate email on iPhones and iPads, the company knew that workers would soon be clamoring to do more work from the devices, said James Gordon, senior vice president of information technology at Needham Bank. Enter Accellion: a mobile content platform that allows Needham Bank to securely send files within and outside of the company.
2015 is just around the corner, and as more organizations prepare for the new year, they also are preparing their IT budgets. Research firm IDC recently released budget predictions for 2015 and beyond, and specifically predicts that one-fourth of enterprises' IT budgets will be reserved for development and deployment of mobile applications by 2017.
Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Dec. 18, including Emory's move to a mobile world, the comeback of the enterprise tablet, the quest for the all-encompassing messaging app, a work around iCloud security and Microsoft reliant on iOS and Android.
When it comes to BYOD programs, you've been reading for months about the need to keep things safe, and keep things sound. Now you're being told to keep everyone happy as well.
Certainly, the IBM-Apple enterprise mobility alliance will help corporate adoption of the iPad. But the alliance could also help the adoption of wearables in the enterprise, argues Valentine Matula with Avaya.
Mobility might mean increased worker productivity, but it also means employees have to be available 24/7/365. Or at least that's how it seems for many. In fact, a survey found that a majority of workers will spend two or more hours a day working remotely during the holidays this year.
Employees are bringing personal mobile devices into the workplace, whether sanctioned by their employer or not. The time has come for IT departments that are ignoring BYOD to take their heads out of the sands and develop a comprehensive BYOD policy.
News Scan: New enterprise mobility bundles released by BlackBerry; Google introduces mobile museum app; more
Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Wednesday, Dec. 17, including BlackBerry launching two new enterprise mobility bundles, Google's mobile app offering to museums, enterprise mobility platforms to be moved to the next generation in 2015, rugged mobile devices getting a lift in third quarter and the FCC charging Sprint with $105 million for cramming.
Enterprises are being overwhelmed by the flood of data coming from devices, apps, social media and sensors. To help them cope, Seattle startup SpaceCurve has just launched a geospatial data platform designed to help enterprises organize and analyze machine-generated data sources.
IT teams that have not deployed enterprise mobility management either have no data protect or are living in denial, observes Michael Finneran, president and mobile analyst with dBrn Associates.
As more enterprises fully adopt mobility, employees will clamor for enterprise apps that are optimized for mobility.
News Scan: Merchants can provide on-the-go feedback with Yelp app; Jailbroken iPhones vulnerable to eavesdropping malware; more
Check out the hottest mobile IT news for Dec. 16, including the latest feature Yelp is providing business owners, how jailbreaking an iPhone affects its security, the ever-increasing mobile transactions market, more and more cell phone users turning to smartphones and the fastest growing mobile device by ownership.
For enterprise users of iPad who need to work with business documents, don't fret. There are alternatives to the Microsoft Office for iPad app, notes James Kendrick with ZDNet.
It's no secret that the IT workforce isn't producing enough skilled mobile application developers to keep up with demand. That fact may be behind the findings of a new study, which says poor user experiences are the leading cause of enterprise mobile app failures.
As businesses continue to move toward a more mobile-centric workflow, many CIOs will be forced to adapt or run the risk of losing their job. Research from Forrester commissioned by data protection specialist Druva predicted that 20 percent of CIOs in regulated industries would be fired by 2016 if they did not institute a sound information governance policy.
Check out the hottest mobile IT stories for Monday, Dec. 15, including 5 ways to get the most from mobility, BBM's support for Windows Phone, increase in smartphone sales, mobile ad startup The Mobile Majority taking off and BYOD implementation fueling WLAN security market growth.
Infographic: IT pros are torn between security worries, productivity gains when it comes to mobility
IT professionals are being pulled in different directions when it comes to mobility. Many are worried about the security and compliance issues that mobility raises, yet many want the productivity benefits that mobility promises.