News Scan: What makes tech enterprise-grade?; Another crowdsourced transit app scores big; more


>> What makes technology enterprise-grade?

The strain between CTOs and other top-level execs in the boardroom is storied and legendary. Both camps have different expectations, needs and roadmaps, so finding common ground isn't easy, even when everyone in the room is talking about the same enterprise-level product. Mike Lees, VP of Enterprise at Intralinks offers Forbes a seven point checklist of things a product needs to be considered "enterprise grade." Read on to find out what they are.

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>> Another crowdsourced transit app scores big

Moovit has another $28 million in funding to continue developing the crowdsourced public transit app that's gaining popularity in major cities worldwide. Google and Apple are already competing in this area after purchasing Waze and Embark, respectively, with Waze the more widely-used of the two. With Yelp, Foursquare, and now crowdsourced transit apps on the rise, you're never really alone when you leave the office. Read more about Moovit's latest round of funding.

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>> Could your business thrive with a 'mobile-first' focus?

For many companies, establishing an online presence is a tough road. No sooner do they get their legs under them then it's time to focus on the mobile experience. Social shopping site ModCloth turned that timeline on its head and aimed for the mobile experience right out of the gate. CTO Udi Nir realized that a "mobile-first organization" would have plenty of pitfalls, in particular because "Our customers have a very personal connection with their devices, and the initial experience after installing our app has to be excellent." Read on to find out what Nir has learned about being on the bleeding edge of mobile tech.

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>> What's involved in creating an enterprise mobile app? A lot.

Unless you're an enterprise mobile app developer, you probably don't give a lot of thought about how apps are designed; but it's a fascinating process. Wired takes a two-part look at building a beautiful, efficient and useful mobile app from the bottom up. The articles take an in-depth look at push vs. pull content updates, then moves into design efficiency. You'll never look at your smartphone apps the same way again. Read both parts to learn more.

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>> Company gets a BYOD offer it can't refuse

U.K.-based BMI Healthcare needed to find replacements for the 600-odd corporate-issued BlackBerrys its employees were using. The budget didn't allow for the purchase of all new BlackBerrys but the emerging BYOD system was getting clunky fast. Citeworld features a great case study that takes a look at what happened when BMI began looking at equipping its staff with Android smartphones. Check out the article to read about the happy ending.

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