Mobile won’t deliver on the dream of the paperless office, as I argued earlier this week. We’ll read more on our tablets and even smartphones, for sure. But the ability to access and read those files on our devices also whets our appetite to print them, too.
I made it to my first SAP TechEd conference last year. Not this year, which is a pity, since there are over 100 sessions related to mobile. I may not be able to make to the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center, but I still plan to attend TechEd virtually, watching sessions and talks viaSAP’s broadcast platform. Sessions begin at [...]
Traditional retailing, at least in the U.S., is in a funk. Of the 100 largest U.S.-based retailers according to STORES magazine, only 17 are growing in the double digits. Fast risers are either growing overseas or are in hot categories like mobile phones (Verizon Wireless and AT&T) or discount goods (Dollar General).
The tech industry attracts the worst kind of futurists, Clayton Christensen-quoting types who behold shifting paradigms, looming inflection points and disruptive innovations everywhere they look. The futurism business is so competitive these days that technologies get declared dying at the very moment they are actually peaking. In monarchy terms, that’s like preparing to crown the boy prince when [...]
Schools can stumble and fail while going mobile for four reasons, I discovered earlier this month while reporting on all of the latest tablet rollouts this back-to-school season. That made me wonder: what are the reasons why enterprises stumble or fail at their mobile rollouts? Coincidentally, several days later, I happened to be a guest on the [...]
First, it was the Scandinavian-style Smorgasbord. Later, it was Old Country Buffet.
(Corrected 6 PM PT, August 21, with information provided by Avaya.) Consumer appeal has been the most important factor in the business tablet war to date.
Bill Simmons, aka the Sports Guy on ESPN/Grantland, is probably my favorite writer on the planet. In the last decade, I’ve read more words by him than anyone besides myself. There are several reasons for this. His stuff mostly appears on the Web. Like every guy I know, I stopped reading actual books around the time [...]
(August 15, 2012: Seton Hall’s CIO counters my argument. Read his letter here.) Twenty miles from Manhattan, New Jersey’s Seton Hall University is offering about 2,500 students, including all incoming freshmen and junior students, the choice of either a Samsung Series 7 tablet or Samsung Series 5 ultrabook running Windows 8 Release Preview version, as well as Nokia [...]
SAP has lowered formerly-forbidding barriers for mobile developers to build within its ecosystem. Here’s the announcement from Monday. It boils down to four things: 1) A free 30-day trial to SAP’s lauded mobile app development platform, SUP, and the market-leading SAP ERP application; 2) Access to the above software, including a downloadable SDK, via the Amazon Web [...]