Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Five Reasons Why #Mobile is Here to Stay

Post originally published on IBM's Mobile Business Insights Blog on 4.14.14 by Piyush YadavTweet out to Piyush @tweetPiyushY or visit IBMMobileFrontier for more interesting discussions on mobile.
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Life and technology are moving at a rapid pace, and today in this throwaway society products get replaced more quickly than ever. Desktops, which were the machines of the future, are now considered a thing of the past. Corded phones got replaced by hands-free phones, which in turn were supplanted by mobile phones.
So are mobile devices also expendable?
I don’t think so, and here are five reasons why:
  1. The influx of mobile into business is not limited to smartphones or handheld devices but has spread into many sectors and technologies including robotics, sensors Mobile appsand manufacturing.
  2. Mobile devices are the preferred portal to the World Wide Web. Thanks to mobile devices, finding and sharing information is always at your fingertips.
  3. Mobile can be a complete package, providing entertainment, education and navigation—all of this supplemented by the ease of use, making mobile a very versatile gadget.
  4. Mobile devices are already treasured by so many people because of the ease with which they can be personalized. Users are likely to remain attached to their favorite mobile devices and to expect even more capabilities in them as we move into the future.
  5. The Internet of Things (IoT), although comprising mainly machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, still relies on the mobile device as a single handheld console that can act both as a dashboard and as a controller.
One may argue about wearable devices being the successors to mobile, but if you think about it, they are just an extension of the mobile device and applications. They provide limited and specific features just like an app does. Through wearable devices mobile again looks to be a clear winner.
Mobile evolution
In a nutshell, with social and cloud as key players in the mobile arena, the mobile era is just blooming, and after first-quarter 2014 we can say that the mobile canvas is fresh, and we have just started painting it with colors like #NodeRed and #BlueMix.
Check out these top 20 mobile growth statistics by Tom Vassos, which reasserts my point of view that mobile is here to stay.
The future can, indeed, bring changes in terms of mobile design and features, but the day that mobile gets replaced with something else won’t be anytime soon.
The mobile wave is not going away, so get your programming surfboards and ride the tide.
Can you envision a world without mobile devices?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spotlite Radio Presents...

My interview with Sonia Williams of the BlogTalkRadio.com show, "Spotlite Radio"...

From April 15th, 2014.

For more information on lung cancer and how you can help, please visit The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Fund here.  If you are a Georgia resident, please consider a Lung Cancer Awareness License Plate and visit LungCancerLicensePlate.org.

Thank you.

Securing the Flow of Information on Mobile with MaaS360 - 4/22 Live Demo

Webinar:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT

Employees are accessing sensitive corporate data everywhere on their mobile devices - the office, at home, on the train and in coffee shops. The threat of data leaks are a serious problem unless you protect the flow of information with secure document sharing, applications security, email containerization and secure web browsing.

Fortunately, MaaS360 helps you secure sensitive information on corporate and personal devices! Join Mobile MaaSter, Matt Shaver, as he demonstrates how you can apply the right security policies and deliver seamless access to content from mobile devices:
  • Content delivery and editing
  • Application authentication and compliance
  • Containerized email and attachments
  • Web restriction and access to intranet sites
Matt will be taking your questions in an interactive Q&A session so be sure to attend the live webinar!

Register HERE.

Friday, April 11, 2014

ATTN: Western Michigan - Upcoming Endpoint Manager and Maas360 Lunch 'n' Learn in Grand Rapids

You’re Invited! 
Endpoint Manager and Maas360 Lunch 'n' Learn 

When:  Wednesday, April 23rd from 11:30am-2:00pm
Where:  The JW Marriott (Salon C)
              235 Louis Street NW, Grand Rapids MI 49503

Attend this briefing to see why MaaS360 mobile device management (MDM) and IBM Endpoint Manager are the fastest and most comprehensive way to configure devices for enterprise access and secure corporate data on smart phones, tablets, servers, desktops — all from a single screen.

Meeting Your MDM & Endpoint Challenges
  • Increase security & compliance enforcement
  • Reduce the cost of supporting mobile assets
  • Secure enterprise applications & performance management
  • Ensure business continuity by managing mobile content

Speakers: 
  • John Golembiewski
    • North American East Technical Leader, Mobile & Endpoint Management - IBM
  • Jim Jakary
    • Regional Director, Fiberlink – an IBM Company

RSVP TODAY to Jasmine Injejikian (jainjeji@us.ibm.com) and tell her you heard about it here!

Stop Shanking Mobility with these Hole in One Webinars

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New devices, apps and functionality can make managing mobility as challenging as Amen Corner at Augusta National. Our Mobile MaaSters are here to help you make the most out of your mobile investments.

Watch one or all of our MaaSters Series On-Demand Webinars to get you to the pin under par every time.
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Deploy and Manage Apple Devices Faster and Easier: Take advantage of enterprise mobility management on Apple devices out-of-the box.
Unified Windows Device Management in the Enterprise: Learn how to gain one console control and visibility for Windows Phone 8, laptops and desktops.
Wearable Tech Watch - Enterprise Productivity and Risk: Google Glass, Smartwatches and other wearables mark the next wave of BYOD, here's how to prepare.

A Little Baseball Talk for Friday.

From an article in The Daily News on 11 April 2014. Thank you, Mark Feinsand

The Red Sox didn’t utter a peep to the umpires about the substance on Pineda’s hand, so it didn’t become an issue during the game.
No one said a word,” crew chief Brian O’Nora said. “The Red Sox didn’t bring it to our attention, so there’s nothing we can do about it. If they bring it to our attention, then you’ve got to do something, but they didn’t bring it to our attention.”
“Nobody asked me,” Pineda said. “Nobody said nothing about that.”
Perhaps Boston’s silence was the product of a pair of incidents last season in which two Red Sox pitchers were accused of doctoring the ball themselves.
Clay Buchholz — Pineda’s opposing starter Thursday night — was accused by Blue Jays TV analyst and former World Series MVP Jack Morris of throwing spitballs during a start against Toronto in May.
Then during the World Series, a photo on Twitter showed a strange green substance on Jon Lester’s glove during his Game 1 start, which Lester later said was rosin. MLB opted not to take any action based on the lack of evidence and the fact that the Cardinals did not complain.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said he was made aware of the substance on Pineda’s hand in the fourth inning Thursday night, but when the pitcher returned to the mound in the fifth, his palm was clean.
“That’s the extent of it,” Farrell said.
Farrell went to great lengths to downplay the issue, making it clear he didn’t have a problem with Pineda.
If anything, his message — and that of other Red Sox pitchers — seemed to be that if you’re going to do it, don’t get caught.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ovum ranks IBM number one in APM! Check it out for yourself online with IBM Service Engage.

IBM is rated #1 in this Ovum Decision Matrix – Application Performance Management (APM) report. To help IT decision-makers choose the right solution, this Ovum Decision Matrix evaluates and compares ten of the leading APM solutions in the market.

Read it HERE.  Then, after you read the report, check out IBM APM for yourself today via IBM Service Engage!






The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Releases New Public Service Announcement Featuring Penny Marshall

April 07, 2014 12:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN CARLOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) today released the third in a series of Public Service Announcements featuring well-known celebrities to raise awareness for the nation's number one cancer killer. Film director and actress Penny Marshall, who is a lung cancer survivor, is featured in the new 30-second PSA.

"There are so many people who are not aware that lung cancer takes more lives every year than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. The sad reality is that anyone can get lung cancer"

"There are so many people who are not aware that lung cancer takes more lives every year than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined. The sad reality is that anyone can get lung cancer," said Bonnie J. Addario, stage 3B lung cancer survivor and founder of the ALCF. "As a lung cancer survivor myself, I applaud Penny for helping us to raise awareness and educate patients so they can live longer."

Marshall is known for her acting as well as directing careers, having starred in the 1970s and 80s sitcom Laverne & Shirley and later going on to direct successful movies such as A League of Their Own and Big.

Previous lung cancer Public Service Announcements featuring Maroon 5 and former NFL Wide Receiver Hank Baskett can be viewed here on the Foundation's website.


About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, education, early detection, genetic testing, drug discovery and patient-focused outcomes. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $10 million for lung cancer research. To learn more, please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org.

Monday, April 7, 2014

How do you control the unseen? With IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Predictive Insights

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Join the IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure team to see how you can turn chaos into operational insight with Smart Cloud Analytics – Predictive Insights!
IBM SmartCloud Analytics – Predictive Insights helps you:
  • Avoid outages to increase application availability and reduce service degradation.
  • Perform faster root cause analysis to isolate problems sooner.
  • Reduce operational costs without the need for complex service models or specialized skills.


Happy Birthday, IBM Mainframe #mainframe50


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Streamline Processes, Reduce Costs and Ensure Continuous Compliance with IBM Endpoint Manager

IBM can help your organization deliver greater value back to your business.  We do this by compressing processes from months to minutes, by reducing infrastructure costs by the millions, and by insuring continuous compliance of operational, security, and regulatory mandates.

To accomplish this, we provide for a unified management platform comprised of a single resource-efficient agent and a single unified management console that provides operators the ability to have real-time visibility and control over any endpoint - servers, laptops, PCs, Macs, ATMs, Kiosks, you name it.  To do all this, we need a single management server to support over 250,000 endpoints.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Case Study: IBM On-boards 15,000 Devices the First Day after Deploying MaaS360 Mobile Device Management Software

Copyright 2014 IBM Corporation

The IBM CIO Office drives change, innovation and efficiency within the enterprise by helping ensure that the company’s IT operations are responsive, resilient and secure enough to keep pace with ongoing changes in technology and business requirements.

Advancing mobile device security

The CIO Office manages about one hundred-thousand IBM employees’ smartphones and tablets. Not only must it provide these employees with mobile flexibility, it also needs to ensure that these mobile device assets are adequately protected. Achieving these objectives required the office to deliver more than basic mobile device management; it needed to provide advanced mobile application and access security as well as expanded levels of mobile capabilities. Moreover, the CIO Office wanted to deploy these capabilities to 90,000 devices within one month, at a low cost.

Cloud- based mobile management and security

The CIO Office deployed the cloud-based MaaS360 by Fiberlink, an IBM company, mobile device management solution to speed adoption among the over one hundred-thousand IBM mobile users and reduce risk for IBM. Plans include deploying a MaaS360 built-in application security layer, which will allow the software to encrypt and authenticate each user and each application as it is deployed. The device management capabilities of MaaS360, Gartner Magic Quadrant leader, will help IBM easily distribute, update and manage these applications throughout their lifecycle.
Speeding deployment and reducing risk

By using MaaS360 software on the cloud, the CIO organization rapidly extends unprecedented security and mobile device management capabilities to IBM and its mobile users. “We were on-boarding devices on MaaS360 five days after the close of acquisition—15,000 on the first day and over 30,000 in the first week,” says Bill Tworek, executive IT architect for CIO Office. He notes that, to-date, nearly 70,000 IBMers have self-enabled their smartphones and tablets with MaaS360. “It took us less than 3 days to integrate MaaS360 into the IBM architecture and by moving from an on-premises model to a cloud model we’ll save USD 500,000.”

Solution components


For more information

To learn more about the Fiberlink MaaS360 mobile device management solution, please contact me today.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Why @IBM Will Go On Forever

This article was originally published at investopedia.com on March 27, 2014

It’s the very definition of a venerable corporation, the mention of its name prompting visions of its visions of its longstanding uniform of conservative suits, white shirts, wingtips, and, per the recommendation of founder Thomas J. Watson, “sincere” ties. But even today, with its dress code now allowing for considerable variation, Armonk, N.Y.-based International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) remains one of the most redoubtable companies in all of American and global industry, with no signs of its influence waning. The company is now in its second century of espousing “dedication to every client’s success,” “innovation that matters” and “trust and personal responsibility in all relationships,” just in case you thought IBM was above the tiresome modern practice of crafting mindless mission and vision statements.

Ask the average person on the street what IBM does, and you probably won’t get more than a vague answer about “computers.” But the company has a history of innovation that rivals that of any. Dozens of the ideas birthed at IBM throughout the years have gone from being proprietary inventions to staples of everyday life. They include the automated teller machine, the magnetic strip on your credit card and the Universal Product Code on that package of … well, just about anything.

By market capitalization, IBM is the ninth-largest corporation on the planet. Only a half-dozen or so U.S. companies can match IBM for profitability. While many of its counterparts atop the list of largest American corporations of the 1970s have long gone defunct (e.g. Gulf Oil, LTV, Amoco, General Telephone & Electronics), IBM continues to be relevant in a vastly different and rapidly accelerating world. How did such a monolithic company manage to keep nimble, not only adapting yet flourishing in an economy that would have been unrecognizable to Thomas Watson a century ago?

Here’s the shocking truth about IBM: the orthodoxy and traditionalism are all an act. IBM didn’t get where it is, nor maintain its position, by being anything less than bold and inventive. If IBM has been characterized by one thing over the decades, it’s aggressive forward thinking. When other major corporations would hire and fire employees at will, IBM was among the first to provide benefits to the spouses of its dead employees. It was putting women in vice presidencies as early as 1943, back when stenographer or nurse were likely a woman's only career options.

Perhaps most noteworthy of all, IBM was one of the first employers to offer paid vacations. Yes, you can add compensated time off to the list of modern features that we take for granted now, that began with IBM. Granted, one could argue that IBM merely discovered that by simply prorating its employees’ annual salaries over 52 weeks instead of 50, those employees would think they were getting something for nothing. Still, few employers were doing this before IBM decided to.

It’s tempting to think of IBM as primarily a hardware company. IBM does still make physical products, everything from mainframes to tape drives to the processor that powers the Nintendo Wii U. But to say that the hardware division isn’t a moneymaker for IBM is something of an understatement. Hardware operations lost half a billion dollars last year. For most companies, that sort of loss would spell the end, but given that IBM earned $16 billion in net income that same year, hardware losses are nothing more than a problem that management needs to address at some point. While IBM’s chief executive officer – Virginia Rometty – (whom, it might warrant mentioning, given that the vast majority of the 30 CEOs working for companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Index are male, is female) acknowledges that hardware will remain vital to the company’s operations, most of its income derives from two divisions that are almost functionally inseparable: software and services.

It would be easier to list the areas in which IBM doesn’t have a software presence than those in which it does. Business analytics. Product and system development. “Enterprise marketing management,” which includes everything from analyzing customers’ behavior, to using data to determine what products your company should offer and how much it should charge for each. IBM has managed to take business decisions that used to be the realm of its customers’ intuition and subjective opinion (“Should we offer this product? I have a gut feeling we shouldn’t”) and applied objective methods to give answers. It’s safe to say that future business clients will be demanding more of this from IBM, not less.

IBM’s technology services division is as broad and all-encompassing as its software operations. IBM’s technicians and consultants might not get as much publicity as those at other, more media-friendly companies, but they do the extremely profitable work that makes much of modern commerce hum. Said technicians will create your company’s data center, optimize your network, even show you what to do when the tsunami of data becomes overwhelming. IBM’s reach is so inclusive, it’s hard to overstate its importance to almost every sector of the economy, both in North America and around the world.

The Bottom Line

In a time when even the established financial news outlets can’t seem to shut up about the social media network, that mobile messaging application or the other photo-sharing service, IBM continues to quietly and purposefully plod along, content to create much of the framework upon which flashier and more ephemeral businesses can ply their trade.

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