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IBM Impact 2014 Conference Preview
Sun, Apr 20th 2014 12:45p   Christopher Pepin
IBM Impact 2014 conference begins one week from today and I'm looking forward to attending. I authored an article on the conference earlier this month on IBM Mobile Business Insights blog and I wanted to follow it up with details on my schedule. Safe travels and I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas! Sunday, April 27 12:00pm: Arrival4:00pm-5:00pm: Staff the IBM MobileFirst transformation booth at the product showcase Monday, April 28 4:00pm-7:30pm: Staff the IBM MobileFirst transformati [read] Keywords: connections ibm application community email enterprise mobile profile twitter websphere
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IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge: Proposals Due on March 31
Thu, Mar 27th 2014 7:45a   Christopher Pepin
At Mobile World Congress 2014 last month in Barcelona, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty announced the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. If you're not familiar with IBM Watson, it's the technology that won the Jeopardy game show challenge on TV in 2011. IBM is challenging developers to integrate Watson capabilities into a mobile application. Proposal are due on Monday, March 31 and five finalists will be announced at the IBM Impact conference in Las Vegas next month. Winners will receive suppo [read] Keywords: ibm application community mobile twitter websphere
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Apple releases iOS 7.1, Device Enrollment Program and "New IT" website
Thu, Mar 20th 2014 11:42a   Christopher Pepin
Much of the focus in the press is around Apple's rumored upcoming devices including the iPhone 6, "iWatch" and "iPad Pro." However, over the last two weeks Apple made three significant announcements that had nothing to do with devices including: iOS 7.1Device Enrollment ProgramNew IT website iOS 7.1 Apple released iOS 7.1 which is a minor release for iPhones, iPads and AppleTV (version 6.1). The release contains bug fixes, new features and enhancements to the user interface. One of the ke [read] Keywords: ibm apple applications blackberry bug enterprise interface iphone mobile security
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Mobile World Congress 2014 Summary
Mon, Mar 3rd 2014 7:02a   Christopher Pepin
I was in Barcelona last week attending Mobile World Congress. The annual event, with more than 75,000 attendeees, is hosted by GSMA which is an organization of 800 of the world's mobile operators. However, as the growth of mobile has exploded, so too the scope of the conference has expanded beyond carriers. Mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and wearables, were a big focus of the conference. New devices were everywhere including the Samsang Galaxy S5, Nokia X and Samsung Gear [read] Keywords: ibm applications enterprise google mobile twitter
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Why I bought a new laptop and a new desktop computer in the "post PC era"
Fri, Feb 21st 2014 5:03p   Christopher Pepin
I recently bought both a new Windows laptop and desktop: Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 Windows 8.1 Ultrabook convertible. Intel i7 "Haswell" processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD hard drive. QHD+ (3200 x 1800) touchscreen. $1,200 at BestBuyHP Envy 700-074 desktop. Intel i5 "Haswell" processor. 12GB RAM, 2TB HD. Connected to my existing HP Compaq touchscreen monitor. $725 at BestBuyThe Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 is for work and earned an editors choice award from CNET. Right now it's used for testing and demos u [read] Keywords: ibm apple applications desktop google iphone ipod laptop macintosh microsoft mobile portlet server
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Creating a smarter enterprise: New report IBM
Fri, Feb 7th 2014 9:02a   Christopher Pepin
The IBM Institute for Business Value has published a new report titled "Creating a smarter enterprise: the science of transformation." In today's rapidly changing and increasing interconnected world, enterprises need to constantly evolve and transform their business to remain competitive. But change is easier said that done. IBM breaks it down into three steps: Creating value services as a platform for global integration Building an enterprise-wide transformation leadership, governance [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise integration mobile




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IBM Connect 2014
Wed, Jan 29th 2014 8:42p   Christopher Pepin
IBM Connect 2014 kicked off earlier this week at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The focus of the conference is how social, mobile, cloud and analytics are transforming businesses. Key messages and announcements from the conference:Mail Next, or Connections Mail, which includes mail, chat, meetings, office productivity, high-definition video, files, content management and advanced analytics. A re-invention of e-mail, Connections Mail is web browser-based and will be available later this [read] Keywords: collaboration connections domino ibm sametime traveler applications consulting instant messaging mobile office twitter
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NFL improving the fan experience: a Patriot's fan take
Sun, Jan 19th 2014 6:22a   Christopher Pepin
As the New England Patriots gear up for the AFC Divisional Championship against the Denver Broncos later today, I wanted to focus on how the NFL is improving the fan experience in the stadium. With large screen HD video in many living rooms and rising ticket prices, it has become even more challenging to attract fans to the stadium. Technology is a key focus of NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doy and several stadiums are deploying in stadium wi-fi and deploying mobile applications with exclusive, in [read] Keywords: apple application applications google iphone mobile twitter
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National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show 2014
Wed, Jan 15th 2014 2:42p   Christopher Pepin
I just returned from the National Retail Federation (NRF) “Big Show” in New York City with over 25,000 in attendance. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty delivered the keynote titled "A New Era of Value." A video replay is available online. IBM had one of the largest booths on the expo floor and showcased a wide range of Smarter Retail and Smarter Commerce solutions. A few of the key highlights: IBM Presence Zones which seeks to replicate the online shopping experience in a physical store leveraging lo [read] Keywords: ibm google integration mobile twitter
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An introduction to DevOps
Mon, Jan 6th 2014 7:02a   Christopher Pepin
DevOps, short for Devlopment and Operations is an industry term that refers to the process of designing, building and deploying enterprise software. Various studies have found that most information technology projects are not successful - with some studies finding a 60% or greater failure rate. DevOps is a software development method that can help and involves development, quality assurance and operations as shown in the diagram below. Figure 1: DevOps is the intersection of development, qua [read] Keywords: ibm development enterprise twitter
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2014: The Year of the Internet of Things
Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 9:02a   Christopher Pepin
By any measure, the number of mobile devices, number of mobile applications and the number of online purchases, 2013 was the year of mobile. Specifically, smartphones and tablets. Indications are that 2014 will be the year of the Internet of Things or IOT. But what is the Internet of Things or IOT? Limiting mobile to only smartphones and tablets is a narrow definition. The Internet of Things takes a much broader view including the connected car, wearable devices, smart electric meters and [read] Keywords: ibm apple applications google mobile wiki
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Technology in Primary Education
Tue, Dec 17th 2013 5:45a   Christopher Pepin
My son is a 6th grade middle school student in New Fairfield, Connecticut. As technologist, I'm very impressed with how technology is being used in his classroom. For example: The school has both a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and responsible use agreement.BYOD is optional. The school issues devices to students such as the Google Chromebook as well as Windows laptops. I purchased a $200 Chromebook for my son and he's very happy with it and owning it has taught him responsibility. I chuckl [read] Keywords: enterprise facebook google laptop microsoft office
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Microsoft Surface impressions: thumbs down
Fri, Nov 22nd 2013 7:06p   Christopher Pepin
I recently purchased a Microsoft factory refurbished Surface RT 64GB tablet for $200 on eBay. In addition, I purchased a refurbished Type Cover for $60. While I can't recommend the Surface tablet for most users, it does show promise. Microsoft produces three different Surface tablets: Surface, Surface 2 and Surface Pro. This review is for the original Surface, which was formally called the Surface RT. At present, the Surface tablet retails for $349. The Microsoft Surface tablet is nice pie [read] Keywords: apple application applications blogger desktop enterprise facebook google interface laptop microsoft mobile office outlook skype twitter
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CDM Mobility Summit 2013 summary
Thu, Nov 14th 2013 2:25p   Christopher Pepin
I presented at the CDM Mobility Summit in Miami, Florida on November 12-13, 2013. IBM co-sponsored the conference and Dianne Del Rosso, IBM MobileFirst Director, presented the opening keynote on a "Strategic Guide to Becoming a Mobile Enterprise." I led a roundtable discussion on the best practices of mobile technology leaders that leveraged the recent IDC study and online assessment tool. Of the roughly 30 clients in attendance at my session, only 2 qualified themselves as mobile technol [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm applications enterprise google mobile network security twitter
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IBM 2012 Tech Trends report interactive analysis tool now available
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 9:42a   Christopher Pepin
Late last year, IBM published the Tech Trends report which is based on a survey of more than 1,200 IT and business decision makers who are determining when, where and how their organizations adopt mobile, analytics, cloud and social technologies. With a new online tool, you can now see the Tech Trends study findings from an industry perspective. Within each technology area (Mobile, Social, Cloud, Analytics), you can interactively investigate adoption rates, investment levels (over the next tw [read] Keywords: ibm mobile
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IBM InterConnect conference summary
Mon, Oct 14th 2013 10:42a   Christopher Pepin
I attended the IBM InterConnect conference last week in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands resort and convention center. Key themes included cloud, mobile, social and big data & analytics. IBM Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty gave the keynote presentation on what it means to be a "smart" enterprise. It was a fantastic conference, and I posted a summary on the IBM Mobile Business Insights blog. I presented on MobileFirst infrastructure and I've in [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise facebook google mobile twitter
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IBM Interconnect Conference Preview
Mon, Sep 30th 2013 8:42a   Christopher Pepin
The IBM Interconnect conference kicks off next week in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands resort and convention center. Key themes include Cloud, Mobile, Social and Big Data & Analytics. I'll be presenting on Instituting a MobileFirst Infrastructure as well as participating in a number of onsite events. The best way to contact me at the conference is via Twitter @ChrisPepin. I'll be blogging and tweeting during the course of the conference. Links: Conference website Smartsite: plan [read] Keywords: ibm blogging mobile twitter
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Mobile is business in motion
Fri, Sep 27th 2013 8:22a   Christopher Pepin
Mobile means many different things to people. To some, mobile is smartphones and tablets, to others mobile is BYOD, still others define mobile as working from home. IBM defines mobile as: Business in motion: business with anyone, anywhere, anytime Key points: Mobile, cloud, information and social are four complimentary technologies that are creating new opportunities for businesses. Gartner refers to these as the Nexus of Forces. Mobile is about transacting business and drivin [read] Keywords: ibm mobile sap
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Apple releases iOS 7, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S - Implications for the enterprise
Fri, Sep 20th 2013 1:22p   Christopher Pepin
On Thursday, September 18, Apple released iOS 7 a free, over the air update for most "newer" iOS devices. Earlier today, Apple released two new phones - 5S and 5C. Both the new OS and the two new phones have significant implications for the enterprise that go far beyond new colors and icons. First, a bit of history. The original iPhone, introduced in 2007, was aimed squarely at consumers with few enterprise capabilities. However, driven by the consumerization of information technology [read] Keywords: ibm lotus apple application applications blackberry enterprise exchange exchange iphone mobile password security server wireless
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Airwatch Connect Conference 2013
Sun, Sep 15th 2013 9:42p   Christopher Pepin
I presented at the Airwatch Connect conference in Atlanta, GA last week. Airwatch is a leading provider of Mobile Enterprise Management software and is an IBM partner. IBM MobileFirst offers a comprehensive, end-to-end portfolio of mobile enterprise solutions including services, software and partners that compliments Airwatch. This was my first time attending the conference and I understand this year's conference was the biggest yet with 1,200+ attendees and 93 sponsors. In attendance we [read] Keywords: ibm apple application development enterprise google interface mobile network networking security twitter
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US Open Tennis 2013
Tue, Aug 27th 2013 9:42p   Christopher Pepin
I had the opportunity to attend the US Open tennis tournament in New York city yesterday with my son. Readers of this blog will recall my previous visits to the US Open in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006. This year, I attended the opening Monday night session which included a spectacular opening ceremony with a performance by Lenny Kravitz. Celebrities in attendance included NYC mayor Bloomberg, Billie Jean King and Donald Trump. I watched Sarena Williams defeat Francesca Schiavo [read] Keywords: ibm apple applications facebook google mobile twitter
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Mobile Virtualization
Thu, Aug 8th 2013 12:22p   Christopher Pepin
Virtualization is simulating one hardware or software platform on another and has been around since mainframes in the 1960's. Over the years, the use of virtualization has expanded beyond mainframes to include servers storage, network, applications, desktops, laptops and even mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. There are several types of mobile virtualization including operating system, applications and entire virtualized desktops. Virtualization can provide flexibility as w [read] Keywords: applications blackberry enterprise mobile network security virtualization
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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed Mobility Services
Wed, Jul 31st 2013 4:02p   Christopher Pepin
Overview post Actual post Podcast from Eric [read] Keywords: podcast
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Grocery store shopping with a smartphone
Wed, Jul 10th 2013 6:23p   Christopher Pepin
Today is the 5th anniversary of the Apple App Store. While Apple didn't invent the mobile app store concept, they took it to the next level and made it easier both for users to find and install apps as well as developers to distribute apps. With the rapid growth of smartphones, more companies are releasing mobile application designed to make it easier to do business and to increase customer satisfaction. Some of my favorite mobile applications include: Chase bank mobile: online banking, [read] Keywords: apple application applications mobile network
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IBM mobile enterprise best practices
Thu, Jun 13th 2013 7:49p   Christopher Pepin
IBM conducted a study of 360 IT decision makers worldwide to identify and gain insights into the attributes of IT leaders in mobility. Mobile leaders can reap the benefits of better business performance relative to industry peers, growing IT investments and increasing revenue. The following are the four best practices of mobile leaders: Plan for mobile development and establish strategies and polices Integrate mobile across the enterprise, rather than treat as a silo or one-off projects Op [read] Keywords: ibm desktop development enterprise mobile security
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IDC recognizes IBM as mobile consulting leader
Tue, Jun 11th 2013 2:26p   Christopher Pepin
IDC has IBM Named a Leader in IDC Marketscape: Worldwide Enterprise Mobility Consulting 2013 Vendor Analysis. From the IBM press release: "The IDC MarketScape report indicates that "clients benefit from IBM's deep range of domain and industry expertise across multiple technology platforms." It also highlights how "IBM delivers its Enterprise Mobile consulting services through a multi-tier delivery model including inbound and onsite strategy and design engagements, high-efficiency and fa [read] Keywords: ibm consulting development email enterprise integration mobile
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Apple WWDC 2013 Keynote
Mon, Jun 10th 2013 3:26p   Christopher Pepin
Earlier today, Apple kicked off their annual World-Wide Developer Conference, or WWDC, in San Francisco, CA. While I didn't attend, I did watch the keynote remotely on my AppleTV via the new Apple "Events" app. The full version of the keynote is available online The first hour focused on the Mac, and the second hour focused on iOS. I was most interested in iOS from two perspectives - personal and business. Key features: OS X 10.9 Mavericks New Mac Pro iOS 7. New features includ [read] Keywords: apple enterprise mac mobile wireless
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Forrester: 363% five year ROI of IBM Worklight
Wed, Jun 5th 2013 4:09p   Christopher Pepin
The explosion of mobile devices is driving an increased need for mobile applications. For example, Apple's App Store now has over 800,000 mobile applications. Mobile application developers have lots of choices for the type of applications (native, hybrid, HTML, web) as well as the development environment that is used (Native API/SDK, PhoneGap, HTML5, Mobile Application Platform). However, it can be expensive and time-consuming to develop mobile applications for multiple mobile platforms (And [read] Keywords: ibm apple application applications blackberry development integration mobile
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Leading Vietnam Telco Selects IBM to Develop Cloud-Based Mobile Computing Platform
Fri, May 31st 2013 5:45p   Christopher Pepin
Today, IBM and Vietnam Mobile Telecom Services Company (VMS) announced a collaboration to build an advanced, end-to-end mobile computing platform leveraging IBM MobileFirst, IBM SmartCloud and IBM PureSystems offerings. The objective is support the expansion into new markets and improve workforce productivity From the press release: "The new mobile cloud infrastructure will help VMS improve the scalability of its IT infrastructure and meet growing customer demand, while supporting revenue gro [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm application applications mobile office server websphere
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IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices named a "Visionary" in latest Gartner MDM Magic Quadrant report
Tue, May 28th 2013 3:06p   Christopher Pepin
IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices was recently named to the visionaries quadrant in Gartner's Mobile Device Management (MDM) report. A little over a year ago, IBM shipped IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices which expanded support beyond Windows, Mac and Linux PCs and servers to include support for Apple iOS, Google Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. Mobile Device Management is software that manages, secures and supports smartphones, tablets and mobile devices and is a key requirem [read] Keywords: ibm apple blackberry google linux mac mobile
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IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2013 Nashville - Summary
Thu, May 23rd 2013 1:46p   Christopher Pepin
The IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit wrapped up today in Nashville, TN. From the conference website: "At Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2013 in Nashville, you’ll see how leading organizations are using IBM Smarter Commerce to meet the demands of empowered customers. Join this unique event to get expert insights that will help you synchronize the supply chain, optimize inventory, personalize promotions, micro-target marketing, increase relevance and exceed customer expectations across eve [read] Keywords: ibm application consulting development google mac mobile twitter
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IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2013 Nashville - Preview
Mon, May 13th 2013 9:22a   Christopher Pepin
The IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit kicks off next week in Nashville. From the conference website: "At Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2013 in Nashville, you’ll see how leading organizations are using IBM Smarter Commerce to meet the demands of empowered customers. Join this unique event to get expert insights that will help you synchronize the supply chain, optimize inventory, personalize promotions, micro-target marketing, increase relevance and exceed customer expectations across e [read] Keywords: ibm applications blogger consulting development enterprise facebook mobile twitter
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2013 IBM Impact conference summary
Sun, May 5th 2013 7:25p   Christopher Pepin
I attended the IBM Impact conference last week in Las Vegas. I blogged a conference preview earlier in the week and the following are the key highlights: IBM press release: "IBM Unveils New Technology to Connect a Smarter Planet New Appliance, Software and Services Extend the IBM MobileFirst Strategy." IBM press release: "IBM Drives Enterprise Adoption of Big Data, Cloud, Mobile and Social Business Technologies WestJet Improves Traveler Experience with Real-Time Interactions." The Internet [read] Keywords: ibm traveler enterprise google mobile security twitter websphere
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The Internet of Things: Connected Car
Mon, Apr 29th 2013 3:31p   Christopher Pepin
IBM's Impact conference kicked off today in Las Vegas and the first guest up on stage was Vijay Sankaran, director of application development for Ford along with a 2013 Ford Focus up on stage. While smartphones and tablets get most of the attention, there are over 9.6 billion devices to connected to the Internet, including connected cars like the Ford Focus. Over 20 billion are expected by 2029. Wikipedia defines the connected car as: "A connected car is a car that is equipped with in [read] Keywords: ibm application development ipod network websphere wireless
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IBM brings ROI to BYOD: new report from Forrester
Fri, Apr 26th 2013 2:22p   Christopher Pepin
IBM recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment that companies realized by engaging IBM to implement a “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD program. it's a great report and available for free from IBM. From the study: "Interviews with two existing IBM customers yielded a compelling 108% return on investment and payback in less than one month." In addition to the report, IBM has released two new infographics with the [read] Keywords: ibm consulting desktop email mobile
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Take your child to work day 2013
Thu, Apr 25th 2013 11:05a   Christopher Pepin
Today, Thursday April 25, is take your child to work day. I had the privilege of participating at an IBM event in Southbury, CT. Roughly 40 students, ages 8-16, participated in a full morning of activities and talks including: IBM Apprentice: two teams of owners and sellers had to stratagize on how to improve sales of a fictional company through the use of mobile technology What do you know about mobile phones? Green Data Center tour Are we secure? While this was the first take your chi [read] Keywords: ibm community mobile
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IBM Impact conference 2013 preview
Mon, Apr 22nd 2013 5:28p   Christopher Pepin
I'll be attending the IBM Impact conference next week in Las Vegas. From the conference website: "Impact 2013 is designed for IT and business leaders who understand that to lead in today's economy, outperforming organizations are especially focused on combining technology with the business to drive innovation and growth. They understand that to succeed - they have to leverage Mobile, Social, Cloud and Big Data and re-imagine their operations, their processes, and their technology." He [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise mobile networking security twitter websphere
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Microsoft Windows XP Extended Support Ends in One Year - Are you Ready?
Sun, Apr 7th 2013 7:25p   Christopher Pepin
Extended support for Microsoft XP ends in one year, on 8 April 2014. Windows XP was released on October 25, 2001 - 11 years ago. The end of extended support means the end of security updates as well as technical support from Microsoft. Clients have a few options: Migrate to a newer version of Windows: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8. Many clients are choosing to upgrade to Windows 7. Personally, I prefer Windows 8 which offers fast boot times on par with smartphones and tablets, [read] Keywords: apple interface linux macintosh microsoft security vista
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Business value of mobile enterprise
Mon, Apr 1st 2013 7:08p   Christopher Pepin
Yankee Group has released a new study focusing on increased enterprise adoption of mobile. Specifically: 50% of companies will be increasing their budgets this year for mobile applications 34% of all companies are planning to develop 10 or more applications 51% of companies will be increasing their in-house development, 31% their outsourced development 56% are allowing employees to access apps through public app stores, 43% are centrally distributing them directly to employees’ devices, and [read] Keywords: apple applications development enterprise google mobile
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IBM Torque Conference Australia: Summary
Fri, Mar 22nd 2013 12:25p   Christopher Pepin
I returned home to Connecticut after a successful business trip to Australia for the IBM Torque conference. Highlights: The focus of the external conference was cloud, mobile and security and took place over the course of a week in three Australian cities: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. There were over 100 participants for the three sessions. I led a panel discussion on mobile at each of the three events. Key observations: Few enterprises have a mobile enterprise strategy in place. [read] Keywords: ibm symphony enterprise google mobile security twitter
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IBM Torque conference: Australia
Tue, Mar 12th 2013 7:05p   Christopher Pepin
I'm in Australia for the IBM Torque conference. From the conference website: IBM have designed an industry roundtable where your thought leadership and that of your peers will be shared and you will have the opportunity to see how you measure and lead against the pack. You will be able to discuss cloud, mobility and security with a group of like minded IT professionals and ask for the opinions of IBM experts in attendance. This is my first time attending IBM Torque as well as my first t [read] Keywords: ibm blogging mobile security
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IBM Pulse 2013 conference summary
Wed, Mar 6th 2013 10:22p   Christopher Pepin
The IBM Pulse 2013 conference wrapped up today at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. While the focus of the conference is Tivoli software, other key themes include social, cloud, IBM PureSystems and IBM MobileFirst. I presented two sessions: Pulse 2013 - How to run a successful BYOD initiative from Chris Pepin Pulse 2013 - Mobile strategy and user centered design, an IBM interactive primer from Chris Pepin In addition, I worked on the IBM Mobile booth at the solution [read] Keywords: ibm google mobile tivoli twitter websphere
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IBM Pulse conference preview
Sun, Mar 3rd 2013 1:22p   Christopher Pepin
I arrived at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas for IBM Pulse 2013 conference which is focused on IBM Tivoli software. From the conference website: At Pulse 2013 we'll bring you four days of top-notch education with over 500 sessions that demonstrate how to apply the right tools, technologies and best practices to help your organization achieve business without limits. These sessions will focus on applying the transformative power of cloud computing and securely evolving beyond the data center [read] Keywords: ibm blogging enterprise mobile security tivoli twitter
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IBM announces MobileFirst
Thu, Feb 21st 2013 7:05a   Christopher Pepin
IBM has announced MobileFirst - the industry’s leading solutions and services for the mobile enterprise. From the press release: "Today unveiled IBM MobileFirst, the most comprehensive mobile portfolio that combines security, analytics and app development software, with cloud-based services and deep mobile expertise. Using IBM MobileFirst solutions, businesses can now streamline everything from the management of employee mobile devices, to the creation of a new mobile commerce app that wi [read] Keywords: ibm development enterprise integration mobile security
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Working from the IBM office vs. working from home
Mon, Feb 18th 2013 8:25p   Christopher Pepin
For the past five years, I've been working for IBM almost exclusively from my home office which offers a number of advantages: No commute time Less money spent on gasoline and less impact to the environment Greater flexibility to spend time with my family Less money spent on eating out for lunch and healthier eating Mobile, collaboration and social technologies allow me to stay visible and work anywhere, anytime from any device. However, in addition to the advantages, there are also dis [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm google mobile office
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Embedding videos in Apple Keynote on the iPad
Wed, Feb 6th 2013 7:05p   Christopher Pepin
Adding short, relevant videos to a Powerpoint/Keynote presentation can make a big impact when presenting to clients or at a conference. When I'm presenting on topics related to mobile enterprise, I almost always use my iPad. Presenting on a Windows PC or a Mac just doesn't have the same impact as presenting a mobile topic on a mobile device. For example, I presented at the IBM Connect conference last week and showed a short video of IBM's internal transformation to become a mobile enterp [read] Keywords: ibm apple application enterprise iphone mac mobile network
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IBM ITS University 2013 - Killarney, Ireland
Mon, Feb 4th 2013 6:45a   Christopher Pepin
I'm attending IBM ITS University this week in beautiful Killarney, Ireland. I'll be presenting on IBM Mobile Enterprise. I'll be updating this blog post throughout the week and you can follow the event via the Twitter hashtag #IBMuni2013 [read] Keywords: ibm enterprise mobile twitter
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IBM Connect Conference 2013
Sat, Feb 2nd 2013 11:05a   Christopher Pepin
I attended the IBM Connect conferences earlier this week in Walt Disney World, Florida. From the conference website: "IBM Connect 2013. Familiar, yet with a whole new twist. We're connecting the long-standing Lotusphere and last year's Connect conferences — and making them one. IBM Connect combines the deep technical content that you’ve loved for 20 years with the learning you need to accelerate your move beyond social media to drive real business value with social and collaborative [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm lotus lotusphere traveler apple application blackberry facebook google iphone mobile research in motion twitter wireless
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Business Trip to China
Mon, Jan 21st 2013 6:25p   Christopher Pepin
Last week, I traveled to China on business for the first time to present at an IBM internal sales conference. I was asked to speak on mobile enterprise including IBM's products and services. A few observations from my visit: I was pleasantly surprised by China Eastern Airlines, a Skyteam airline. I was able to take a direct flight from New York's Kennedy airport to Shanghai. The plane was new (Airbus A340) and each seat had a power outlet. Service was excellent for economy class (two [read] Keywords: ibm roaming apple enterprise facebook google iphone mobile twitter
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Apple iPad Mini impressions - thumbs up!
Fri, Jan 11th 2013 3:05p   Christopher Pepin
Santa brought my son a new iPad mini (16GB, wi-fi) for Christmas this year and I have to say, I'm a big fan. While I had used on in the past for short periods, having one in the house use over an extended period has made me realize what a great tablet the iPad Mini is. Here's why: Pros: Extremely thin and light. iPad seems heavy and bulky in comparison Runs tablet apps (same resolution as iPad 2) Comes in both wi-fi and 3G versions Cons: High cost: $329 (16GB wi-fi). Arguably, n [read] Keywords: apple
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Google Nexus 7 tablet impressions - thumbs up!
Thu, Jan 3rd 2013 6:25a   Christopher Pepin
I've been using a Google Nexus 7 tablet, manufactured by Asus, for the last month and I'm impressed. While I still prefer the iPad (and the new iPad mini), the Nexus 7 arguably delivers the best Android tablet experience at a fantastic price. Pros: Low price. I got a 32GB version for just over $200 on sale Native Android experience from Goggle Easy upgrade to JellyBean 4.2 (one of the few devices out there able to run 4.2) Nice build quality - the back of the tablet in particular is ni [read] Keywords: google
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IBM Connect/Lotusphere Conference kicks off on January 27
Tue, Jan 1st 2013 6:45p   Christopher Pepin
IBM's annual Connect/Lotusphere conference begins on Sunday, January 27 in Orlando, FL. I'll be presenting again this year on the IBM internal deployment. 1899 : BYOD at IBM: IBM Lotus Notes Traveler, IBM Connections Mobile, IBM Endpoint Manager and More! IBM is a mobile business with over 120,000 smartphones and tablets in use, of which 80,000 are employee-owned. Lotus Traveler, Lotus Mobile Connect, IBM Endpoint Manager, IBM Sametime, IBM Connections and IBM Worklight are key techn [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus lotusphere notes sametime traveler enterprise mobile
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2013 Mobile IT Conferences
Thu, Dec 27th 2012 5:45p   Christopher Pepin
With over 10 billion mobile devices expected by 2020, mobile is a popular topic at most major information technology conferences. I've started compiling a list below of conferences I'll likely be presenting at in 2013. While I'm unlikely to attend CES, given the consumerization of IT, I'll be following the conference remotely with great interest. Here's a link to my summary of CES 2012. Name Date Location Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Jan 8-11 Las Vegas, US IBM Connect/Lotusph [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm lotusphere blackberry mobile tivoli websphere
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5 Signs You're Not A Mobile Enterprise
Thu, Dec 20th 2012 8:45a   Christopher Pepin
Mobile technologies, including smartphones and tablets are taking the world by storm. It is estimated that by 2020 that there will be 10 billion mobile devices. While many businesses have become a mobile enterprise the latest IBM Tech Trends report indicates that 49% have not deployed mobile. Without further ado, here are five signs that you're not a mobile enterprise: You think that mobile = laptop and nothing else You think that there are too many security issues with smartphones and t [read] Keywords: ibm applications desktop email enterprise laptop mobile security twitter
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IBM's five innovations for the next five years: sensory computing
Tue, Dec 18th 2012 4:05p   Christopher Pepin
Each year, IBM publishes a list of five innovations that are likely to become reality in the next five years. This year's list focuses on the five senses: Touch: you will be able to touch through your phone Sight: A pixel will be worth a thousand words Hearing: Computers will hear what matters Taste: Digital taste buds will help you eat smarter Smell: Computers will have a sense of smell I'm still waiting for last year's prediction, no more passwords, to become reality [read] Keywords: ibm blogger
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IBM Mobile Enterprise Social Media Residency
Thu, Dec 13th 2012 9:45a   Christopher Pepin
I spent an exciting week with my IBM colleagues from around the world at the Mobile Enterprise Social Media Residency in Raleigh, North Carolina last week. Sponsored by IBM International Technical Support Organization, the same team that creates RedBooks, the residency focused on leveraging external social media tools like Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn and YouTube to demonstrate thought leadership on the subject of mobile enterprise. IBM offers a rich set of mobile products and services designed to [read] Keywords: ibm blogger blogging enterprise linkedin mobile twitter
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Citrix agrees to acquire Zenprise MDM
Fri, Dec 7th 2012 7:42a   Christopher Pepin
Earlier this week, Citrix agreed to acquire Zenprise, a leading provider of Mobile Device Management (MDM) software for enterprise smartphones and tablets. Citrix already has a strong presence in the enterprise mobile market with its Receiver technology that allows smartphones and tablets to access Windows desktop applications running on remote servers. Earlier this year, Citrix released its CloudGateway product which extended Receiver to include a secure enterprise container, mobile application [read] Keywords: ibm apple application applications blogger citrix desktop enterprise mac mobile password
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IBM 2012 Tech Trends Report now available
Wed, Dec 5th 2012 6:02a   Christopher Pepin
IBM has published its 2012 Tech Trends Report: Fast Track to the Future based on a survey of over 1,200 IT professionals worldwide. Mobile is featured prominently in the report. Key insights from the study: Only one in 10 organizations surveyed reported that they have all the skills they need for the four emerging technologies (cloud computing, business analytics, mobile computing and social business) Business analytics and mobile are leading in deployment with roughly 50 percent of survey [read] Keywords: ibm policies applications blogger enterprise integration mobile security
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Why I like Apple's new Lightning cable for the iPhone and iPad
Mon, Dec 3rd 2012 2:22p   Christopher Pepin
With the release of the iPhone 5, iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad, Apple introduced a new, smaller, "Lightning" connector for charging, sync and video. Having lived with the new iPhone 5 for the last month, I can honestly say I'm a big fan of the new connector. Here's why: The new Lightning connector is easier to insert and remove, even in the dark, since it doesn't matter which way the connector is inserted (up or down). With the previous Dock connector or USB micro connectors [read] Keywords: apple blogger iphone ipod
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How Tire and Battery Corporation is using IBM Worklight to develop mobile apps for customers
Fri, Nov 30th 2012 5:22p   Christopher Pepin
Earlier this year, I blogged on how Tire and Battery Corporation is using IBM Worklight mobile application platform software to develop cross-platform mobile applications for its customers in record time. A new video demonstrates how the application works and how it benefits customers. [read] Keywords: ibm application applications blogger mobile
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2013: The year of RIM BlackBerry
Mon, Nov 26th 2012 7:42a   Christopher Pepin
With 2012 winding down, I'm starting to think ahead to 2013. From a mobile enterprise perspective, 2013 is shaping up to be the year of BlackBerry. I know what you're thinking, RIM is becoming less relevant in the post Google and Apple and some enterprises are dropping BlackBerry altogether. RIM's new smartphone platform, 10, was scheduled to be released earlier this year and has slipped to early 2013. However, the point is that the majority of enterprises are leveraging BlackBerry t [read] Keywords: apple bes blackberry blogger enterprise google mobile rim
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Best practices for mobile enterprise security
Thu, Nov 15th 2012 9:22p   Christopher Pepin
I was in Boston earlier today presenting at the CSO Perspectives Seminar on Enabling and Securing the Mobile Enterprise. In addition, to my presentation, IBM had a booth at the product showcase and I've included some photos below. Security is top of mind with clients deploying mobile solutions and there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. I had some great one-on-one conversations with attendees on business challenges and IBM's perspectives. Best practices for mobile enterprise sec [read] Keywords: ibm blogger enterprise mobile security
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American Airlines details plans to expand the use of mobile devices inflight
Wed, Nov 14th 2012 2:42p   Christopher Pepin
I was on an American Airlines flight yesterday from New York to Dallas to attend a business meeting and I was reading the inflight magazine, American Way, which had a great article on how the airline is going mobile. While I was familiar with the "iPads in the cockpit" project, I was unfamiliar with the effort to issue flight attendants with Samsung Galaxy Notes and mechanics with Samsung Galaxy tablets. From the article: For starters, we have made some exciting decisions in the past [read] Keywords: notes apple application blogger iphone mobile
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How IBM became a mobile enterprise: presentation, video, paper
Wed, Nov 14th 2012 12:42p   Christopher Pepin
The explosion of smartphones and tablets is changing the way IBM's 435,000 employees work. Included below is a presentation, video and a paper with more details on how IBM became a mobile enterprise. Presentation IBM Solutions for the Mobile Enterprise Video Paper IBM embraces mobile technologies for business computing [read] Keywords: ibm blogger enterprise mobile
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Apple iPad Mini and Microsoft Surface impressions
Tue, Nov 6th 2012 11:02a   Christopher Pepin
I went to the Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut over the weekend to check out the new iPad Mini and the Microsoft Surface. The mall is one of the few that has both an Apple store and a Microsoft store. As usual, both stores were packed with people. While I prefer the look and layout of the Microsoft store, there were many more customers actually making purchases in the Apple store as opposed to browsing in the Microsoft store. First, I took my sons to the Apple store to try the iPad M [read] Keywords: apple blogger interface iphone laptop microsoft office
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My upgrade to iPhone 5
Mon, Nov 5th 2012 10:42a   Christopher Pepin
Last month, I reviewed my wife's new iPhone 5 (white, 16GB) and gave it a thumbs up. At the time, the iPhone 5 wasn't available through IBM's corporate liable program so I wasn't able to upgrade immediately. However, I upgraded from an iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5 (black, 16GB) last week and I'm very happy with the decision. While not a revolutionary upgrade, there are a number of key enhancements: Faster processor. My iPhone 4 slowed down considerably in the last 6 months. For exampl [read] Keywords: connections ibm lotus notes sametime traveler apple applications blogger email iphone mobile wireless
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CSO Perspectives on Mobile Security Conference - Novermber 15, Boston MA
Sun, Nov 4th 2012 5:02p   Christopher Pepin
I'll be presenting at CSO Perspectives Seminar on Enabling and Securing the Mobile Enterprise conference in Boston, MA on November 15 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. My session: Best Practices for Mobile Enterprise Security Chris Pepin, Mobility Offering Manager, IBM Global Technology Services With the rapid growth of BYOD in the enterprise, CIO's are struggling to secure mobile devices and data across a wide range of mobile platforms. Attend this session to learn best practices des [read] Keywords: ibm blogger enterprise mobile security
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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2012 Summary
Mon, Oct 29th 2012 12:24p   Christopher Pepin
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo ended on Thursday, October 25. I blogged on the first day of the conference and this purpose of this post is to provide an overall summary. Location: Walt Disney World Dolphin hotel and conference center in Orlando, FL Date: October 21-25, 2012 Attendees: 8,000+ Twitter feed My summary of the first day My photos and photos on Gartner's blog (see photo gallery on the right) Theme: nexus of forces. The nexus of forces describes the convergence and mutual reinforcement [read] Keywords: ibm application applications blogger enterprise google mobile security twitter
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Microsoft Ships Windows 8 and Surface RT tablets
Fri, Oct 26th 2012 6:02a   Christopher Pepin
Microsoft is now shipping both Windows 8 and the new Microsoft-branded Surface RT tablet. Windows 8 comes in 3 versions - Windows 8, Pro and Enterprise. All versions include the new touch user interface that is geared toward tablets, convertibles and ultrabooks from a variety of manufacturers. Microsoft is also shipping their own tablet, the Surface RT, which is designed to compete with the Apple iPad in the consumer marketplace. The Surface contains an ARM-based processor and runs new, [read] Keywords: apple applications blackberry blogger enterprise interface laptop microsoft
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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo conference underway
Mon, Oct 22nd 2012 5:22a   Christopher Pepin
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo got underway yesterday in Orlando. For those not familiar with the conference, it is designed to bring together CIO's and senior IT executive in 450+ analyst sessions, workshops, roundtables and mastermind keynotes across five full days focused on what's new in Information Technology (IT). As in the past, IBM has a large presence at the event including several session presentations an a booth on the showcase floor. More details can be found below Click for t [read] Keywords: ibm blogger linkedin twitter
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MobileCon conference wrap-up
Fri, Oct 12th 2012 3:02p   Christopher Pepin
MobileCon 2012 has officially wrapped in San Diego. An annual event, the conference is billed as "a mobile IT and enterprise event designed specifically for the IT executive and professional. This user conference meets trade show is a one-stop shop for learning how to solve your most pressing problems in mobility." I presented "Becoming a mobile enterprise step by step" and also worked at the IBM booth on the showcase floor answering client questions and giving demos. I posted a few photo [read] Keywords: ibm blogger enterprise google mobile twitter
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MobileCon conference kicks off in San Diego
Tue, Oct 9th 2012 1:22p   Christopher Pepin
MobileCon 2012 kicked off today in San Diego and runs through Thursday, October 11. An annual event, the conference is billed as "a mobile IT and enterprise event designed specifically for the IT executive and professional. This user conference meets trade show is a one-stop shop for learning how to solve your most pressing problems in mobility." IBM Senior Vice President of Global Business Services, Bridget van Kralingen spoke at the keynote session this morning. I'll be speaking on [read] Keywords: ibm blogger enterprise mobile twitter
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Preparing your network for the mobile onslaught
Mon, Oct 1st 2012 10:22a   Christopher Pepin
IBM has published a new thought leadership whitepaper, "Preparing your network for the mobile onslaught - How networks can overcome the security, delivery challenges posed by mobile devices." While Mobile Device Management (MDM) is important, the network is often overlooked. Today's mobile devices are dependent on access to the network and solutions such as wi-fi and Virtual Private Network (VPN) are critical. "Only by providing a consistent, high quality end user experience can the o [read] Keywords: ibm blogger mobile network security wifi
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Apple iPhone 5 review - thumbs up!
Sun, Sep 23rd 2012 2:02p   Christopher Pepin
My wife received a new 16GB white iPhone 5 (AT&T) on Friday and while she's still learning how to use it, she's definitely a fan. As this is only the second smartphone she's ever owned, I serve as her tech support and I'm a fan as well. My wife was due for a smartphone upgrade and decided to upgrade to the new iPhone 5 from a Samsung Focus Windows phone (AT&T) she purchased in November, 2010. While she liked the Windows Phone (her first smartphone) she has become enamored with [read] Keywords: connections domino ibm lotus sametime traveler apple blackberry blogger email enterprise google instant messaging iphone ipod laptop mobile rim wireless
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IBM Endpoint Manager MDM adds new mobile features
Thu, Sep 13th 2012 9:22p   Christopher Pepin
IBM has released a new version of IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Device Management (MDM) with the following new features: 1. Nitrodesk Touchdown support The TEM Agent now integrates with Nitrodesk Touchdown. This allows TEM to control a richer set of configurations on Android devices, such as selective wipe, and security polices like password length, encryption etc. 2. Google Cloud Messaging The Android agent can now use Google Cloud Messaging to provide much quicker response times to act [read] Keywords: agent ibm apple application blogger google mobile password security
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Educating employees to guard the cloud
Tue, Sep 11th 2012 3:42p   Christopher Pepin
IBM VP Kris Lovejoy has published a new whitepaper titled "Security Essentials for CIOs Educating Everyone to Guard the Cloud." The paper lays out seven security essentials that starts with education: "One important - and often overlooked solution - is education. Creating a secure cloud environment requires a broad company-wide effort to instruct everyone about smart and careful procedures in the cloud. It involves creating a risk-aware culture." Today's mobile smartphones and tablet [read] Keywords: ibm blogger mobile security
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BYOD in primary education
Tue, Sep 4th 2012 3:22p   Christopher Pepin
My kids started school today and one of the many forms that they brought home today was a "Bring Your Own Device Student Agreement" that needed to be signed and returned. "BYOD" as it is abbreviated, it a growing trend not only in schools and universities but enterprises as well. The fact is that more and more consumers own smartphone, tablets and PCs and desire to use them for schoolwork or business. Gone are the days when schools and businesses provide all the technology. A BYOD po [read] Keywords: ibm policies blogger enterprise mobile
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US Open iPad application
Mon, Sep 3rd 2012 5:22p   Christopher Pepin
For the first time, IBM has introduced an iPad-specific version of the US Open Tennis mobile app. The app includes schedules, draws, videos, news and analytics which provides a "second screen" to follow while watching the matches on TV or in person via the US Open's free wi-fi network. If you don't have an iPad, you can view scores and stats via "SlamTracker" on the official US Open website. I blogged earlier this week on my visit to the US Open at Monday's opening ceremonies. I'm [read] Keywords: ibm apple application blogger mobile network
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US Open Tennis 2012
Tue, Aug 28th 2012 12:43p   Christopher Pepin
I had the opportunity to attend the US Open tennis tournament in New York city yesterday with my son. Readers of this blog will recall my previous visits to the US Open in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006 visits. This year, I attended the opening Monday night session which included a spectacular opening ceremony with a performance by Jordin Sparks. Celebrities in attendance included NYC mayor Bloomberg, actor Alec Baldwin and action Stanley Tucci. I watched Kim Clijsters defeat newcomer [read] Keywords: ibm apple application blogger facebook iphone
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IBM announces Mobile Enterprise Services for managed mobility
Sun, Aug 26th 2012 6:22p   Christopher Pepin
IBM has announced Mobile Enterprise Services for managed mobility. From the announcement: IBM Mobile Enterprise Services for managed mobility will help to provide managed mobility services on behalf of your business. This includes setup, configuration, and ongoing maintenance of mobile messaging middleware, mobile device management, and mobile application management. Supported mobile devices include Apple iPhone and iPad, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, and Windows™ Mobile smartphones and [read] Keywords: ibm apple application blackberry blogger enterprise google iphone mobile rim
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Tire and Battery Corporation uses IBM Worklight to streamline the development of mobile applications
Tue, Aug 14th 2012 3:26p   Christopher Pepin
Founded in 1956, Tire and Battery Corporation (TBC) is one of the largest sellers of automobile tires. To better support its customers, TBC is embracing smartphones and tablets and is leveraging IBM Worklight to develop mobile applications. Using Worklight, TBC was able to develop mobile applications that can be deployed on multiple mobile devices without re-coding which resulted in shortened time to market and reduced costs. Reference: IBM Case Study [read] Keywords: ibm applications blogger development mobile
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IBM releases Sametime 8.5.2.5 for Apple iOS
Tue, Jul 31st 2012 7:50a   Christopher Pepin
IBM has released Sametime 8.5.2.5 for Apple iOS in the Apple App Store. The new release has a number of features including: ● Improved chat history functionality ● Manage settings from within the native application ● Performance and UI improvements ● Improved session resume performance when Sametime is in background ● Optionally share user's location (iOS version 5.0 and up) ● 3rd generation iPad Retina display support ● Configuration now settable via URL ● Bug fixes for publ [read] Keywords: ibm sametime apple application blogger bug instant messaging iphone office
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IBM releases new "Think" application for Apple iPad
Sun, Jul 29th 2012 6:49p   Christopher Pepin
IBM has released a new, free iPad application titled "Think" in the Apple app store. Long before Apple introduced it's "Think Different" media blitz in 1997, IBM's founder, Thomas Watson coined the "Think" motto over 100 years ago when IBM was founded. Through a variety of multimedia, the Think iPad application "explores how progress happens with the THINK app, for kids, innovators and forward thinkers." [read] Keywords: ibm apple application blogger
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IBM releases Worklight 5.0
Thu, Jul 5th 2012 10:10a   Christopher Pepin
IBM has released Worklight 5.0, the latest release of its open, comprehensive and advanced mobile application platform for smartphones and tablets. New features include: A rich-page editor that lets you create a UI by dragging HTML5 and Dojo Mobile components from a palette Better Android and iOS preview capabilities More complete access to server configuration Java APIs for building custom authenticators Tools that help maximize developer expertise to make effective use of Worklight's shel [read] Keywords: ibm apple application applications blackberry blogger development dojo enterprise java mobile server websphere
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New Version of IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices now available
Tue, Jul 3rd 2012 8:53a   Christopher Pepin
IBM has released a new version of IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices with additional features to meet the growing need to manage enterprise smartphones and tablets. First released in March 2012, IBM Endpoint Managed for Mobile Devices V8.2 was named to the "visionaries" quadrant in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management. New features include: Self-Service Portal. End-users to manage their own devices. Users can login to the portal using their AD/LDAP credent [read] Keywords: agent ibm traveler blogger enterprise exchange exchange integration mobile password profile server
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10 Considerations for Choosing the Right Enterprise Mobile Platform
Wed, Jun 27th 2012 5:49p   Christopher Pepin
A great article article from IBM's Bob Sutor on how to choose the right enterprise mobile platform: "While IBM isn’t known for its mobile offerings, Big Blue has been quietly but steadily investing in this space for more than a decade, both organically, through acquisitions and key technology partners. For instance, IBM closed its acquisition of Worklight in February 2012. Worklight delivers mobile application management capabilities to clients across a wide range of industries, including [read] Keywords: ibm lotus application applications blogger enterprise mobile security websphere wireless
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Integration of Lotus Notes Traveler with Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices
Tue, Jun 19th 2012 4:10p   Christopher Pepin
IBM published a new solution brief titled "An integrated approach to managing and securing your mobile environment." Lotus Traveler delivers push email, contacts and calendar for enterprise customers leveraging Lotus Notes and Domino. While Lotus Traveler has powerful capabilities,it provides basic device management capabilities and many enterprises will want more control. IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices, released earlier this year, provides advanced mobile device management capab [read] Keywords: domino ibm lotus notes policies traveler apple blogger email enterprise exchange exchange google integration microsoft mobile server
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Apple announces iOS 6 for iPhone and iPad
Fri, Jun 15th 2012 9:09a   Christopher Pepin
Earlier this week Apple announced iOS 6 which is scheduled to ship this fall and contains over 200 new features. While not revolutionary, it does have a number of features that consumers will find useful including Siri, FaceBook, maps and turn by turn navigation. I was hoping for new features specifically for the enterprise (e.g. full disk encryption). In addition, I'm concerned with the the number of features that won't be available on the original iPad and pre-4S smartphones that will [read] Keywords: apple blogger enterprise facebook iphone macbook mobile
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IBM publishes flexible workplace study
Thu, May 31st 2012 7:50a   Christopher Pepin
IBM has published the Flexible Workplace Study which contains interviews with 675 CIOs and IT managers of large enterprises across multiple industries in Australia, China, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. What is the flexible workplace? Today’s workplace is a virtualized and physical environment characterized by connections, collaboration and user choice that enables the worker to be more agile and perform activities anywhere, anytime—and can ultimately help crea [read] Keywords: collaboration connections ibm application applications blogger development enterprise mobile office security
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IBM named to visionaries quadrant in Gartner MDM review
Tue, May 29th 2012 10:30a   Christopher Pepin
IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices was recently named to the visionaries quadrant in Gartner's Mobile Device Management (MDM) report. On March 16, 2012, IBM shipped IBM Endpoint Manager which expanded support beyond Windows, Mac and Linux PCs and servers to include support for Apple iOS, Google Android, Symbian and Windows Phone. Mobile Device Management is software that manages, secures and supports smartphones, tablets and mobile devices and is a key requirement for most enterprises [read] Keywords: ibm apple blogger google linux mac mobile
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IBM 2012 CEO Study: Mobile Changes Everything!
Tue, May 22nd 2012 11:04a   Christopher Pepin
IBM has released its annual CEO study which includes input from 1,700 CEO's worldwide. Of particular interest for me is the impact of mobility. A few quotes from the paper: "..convergence of the digital, social and mobile spheres — connecting customers, employees and partners in new ways to organizations and to each other" "..customers are increasingly mobile, organizations must be active there too, ready to engage in the context of the moment" "Smart, mobile devices are pervasive [read] Keywords: collaboration ibm blogger mobile
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IBM's Mobile Enterprise - A personal journey (Video)
Sun, May 20th 2012 6:44p   Christopher Pepin
New video from IBM shows how the company embraced mobility to enable a smarter, more productive workforce. This video compliments interviews from IBM CIO Jeanette Horan from earlier this year that states that over 80,000 employees are using BYOD mobile devices to work. [read] Keywords: ibm blogger enterprise mobile
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Windows 8 for the enterprise
Mon, May 14th 2012 1:04p   Christopher Pepin
Windows 8 is scheduled to ship in the October 2012 timeframe. The developer preview was released last September, consumer preview was made available this past February and the release preview is targeted for June. The key focus of Windows 8 is merging the desktop and tablet experience and is Microsoft's response to the iPad. Microsoft has simplified the number of Windows 8 products to four: Windows 8: Add new Metro-style start screen, ActiveSync support, mobile broadband Windows 8 Pro [read] Keywords: applications blogger desktop enterprise laptop microsoft mobile office virtualization
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Kindle Fire Review - Thumbs up!
Sun, May 13th 2012 7:24p   Christopher Pepin
A few weeks ago, Amazon had Kindle Fire refurbished units on sale for $139. At this price, the offer to pickup the most popular Android tablet was too good to pass up and I purchased one. While far from perfect, the Fire is a capable Android tablet. The Apple iPad, however, has nothing to fear. I own multiple tablets including the latest iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry PlayBook and I previously reviewed the Lenovo tablet. The Kindle Fire runs a heavily customized version of Andro [read] Keywords: apple applications blackberry blogger google
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IBM Impact Conference 2012 Summary
Mon, May 7th 2012 9:24a   Christopher Pepin
IBM's Impact conference, focused on Websphere software, wrapped up last week in Las Vegas. My summary: Key theme: Simplification. IBM PureSystems simplifies hardware and software into one integrated package Key theme: Mobility. IBM releases New Foundation for Mobile Computing. A big focus of the conference is mobility and the new IBM Worklight product. IBM VP Bob Sutor has a great overview of the product on his blog Conference website Conference blog My photos on Piccasa Twitter has [read] Keywords: connections ibm blogger development enterprise google mobile twitter websphere
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IBM Impact Conference Kickoff
Tue, May 1st 2012 7:44a   Christopher Pepin
IBM's Impact conference, focused on Websphere software, kicked off on Monday in Las Vegas. Highlights: Opening general session kicked off with a great talk by Walter Isaacson who shared some great stories of Steve Jobs from his book Twitter hashtag is #ibmimpact Press release: IBM releases New Foundation for Mobile Computing. A big focus of the conference is mobility and the new IBM Worklight product. IBM VP Bob Sutor has a great overview of the product on his blog Official website Offic [read] Keywords: connections ibm blogger development mobile twitter websphere
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IBM Mobile Security Infographic
Mon, Apr 23rd 2012 1:04p   Christopher Pepin
The IBM Managed Security Services team published a new infographic on mobile security challenges. The increase in "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) and consumerization of IT is driving an increase in the number of smartphones and tablets in the enterprise. The key value of mobile devices is the ability to access applications and "get work done." Mobile applications can be native, web, hybrid and virtual. Securing data and applications is a challenge and there are many factors to consider in [read] Keywords: ibm applications blogger enterprise mobile network security
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Splashtop: Windows 8 on the iPad
Thu, Apr 19th 2012 11:04a   Christopher Pepin
I installed a new iPad application, Splashtop, that mimics what Windows 8 will look like on a tablet. The application is $25 in the Apple App Store and requires a PC running Windows 8 Consumer Preview to connect to via virtualization technology. The application is geared to developers who are coding Windows 8 Metro applications and want to test it on a tablet without the expense of purchasing a Windows tablet. Installation was straightforward: Purchase and install the iPad application [read] Keywords: apple application applications blogger virtualization
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IBM Impact Conference begins Sunday, April 29
Tue, Apr 17th 2012 7:03a   Christopher Pepin
IBM's Impact conference officially kicks off in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 29 - just twelve short days away. From the conference website: The IBM Impact 2012 Global Conference will bring together more than 9,000 technology and business leaders at a single event for a transformative learning opportunity. Now more than ever, it is imperative that organizations learn how world-class technologies can help turn change and complexity into advantages. Industry leaders will be on-hand to provide [read] Keywords: ibm blogger enterprise mobile soa websphere
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IBM's Bring Your Own Device Strategy
Wed, Mar 28th 2012 10:04a   Christopher Pepin
In a Computerworld interview, IBM CIO Jennette Horan discusses IBM's Bring Your Own Device strategy (BYOD): "IBM's BYOD program "really is about supporting employees in the way they want to work," Horan said. "They will find the most appropriate tool to get their job done. I want to make sure I can enable them to do that, but in a way that safeguards the integrity of our business." To that end, the company has issued a series of "secure computing guidelines" to employees in an effor [read] Keywords: ibm lotus notes traveler application blogger email mobile network office security tivoli




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