While the iPad is a great device, it continues to frustrate me with its strong dependencies to a PC/Mac:
Activation. New iPads won't work out of the box without being activated. A new iPad needs to connect to a Mac or a PC using the supplied USB cable and iTunes must be installed and running.
Software updates. When Apple releases a new software update (e.g. iOS 4.3) the upgrade is performed via iTunes with the iPad connected to the computer via USB
Media transfer. Music, videos and pictures must be transfered via iTunes and the USB cable. In addition, Apple makes it difficult to sync with more than one computer. For example, I have a home computer with all my music, videos and pictures but I'd like to be able to sync with my work computer to sync apps, get software updates etc.
I've been hoping for solutions to all these problems since iOS 3. I'm hopeful that the upcoming iOS 5 release this summer. Android tablets don't have the same limitations. What I'd like to see from Apple:
At a minimum, sync over wi-fi and cut the USB cord
A better solution to syncing with multiple computers
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
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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
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
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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."
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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.
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