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Does $1B make mobile mainstream?
Jonathan Distad    

The New York Times had a nice article about the purchase of Instagram by Facebook for $1Billion.  Whether you think its worth it or not, it begs a bigger question – especially for the larger enterprise community.  Does that make mobile mainstream?  This purchase didn’t kickstart the mobile revolution but for a lot of IT and business leaders, this might have validated their working assumptions and budget bets for 2012/13.  The enterprise IT conversation will revolve around a few items which are clearly being validated by the marketplace:

  • Mobile is no longer a long-pole bet – it is usually the impetus for portal/social upgrades
  • Social business is in three very prominent places in the enterprise
    • Kick starting internal social networks
    • migrating mature communities to the external stakeholders
    • the bleed of external social and internal social – you need a strategy
  • Gamification or other adoption drivers are key to the short AND long term success of social communities
  • Social portals are now the norm
  • Location and presence will play a larger role with the dispersion of the modern workforce – enter true unified communications

You will see some or all of the above possibly start and live on mobile-only platforms like Instagram and Foursquare.  This is going to be a bigger bone to toss because companies are just starting to wrap their heads around the BYOD (bring your own device) concept or supporting multiple forms of employee/stakeholder mobile expectations.  Another move is the moving of the above onto private hosting environments.  This will make the big boys (IBM, MS, Oracle, etc) have to rethink their licensing models to deal with bursts and valleys of CPU’s.  All in all its the natural movement of IT.  Albeit, the movement is much, much faster than most people have come to get accustomed to in the past 4-6 years.  We are in a tech burst (sans bubble) and everyone is just trying to stay afloat.  This is just the beginning.

 



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How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals, Part 3: Knockout Portlet
Thu, Sep 18th 2014 5:15p   Mark Polly
In this series, I’m showing how Portals don’t have to be heavyweight.  In Part 1, I wrote about how to make the infrastructure lighter by using cloud or IBM’s Pure System.  In Part 2, I introduced the concept of using IBM’s Web Content Manager system to build very simple portlets. Now in this final installment, I am going to extend the concepts introduced in Part 2 to show how we can build more complex portlets, but still keep everything lightweight.  To review quickly [read] Keywords: ibm application css dojo interface java javascript network portlet widget
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How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals, Part 2: Portlets
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 12:11p   Mark Polly
In part 1 of this series, How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals, I talked wrote about the infrastructure and installation aspects of Portals. To make the tasks of managing and installing portals, I recommended cloud solutions and for IBM, their PureApplication system both in the cloud and on-premise. In Part 2, I turn my attention to applications and how to make task of developing portal applications more lightweight. The goal of a portal is to combine applications and content at the glass fo [read] Keywords: admin ibm application applications interface java javascript portlet websphere websphere portal xml
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Using Mapping to Show Up-to-Date Content
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 11:12a   Michael Porter
Sometimes I’m amazed with what some of our developers do.  I’ve seen so many examples of code just thrown together. I’ve seen that code produce infinite loops, slow down load time by a factor of 10, and take down servers.  So when I see an example of someone thinking through how to efficiently create code, I’m amazed.  Anyway, Parshva Vora, a Sitecore developer here at Perficient, just blogged on how you can use mapping to create agile code and more efficiently get at [read] Keywords: database microsoft
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How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 9:11a   Mark Polly
One of the complaints we often hear about horizontal portal systems is they are complicated and feel “heavy”. What makes a system feel heavy and how can we lighten the load? In a typical portal application we have to integrate multiple applications, content and document management systems, security, search, personalization, page management, etc, etc. is it any wonder why a portal would feel heavy when you try to bolt together all these systems? Some vendors have taken the approach th [read] Keywords: ibm application applications database db2 development portlet security server websphere websphere portal
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Why Patient Portals Remain Healthcare’s Enigma
Wed, Sep 3rd 2014 9:11a   Michael Porter
CIO.com has an interesting article about why patient portals just aren’t popular.  I think the author, Brian Eastwood, gets some things right but also misses some key reasons or challenges.  Here’s what he got right. Adoption just isn’t very high. No one is using the patient portals that are out there. Doctors don’t use portals………….and they don’t have patients who use portals.  In other words, if a medical provider still thinks the best w [read] Keywords: applications office security server
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Forrester Digital Experience Wave
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 3:12p   Mark Polly
Last week Forrester published their first Wave on Digital Experience Platforms.   I was at the IBM Digital Experience Conference and it sounded like IBM was expecting good news from Forrester in this wave.   In fact, Stephen Powers from Forrester was the Keynote speaker at the conference and one of the principal authors of the Wave.   Much to every one’s surprise, the Wave came out with nobody listed as a Leader.  Adobe, hybris (SAP), IBM and Sitecore came out as the Strong Performers [read] Keywords: ibm development sap
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WebSphere Portal and UI Myths and Facts
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 12:12p   Michael Porter
I don’t know how I missed it but Harish Bhavinachikar has a nice post on what you can do with modern UI tools in WebSphere Portal.  It’s on our Spark Blog but addresses something that keeps coming up again and again.  Frankly, the front-end tools have changed considerably in the last couple years.  Modern UI tools / frameworks like AngularJS, Bootstrap, JQuery, and a host of others make it easier to manage the UI and to further enforce separation of the front-end from the back-end [read] Keywords: ibm css javascript mobile portlet websphere websphere portal
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Google Search With Sales Force
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 9:12a   Michael Porter
Brendan Callum, a director and whiz extraordinaire in our Salesforce practice, has a video out about what they did with Google Search and Salesforce. The video doesn’t go into a lot of detail but I find it extremely interesting that an appliance (older trend) searches the cloud (ongoing trend) in a secure fashion.  Of course, why do you need detail when someone developed a connector for it and all you have to do it buy, install, and go. [read] Keywords: google
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Migrating Web Content Using Kapow (Part 3)
Wed, Jul 30th 2014 9:12a   Michael Porter
I’ve blogged about this before with Candace’s Part 1 and Part 2. She just published Part 3 in the series.  Here she focuses on what to do once you’ve extracted and transformed the content.  In other words, getting that web content into the target system. In this case it’s Sitecore, a popular .NET based WCM.  I think it’s great Candace took the time to walk through a step by step approach to this.  Go to her post for the full set of steps and details. Once data [read] Keywords: database microsoft
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Hilton Changes The Game, Mobile Enables It
Tue, Jul 29th 2014 10:12a   Michael Porter
Hilton announced on their web site that they plan to change the game when it comes to the guest experience at their hotels.  While the press release doesn’t state the investment, the Wall Street Journal quotes it at $550 million.  But what’s really cool is that the smart phone will become: Your room key: bypass the line and head straight to your room The way to choose your room: choose your room from a map of the hotel Special requests: get upgrade, ask for amenities, etc. At fir [read] Keywords: application integration mobile




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