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In the early 1990s major retailers began investing in data analytics to better manage their stores and warehouses by analyzing individual store sales.  This insight gave them a perspective on the needs of the local market. Retailers soon advanced in their use of analytics and adde...
Despite working in the digital space for years, now I was quite stumped a few weeks ago when I was asked to define it. Sometimes you can get away by circumlocution or to use the technically correct term, waffling. But given all the hype around digital transformation, I felt that it was...
Our resident expert on enterprise mobility and mobile application development, Peter Rogers, shares his insights on the subject of Enterprise Mobility and DevOps in this guest post.  Enjoy!*****A lot of people say the word “DevOps” but there is very little material that actually d...
Digital Transformation is the process of updating your business and IT infrastructure to align with today's and tomorrow's consumers. Today that is important, but hard to do. Mobile consumer behaviors are changing far faster than most IT budgets and initiatives and that can cause pro...
As much as I like to promote and evangelize mobile technologies and mobile commerce, it remains in its infancy. My preliminary research reveals it is critical for a mobile retailer to know who is using a mobile application in order to maximize sales. This knowledge should then be us...
Today enterprises are facing a massive challenge that will require new strategies and investment. In fact, 80 percent of survey participants reported that increasing demand for mobile apps is forcing IT departments to rethink and change how they have designed IT environments. Rethinki...
If you have spent any time working on IT projects you would have heard the comment, "The system is only as good as the data." It's an accurate and necessary statement, as it describes a prerequisite for many technological innovations. Many system designs fail in the face of reality. Re...
If you are the VP of Sales, it is quite likely you want and need to know up to date sales numbers, pipeline status and forecasts. If you are meeting with a prospect to close a deal, it is quite likely that having up to date business intelligence and CRM information would be useful. L...
Our resident mobile expert and guru Peter Rogers shares his insights on the challenges presented by iOS9 in this guest article.  Enjoy!*****Peter Rogers, Cognizant Mobile GuruWeb and App developers often live in fear of the latest iOS release because of the challenges it will brin...
If you have spent any time working on IT projects you would have heard the comment, "The system is only as good as the data."  It's an accurate statement, and one I want to expand on in this article. Many system designs fail in the face of reality.  Reality is often a cloaked...
Supporting real-time mobility is more than just a technology issue. It also requires companies to support real-time operational tempos. An operational tempo, in the context of this article, is defined as the speed or pace of business operations. Achieving a satisfactory operational tem...
Digital and Mobile Guru, Peter RogersLike most of us, my colleague at Cognizant and technical mobile and web expert, Peter Rogers, spends his warm summer evenings pondering how to make the Internet run faster.  In this guest blog, Peter shares the latest developments in "WebAssemb...
In a recent survey of eighty IT and business professionals, 73 percent responded that having optimized mobile applications and user experiences was "very important to critical" to their company's future success. In the same survey however, 78 percent reported their mobile strategies a...
All the data I have been reading this week suggest mobile users want and value a personalized experience on their mobile apps or mobile website, but on the other hand they don't like giving up their personal data. That means it is imperative to find the right balance so a mutually sat...
This is part 3 in the article series.  Read part 1 and part 2 here.The Shelf Life of Data and the Need for SpeedToday enterprises are facing a massive challenge that will require new strategies and investment. In fact, 80 percent of survey participants reported that increasing dem...
Welcome to Mobile Industry News and Strategies, an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week. ...
This article is part 2 in a series I wrote and published in an intelligence and defense industry trade journal.  Part 1 can be found here.Operational Tempos and MobilitySupporting real-time mobility is more than just a technology issue. It also requires companies to support real-t...
In a recent survey of eighty IT and business professionals, 73 percent responded that having optimized mobile applications and user experiences was “very important to critical” to their company’s future success.  In the same survey however, 78 percent reported their mobile strateg...
Welcome to Connected Globe News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  ...
Peter RogersMy colleague and most trusted technical mobility expert, Peter Rogers shares in this article why "gamification" is not the remedy for poor design.  Enjoy!***Having coming from a gaming background it is frustrating hearing the word ‘Gamification’ being thrown around as ...
Today agricultural drones with sensors and analysis software can fly over large fields and analyze the crops and their needs precisely in seconds. Once upon a time, farmers would walk through a field or ride a horse around it to determine the amount of fertilizer and water their crops...
Welcome to Mobile Industry News and Strategies, an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week. ...
Welcome to Connected Globe News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  ...
Software robots or Intelligent process automation is a rapidly emerging field that is generating a great deal of interest in the enterprise these days.  In Part 3 or this series we discuss the impact of intelligent process automation on both business and humans.  Enjoy!Video ...
Welcome to Mobile Industry News and Strategies, an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week. ...
Welcome to Connected Globe News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  ...
As much as I like to promote and evangelize mobile technologies and mobile commerce, it remains in its infancy.  Here are some of our latest research numbers for your review:42.8% of 5,000 survey participants typically use computers only for online shopping activities.73% of 5,000...
Welcome to Mobile Industry News and Strategies, an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week. ...
Peter RogersDigital Consultant, CognizantMy friend and a very technical mobility expert, Peter Rogers, shares his insights into mobile application development and connecting mobile applications to backend data sources in this guest blog.  Enjoy!*****These days XML is just a good o...
Welcome to Connected Globe News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  ...
I am deep into researching mobile consumer behaviors at this time, and am amazed at the impact that mobile technologies are having on us - especially millennials.Here are some examples from my research:People that use mobile devices to purchase products and services online, shop online...
In this segment of the Mobile Expert Interview series we discuss enterprise mobility in the context of plant maintenance and operations.  Bob Meads is the founder/CEO of IQagent's and focuses on making work for service technicians and plant maintenance professionals easier and mor...
Digital Transformation is the process of updating your business and IT infrastructure to align with today's and tomorrow's consumers.  If your customers are adopting technologies and changing their path-to-purchase journeys at a pace that is faster than you can deliver, then you a...
Welcome to Connected Globe News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  ...
Robots bring to our minds images of dangerous humanoids, but business process robots look different and behave in very positive ways.  In this important conversation with three robot and automation experts, they reveal the presence of robots all around us, and their expanding role...
Welcome to Mobile Industry News and Strategies, an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week. ...
Welcome to Connected Globe News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  ...
Brains behind Mobile ApplicationsIn 2002, I was developing mobile applications for blue collar workers. These apps were not intelligent.  They were basically forms on handheld computers or PDAs.  Yes, they could be made to understand, based on data inputs, which form(s) shoul...
Cognizant's Peter RogersMy colleague, Peter Rogers puts on his uber-geek hat and shares his latest insights on mobile application development methodologies.*****Behaviour Driven DevelopmentLast year I was in sunny Spain teaching Test Driven Development and this year I have found myself...
Ninety percent of 18-34 year olds strongly value a personalized mobile and web experience, and eighty-two percent of of those over 45 years old value personalization. What kind of personalization? Forty-seven percent of shoppers prefer location or time-based personalization in mobile...