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Dr. John Snow's MapIn 1854 Cholera broke out in the Soho neighborhood of London.  Hundreds of people were struck down and died within days.  No one, at the time understood where the disease came from, how to treat it or how it was transmitted. A local physician, Dr. John Snow...
My colleague the digital expert and programming guru Peter Rogers share his insights on the role of Agile in digital transformation, and the major debates around methodology.  WARNING!  This article dives deep into programming strategies, so go NO further if this frightens yo...
Supporting real-time enterprise mobility that is personalized and contextually relevant takes a lot of work. In fact, it takes digital transformation. We have all grown accustomed to using personal consumer apps that know and understand us (think airline apps and Netflix), our preferen...
None of us like slow mobile applications or those that ask us stupid questions. Our time has value. Google reports 82% of smartphone owners research and compare prices in stores, and we don’t want to be standing in the aisle answering questions the mobile app and vendor should already ...
I am excited to share an interview I conducted yesterday in Boston with a member of software programming royalty, Dan Bricklin.  Dan was the co-developer of the world's first software "killer app", Visicalc.  Visicalc, a spreadsheet app for the Apple II series of personal com...
Technical GuruPeter RogersOur resident mobile technology and digital guru, Peter Rogers introduces us to his latest research and findings.  If understanding how to incorporate big data analytics in mobile and IoT apps is not your thing, go no further.  Seriously, go NO furthe...
Cognizant's mobile app development expert and guru Peter Rogers shares his latest insights on app development strategies.  Enjoy!********In previous Blogs I have announced the diversification of iOS 9 and Android 6 and the prediction of a move back to platform specific coding or H...
None of us like slow mobile applications or those that ask us stupid questions. Our time has value. Google reports 82% of smartphone owners research and compare prices in stores, and we don’t want to be standing in the aisle answering questions the mobile app and vendor should already ...
One of the new features in iOS 9 is Universal Links.  What is the significance, and what does it mean for mobile commerce and mobile apps in general?  Our resident mobile expert, Peter Rogers, shares the details with us here.  Enjoy!********Mobile & Digital Expert Pe...
In Part 2 (watch Part 1 here) of my interview with VMware's Sanjay Poonen, we discuss VMware's strategies toward the enterprise mobility market, recent announcements and plans going forward.  In addition, Sanjay announces the new AirWatch led Mobile Security Alliance with 10 initi...
I had the honor of sitting down with and interviewing VMware's EVP and GM of End User Computing, Sanjay Poonen last week on VMware's beautiful 500 acre campus in Palo Alto, CA.  In this interview we cover the past, present and future state of enterprise mobility, SAP's recent mobi...
Boise's Congolese/Rwandan Refugee CommunityThis week a friend texted to ask advice on an appropriate welcome gift to present newly arriving Syrian refugees in Boise, Idaho. Without hesitation I said a cheap mobile phone with prepaid minutes. Why?  We are active in the refugee...
Last week I was honored to speak at the Maritz Innovates event in St. Louis, MO. The topic was my new report titled, Cutting Through Chaos in the Age of Mobile Me.  It will be out in two weeks.  This report is big!  We worked with RIS to survey 5,000 consumers on their m...
In my research on mobile commerce and mobile consumers' behaviors this year, the need to personalize a user's mobile/digital experiences always comes up as a top priority. Everyone wants an experience that is relevant. However, as I pondered these studies, it occurred to me that perso...
My friend and Cognizant's mobile and digital technical guru, Peter Rogers, has been playing again. In this "must read" article he shares how iOS9 handles touch and sensing.   Enjoy!**********Every time there is a new games console release (especially when Nintendo is involved) rum...
Rahul TyagiIt is my belief that mobile technologies drive the train of digital transformation.  It is the effort of supporting a real-time mobile user that is forcing enterprises to rethink business processes, IT environments, budget priorities and business strategies. In this art...
The enterprise mobility marketplace is changing rapidly as companies consolidate and transform.  While some enterprise mobility vendors disappear and leave the market, Apperian continues to grow and take on additional investment.  This week they announced a C level round of i...
One hundred percent of mobile experts in our recent survey of 108 mobile experts purchase products online. Ninety percent have purchased products and services using mobile devices, but only 13% use mobile devices exclusively for purchasing products. Forty-five percent typically use on...
In my research on mobile commerce and mobile consumers' behaviors this year, the need to personalize a user's mobile/digital experiences always comes up as a top priority.  Everyone wants an experience that is relevant. However, as I pondered these studies, it occurred to me that ...
Four years ago, if you asked me for recommendations on the best solution for a mobile application on multiple platforms, I would have doubtless told you to use a MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platform) or a MCAP (Mobile Consumer Application Platform) depending on the business cas...
One hundred percent of mobile experts in our recent survey of 108 mobile experts purchase products online.  Ninety percent have purchased products and services using mobile devices, but only 13% use mobile devices exclusively for purchasing products. Forty-five percent typically u...
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.  ...