Upcoming webinar: maximize video in the enterprise

David Lozzi

David Lozzi

Microsoft SharePoint is a powerful solution that can manage content across organizations in a variety of ways. Recently, I had the opportunity, as part of a Slalom Consulting team, to work with RAMP and help create its enterprise product MediaCloud for SharePoint. We integrated RAMP’s impressive media solutions with SharePoint to provide a rich video experience inside SharePoint itself.

MediaCloud for Sharepoint enables team members to upload a video directly into SharePoint, which then handles processing, querying, etc., using RAMP’s secure cloud-based storage and delivery. Once the video is ready, the user is notified and video playback is accessible through RAMP’s custom player. The video is searchable through SharePoint, including spoken words—meaning users can stay in SharePoint from start to finish. As a result, organizations can get the most from their video content through the SharePoint solution they already have in place. Read more of this post

Webinar: Accelerating SharePoint for Mobile Solutions on the AWS Cloud

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

I wanted to take the opportunity to post about an exciting upcoming live webinar that is being co-delivered by Slalom Consulting and Amazon Web Services entitled Accelerating SharePoint for Mobile Solutions on the AWS Cloud.

On Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 AM PST, we will bring several emerging topics together around mobility and the cloud. You will have the opportunity to learn more about how to make SharePoint applications available to your mobile users using the AWS cloud directly from an AWS Solution Architect. Then, we will demonstrate how they can quickly and securely mobilize SharePoint content with our SharePoint Mobile Accelerator. The Accelerator is a framework that can target both on-premise and cloud SharePoint implementations, and allows for rapid development of custom iPhone & iPad applications to enable your growing mobile workforce while maintaining corporate security standards.

Here are the individuals that will be presenting during this live session: Read more of this post

Accelerating SharePoint Mobile Development

Slalom Consulting—Jon Allegre

Jon Allegre is a Solution Architect for Slalom Consulting. Jon’s focus is on delivering solutions and strategies around mobility (iOS, Android, mobile HTML5), user experience, and alternative application hosting models (AWS, Azure).

Liberate Your Content

The amount of structured and unstructured content in the Enterprise is ever increasing and it is a challenge for organizations to manage and access this content. Numerous systems and tools are used by organizations to store, manage and surface corporate information to users. Microsoft SharePoint is a popular choice for a majority of the world’s largest businesses, enabling these activities for tens of millions of users.

A second phenomena occurring in today’s businesses is the mobilization of the workforce and the need to access this content from anywhere, from any device, whether connected to the Internet or offline. From the sales person or field worker to the executive on the go, there is considerable need for employees to have access to the most up to date content that pertains to their role in the organization.

Furthermore, to make the information useful, it must be delivered in a meaningful way to the end user. In some cases, this may mean a need in delivering the content to the end user in a rich, compelling experience versus simply allowing them to browse to the location of the content and viewing it. Read more of this post

Recent Windows Azure Project Highlights: HTML5, Autoscaling, iOS, and more!

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman

Slalom Consultant Joel Forman specializes in cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform.

It has been almost 3 months since I last wrote a blog post. Where does the time go? On the heels of my last post, Building and Deploying Windows Azure Project with TFS and MSBuild, I became absorbed in numerous different Window Azure projects. It has been a lot of to get back to being heads down in project delivery, and barely have time to come up for air. I thought it would be appropriate to get back into posting by summarizing some of the exciting work I have been doing. Each one of these deserves its own post in itself, something which I plan to do in the near future. Read more of this post

What Apple’s New App Store Volume Purchasing Means for Enterprises and Developers

Slalom Consultant Greg Martin

Greg Martin is a member of the Slalom National Mobility team which incubates emerging technology solutions in areas such as mobility, user experience and alternative application hosting.

Last week Apple announced the upcoming App Store Volume Purchasing Program for Business.  This program promises to fill current gaps in the way that enterprises are able to buy and distribute 3rd party enterprise applications.

This is a big deal, both for enterprises and developers.  Anyone who has deployed iOS within their organization or built apps targeted for enterprise is aware of the existing limitations.

Currently the deployment of 3rd party apps within an organization requires that your employees procure the product from the App Store directly. If costs are involved, some sort of reimbursement process is necessary.  Additionally, if your organization deploys internally built applications along side 3rd party applications, it can be confusing to end-users when they are able to get some apps directly from an internal App Store, while others must be installed from the public one.

So what are the benefits (and potential downside) of this new program? Read more of this post

Tablets, Tablets Everywhere: Enterprise Adoption and Applications

Slalom Consultant Jeff Barber

Jeff Barber is a Seattle-based leader in Slalom Consulting’s mobility solutions practice. He's a mobile technology expert with deep experience helping clients “operationalize” mobile technologies.

Recently published statistics indicate that tablet adoption is taking off. Here are a few examples.

The Consumerization of IT

These statistics reflect a growing trend known as the consumerization of IT. According to ComputerWorld, “Gartner estimates that 69.8 million media tablets will be shipped in 2011, and analysts and forward-thinking tech managers say it’s time for IT to do more than simply take note of that surge.”

This trend has been challenging companies to Read more of this post

Slalom Blogs–The App!

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin is an accomplished Microsoft systems developer and integrator, experienced in developing and deploying SharePoint and CRM solutions, integrating line of business applications, and leveraging existing infrastructure investments.

Slalom Consulting has some great bloggers. If you haven’t read some of the thoughts they (we) have been talking about across various subjects, you should really head over to the website…but, if you happen to own a Windows Phone 7…iPhone version coming soon…why not just go grab a fresh copy from the Windows Phone Marketplace – just search for Slalom Blogs.

An interesting aside – I had been working with the Marketplace and the fine folks over at Appmakr to get the application out the door. After a few runs through, it finally got approved, and I was actually not expecting it to. While I had alerted Slalom national that it ‘was coming soon’ I really had no idea when ‘soon’ would be as it was a spare time project. When I got the email saying that it had been approved I thought – well great, I’ll make some color adjustments tomorrow and resubmit now that the kinks were worked out. Little did I know, a few hours later, Slalom Blogs was being featured in the New section on the Homepage of Zune and the WP7 Marketplace (see the photo below)! So much for my “soft launch.”

Slalom Blogs

Slalom Blogs was a featured new app in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

Anyway, it marks our second app into the app store with another one on the way! Enjoy.

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Texas Road Side History? There’s an App for That!

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin

Slalom Consultant Derek Martin is an accomplished Microsoft systems developer and integrator, experienced in developing and deploying SharePoint and CRM solutions, integrating line of business applications, and leveraging existing infrastructure investments.

Have you ever wondered what that historical marker says that you just passed while driving down the road? Well, there’s an app for that, if you live in Texas.

Texas Road Side History was first thought up by my myself and my colleagues as one of four applications all of the developers from our Slalom Consulting Dallas office collaboratively developed during a one day Windows Phone 7 “lock in” team exercise.

One of our goals was to help our entire team learn how to make use of Microsoft’s rapidly evolving SQL Azure and Azure Web roles. Using SQL Azure, we took advantage of the Geography data type and the STDistance function to query for historical markers by proximity. We next exposed a WCF Web service for executing the proximity query. And lastly, we generated an OData endpoint using WCF Data Services for all of our basic data access needs, which was amazingly simple.

After several iterations of submissions and rejections to the WP7 Marketplace, Texas Road Side History was finally Read more of this post

Mobile OS Wars, Part 3 of 3 – And the winner is…

Slalom Consultant Jeff Barber

Jeff Barber is a Seattle-based leader in Slalom Consulting’s mobility solutions practice. He's a mobile technology expert with deep experience helping clients “operationalize” mobile technologies.

The third and final post of this series will discuss mobile media, the mobile app phenomenon, and the capabilities and direction of the other mobile OS platforms compared to iPhone and Android. I will also offer my opinion of who will win the mobile OS wars and why.

In the fast-moving world of mobile technology, mobile media is nothing new.  What started early in the new century as ringtone mania has evolved from ringtones, wallpapers, and simple games as the only mobile content options to a vast selection of media that includes high quality music, video, games, applications, mobile television, and mobile advertising.

The big four carriers discussed in part 2 of this series have offered branded mobile web and content portals for years:

Note for Slalom readers: Over the last five years, Slalom Consulting teams have played instrumental roles in implementing and improving a number of these products.

Once again, Apple changed the game by Read more of this post

Mobile OS Wars, Part 2 of 3 – Carrier Combat

Slalom Consultant Jeff Barber

Jeff Barber is a Seattle-based leader in Slalom Consulting’s mobility solutions practice. He's a mobile technology expert with deep experience helping clients “operationalize” mobile technologies.

Part two of this series will follow the theme of iPhone vs. Android into the heart of the battleground, where the war is and will be hard-fought by the few left standing, those carriers that survived the last decade plus of Telco and wireless merger mania.

In 2010, the United States wireless voice and data services markets are dominated by four carriers – AT&T Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless – who collectively own an estimated 82.5% of the U.S. market. But let’s take a few steps back and review what has transpired over the last few years to get us here.

All four carriers share a legacy of core product offerings built on Blackberry, Palm, and Windows Mobile platforms with devices manufactured by the usual suspects: LG, Motorola, HTC, Palm, and Samsung (no disrespect intended to the likes of Nokia, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, and others; however, they do not have strong adoption across all U.S. carriers). Except for a rare risk on a new platform that pays off, such as T-Mobile’s success with the Sidekick, the carriers still tend to differentiate by marketing their network and service offering strengths and by negotiating exclusives for specific device models from the usual suspects.

It’s difficult to distill each carrier’s strengths into a single sentence, but for Read more of this post

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