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

5 Things That the iPad Does Better Than Windows 8

Slalom Consulting's Jaime Lopez

Jaime Lopez is a member of Slalom Consulting’s National Mobility team and focuses on developing highly valuable mobile applications for clients.

I previously wrote about the advantages that Microsoft’s Windows 8 (on a tablet) has over Apple’s iOS (on the iPad). Apple recently released its new iPad to great fanfare. Here are five things that the iPad does better than Windows 8.

1. Retina Display
Strictly speaking, this isn’t a fair comparison for two main reasons. The first reason is that Microsoft does not produce the hardware for Windows 8 tablets. The second reason is that Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 is designed to support screen resolutions that can match or exceed the resolution of the iPad’s Retina display. However, the counterpoint to this line of reasoning is that this is a comparison based on the real world, not some hypothetical display. Apple’s Retina display on the iPad is a thing of beauty. It makes photos and videos ‘pop’ and makes text crisp and legible. It is also currently available on every iPad (third generation). Apple’s control over the vertical stack with its tablet means that it can guarantee a high level of display quality. This isn’t the case for Windows 8, where Microsoft is somewhat at the mercy of manufacturers in terms of the choices made for the tablet hardware. Read more of this post

5 Things That Windows 8 Does Better Than the iPad

Slalom Consulting's Jaime Lopez

Jaime Lopez is a member of Slalom Consulting's National Mobility team and focuses on developing highly valuable mobile applications for clients.

Microsoft recently unveiled the consumer preview version of Windows 8, and the industry is abuzz with the possibilities offered by this platform. Of course there are inevitable comparisons to the market leader in the tablet space, Apple’s iPad. Each platform has its advantages and disadvantages for businesses. Here are five things that Windows 8 Consumer Preview (on a tablet) does better than the iPad. Read more of this post

What is Mobile? A Definition for Today’s Business World

Daniel Maycock is one of Slalom’s acknowledged thought leaders in the realm of new and emerging technology.

Here is the answer I most often give, to help clarify how you can define “mobile” as well as the world it fits within.

Production
This is the ability to create new content, publish papers or PowerPoints, and build new digital media for others to consume. Traditional production devices are screens, mice, and keyboards all working with components like hard drives and processors, assembled in both desktop and laptop form. Can you turn an iPad into a production device? Sure, add a keyboard and turn your iPad into a screen–though you have the ability to produce content on tablets, without a physical keyboard, that’s not what it’s ideally built for, which is… Read more of this post

Mobile OS Wars Revisited: Google & Android Are Winning…for Now

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.

In early 2010, I wrote a three-article series of blogs about the mobile operating system (OS) wars. At the time, I recommended that businesses “should consider developing on Android in 2010 to prepare for the market realization of Google’s broad-based mobile cloud strategy” and I predicted “Google is the only player in the mobile space to provide this kind of comprehensive cloud computing and media distribution platform for mobile and the web. In my opinion, this is why Google will ultimately win the mobile OS wars.”

Two years later, smartphones running Android comprise approximately 50% of the global market, and every other major mobile OS is trending flat or down. Apple has lost their visionary leader and recently launched iCloud in an attempt to catch up with Google. Symbian, historically the largest deployed mobile OS in the world, is being replaced by Windows Phone OS, an impressive late market entry by Microsoft to integrate their cloud computing, desktop, gaming, and web assets with mobile. 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

My iPad at Work

Slalom Consultant Brett Hovenkotter

Slalom Consultant Brett Hovenkotter has extensive experience as a Development Team Lead across a broad range of methodologies, technologies and architectures.

When the iPad was first announced last year I was tempted to pony up some cash for Apple’s latest object of geek lust. But when I tried to imagine this new gadget in my day-to-day life as a technology consultant it didn’t seem justifiable.

The iPad is a “tweener” device, it sits somewhere between your laptop and your smartphone. There are activities where the iPad works better than both, but there really isn’t anything that it can do that these other devices can’t.

At the time of the iPad 2 announcement it was already clear that tablet computing is here to stay. Sales of the iPad were beyond anyone’s expectations and several of Apple’s competitors had come out with their own tablets. As a result, developers and businesses have been taking these post-PC devices seriously.

After about a month I formed a rationalized argument for why I needed one and pitched it to my wife, who as usual rolled her eyes and then told me to go for it (how could I not love her?).

After three weeks now I’ve had the opportunity to integrate the iPad into Read more of this post

The State of Mobile & the Future Yet to Come

Daniel Maycock is one of Slalom’s acknowledged thought leaders in the realm of new and emerging technology.

Since the first commercially available hand-held phone was released approx 8 years after that call took place, the world has been transformed by the rise of mobile phones. Not only did it give people the means to communicate like never before, but it freed people up to feel like they could contact and be contacted no matter where they were at.

The emerging smart phone market is no less of a revolution, brought on by the rapid rise of the iPhone, and subsequently followed by a whole slew of OEMs & devices in every shape and form.

The most exciting thing is that the best is yet to come.

If 2010 is any indicator of where mobile technology is headed, we’ll see Read more of this post

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