Introducing Scheduler by SuperConnect! Find Meeting Times in a Snap.

SuperConnect is the newest division of Slalom, LLC. SuperConnect draws on our extensive experience working with enterprises large and small to help you maximize your effectiveness, be more innovative, and better support your most important assets—employees. SuperConnect helps companies and users work better by harnessing the value of four major trends emerging today: Mobility, Enterprise Gamification, Social Media, and Cloud Computing. To learn more about SuperConnect and what we can do for your company, visit SuperConnect.com.

Slalom Consultant Greg Martin

Greg Martin is the Practice Area Lead for Slalom’s National Application Development Team. His team focuses on solutions that range from traditional enterprise architecture and development to emerging technologies such as mobility and cloud computing.

I love my iPhone and I use it throughout the day to update my to-do list, stay on top of my email, capture notes and reminders, read documents, and most importantly, manage my calendar.

The iPhone’s calendar continues to improve with every major release of iOS, but as someone who frequently relies on his mobile device to schedule meetings with coworkers, it still falls short. If I’m running out the door and realize I need to find a time to meet with someone, there is no way for me to determine if that person is free or busy at any given time.

For the 65% of business worldwide that use Microsoft Exchange for email and calendaring, the ability to find a common, free time across a number of meeting attendees is a crucial feature that is supported by Outlook for Windows and Mac as well as Apple’s iCal but has yet to make its way to the phone. 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

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

A Disruptive Time for Mobile Messaging

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.

So my original impression of iMessage turned out to be incorrect–kind of. If you have an iPhone, you know by now that iMessage and the SMS app are, in fact, built in. That’s good. My reaction was based on the fact that I only have an iPad. So here are some more thoughts and additional notions regarding SMS going away (hopefully sooner than later) for various reasons.

Now that I realize that iMessage is integrated into the iPhone, they are certainly on to something. The problem is, however, that there are still multiple apps for multiple modes of communication and it would be wise of Apple to combine iChat, FaceTime, and iMessage/Messages.  A single interface to reach out and contact someone is key. I think they will come around, because the startups are coming for them and they have some really great ideas! 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

Making the Case for BlackBerry®

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

Though the iPhone is one of the greatest phones from a breadth standpoint, the BlackBerry is a true marvel from a depth standpoint. From being able to do simple things like easily forwarding meeting notices, to checking free/busy calendars from other team members while tracking down a particular attachment from a particular day–though Android & iOS both have exchange integration, there’s just no beating a BlackBerry.

Now the argument is often made around apps, that devices live and die by Read more of this post

Consumer Devices & Enterprise Users

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

It’s long been the case that enterprises expect different things out of their technology than the average consumer. From printers that can do 100 pages per second, to fax machines that can staple and bind themselves, to a whole system of day planners that requires a weekend seminar to understand and utilize. So it makes sense, when the Palm Pilot first came out as the ultimate information manager, that it was largely targeted towards enterprise users. After all, how slick was it to pull out your PDA, access your calendar, to-do items, and memos in the middle of a meeting without having to run back to your desk?

But oh, how far we’ve come. Today Verizon announced a new partnership with Good for Enterprise, that will allow Android phones to be deployed within an enterprise. Now every Tom, Dick, and Susie can use a Droid X in their meetings or on the road with the same use and ease as they did with their enterprise-friendly BlackBerry. RIM still maintains its foothold on the Read more of this post

The Rebirth of Nokia?

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

This is not including the up and coming N8 or E7 that were recently announced for release this fall, and have been gaining strong traction already. Though Symbian v3 is more of a facelift then a revolution, Symbian v4 which is rumored to be out on a Nokia phone early next year, will really be the effort to challenge the likes of Android & iPhone.

What’s amazing though, is that Nokia, though losing market share quite rapidly, is still #1 for the foreseeable future. With Android snapping at its heels, Nokia still has a big advantage that Google doesn’t – they own the whole experience. The problems that have been reported with Android are the manipulation by the carriers to control the OS, from bloatware to 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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