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

What is Each Mobile Technology Best For?

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

Native Mobile Applications
Native mobile applications are best suited for applications requiring significant depth on a particular platform and/or device. Areas like gaming for example, which require significant UI development, can’t easily be developed and rendered unless a specific form factor is selected. Even with the advancements in web technology, utilizing the device-specific video rendering capabilities is often required on more complex mobile applications. Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms can often utilize hardware such as the onboard accelerometer on a given device, but fine-tuning that feedback for applications requiring sensitive responses would require having an application developed for the specific device. This is particular frustrating for some developers, because the majority of mobile operating systems exist on different types of hardware with varying technologies and screen sizes. A great deal of expertise is also required to build complex native applications, which often drives up the Read more of this post

A Microsoft Renaissance

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.

It seems to me that Microsoft is going through a bit of a renaissance as of late.  Microsoft is a company that I feel no matter where your technology preferences lie, you’ve got to give them their due respect for, frankly, creating the industry we work in everyday.  Over the last 10 years or so it has seemed to me that Microsoft hasn’t been able to catch a break in a world of Googles and iPhones, but here we are in 2010, and to me, it looks like they are turning it around.

Search

Google hasn’t had much of a competitor in the search space for a while, and I’ll admit, when I first heard Microsoft’s latest effort was going to be called “Bing” I assumed it was yet another re-branding effort that wouldn’t amount to much.  Well I was wrong about that, at least if you look at their market share numbers which have been increasing steadily since launch.  I use Bing Travel all the time, I had been a fan of the technology since it launched originally as Seattle based startup Farecast, and their iPhone app is really quite good.

Windows

Windows Vista received a lot of criticism when it launched.  Many IT departments simply refused to adopt it, sticking with their tried & true Windows XP.  Windows 7 appears to have Read more of this post

Mobile Video and Advertising

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.

Slalom Consulting extends its outreach to Midwest executives and the online community through an article on Mobile Video and Advertising, published today in Corp! Magazine online. The article was written by Slalom blogger Jeff Barber.

Follow Greg on Twitter: @slalomdev.

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My iPhone Enterprise Wish List

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.

At Slalom we don’t dictate what mobile devices our consultants use.  Given the choice, about 40% of our consultants have chosen the iPhone, making it the most popular handset at Slalom.  We have developed a few internal applications for the iPhone using the enterprise deployment model, including an app called Cards.  Cards is a global address book that allows us to get in touch with any other consultant and understand more about them, such as the market they work in and their current client.

Distributing a consumer application through the AppStore is great.  Once your app is submitted and approved, it is there for anyone to install, either from their computer or over the air directly onto your phone.  Alternatively, the enterprise distribution method (similar to the ad-hoc method) makes it challenging for our IT organization to manage application deployments and upgrades across a growing user base.

Here is my wish list to improve enterprise distribution, and interestingly enough, a few of these requests are Read more of this post

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