The mobile world descended upon Barcelona the first week of March for the annual Mobile World Congress 2013. More than 72,000 attendees from 200 countries attended a series of conferences, exhibits, and mobile product demonstrations and releases in what was perhaps the largest gathering of mobile experts ever.  Among the highlights of the week for the enterprise IT customer are some of the following announcements and observations:

Mobile Devices continue to Evolve. The enormous adoption of smartphones continues, and device manufacturers were plentiful at the Congress, announcing the release of numerous new mobile devices. One of the big themes was reaching the emerging markets through mobile devices. While there were already 6 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide at the end of 2011 (source: The International Telecommunications Union), which is equivalent to 87% of the world population, device manufacturers were not resting on their laurels. They spoke about connecting the next 1 billion people who will use mobile devices as their primary connection point to the Internet. While smartphone sales may eclipse mobile phone sales to end users by the end of this year, affordable handsets in emerging markets will be key to achieving this goal. To this end, Nokia announced four new handsets, of which one having a price tag of merely 15 Euros.

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It can be argued that Big Data has grown to occupy a position of huge proportions in enterprise computing. Whereas some of the other emerging technologies that are driving this latest generation of enterprise software revolution – namely mobile, social, and cloud – have followed adoption patterns that are somewhat more typical for an enterprise, Big Data has become a Holy Grail, one that many companies don’t even really understand. The challenge is that Big Data is really not new – data has been an integral part of the business from the very beginning. Enterprises have spent the better part of their existence trying to capture, manage, store, and access this data. The recent new “wrinkle” in all this data talk that has spawned the “Big Data” movement is the rise of technologies that enable very large amounts of data to be manipulated and mined quickly and through user-friendly interfaces, giving rise to the ability for companies to use the data in real-time to impact the course of business.

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Does Obama’s Cybersecurity Executive Order Have Broader Big Data Implications?

February 21, 2013

In the wake of President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address, much of the buzz in enterprise technology circles has been around cybersecurity, and the impact of the President’s Executive Order on the IT industry. The President released an Executive Order on Cybersecurity on February 12th immediately following his address. Among the contents of […]

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ERP and Cloud

January 11, 2013

Let’s take a closer look at what’s new in the cloud computing space for the enterprise. A good place to start might be with a company that is trying to set the bar for how to fully bring ERP into the future. NetSuite is a cloud-based ERP solution vendor who is making a lot of noise around […]

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2013 Enterprise Cloud Predictions

January 3, 2013

It’s that time of year again, when the entire technology community is abuzz with predictions for the coming year. What will change dramatically in enterprise computing? I believe that 2013 will be the year of cloud. Here are a few ways I see the cloud computing impacting enterprise computing: 1) Cloud adoption will move toward […]

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New Enterprise Social Technologies

December 17, 2012

There’s no stopping it now: enterprise social technologies are definitely a key part of any competitive organization today. Read about this year’s most recent changes my enterprise social technology column at IT Briefcase.

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BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

November 28, 2012

With the proliferation of iPhones, Android phones, iPads, and other tablets and mobile devices, it’s easy to see how employee’s personal devices may have a potentially big impact on corporate computing options. Read my latest IT Briefcase column on the move in the corporate world to bring your own device.

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JDA and Red Prairie Merger

November 15, 2012

Big mergers in the cloud! Recently announced blockbuster merger between JDA Software and Red Prairie occurred Thursday, Nov. 1st, followed just days after news reports that JDA was shopping around for a buyer. The details of the merger are of interest. JDA will be taken private by privately-held Red Prairie, with the help of New […]

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Mobile Application Development

November 13, 2012

Mobile devices are fast becoming a replacement for significant portions of traditional application development time inside enterprise IT. Luckily for beleaguered IT departments struggling to keep up with the demand, Oracle has released a framework to assist with Apple and Android application development. Read my full column on mobile application development at IT Briefcase.

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Toxic Data–Why Enterprises Should Be Careful

October 19, 2012

Toxic data, as one recent definition states, is any data that has leaked out of an organization that might become harmful. Essentially, it’s important information that the company has lost control of. There are a wide range of types of data that can become toxic—from the personal data like a social security number, credit cards, […]

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