Benjamin has worked the past 7 years as a founding partner of Palador. He is committed to helping a diverse collection of organizations reach new levels of advancement through the appropriate use of technology. Benjamin has spent many years guiding companies in their strategic technical vision and implementation, working with IT departments and business leadership. His tenacious pursuit for the best technical solutions coupled with a keen instinct when consulting at the executive level, has established Benjamin as a leader in the enterprise mobility field. Benjamin is a regular contributor to remotelyMOBILEblog.com and the Enterprise Mobility Forum on the subjects of BYOD, Mobile Strategy, Mobile Device/Application/Information Management, and Mobile Security. Continue Reading »
As president and chief executive officer for Magic Software Enterprises, Inc., Regev Yativ is responsible for the company’s business operations in the Americas (North America, Canada and Latin America). Prior to his appointment in January 2008, Regev served as Senior Vice President of international sales for Magic Software. In this position, Regev was responsible for Magic offices and operations in Europe and Japan, and managed the Distribution Network team in charge of Asia Pacific, Latin America and South Africa, guiding Magic Software’s significant growth in those regions. Prior to joining Magic Software, Regev was chief operating officer of Agro Marches International S.A Group in Paris, a company specializing in Oracle based software and eBusiness platforms, managing all its branches worldwide. Regev also was the chief executive officer of G.E.D B.V. in Amsterdam, an investments and business development group dealing in software and eBusiness solutions throughout Europe, and vice president of sales at the NASDAQ traded Edusoft, specialized in Educational Software and Web based eLearning and assessment platforms. Regev holds a B.A. from Israel’s Tel Aviv University.
Regev Yativ’s session at E2 Conference is called, Going Mobile: Developing Multi-Platform Mobile Apps for the Enterprise. While attendees will receive both a strategic and tactical overview, this is actually more of a “how to” presentation. Participants will get a before, during, and after perspective of the application development process. Attendees will learn the basics of what it takes to create mobile applications, receiving an overview of native, HTML5 and hybrid development methods, while discussing the pros and cons of each. They will learn the steps they need to evaluate mobile application development and deployment tools to find the right one for their business requirements. They will receive an introduction to how these types of tools work and the best ways to leverage them for their own purposes. Via case studies, they will see real world examples of how other organizations have tackled the same types of problems.
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Many of the companies that allowed BYOD in 2012 offered email, contact and calendar applications access. In 2013, most firms plan to offer access to other business applications and processes. Selecting the appropriate processes and applications to mobile-enable is a critical element of any enterprise mobility strategy. To mobile-enable the business, CIOs need a strategic plan that:
• Supports both corporate and personal-owned devices. An enterprise mobility strategy should support multiple devices per person as employees bring in smartphones and tablets. With the rapid consumer adoption of mobile devices, consumers are bringing personal devices into the workplace. In 2012, many CIOs responded to this demand by creating the policies and deploying the tools to enable a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Over 67% of firms surveyed in the Lopez Research “Q/4 2012 Enterprise Mobility Benchmark” stated they plan to or already allow employees to use personal devices to access corporate data. Businesses are also considering purchasing tablets for corporate use to support a growing need for data at your fingertips.
• Rebuilds business processes to work in a mobile world. New mobile operating systems and devices will force companies to change how applications and business processes are designed. Employees expect real-time, on-demand access to business applications on mobile devices with user experiences that are on par with consumer apps. CIOs must find a way to mobile-enable business applications and processes, such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), in a way that is usable on mobile devices. Future mobile applications must also be device-aware, location-aware and network aware.
• Creates portable business services. Mobility and cloud computing will change how applications and processes are constructed. Instead of business services being locked to the device or to the business location, employees will be able to securely authenticate to corporate services on multiple device (e.g. a desk phone in a client’s office or a screen at the hotel) and from multiple locations (e.g. hotel, home, client’s office). While devices will be intelligent, the availability of virtualization and cloud computing means software can be decoupled from hardware and from a physical location will be possible. Identity solutions — the ability to validate employee identity and thwart unauthorized access — will become critical. Identity solutions should provide single sign-on, federated identity management, mobile identity, API security and social identity integration.
The mobile track at E2 Conference is designed to discuss the management, security and business processes changes that an organization must navigate on their journey to become a mobile-enabled business. Becoming a mobile-empowered business is about more than supporting BYOD and buying app development tools. It is about reimaging work. E2 Conference started with this theme by looking at how social technologies changed work and E2 Boston will continue on this theme and pick up mobile, along with several other key factors disrupting the enterprise. I hope to see you there.
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This post was written by the Mobility track chair, Maribel Lopez, Principal Analyst, Lopez Research LLC
Mobility represents one of the most fundamental changes in technology over the past two decades. Mobility fundamentally changes the number and type of devices we connect. Mobile changes the underlying computing operating system. This change will force businesses to rewrite applications and reengineer business processes to work on a wide variety of devices. Mobile technologies also provide the opportunity to change how we engage with our employees, customers and partners. It can also make communications more immediate and effective with new features such as augmented reality, voice browsing and cameras. Continue Reading »
The cellphone industry has seen phenomenal growth over the years. There are over 6 billion people on Earth that own mobile phones for both personal and professional use. But at what point does this market’s growth taper off? Exponential growth year over year is not sustainable, and some of the recent earnings statements are highlighting the growth’s end is near.
Motorola recently announced their 4th quarter earnings and sales were $7.14 billion, down 26 percent from $9.65 billion in the fourth quarter of 2007. One could point the finger of blame at the economy, but perhaps a bigger issue is at hand: market saturation.
Smart phones enable a new way of communication beyond voice. The Web and SMS are now part of the cellular industry and remain an integral way to exchange data. New data applications will create new revenue streams for the industry, but the explosive growth we’ve seen the last 5 years is slowing down. Handset manufacturers can’t rely on consumers and enterprise users to continually upgrade to a more expensive model.
For more insight into this downturn, take a peek at this New York Times article.