1. Are Apple & Google Really Falling Behind on the Internet of Things?
Goldman Sachs put out a list of the 17 tech stocks best positioned to capitalize on the surging Internet of Things category. Pundits were surprised to find two of the biggest names in connected devices left off: Apple and Google. Are the giants falling behind, or is it simply the case that the majority of growth in this category will come from the interstitials? (Think chips and broadband connectivity.) The two computing giants are, from our perspective, in a perfect position to set the standards and cultivate ecosystems when it comes to the IoT. With the new Android-powered Moto 360 smartwatch announced and Apple’s watch rumored for a September debut, not to mention Google’s Android Auto, Glass, self-driving cars and Apple’s Carplay and HomeKit, the two are clearly looking to play the game. We wouldn’t bet against them.
2. Making Good on the Mobile Moment
In his ReadWrite op-ed, Ted Schadler of Forrester encourages enterprises to build their technology strategies around the mobile moment, which he describes as, “the instant in which the customer is seeking an answer.” Consumers on-the-go have high expectations for their mobile devices. They want to get exactly the information or help the’re looking for at exactly the right moment. Schadler points out that, for businesses, delivering on that need requires both a reimagination of the business-customer relationship and a completely new architecture (more specifically, a fourth tier). The Web only requires three of those tiers, but mobile isn’t a simple extension of the Web; it’s an entirely new paradigm. Schadler also emphasizes the importance of “well-crafted APIs” when it comes to delivering data quickly and at scale. As far as we’re concerned, Schadler’s advice is indispensable for enterprises.
3. Enterprise Architectures Are Shifting Toward Mobile
A new Dimension Data study of technology usage trends in 32 countries around the world found that organizations are finally starting to invest in the access network infrastructures that will be key to extending mobility across the enterprise. The move from wired to wireless infrastructure is enabling businesses to build and deploy apps that boost productivity and employee satisfaction, delivering immediate ROI. Business usage of wireless technology grew 30 percent in the last year, a dramatic increase over the previous year. This renewed focus on upgrading networks points to a very positive trend: enterprises are finally ready catch up with the speed of mobile business.