Two years ago IBM talked about developing and managing mobility more than actually delivered on such a promise. By the company’s 2013 Impact conference this had changed considerably, with acquisitions significantly improving the picture. Today the issue is not whether IBM’s software can produce but more about its ability to be lean and speedy enough... (read more)

In this the fifth of various (of at least six) analyses of mobility and RoI, five examples from administrative situations are described. A manufacturing company deployed 150 iPads to operators in on its highly specialized production line. The result is that operators can check machine settings or look up tolerances in an on-screen browser, rather... (read more)

Since computing began there has been a non-battle between asynchronous and synchronous communication. Why a non-battle?  Because with application development the norm is to concentrate on the synchronous (tightly-coupled) even though the asynchronous (or decoupled) is both more flexible and generally applicable. At Impact 2013 in Las Vegas, a new manifestation of this so-called “wrong” choice appeared, this... (read more)