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Colonel John Boyd One of the greatest military strategists of the 21st century was the late USAF Colonel John Boyd.  In his workshops he emphasized the need for agility, new and quicker ways of thinking, and competitive decision-making.  He taught that advantages in observation and orientation enable a tempo in decision making and execution that outpaces the ability of your competition to react effectively in time.  His core strategies were compiled into the acronym OODA (observe, orient, decide and act). These strategies are meaningful to nearly every company that is developing a mobile strategy and thinking about potential ROIs.  Have you considered the negative impact on your business that might develop if your competitors connected their mobile workforce to real-time business analytics, CRM, EAM, field services, ERP, etc, and you did not?  What if your competitors... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Cloud Computing, iSlate & Social Networking

Firstly, and rather belatedly, a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you - hopefully your festive break was enjoyable and are now suitably refreshed and ready to face the challenges and opportunities that will arise through 2010. It's traditional (and never let it be said that were suffer from originality) at this time of year to dust down the crystal ball, gaze longingly into one's naval and predict what topics will dominate the news over the next 12 months. After much deliberation we are pleased to bring you our totally chartastic top 5. 1.       Cloud Computing It was last year's undoubted buzz word - but cloud computing is here to stay. Server efficiency, speed to market, instant test platforms, less capital expenditure, on demand resource are some of the oft quoted compelling reasons for switching to cloud computing and all of them will deliver quan... (more)

Tango Networks to Demonstrate Its Business Mobility Solutions at the CCA Annual Convention During CTIA 2014 Super Mobility Week

Frisco, TX, August 11, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Tango Networks, a leading technology provider of Business Mobility Services to service providers, channel partners and enterprises, today announced it will demonstrate its portfolio of Business Mobility Solutions at the CCA Annual Convention September 8-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV in booth #133. Today’s workforce is increasingly mobile, and business customers are seeking solutions to help solve business mobility challenges. Enterprise CFOs and CIOs need to leverage the power of mobility to improve business communications, meet regulatory compliance requirements, manage the overall cost of communications and extend productivity enhancing functionality to their highly mobile employees. Tango Networks portfolio of Business Mobility Solutions enable Mobile Network Operators (MNO) to provide services that address the varying needs of ... (more)

Become the Hero of the Hour When The Wonderful 101 is Released for Wii U on 23rd August

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 08/02/13 -- Planet Earth is under siege once more from an alien invasion, and regular citizens are looking for a hero to save the day. Prepare to unite up with Wonder-Red and 100 other Wonderful Ones when The Wonderful 101 comes to Wii U on 23rd August! Developed by PlatinumGames with a team including producer Atsushi Inaba and director Hideki Kamiya, this fast-paced action adventure game pits gamers against the GEATHJERK, evil aliens who were prevented from conquering Earth once before, but have returned to finish the job! In The Wonderful 101, gamers control a group of secret heroes plucked from their normal lives to save the world in a time of emergency. Will Wedgewood is a teacher at Blossom City Elementary School, but to some he is known as Wonder-Red, young secret combat service prodigy and soon-to-be leader of The W... (more)

The Role of AJAX in Web 2.0 Apps: Schmidt vs Owyang

As he consumed Eric Schmidt's press briefing during the Google CEO's mid-week stopover in Seoul, web strategist Jeremy Owyang posted a note on Twitter saying that he was "Laughing at Eric Schmidt's definition of Web 2.0..." – "He says that web 2.0 is AJAX. ROFL" Owyang wrote. Google CEO Dr Eric Schmidt was in Korea to attend the Seoul Digital Forum In Korea to attend the Seoul Digital Forum, Schmidt puzzled the blogosphere by describing Web 2.0 as "a different way of building applications using AJAX as the underlying technology." As if alternative approaches to building Rich Internet Applications, such as those made possible using OpenLaszlo or Microsoft Silverlight or Adobe AIR maybe didn't exist. He was quick to move on to how the new generation of tools being introduced by Google (and others) would very soon be ushering in a very different application model,... (more)

Web 2.0 in the Enterprise: Who is Person of the Year at Your Company?

Dan Malks, VP of Application Platform Development at JackBe, was a contributor to SYS-CON's best-selling 'Real-World AJAX' blockbuster (Chapter 16: Business RIAs: Creating the 'AJAX Bank' Application). Binging the benefits of Web 2.0 inside your workplace can make "You" (The User) the person of the year. As Time magazine said: "The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. Not the Web that Tim Berners-Lee hacked together ... The new Web is a very different thing. It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it's really a revolution." When it comes to software, these are interesting times for both techies and non-techies alike. Witness Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2007: "You". This is a savvy r... (more)

Is the PR Business Extinct? Yes

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali The short answer is yes. In our estimation, roughly 70% of today's PR firms with their traditional public relations and communications business structures will not survive the fast-approaching social media avalanche. The remaining 30% that need to reinvent their position real fast in their newly morphed industry will prosper, compared to where they were and what they were doing before. For publicly traded companies, current rules dictate that information can be made public by a press release or by a telephone conference call but not simply on a website. Ninety percent of today's PR firms are still in business simply because of this single rule. For the first time three years ago, in 2006, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz asked the SEC to change this rule. Well, the new White House is already posting the President's weekly address... (more)

Damn You Google, Damn You Yahoo! Why D'Ya Do This to Us?

A strange dynamic has taken hold on the internet.  Just as people expect sunshine and air to be free, they also expect internet based software applications to be free.  Ok, maybe not completely free… they agree someone should pay, just not them.  Damn you Google, damn you Yahoo! why did you do this to us? With companies left and right offering full versions of their products for free,  users have been conditioned NOT to pay for anything.  This conditioning can be seen across everything from social media sites to messaging to business applications.  The problem with this as I see it is the negative impact on innovation. Users think that they win by getting free software or services, but do they really?  If you ask me the only real winners in the free ecosystem are the investors behind well funded companies.  By locking down markets with free offerings companies can ... (more)

Google Wave Is Wikis 25 Years Later, Not Email

There has been much ado about Google Wave, for good reason. I can't wait to play with it. What is impressive is what you: can do in an HTML5 app get when you leverage the web knowledge like the Spelly extension does (a really really useful spell checker/corrector which I would love to have on my iPhone) can do if you do P2P communications right. For the past 8 years I've been a great fan, user and evangelist of wikis. Wave picks up the original idea from old-time Smalltalker Ward Cunningham and moves it 25 years into the present. Wave is what Ozzie's Groove always wanted to be, but Ozzie missed the Internet, so it found a good home with Microsoft. Wave is the Facebook for more closed groups, but also the MySpace for all the social stuff you want to share with your friends, but may be not with the world. Wave is not a replacement for email, contact management, team-cal... (more)

Will PR Firms Survive The New Media Avalanche?

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali Last week I received an email from Lindsey Miller at Ragan Communications. I answered her questions for a story she was working on here. The following is the full text of my reply to her on this subject. What kinds of PR firm will survive the "fast-approaching new media avalanche"? What steps will firms have to take to ensure that they make it through? I know a lot of PR firms that are chasing new accounts among publicly traded companies, which are seen as cash cows in the business. I also know a lot of firms whose sales teams are larger than their senior account staff which will actually get the job done. These firms have armies of new college-grad telemarketers spitting out press releases to the media. For a while you can get away with both approaches. Once the laws, rules and regulations change, the first group of PR firms will disapp... (more)