The news that SAP AG has already deployed iPads to 1,000 lucky-duck employees, made a big splash over the American Labor Day weekend (see Twitter).Turns out that doesn't even begin to encompass the ambitions of my parent company (if you hadn't heard, Sybase was bought by SAP last month).
Mobile is more than flashy gadgets. It's about brilliant apps, useful tools and sound strategies for your enterprise to get the most out of them. Diarmuid Mallon interprets and analyzes the latest mobile trends.
Diarmuid Mallon is the Lead, Global Marketing Solutions & Programs – Mobile, which includes the SAP Mobile Services division and SAP Mobile solutions. He has worked in the mobile industry since 1996. Follow him here at UberMobile and @diarmuidmallon.
Talk about eating your own, delicious dog food: SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann tweeted yesterday that the enterprise software vendor has already rolled out iPads to 1,000 employees.And this isn't just a superficial show of support for SAP's new-found embrace of mobility: according to Bussmann, every iPad comes with e-mail, Virtual Private Network (VPN) access to server-based applications through Citrix software and Business Intelligence tools via BusinessObjects.
Lots of people have debated Nicholas Carr's argument that IT Doesn't Matter Anymore in the last 7 years, but few have offered new empirical evidence one way or the other. Now there is some - and it refutes Carr.
Reading the articles about Foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook 'Places,' you might get the impression that location-aware apps are only for helping 20-something urbanites meet and mate. In fact, as analyst Seth Grimes pointed out in a recent Intelligent Enterprise article, location-based services may have more potential in the less glamorous area of hard-core enterprise technology.
There are distinct segments of the corporate and government world that aren't comfortable with tablets like the iPad. But other companies say they are opening their minds and wallets.
Sure, iPhone 4 brings SexyBack, but its business and security features are also attracting new buyers, according to a survey. Charts!
Imagine how fast Middle English would've evolved from its Germanic roots into today's slang-rich language if the early Anglo-Saxons had had text messaging and Twitter around.
SAP and Sybase shared more concrete details about their integration and roadmap plans during the second-half of Thursday's media day that many analysts and journalists missed. Here's a summary.
Enterprise software sometimes gets short shrift compared to consumer technologies like tablets and smartphones. Not the SAP/Sybase Media Day, however. Here's a collection of the deepest thoughts, cheapest shots and bon mots from the event.
A small but persistent number of Everything Everywhere's subscriber text messages were disappearing into a black hole. Until Sybase 365 came along.