► Big data analytics, mobile technologies and robotics defining the future of digital factories
The manufacturing industry is seeing mobile grow and improve their work. Key findings here are that 36% of manufacturers expect mobile to impact their financial performance and that 75% see mobile as being disruptive – which is a good thing. If they acknowledge now the impact mobile can have, they can stay on top of it.
► Digital Management Inc. released their top mobility trends for 2015
Notably, enterprises need to focus on securing data, not just devices. They also should evaluate what their workforce needs in terms of devices in order to be the most productive. The answer isn’t necessarily laptops for everyone but can also include tablets and shared workstations.
► Microsoft’s Office apps open up to third parties, starting with iCloud and Box
Microsoft continues its cross-platform mobile drive by now allowing Office apps to store data in third-party cloud services, including iCloud and Box. This begs the question then, is Microsoft becoming the new Google?
► Can business apps fight back against consumer favorites?
This terrific piece explores the concept of BYOA, or Bring Your Own App. Why use enterprise apps when Dropbox or other consumer cloud services like Google get the job done? It’s an uphill battle for IT for sure!
► Watch for new public beta of iOS 9
Apple announced they would be releasing beta versions of iOS to the general public. This could be seen as an effort to cull more bug reports, something they likely learned as iOS 8 was a painful update for many.
Finally, the New Yorker published this excellent piece on Sir Jonathan Ive, the VP of design at Apple. Take the time to read and learn about the shape of things to come in one of the most impactful companies in the world.