Posts Tagged ‘Desktop’

HP Anywhere Hackathon

HP Anywhere Hackathon

I’ve been working in the Bay Area for the best part of the last almost 20 years and I’ve seen a lot of things come and go. I remember the days when Craigslist was simply run by Craig Newmark out of his loft in the city and he’d throw parties to bring together everyone working on the web. I also remember when we discussed merging our Web Development firm with a company that did WAP development back in 1999.  A lot has changed since those lofty days of the Internet Boom and we experienced quite a bust after that period. But as everyone knows, the Silicon Valley is based on a bust and boom, bust and boom economy. This is  not because we create bubbles, but because we create. And when we create the world takes notice.

Read the full article on HP’s Apps for Mobile site.

This is a great infographic that shows the current trends in what mobile workers are looking for. The infographic comes from a CNN Money article that discusses some of the  Forrester Research results. The really interesting here is the 32% percent that would like to see their next work tablet run Windows. With offerings like the ElitePad, HP should be well positioned to take advantage of this.  Would love to hear people’s thoughts on how this research reflects what you are seeing or thinking.

source:  Forrester Research via CNN Money

source: Forrester Research via CNN Money

I just finished reading yet another article telling me that this is the year of MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms) and how the enterprise and developers need to get onboard or be left behind. Now don’t get me wrong, MEAPs are a huge part of the mobility revolution and they are an important aspect of the current deployment of mobile apps within the enterprise. However, I’m really seeing a convergence of the mobility platform with the rest of the enterprise and I am seeing this within our own enterprise today. Every day I get to work with some of the smartest people in the room and they are actively looking for ways to not only join in on but also shape the future of the revolution.

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Danilo Rizzuti

The easier it is on the outside the more complex it is on the inside. We see this in every aspect of our lives today. I see this in my own cars. I have a 1986 Jeep CJ-7 that I open the hood of on a regular basis. The inside has a standard engine with a fan, wires and hoses. I can point to things, replace them and it works. However, when I sit behind the wheel, all I have is a steering wheel, a stick shift and a couple of gauges. The Jeep runs great, but it’s about as utilitarian as it gets. The flip side of this is my 2006 Nissan Quest minivan (yes minivan). When I open the hood of the van, I have no idea what is inside and can barely figure out where to put the oil (though I’ve never actually had to put oil in). As a prerequisite of purchasing and driving this car I insisted that every spot where there could be a button, or knob, must have that button or knob which provides me with a feature rich experience when I sit behind the wheel. Every want and need is taken care of save the driving itself.

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Many IT organizations are continuing to fight the Bring Your Own Device onslaught, but there is another option, embrace it on the whole. This is the tactic Simon Phipps discusses in a recent post on InfoWorld. He portends that we move to a standards based system that allows users to install and run any application that falls within guidelines anywhere and on any device, including their desktops. Now this may sound like a security nightmare, but when you really think about it, open sourcing the IT infrastructure and allowing choice could save substantial sums in expenses down the line. IT groups would be able to focus on enforcing standards rather than enforcing lock downs on every desktop and device.

Phipps pulls from his experiences at Sun Microsystems where the standards idea was put into effect many years ago; of course it wasn’t based on today’s mobile, but the technology of that time. To make this work, he lays out a simple process: “It means selecting a basket of server-supported standard capabilities (IMAP, LDAP, PDF, HTML5, ODF, and so on) and telling people that anything that works securely with those standards is acceptable. It also offers the prospect of letting people use open source software that works with those standards, rather than having to buy everyone the same expensive proprietary software and instantly depreciating hardware, then manage them expensively until they are legacy systems.” Utilizing this set of secure standards allows savvy users to trick out their desktops and devices, but also allows IT to setup a base for those who don’t want any adjustments to start with.

This is an idea whose time has come. We all know what goes on with people’s desktops today, with installations of various messaging applications, shareware, etc. This has expanded exponentially on the device side as the entire ecosystem is designed around downloading, installing and updating apps on the fly. As we move more and more towards this type of ecosystem, the idea of IT managing each device and controlling what is on that device will become unsustainable. Moving to standards based implementation will not only save money, but will be the only way for IT to truly have a sense of control over the security around employee devices.

Open sourcing IT can be accomplished through processes that are already on the horizon, or as in my case already implemented, in many organizations. As my team works to continue to grow our enterprise catalog of apps for mobile devices, we could extend this catalog to include open source applications to be downloaded to the desktop. Creating this repository works to assist in the enforcement of the standards and allows IT to be a facilitator rather than a hindrance. Could this make IT a hero once again?