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Overcoming Challenges with Maintaining Enterprise Mobile Applications

Overcoming Challenges with Maintaining Enterprise Mobile Applications
There are many use cases for implementing enterprise mobile applications, and although they are becoming more popular, there are still many challenges to overcome throughout the process. We’ve previously written about overcoming challenges with testing mobile apps, but after your app is deployed into production how do you plan to maintain it? Unfortunately, application maintenance isn’t as glamorous as other initiatives, but having support in place is a necessary solution to ensuring your mobile apps are functioning properly and continue to add new business value to your users. Enterprise app maintenance is also expensive and difficult to maintain – constantly scaling resources and priorities adds more layers of complexity to the task. Let’s explore some of the biggest challenges with maintaining these applications, and how these issues can be overcome with the right planning, processes, and implementation. Maintaining Mobile App User Adoption Many business users in the enterprise don’t use the...
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Improving your BI Systems with ITIL Process Management

Improving your BI Systems with ITIL Process Management
If you’re a left-brained, analytical thinker, like I am, then you love the efficiency and consistency that universal processes can deliver. I’m system-oriented, and will develop procedures, templates, and process flows for almost everything I do. It requires an initial investment of time and effort, but the return is that I deliver better results, more quickly, and I free-up mental space (creative capital) for other uses. ITIL Process Management has the potential to similarly affect your entire IT infrastructure, and thus your BI. The focus is on a systematic, proactive approach to eliminating root problems, and minimizing reactively (and repeatedly) addressing individual incidents while simultaneously allocating IT resources to those places they are most needed and will yield the greatest returns. I’m not going to dive into the details of ITIL in this blog, so if you’re not familiar with ITIL there are plenty of short videos available to give you...
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2016 in Retrospect - Business Intelligence

2016 in Retrospect - Business Intelligence
2016 was a big year for business intelligence. The field began an evolution into a new iteration of analytics as innovations in hardware and software enabled both greater capacity for data collection and greater ability to interpret that data. We’ve seen BI continue migrating to cloud computing and remote devices. We’ve witnessed a rise in the use of operational intelligence (OI) to gather real-time data on manufacturing machines, vehicles, and warehouses. We’ve watched the Internet of Things (IoT) expand exponentially as OI and connected devices continue to provide an ever expanding field of data. And we’ve watched artificial intelligence (AI) become more integrated into daily life and into the workplace. As we come to the close of a wild year, in so many ways, let’s take a look back at some of the most influential advances in BI over the last 12 months Notable Updates and Upgrades All the biggest players...
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2016 in Retrospect: Mobile App Development

2016 in Retrospect: Mobile App Development
2016 has been a relatively quiet year for mobile application development, with only moderate updates to many of the development platforms out there, and only a few new releases. But progress is still happening and the next new “breakthrough” technology could be just around the corner. There’s more than just the development platforms though, so let’s get into some of the other factors driving mobile app development first. Mobile OS Updates The cadence of updates for Android turned out to be more of a lull year for Android, with version 7.0-7.1 / Nougat bringing only a few new features, none of which are particularly flashy – yet still helpful for mobile developers and users alike. Most notable were the new split-screen display mode, which has been available on Samsung’s Galaxy branded phones for some time now, and Google switching its runtime environment to Open JDK to counter an ongoing legal battle...
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History and Impact of Business Intelligence on the Logistics and Transportation Industry

History and Impact of Business Intelligence on the Logistics and Transportation Industry
Business intelligence (BI) has revolutionized logistics and transportation, and the rate of change is only increasing. Before we look at where the industry is headed, though, let’s take a moment to look at how far it’s come. The concepts of logistics and transportation are as old as trade itself. The term logistics was first used in the early 1800’s to describe the calculated movement of troops during conflict and from there the idea was transferred to business as the management of the movement of raw materials to production and finished goods from production to market. Logistics and transportation have always been focused on the best means of moving people and goods from origin to destination, but prior to BI the emphasis was on geography and available infrastructure. Clearly things have changed since those humble origins. Early applications of BI in logistics and transportation relied on descriptive analytics to provide information about...
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