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The Forrester report ‘Total Impact of Google Apps‘ provides a framework for identifying the ROI from switching from a legacy mail and collaboration platform to Google Apps. Surveying 200+ organizations with over 1,000 employees, Forrester identified the main business benefits required to build an ROI framework for moving to a Cloud-based service, which essentially broke down into two main categories: IT infrastructure cost savings Staff productivity increases The IT infrastructure savings provides the hard numbers for justifying the business case, enabling cost reduction in areas you would expect like software licences, hardware and IT administrator costs, and delivers an ROI: Break even within 1.4 months 329% risk-adjusted ROI A Net Present Value of over $10m following an investment of $400k For many organizations the catalyst for the switch is a degrading email syste... (more)

Dolphin Announces Open API With Over 50 Add-ons Including Dropbox and Wikipedia

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/28/12 -- GOOGLE I/O -- Dolphin Browser, the most popular third-party browser on Android and iOS and only Gesture and Voice enabled browser, today announced the launch of Dolphin Garage, which opens the Dolphin Browser API to allow for third-party development. Dolphin also announced four new Add-ons from Dropbox, Pocket, Evernote and Wikipedia that show off Dolphin Garage's powerful capabilities. In addition, Dolphin Garage also supports Web apps based on Adobe's PhoneGap, which enable faster HTML5 Web app deployment. Dolphin Garage gives developers access to more than 150 Dolphin internal APIs including various browser user interface interactions, while also providing a runtime sandbox environment to allow developers to create their own experiences within Dolphin Browser. Powered by Dolphin Garage, users can now seamlessly exp... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 26, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Apple sold 51 million iPhones during the last three months of 2013, up from 47.8 million a year earlier. But Wall Street analysts were expecting closer to 57 million iPhones, after Apple launched its new iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones in China simultaneously with the United States and Western Europe for the first time this fall. Re... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 9, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! According to press reports, China's Lenovo Group has agreed to buy Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. for $2.91 billion. The deal will allow Lenovo to obtain 2,000 patent assets and the Motorola Mobility brand and trademark.  Read Original Content BlackBerry Ltd shares have gained more than 50 percent over the past three months. ... (more)

Ulitzer vs. Ning - a Quick Review

Having used both sites for about two weeks, there is still a great deal I am learning to do with both Ulitzer and Ning, but a reader asked if I would do a quick comparison, so I will. The obvious point for me is that the sites have two different objectives for the writers.  For Ning, the writer is trying to be involved in a niche social network from scratch.  For example, I have built my own social network for marketers and salespeople called BuyerSteps.  I created BuyerSteps as a way for other professionals to join in a conversation around the 21st century buyer.  So, Ning represents a way to build a community. In the case of Ulitzer, as a writer I am focused on getting readers from within an existing audience.  There are already thousands of readers coming to the Ulitzer site, so if they are interested in my topics such as marketing, they will find my articles as ... (more)

Cloud Storage Flavors: Platform/Infrastructure and Service/Product

Take a look at the various data storage offerings called "cloud" and your head will start to ache. How can so many things all bear the "cloud storage" name and yet be so totally different? The answer is obvious to long-time industry observers: Each provider has tailored their offering to make it distinct in the market, and each supports different use cases Infrastructure versus Platform Although I am not one to tilt at windmills, especially when it comes to arguing the "rightness" of cloud-based marketing, I sometimes do hit upon a set of terminology that makes sense to me. Wading through the mess of "as-a-service" or "XaaS" names posted by my friend Greg Schulz the other day, it occurred to me that drawing a line between a platform and its underlying infrastructure is quite useful indeed. As Jeff Darcy points out, one can use this distinction to help make sense of t... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Growing Fastest in Asia

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. M2M industry executive Derick Tsang will bring his knowledge of M2M and telecommunications to the Asia Pacific region for Telit Wireless Solutions.  The company has created a new “president of the Asia Pacific region” position for Tsang, and he will be responsible for South Korea, China, India, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Australia.  He will also establish Telit sales outreach in Japan. Read Original Content Chinese search engine provider Baidu will take advantage of the booming mobile and smartphone market in China and focus on mobile in 2012.  In Q4 2011 China became the largest mobile market in the world. R... (more)

The Future of Data Management According to Doug Cutting (Father of Hadoop)

I joined 600 people last night at a session sponsored by Hive to listen to Doug Cutting, the creator of Hadoop. Currently he is the chief architect at Cloudera and a director at Apache  Software Foundation. The hall at NetApp facility was overflowing with an eager audience. Doug spoke about the future of data management. He narrated a brief history of Hadoop, how it was founded and how far it has come. As everyone knows, the pedigree of Hadoop came from Google’s GFS (Google File System, now HDFS) and Map-Reduce programming. Here are the key predictions he made: Hadoop has grown to become the de-facto standard for Big Data. He had anticipated IBM and Microsoft to come up with alternative designs to compete with Hadoop, but that never happened. Both companies plus Oracle, HP and other players have endorsed Hadoop as the platform. Hadoop will become the center of da... (more)

Bing Creates Mini-Surge

The initial response to Bing, Microsoft's new 10-day-old search engine, is favorable. According to comScore, Microsoft's share of U.S. searches was up two points from 9.1% to 11.1% after a week and Microsoft's penetration of daily searchers went from 13.8% to 15.5%. Now the trick is to keep it up. It could be just curiosity piqued by Microsoft's huge ad budget. Google however was supposed to do an executive review of Bing Wednesday. Google CEO Eric Schmidt is already carping about the Windows monopoly being used to advance Bing. By the way, online ad spending was down 5% to $5.5 billion in Q1 in the U.S, the first decline since 2002, with display ads suffering more than search. ... (more)

13 Reasons Being A Web Designer F***ing Sucks

A (Nearly) Bulletproof Web Design & Development Project Checklist for clients and designers. If you’re aiming to agree a fixed price for the development of the website, as we do, ensure the project goes smoothly before you start, by communicating with your client at the outset. They’ll appreciate you for it, there will be less surprises, and you may be able to start making a profit from fixed cost website design jobs again; Prices can change even for a fixed cost website Web Design Costs are dependent on how many hours is spent working on a design and how many times the client asks for changes to it Show the client your portfolio – that’s the type of sites you build, do they like it? Has the client supplied examples of the sort of site they are looking for? Estimate a cost for a job, based on early discussion. Ensure the client knows you can quote for a job only ... (more)

Ulitzer FAQ Published

"In just over ten days, I had thousands of readers of my articles on Ulitzer, mainly on marketing and sales. It would be nearly impossible to get that at Ning for a new community site!" What is Ulitzer? Ulitzer is a brand new social media tool for creating, delivering, and consuming content on the Web. Anyone can create topics, magazines, and subject-based portals on Ulitzer, pre-populate them with over one million articles available, and launch a new Ulitzer topic in minutes. "In just over ten days, I had thousands of readers of my articles mainly on marketing and sales.  It would be nearly impossible to get that at Ning in ten days for a new community site!" John Ryan - http://johnryan.ulitzer.com Ulitzer vs. Ning - a Quick Review Ulitzer’s Amazing First 30 Days in Public Beta Can Anyone Apply To Become a Ulitzer Author? Yes, it's for anyone who wants to have a person... (more)