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Ian Thain

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There have been quite a lot of rumors these last few weeks with regards to Apple reportedly working on an iWatch. I was wondering what they would gain with such a move? Some have pointed out that they already have the iPod Nano as a simple watch, but this repeats the functionality of t...
Nowadays Mobile should be at the centre of your corporate strategy, if it is not then you are probably missing out on some major cost saving and streamlining benefits to your business through innovation to your Information Workers. Though going mobile is not a magic bullet, the major ...
On returning from an awesome SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, I was waiting in the departure lounge for my Virgin Atlantic flight and looked through the iTunesU videos I had on my iPad2. There I saw the WWDC2010 Keynote, one that I had personally attended and decided to view it. Within 10 minu...
Today will be a very interesting day for those companies that quite rightly have supported the iOS platform in their Enterprise... September 19 is the day that Apple will release iOS 6 to the iPhone and iPad user base. Apple have a great upgrade process, that over the last few versions...
I am writing this on the morning of September 12 2012, the same day that it is envisaged that Apple will announce the iPhone5, availability of iOS6 and possibly a few more interesting assets. They have never been a company that has been shy when it comes to innovation, so I thought I w...
As a Mobile Evangelist I keep preaching that... Mobile is the new Enterprise and Mobile is Now! This is a phrase that most businesses should now have heard many times over the last year and a half, or they are already living it daily by enabling their mobile workforce. Also we hear dai...
It is common knowledge in Business that Mobile is the New Enterprise and that Mobile is Now! Meaning that you should have a strategy to build Mobile Apps that mobilize your core systems and free your Information Workers to work anytime and anywhere. The Power behind Enterprise Mobility...
A few days ago a number of tweets caught my eye. Both appeared fortuitously within a minute of each other. Separately they were powerful in their own rights but together they made me think and reaffirmed my thoughts about Mobile UX/Design and how Mobile Apps should relate to the Enterp...
In previous articles I mentioned the MIC and the CMoO, but as a recap let me again explain here... The Mobile Innovation Council’s Team should contain 10 to 20 key members such as, skilled representatives from the corporate Mobile Development Team, a Mobility Architect, the Stakeholder...
I mentioned in a previous article that Mobile Apps cross many boundaries... Consumer, Social, Geographic, Language & Business. What I firmly believe this that from this list two stand out in the light more that the others and those are interrelated.. the boundaries of Geographic and La...
One thing I feel so strongly about as a Mobile Evangelist, and I guess I should do, is that Mobile is Empowering!!! Not only in the Consumer space as we already know by the mLifestyle that we all seem to be living, but in the Enterprise or Business space. The Empowering force of Mobile...
It came to me whilst watching the London 2012 Olympics and after reading Eric Lai's blog last week, that mentioned Mobile Apps used during the Olympics, that not only is London 2012 aiming to Inspire a Generation but the Mobile age that we are in now will also have the same effect. We ...
So far this year, I have been on a few travels and presented to many hundreds of people interested in Mobile in the Enterprise and what SAP are doing to make the development and deployment of Enterprise Mobile Apps easier. On one trip to Slovenia I became my alter-ego of the Mobile Pre...
A few month ago I appeared on the SAP Innovation Show, to evangelise about Mobile. You can still check out the on-demand here and also check out what my colleagues... Adrian Simpson, Chief Technology Officer, SAP UK & Ireland as well as Timo Elliott, Innovation Evangelist, SAP... say a...
It was reported last week that currently in the UK our communication habits are shifting to digital-based chat via Messaging/Texting/SMS as the most common form of daily contact between friends and family. In fact Brits are twice as likely to send a SMS than to dial a number or any oth...
Recently I was entering names of contacts in iOS and noticed that from iOS 5 onwards, Apple have allowed us to add new fields for each individual of 'Related People'. Obviously this makes sense with respects to friends or family, though currently this seems to be nothing other than a m...
There have been many articles and thoughts on the mWallet, where the mobile device takes the place of a physical wallet containing cash and bank cards and this is evolving fast. I'm wondering now, with the fantastic growth in Mobile and the combination of the Tablet Device, that we are...
It has now been reported that the Smartphone adoption in China, has now overtaken the Featurephone adoption. This is a major milestone in any geographic region, but in one of the worlds largest growing countries, this is a great step and shows the snowball effect of expecting powerful ...


We are now only a month away from London becoming the Center of the Mobile Working World as a by-product of hosting the London 2012 Olympics. Events will be held at various locations around London and the South East. Seems a strange statement to make?.. Let's break it down! 

With a...
In a previous article I mentioned the Companion App. Basically a Companion App is one that extends the reach of an existing brand, even a brand that could be a TV/Film or a non-mobile system. I have stated my opinion before that if you are a brand, then you have got to have a app store...
In a traditional modern enterprise, information can be a key factor in delaying business process control, as people who own information can own control over the process. Mobility is challenging this traditional process control hierarchy by making it easier for decision makers (this mea...
I was recently asked how to calculate the ROI after implementing a Mobile App and immediately thought of the less tangible part Prosumer Satisfaction. I have mentioned in a previous article that to aid creation of Mobile Apps that the Enterprise needs, companies should be putting in pl...
Building innovative Enterprise Mobile Apps starts with a great idea from your MIC (Mobility Innovation Council), which in turn is made up of key a Business Users and Stakeholders - think of the MIC as an ideas factory. These seeds of an idea should then be formed into an ADS (Applicati...
The emergence of the Prosumer (a harmonious mix of consumer and professional business worker) is a major milestone over the last few years and the prosumer has a growing influence over innovation and the use of technology within their company. For example in the enterprise the “Prosume...
Some Enterprise Mobility Developers think about getting desktop functionality onto mobile devices for operational convenience and efficiency, in response to the needs of the business. However there is an entirely different dimension of business mobility that should not be overlooked, o...
The innovative use of QR Codes (Quick Response Codes - a type of matrix or two-dimensional barcode) can grow a companies social and consumer reach as well as introducing the new user to discounts, coupons, marketing campaigns through the development of companion mobile apps. These comp...
When finance managers think of data consumption, it is often in the context of controlling mobile phone bills and business mobility costs. Yet application developers are busily creating new mobile applications that provide mobile information workers with greater access to corporate dat...
Is there anything worse than being shut in a metal tube at 38,000 ft with no communication to the outside world for many hours? This has been the case for years, but for the International Business Traveler it could be classed as a 'perk' of the job and a necessity for the holidaymaker....
The powerful mobile computing platforms of today 'SmartPhones' have so little in common with “phones” of yesteryear and in fact with the introduction of Tablet Devices into the mix, we should start calling them Converged Mobile Devices. While processor, battery and software technologi...
Taking a stance of 'Build it and they will come' has never worked in IT and especially now with the Consumerisation of Mobility and the Prosumers (Professional + Consumer) in your Enterprise, whom are expecting or even demanding the same experience as Mobile Apps on the App Stores/Mark...
I just received an interesting piece of information today from the Events team. Let me share it with you... For 2012, our traditional TechWave content will be incorporated into the SAP TechEd conference, taking place October 15-19 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. We will continu...
Here is #5. Five points the Mobile Information Worker expects from their Mobile Enterprise Data. 1. Always available and on-demand access to information (off-line and on-line). 2. New ways to interact and display data. 3. Reduce data re-entry error, by synchronising data. 4. Capture ne...
Here is #4. Five points for Mobile Apps in Shaping the new Business Enterprise. 1. Cost reduction compared to existing systems. 2. Streamlining business processes. 3. Competitive advantage with up to date data at hand. 4. Increase Employee satisfaction and effectiveness. 5. Rapid respo...
Here is #3. Five points that makes an Engaging Enterprise Mobile App. 1. Extend existing systems by innovating in new ways. Just transferring a PC based or paper based solution is NOT enough. 2. Display/Consume data in new ways. 3. Keep UX design familiar to the deployment platform rat...
Here is #2. Five points on how Enterprise Mobile Developers can improve the Relationships with their End Users. 1. Live several days in the life of your user observing work locations and patterns. 2. Have end users in on the design panel as well as the usability and testing. 3. Get buy...
Today I thought I would put together five steps and five points within to producing 5-Star Mobile Apps. Here is #1 Five points when Building the Business Case for Mobile Enterprise Apps. 1. Create a Visionary Plan for more mobile Apps and know how they will aid and shape your enterpris...
It's always been an important part of planning an Enterprise Mobile Development… How to get started?... How to take that first step? As a Mobile Evangelist, my experience covers many areas such as presentations, communications and especially technical developer skills, with knowledge o...
Now that Mobility is part of our lives, we are all hooked on our Smartphone or Tablet device and take them everywhere we go, but we need to be aware of something that we almost take for granted… Data Connection & Usage! Especially if we are going abroad and hit the tricky subject of Da...
This week I attended a Mobile Monday event sponsored by Barnes & Nobile (B & N) which discussed Tablet Computing and promoted their Nook Developer program. The Chair for the meeting was Marek Pawlowski, Founder and Organiser MEX @marekpawlowski and the Panel consisted of Claudio Romani...
It may be an unusual angle, but your Enterprise IP Wireless Expert may be your best ally around when it comes to implementing your Mobile Device Security Strategies. The reason why I think this is that all of smartphone and tablet devices support wireless connectivity, and most data p...