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+ - Dropbox's acquisition strategy shows it isn't serious about being a platform->

Submitted by backabeyond
backabeyond (2830749) writes "Dropbox and Box have both talked about wanting to be seen as a platform where third-party developers can build related apps. But Dropbox has been on an acquisition tear, scooping up startups that add a bunch of new services to Dropbox. That's not particularly attractive for developers to see, since it shows that Dropbox could potentially decide to start offering services that are competitive to the developers who build on its platform. Box's acquisition strategy seems a lot more friendly to developers."
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+ - How to get over the "Field of Dreams" problem with business apps->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "True Value isn't a franchise, it's a coop, which means the stores are the boss of the parent company rather than the other way around. That means the IT department can't force store owners and employees to adopt technology — they have to sell it a little bit. A good model for all IT departments in the future. Read this interview with True Value Retail Systems Architect Michael Weeder for more details on what they built and how they got stores to adopt it."
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+ - How iOS 8's Healthbook feature could be an actual life saver in an emergency->

Submitted by Copy that 2
Copy that 2 (2700183) writes "Apple's upcoming Health Book app will make managing chronic diseases easier as well as tracking fitness data. Going further, Health Book could be designed to make it easy for EMTs and ER staff to access critical health data even if a user's iPhone is locked with a passcode."
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+ - You can't stop shadow IT, so here's how to manage it->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "David Hoff, the CTO and cofounder of cloud integrators Cloud Sherpas, says it's futile to try and stop users from doing things like storing data in free Dropbox accounts or buying their own AWS instances. Instead, IT has to accept that users will choose their own tools, provide alternatives where absolutely necessary, and learn to manage the really sensitive data instead of focusing on users and devices. "Security is no longer something put a fence around," he tells CITEworld."
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+ - Microsoft unveils a cloud for the Internet of things->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "New CEO Satya Nadella's vision of a world of ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence is a way of looking at both sides of the story, where smart endpoints deliver data for analysis, and then use the results of that analysis to help users make decisions. But you need tools to both capture and analyze that data — tools that are able to scale. That's where Microsoft's Azure cloud platform comes in, as a place to both capture and analyze that data. A new Azure service, the Azure Intelligent Systems Service (AISS), forms the backbone of Microsoft's Internet of Things."
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+ - So much for Scroogled: Microsoft makes it easier for Chromebooks to use Office->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Yesterday, barely mentioned and buried at the very end of an announcement about some new features coming to Office Online, Microsoft said that most Office Online apps are now available in the Chrome App Launcher. It's another example of how Microsoft under Satya Nadella is willing to embrace platforms other than Windows. It also belies Microsoft's Scroogled ads that portrayed Chromebooks as unsuitable for "real" work."
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+ - Microsoft releases a mullet phone->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Windows Phone 8.1 is all business in front, with features like VPN profiles, better device management (in conjunction with other Microsoft services) and a modern browser that leapfrogs the competition. But it's also got plenty for consumers, including Cortana, Microsoft's intelligent assistant that learns your preferences as you use it."
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+ - It's time for Apple to create an iOS training program for IT pros->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Apple has demonstrated an effort to address the needs of its enterprise customers in the past year or so. There's the app licensing model that Apple launched alongside iOS 7, the new enterprise capabilities in iOS 7, the Device Enrollment Program that it launched this year that offers zero-touch configuration and deployment of iOS devices, and a range of additional iOS material about security, deployment, and management that the company released a couple of months ago. So why no training or certification programs? It could bolster iOS as the preferred enterprise platform, something that might blunt the enterprise moves being made around Android including Samsung's enterprise push with its KNOX platform. It would also bolster the opinion that IT leaders and professionals have about Apple as a company and a partner."
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+ - How Apple could really fix WWDC->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "The quick sellout of Apple's annual developer conference is a symptom of a bigger problem: It's become too many things to too many people. It's a way to get early confidential access to upcoming releases, a place for on-site high-level training and support, and a dog-and-pony show for the press. It's time for Apple to split it up."
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+ - The cloud side of Satya Nadella's Microsoft->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Microsoft is now describing itself as a "mobile and cloud" company, so it makes sense that day 2 of the company's BUILD developer conference was chock full of cloud announcements. Highlights included increased automation with Puppet & Chef, an open source .NET compiler, new support in Xamarin for creating Microsoft "universal" (cross phone and desktop) apps, and new Azure portal that lets you see just how much you're spending. Overall the conference showed deep changes in both Microsoft's technology and philosophy that will be key to its future."
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