Facing up to IT

  • What's a phone anyway?

    Since the iPhone first launched in 2006, I’ve maintained that having a mobile strategy is pointless - an opinion usually deemed either naïve, or contradictory for the sake of it. There were two reasons behind my stance: First that mobile...

  • The Digital Era is upon us

    A lot has changed in technology since my last blog, and it’s only been a year! In Mobile, as expected, Android is outselling iOS, Android apps outnumber iOS apps, people are far less amazed at the size of phablets, and tablets have got both...

  • Developers in short supply?

    Apple have over 650,000 apps in it’s store, Android over 500,000 and so you would think there are too many developers out there with not enough to do?Whilst many of these apps may be experiments in using mobile development tools, in...

  • What's Microsoft On(x)?

    Last month Microsoft announced a beta project called ON(x), pronounced “on-ex”. Now apart from the strange naming reminiscent of the famous pop artist Prince changing his name to Symbol, this seems a little strange to say the...

  • The vertical UXP

    Whilst discussing what a UXP is and who the key players are with a customer I was asked an interesting question, “is there a need for industry (banking, retail, government ...) specific UXP ?”. My immediate reaction was that the...

  • The end of silo architectures

    From my discussions with customers and prospects it is clear that the final layer in their architectures is being defined by UXP (see my previous posts). So whether you have a Service or Web Oriented architecture most organisations have already...

  • Programming with soldering irons

    Raspberry Pi will rejuvenate the marriage of electronics and programming The last time I can remember seeing a programmer with a soldering iron was a long time ago in the hay days of micro computing in the late 70’s. A picture of Steve...

  • Future of Mobile part 3

    Today I have 3 GPS devices, 4 Cameras, 3 Video cameras, 3 movie players, 5 music players and the list goes on. All of these are in a variety of devices that I use in different places for different purposes. Drilling down into the detail what I...

  • Click, touch, wave and talk: UI of the future

    First there was the Character User Interface (CUI, pronounced cooo-eey) typified by green letters on a black background screen. Then the Graphical User Interface (GUI, pronounced goo-eey) came along with a mouse and icons. Pen interfaces existed...

  • Future of Mobile part 3

    Today I have 3 GPS devices, 4 Camera’s, 3 Video camera’s, 3 movie players, 5 music players and the list goes on. All of these are in a variety of devices that I use in different places for different purposes. Drilling down into the...

  • Is Apple Siri-ous about Voice?

    When I first saw the new iPhone ads that featured voice interaction all I thought was WOW, Apple have done it, they have mastered voice interaction. What appeared to be natural voice interaction is the nirvana many people have been waiting for to...

  • A dirty IT architecture may not be such a bad thing

    For some time both CTOs and architects have looked at enterprise architectures and sought to simplify their portfolio of applications. This simplification is driven by the needs to reduce the costs of multiple platforms driven largely through...

  • Is the dream of re-use outdated?

    Since the early days of programming developers have chased the dream of creating code that can be used by other developers so that valuable time can be saved by not re-inventing the wheel. Over time, there have been many methods of re-use...

  • What's your UXP?

    As I’ve previously discussed Gartner are helping organisations to understand the technologies, processes and skills required to manage and master all their user experiences. For CTO/CIOs sorting out which technologies to use for content...

  • What's a UXP?

    Gartner are defining a category they call UXP to help organisations manage all their user experience requirements.Gartner defines the UXP as "an integrated collection of technologies and methodologies that provides the ability to design and...

  • Is mobile app growth over-hyped?

    There are numerous statistics on the growth of mobile apps in the various stores, and also about the number of downloads. Apple claims over 500,000 apps in its store and Google claims over 450,000 (this time last year it had only 150,000). The...

  • Mobile apps: When to go native

    Let me say from the outset, that there is no right answer for everybody. The battle between cross-platform solutions and native mobile applications is going to continue for years to come; I know I have blogged about this before, and probably will...

  • Future of the mobile phone (part 2)

    Previously we looked at the form factor, what shape phones could be in the future. But what will phones do? Clearly phones are getting smarter and able to do more, so here are some thoughts on the changes that could occur. Phones replace your...

  • Future of the mobile phone (part 1)

    For a few months now I’ve been having conversations with colleagues, friends and family about the future of phones, sad I know but at heart I am still a geek ;o). I see three possible futures for mobile form factors. Phablets, smartphones,...

  • Using Polyfill to cover up the cracks in HTML5

    Long gone are the days when Internet Explorer had 95% of the browser market. We have lived in multi-browser world since the start of the web. Whilst this has its plus point, it also has its downsides - none more so than ensuring backwards...

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