Saturday, September 18, 2010

Apple Prepares iPad for the Enterprise

In the 1990s, some of Microsoft's software products were not considered for wide enterprise usage.  Take SQL Server, for example.  It was okay for small departmental solutions, but for large amounts of data you had to use Oracle or DB2.  Microsoft changed all of that and became a major corporate IT vendor.

Watch Apple do something similar with the iPad.  Readers of my blog have commented that Apple is just a consumer company and will not really get into the corporate enterprise computing arena. 

I think the times they are a changing. 

Here is an indication that Apple is serious about winning in both the consumer and enterprise markets.  In November 2010, Apple will release the new iOS 4.2 operating system for the iPad.

Apple is adding the following corporate features to their tablet computer: 
  • Data Protection (encrypted e-mails, attachments, and API calls)
  • Wireless App Distribution (your company's very own WiFi App Store)
  • Improved Corporate Mail (better support for Microsoft Exchange)
  • Mobile Device Management (like how IT locked down business mobile phones)
  • SSL VPN Support (secure connections to enterprise resources)
  • WiFi Printing (background Print Center applications)

Of course, Apple isn't the only tablet maker eyeing the enterprise.  Microsoft and HP want their mobile products selling inside corporations and are sure to announce similar enterprise features.  Apple needed to preempt those guys. 

The bottom line here is that mobile tablet business computing is coming to your organization! 

Are you ready?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hiring Manager of Talent Acquisition and Training in Cincinnati, Ohio

To prepare for its continued growth, Partner Professional Staffing, the parent company of Partner Intelligence, is hiring a Manager of Talent Acquisition and Training at its Cincinnati, Ohio, headquarters.

For more information, see this link.

Tweeting BI versus Blogging BI

Lately, I have been buried up to my neck in a large consulting engagement to automatically convert Crystal Reports applications to use a modern web-based BI product. 

Large software rationalization and modernization projects typically cost millions of dollars and take years to complete, but we are working hard on this one to automate most of the manual effort. 

By the time I get back to the hotel room each night, I have little energy to write blog entries. At a minimum, I have tried to do some quick tweets from my Apple iPad. 

If you do not follow me on Twitter, here are some of the things you may have missed:

Notre Dame evaluating iPads as textbook replacements.

MicroStrategy COO tells why tablets are here to stay.

Ohio bans government IT offshoring.

One of top IT skills in 2011? BI.

SAS eyes BI growth in India.

The Tablet War.

MicroStrategy BI vendor switches to iPads.

American workers: be high-skilled or be left behind.

Free Audiobook of classic book on Christian Leadership.

Salary Benchmarking led to crazy Executive Compensations.

CSC report examines Health IT Worker Shortage.

Will iPad take Apple into the corporate arena?

Will e-Readers lose to Tablets?

When we stop buying physical books, what will book stores sell?

Could a 1950s retro makeover help our USPS?

iPhones driving surge in Apple Mac enterprise sales?

Dresner ready to release Mobile BI Study results.

Merv Adrian explains IDC BI market numbers.

Decline of American Television.

Come over to my Pad.

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I am a project-based software consultant, specializing in automating transitions from legacy reporting applications into modern BI/Analytics to leverage Social, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data, Visualizations, and Predictive Analytics using Information Builders' WebFOCUS. Based on scores of successful engagements, I have assembled proven Best Practice methodologies, software tools, and templates.

I have been blessed to work with innovators from firms such as: Ford, FedEx, Procter & Gamble, Nationwide, The Wendy's Company, The Kroger Co., JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Siemens, American Express, and others.

I was educated at Valparaiso University and the University of Cincinnati, where I graduated summa cum laude. In 1990, I joined Information Builders and for over a dozen years served in regional pre- and post-sales technical leadership roles. Also, for several years I led the US technical services teams within Cincom Systems' ERP software product group and the Midwest custom software services arm of Xerox.

Since 2007, I have provided enterprise BI services such as: strategic advice; architecture, design, and software application development of intelligence systems (interactive dashboards and mobile); data warehousing; and automated modernization of legacy reporting. My experience with BI products include WebFOCUS (vendor certified expert), R, SAP Business Objects (WebI, Crystal Reports), Tableau, and others.