IBM Scores Key Mobile Advantage with New SAP Cloud Partnership

C. Dunlap
C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • IBM has a key advantage in the SAP cloud partnership to further its Bluemix and MobileFirst agendas.
  • MADP vendors will heavily market platforms/tools against the homegrown native development alternative.

Last week, IBM and SAP expanded an existing cloud partnership involving IBM’s cognitive, cloud, and Power Systems offerings and the SAP HANA Business Suite or S/4HANA. The partnership centers around complementary technologies including analytics, cloud, and business apps. Also key to the partnership will be IBM’s ability to further its agenda in broadening its market presence for PaaS and MADP, now targeting SAP’s core business apps customers, particularly at a time when SAP has downplayed its innovation and market strategy pertaining to its own platform and mobile services, sold in the form of SAP Mobile Platform (SMP) and HANA Cloud Platform Mobile Services (HCPms). SAP has made significant effort promoting its Fiori and Splash tools (please see “MWC16: Application Platform Vendors Dominate Internet of Things and Mobile Messaging,” March 2, 2016), but has released minimal updates around its mobile application platform and HCP services. Continue reading “IBM Scores Key Mobile Advantage with New SAP Cloud Partnership”

Why Design Thinking is Important to Collaboration

B. Page
B. Page

Summary Bullets:

• IBM’s Connect 2016 conference highlights industrial design and user experience (UX) excellence as differentiators in its Collaboration portfolio

• UX is important across all types of IT products and services, but is especially relevant to achieving success in enterprise collaboration initiatives

“’Easy to Use’ is easy to say,” as generations of programmers have heard and then learned – often the hard way. Continue reading “Why Design Thinking is Important to Collaboration”

What Comes After Enterprise Social Networking? Business Networking

Brad Shimmin
Brad Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

  • Enterprise social networking is nothing more than a passing fancy, at least in terms of describing the idea of collaboration.
  • For a view into what will follow, we need look no further than our own corporate priorities and the manner in which vendors seek to meet those priorities.

Language is a slippery customer. We mold and evolve words and phrases to meet our expectations of how the world works at any given time. For that reason, words and phrases come and go, depending upon whether or not they fulfill this need. And as I’ve been informed, many of the beloved words from my youth are no longer meaningful, words like preppie, hoser, rad, tubular and of course groupware. Continue reading “What Comes After Enterprise Social Networking? Business Networking”