As the workforce became increasingly mobile, developers hustled to ensure their phones, tablets, and notebooks were the products of choice for these increasingly dispersed employees. The smartphone wars heated up, as Apple, Google, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Microsoft battled for dominance. In addition to facing-off over hardware features and capabilities, many phone operating system developers competed over retail outlets and handset manufacturers. They also lured developers to build applic
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Turns out, there truly is an app for that. And if there isn't, there will be soon. At least, that's what a quick check of developers' app stores would lead most people -- including analysts -- to believe. After all, by 2015, there will be almost 25 billion mobile apps, said Juniper Research. That's up from less than 2.6 billion in 2009, the research firm said. Recognizing the importance of apps LG, for example, in November began giving users up to $30-worth of free apps through Microsoft's Marketplace for Mobile with the purchase of a new Windows 7 phone. Apple's App Store has more than 300,000 available apps, and almost 100,000 apps are available for Google's Android through its Android Market and third parties, according to a July report by Business Insider.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?