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  • Today's consumer-centric business environment—with BYOD, apps and digital tools—has Apple's fingerprints all over it. That isn't about to change anytime soon.

  • IT leaders express overall satisfaction with the adoption of mobile applications within their companies, according to a recent survey from Apperian. And the resulting "2014 Executive Enterprise Mobility Report" reveals that CIOs have high hopes about the positive impact of mobile investments on business processes, employee satisfaction, cost savings and competitive advantage. Security, however, is still a top concern. That's not surprising, especially because the vast majority of IT executives don't know the extent of data and device loss among their mobile users. Another major struggle: Figuring out how to determine the ROI of mobile deployments. Regardless of the current obstacles, a significant number of survey participants said they will be equipping thousands of enterprise users with mobile apps for the immediate and foreseeable future. To ensure success, the report recommends that IT departments avoid making generic decisions, as "users have different needs and talents that must be taken into account. Think like a marketer, and create formal segmentation and improve it over time." An estimated 100 technology executives took part in the research.

  • Cortana is a top-notch virtual assistant. But here’s the most important fact: Windows 9’s killer app is Cortana, and Cortana’s killer app is Windows 9.

  • When you're on a conference call, do you ever get the sense that some participants seem distracted—or even mentally MIA? There's a good reason for that, as more than four out of five employees admit to working on unrelated tasks while on a conference call, according to a survey  from InterCall. It's especially easy to do this while off-site on a smartphone, which may be why 64 percent of the workers surveyed prefer to join conferences via a mobile device. To provide some insight into what's really going on during conference calls, InterCall presents the following most common ways that professionals distract themselves on call. As a bonus, InterCall has come up with a list of the oddest places from which employees have taken part in a call. "As the workplace has changed thanks to new conferencing and collaboration tools, so has the way employees communicate with their co-workers and clients," according to the report, "Out of Office … Sort Of." "Being at work doesn't necessarily mean being at the office. The same can now be said for attending work meetings. Since nearly every employee has access to a smartphone or tablet, meetings can be taken from home, the beach, an airport—pretty much anywhere employees find themselves." More than 500 full-time employees who work remotely took part in the research.

  • Need more proof that employees are increasingly driven by mobility? Then consider this: There are 10 times more smartphones and tablets sold every day than babies born. And this: The average person checks his or her smartphone 150 times a day—nearly once every six minutes, assuming they sleep. Meanwhile, mobile data traffic increases about 80 percent a year. Along with these and other findings in a recent report, the IBM Institute for Business Value presents a how-to guide for IT professionals to help them empower their organizations to become thriving mobile enterprises. The report, "The Individual Enterprise: How Mobility Redefines Business," introduces best practices and five essential mobile enterprise building blocks, which cover connectivity and security, as well as more strategic qualities such as analytics. "Currently, most enterprise mobile use has been restricted to email, calendaring and instant messaging," says Saul Berman, vice president and chief strategist for IBM Global Business Services. "Consider how combining mobile devices and cognitive analytics can completely transform how we work, industries operate and companies perform. Getting started with this new imperative requires leaders who can define what this journey will look like and champion a call to action."

  • Most companies need to extend their online presence beyond the desktop. This means weighing the benefits of a responsive Website compared with a mobile app.