Apple (NASDAQ: $APPL) will make a splash this week with a number of new product and innovation releases. In fact if you want to track the announcement you can subscribe to a meeting request and a countdown clock on the Apple website. For those of us scanning the analyst reviews for trends and earnings directions, the event should reveal the largest one-day announcement of new Apple product in the company’s history. The new phone, a new watch (these days the proper term is “wearable” since a wristwatch is so passe), and a new “phablet” – a large screen phone not quite the same size and use portfolio as the iPad – will all emerge.
According to Forbes writer Ewan Spence there is a lot of spectacle over this product release:
For fans and followers, journalists and analysts, to pop culture experts, celebrities, and late night chat show hosts, this Tuesday is going to be just like Christmas Day.
For me I am more interested in the location-based service and commercial wallet components that will begin to make their way into the full Apple line of products. Most users have been accustomed to using apps to provide 2-D and 3-D barcodes to check in to airline flights, buy coffee, or secure reward points in loyalty programs. This next step is akin to making your phone an actual commercial wallet where the funds are loaded into the wallet via smart chip and app to enable users to make purchases with appropriately enabled point of sale (POS) systems.
I have written about this topic as part of my coverage on #ConvergenceForces last year. In my opinion, this is the most significant step of a tech vendor to date to really push that vision into a device-ready reality.
Comment or post below your thoughts on the Apple announcement.
Thank you to my readers and fans for making 2012 a great blogging year! WordPress pulled together this snappy report, including several stat notes such as this one:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.
Special thanks to everyone who commented or shared my blog. Click here to see the complete report. May 20-13 be a great year for all! Warm regards – WDN
Over the next month I will be working on a three-part eBook series for Tech Target’s searchSAP.com, I review the new mobile Enterprise Performance Management suite, known as EPM OnDemand (EPMOD) and the impact to those organizations looking to mobilize the finance and purchasing functions. In this second article of the series I take a closer look at the specific applications of the initial EPMOD stack and how these apps provide a seamless user experience from on-premises to mobile environments.
SAP is moving to address the mobile computing needs of its financial management customers with a new set of on-demand mobile apps available directly from the SAP marketplace and other online application markets.
The initial three apps released as part of the SAP enterprise performance management (EPM) OnDemand suite announced last month at the SAP BusinessObjects User Conference. They are built on the EPM Unwired stack — SAP’s new Mobile Business Objects layer powered by the Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) — which bring full-function analytics and visualization to the user experience. The platform can run on a HANA database hosted in the cloud or on-premises based on the needs of the customer.
The initial EPM OnDemand includes three apps: real-time profit and loss analysis, capital project planning and expense insight. Supported by multiple language environments, these apps are designed primarily for tablet and smartphone Android and iOS users and offer full visual capability similar to that of desktop or laptop screens, allowing users to create content in a mobile environment. Previous apps were limited to simple authorizations and approvals because of limited computing power, data availability and user interface.
Read the full version of the article on searchSAP.com here. In the third and final article I will consider how to architect HANA and non-HANA environments so these mobile apps can consume the proper financial and non-financial information.
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Great overview of Windows 8 and the interoperability between on-premesis and mobile platforms. HT to Josh Greenbaum (@JoshEAC) and Insider Learning Network (@ILN4SAP). You can follow more on this topic and how SAP is focusing this interoperability in the financial management space in my eBook series this month at searchSAP.com.
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Recent discussion and press have not been very flattering to the iOS6 release, Apple’s new operating system which is designed to optimize the multi-processing logic in its iPhone 4S and recently released iPhone 5 platforms. While many have embraced the new iOS6 software release as a part of purchasing their new iPhone 5, others are more reluctant. Here are the top three reasons why you should NOT upgrade to the new platform:
1. You are still using an iPhone 4. iPhone 4 is designed with the on-board logic not as sophisticated as the multi-processing platform of iPhone 4S and 5. What this means is that when you accept the new iOS6 on an iPhone 4 – which you can do – the system has to backward convert the new system software to operate on the older platform. We call this “thunking” and it can (remember I use the word “can”) impact performance of your iPhone 4 (it may seem like it runs slower on some apps and processes). Also if your family is like mine, we finally have nearly everyone on the same platform which includes chargers, headsets and other accessories. iPhone 5 has slightly different charger plugs meaning you need to start all that over again, another reason to hang on to your iPhone 4 or 4S if you are still using them.
2. You Really Like Google Maps. With iOS6 we say bon voyage to Google Maps as an on-board accessory and say … hello and help me? …. to the new Apple mapping app. This past weekend I was told the story how the new Apple maps sent a person in a completely different direction than what he was looking for, infuriating the user. You CAN download Google Maps into iOS6 operating iPhones – and a lot of people are. But most people use what comes on their phone and this means Apple mapping app which is new, unproven, and two years beyond on spatial data from Google Maps. (Always note the little disclaimer that comes with the mapping app!) Apple Insider recently downplayed the issues with iOS6 and Apple Maps.
3. You Simply Don’t Need to Upgrade. This is the ying and yang of Apple’s iOS upgrade strategy. Unlike other software operating systems Apple doesn’t force you to upgrade. And chances are they won’t, it’s just not in the behavior genetic code of Jobsian zen used at Apple. You of course need iOS6 with the iPhone 5 (it doesn’t come any other way and you can’t hack backwards to iOS5 without a lot of effort and system performance impacts – remember thunking works both ways). So again know that a new phone means new operating software.
So until there is a compelling reason to upgrade, just get used to that little reminder ball on your iPhone screen and try to ignore it. For now.