Thursday, December 13, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
While teens often spend their time with their heads buried in mobile devices, there are valuable business lessons to be learned from this multi-tasking generation.
From my vantage point as a father of two teenage girls as well as a CEO looking towards the landscape of tomorrow, I see a world undergoing a huge demographic shift that is changing how we think about developing products and services.
So what can we learn from this next generation of customers and employees? A lot.
Focus on First Use: Teenagers don't question, they just learn. While many of us fumble through user manuals, teens just open the box and start navigating and adding apps. They expect and demand simple intuitive design with the products they use and in the places they work.
Harness the Power of Many: Don't expect teenagers to sit on the sidelines. This generation wants to participate and help shape the products they use. Embrace their passion to contribute.
Embrace Multi-Tasking: The ability to respond to several different stimuli at the same time is called "continuous partial attention," and it is prevalent among the next generation of employees and customers. In the workplace, build a culture that encourages this ability to do multiple things simultaneously.
Learn to Listen: Create a culture of experimentation and invite teens into your business to uncover new and innovative ways to drive impact
Friday, December 7, 2012
BLOG: How IT can better equip the mobile office
Yaj Malik | Dec. 6, 2012
In Asia Pacific, the typical employee connects on average four personal devices to the corporate IT network each day. There has also been a large increase in the number and type of applications used on these devices. How is this changing the modern workforce? Citrix recently conducted a study to learn more about mobility - now ranked the second highest priority among CIOs, behind business intelligence and analytics - to better understand business priorities as we make these workplace shifts.
What did we learn? In short: IT departments must better support employees who are choosing where, when and how they want to work. The objective of any corporate mobility strategy should be to securely manage corporate data on any device, simplify the management of decentralised applications and improve control over app and data delivery. Here are five steps to designing a mobility strategy optimised for an increasingly dynamic IT environment.
1. Unify cloud apps: A unified content controller approach with a single sign-on can provide the necessary management across a broad array of application types. Centrally managing access to corporate Intranet, Web, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and virtualised Windows desktop applications from the cloud is a key strategy for any enterprise. Since most Windows apps are typically designed for use on a keyboard and mouse, the key for these applications is to optimise the user experience for mobile devices.
2. Secure local content on mobile devices: A better approach to device management is through local application and data management, which moves access and security away from the device, putting fine-grain information control back in the hands of IT. For native mobile apps, there are two keys to securing and delivering mobile applications - programming the application for native execution, and providing flexibility for cross-platform development, such as HTML5 apps. For cloud data on mobile devices, this involves encrypting the data files on mobile devices, providing access across all devices, and supporting the ability to wipe the data, if needed.
3. Control access based on identity: With the proliferation of apps in the enterprise, a key issue is mapping apps to job function. Core to this principle is role-based identity management. Solutions here include support for multiple authentication types, active directory federation, role mapping to appropriate applications and data stores, single sign-on, and 'active' identity management to automatically provision and de-provision access to resources.
4. Control access based on policy: Policies must provide 'contextually aware' mobile information access. Key checks and policies need to include location, device type, network, authentication requirements and event-drive access disablement. These policies should then be applied down to the specific application or file to allow or restrict access.
5. Bring it all together: Once the control steps above have been made, enterprises will then be ready for any app, device, or data. What is left is balancing IT control with an end-user experience built around convenience through an enterprise app store. Key components of any enterprise app store should include a unified storefront for all apps and data, app availability based on role, app request workflows, self-service subscriptions, native app delivery for mobile devices in use, and 'follow-me' access to information across devices.
Following these steps will result in freedom for employees to choose their own devices, access the content they need for their jobs and use their apps and data wherever and whenever they choose, while allowing IT to retain control over all corporate apps and data in use by employees.
Yaj Malik is Area Vice President, ASEAN, Citrix.
Monday, December 3, 2012
E-commerce is ubiquitous and has already permeated the life of online users in South East Asia. Mobile shopping may be the fastest growing retail trend this year and next. How merchants market to mobile shoppers could soon have a significant impact on sales and customer loyalty.
There is no question that shoppers are using mobile devices — smartphones and tablets — to research buying decisions or make purchases. There's a whole new generation of e-commerce players and two of them happen to be brothers: Fadzli Shah Anuar and Fadzarudin Shah Anuar.
Fadzli Shah Anuar, is the Managing Director of New Era Strategic Thinking (NEST) whose company recently started Voucheres, a web app for finding nearby discounts in Malaysia.
Coincidentally, Fadzli is also the brother of Fadzarudin Shah Anuar who is currently the CEO of Fashion Valet.
Fadzarudin Shah Anuar and his then fiancée Vivy Yusof started Fashion Valet in November, 2010. They've have since married and today Fashion Valet seems only to be going from stength to strength.
Read more about Fadzarudin Shah & Vivy Yusof at http://www.businesscircle.com.my/how-to-compete-against-the-big-boys/
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