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Gatekeepers or Business Enablers: IT’s New Role

Human beings have a tendency towards nostalgia. We long for (what we believe to have been) simpler times. IT departments the world over are nostalgic for the days in which they could dictate what platform, operating system and device employees could use. In the days of BYOD and mobility, the power of IT departments to make those rules has severely eroded.

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B2B Mobile Moments: Why They Matter

Mobile technologies such as applications and mobile devices (which include smart phones and tablets) are excellent tools to connect with customers. B2C opportunities are not the only ones that exist when it comes to mobile technologies, though. Many companies overlook the business-to-business prospects associated with mobility.

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Implementing Navigation Drawer in Xamarin Forms

Every mobile application which is going to be used as real world app requires navigation solution. On Android platform recommendation for effective navigation is Navigation Drawer. It is a panel that transitions in from the left edge of the screen and displays the app’s main navigation options. More info about Navigation Drawer and it's capabilities you can find on Android developer site.

Other platforms have similar solutions, so if you are developing in Xamarin Forms, it is a good idea to empower this kind of navigation. Plus side for Xamarin Forms it that you would write Navigation Drawer in only one codebase.

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COUNTDOWN: Microsoft Ignite & Merit Solutions Walk Off

Merit Walk Off Countdown

Merit Walk Off at Microsoft Ignite - Win a Trip to the Caribbean!

Microsoft Ignite Attendees: Do you know McCormick Place is the nation's largest convention center?

With a combined 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, 1.2 million square feet all on one level, you can assume that you will be walking A LOT at Microsoft Ignite next week. 

That's why we're holding the Merit Walk Off at Ignite - a competition that measures how far you walk during Ignite and lets you compete against other attendees for a 5-night all-inclusive stay for 2 in the Caribbean! We're not asking you to walk MORE at Ignite, we're just asking you to track how far you are already walking.

The person who walks the most miles each day of the conference will be entered into a drawing for the Grand Prize, a five-night all-inclusive stay for two (2) in a Junior Suite at one of the following hotels (the winner gets to choose!):

  • Hotel RIU Palace Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)
  • Hotel RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas (Los Cabos, Mexico)
  • Hotel RIU Palace Costa Rica (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

Reward yourself for all the walking you'll do at Ignite by competing in the Merit Walk Off!

Simply download the Merit Solutions Mobile application from your device store. (Here are the links to the application in the iPhone, Android, Windows stores.) Once you download the app, you can enter the Walk Off two ways:

  • Prior to Monday, May 4th: Open the Navigation Pane and select App Settings. Enter your contact information, select Enter Walk Off Contest, and click Save.
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!

  • Beginning on Monday, May 4th: A tile will appear on the homepage of the application that will direct people to the contest landing page. Once registered, this is where you can view the real-time leaderboard!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!
    Microsoft Ignite Walk Off for a trip to the Caribbean!

The app will then track the distance you travel each day and will let you compete with other attendees. The person who walks the most each day will be placed in the Grand Prize drawing. The more days you win - the better your chances are at winning the trip!

One Microsoft Ignite attendee will win this trip - why can't it be you? Good luck and good walking!

(NOTE: The Merit Solutions Mobile application DOES NOT track or store any geographic location data of contestants.)

Will Wearables Be the Next Big Thing for the Enterprise?

It seems like something out of a science fiction movie: people wear glasses on which they can access information, and that data appears on the lens. However, it’s not something you’d have to shell out money to see on your local big screen. Smart glasses and other forms of wearable technology are real, and people are using them right now.

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Enterprise Mobility: Best Practices

Enterprise mobility enables success: remote workers can communicate in real time with each other, the supply chain can operate more smoothly, and clients have the ability to easily connect with businesses. However, these things will only take place if the company implementing enterprise mobility follows a set of best practices. Best practices are research and experience-based methodologies which has been proven to lead to optimal results.

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Enterprise Mobility: A Natural Fit for Life Sciences

Enterprise mobility has a transformative role to play in every industry. The field of life sciences is no exception. Implementing appropriate mobile technologies enables life science firms as well as healthcare practitioners to deliver the best patient outcomes to consumers. There are so many kinds of mobile technologies, though – which ones will be of greatest use?

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Taking Control of BYOD

Before the proliferation of smartphones and tablets, employees had no choice in what type of device, let alone platform, they used to do their job. The IT department made that decision for them. And if the employees didn’t like what the IT department chose, too bad.

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The Security Challenges (and Solutions) of Enterprise Mobility

For all of its benefits, enterprise mobility comes with some significant security risks. There are the physical risks of a device becoming lost or stolen. And there is the digital security threat of viruses and malware. Moreover, how does a company contend with the conundrum of storing corporate data safely on an employee-owned device? That in turn raises the question of which mobile devices are appropriate for use in the enterprise. Faced with all of these issues, it is not surprising that many businesses would rather ignore enterprise mobility altogether. However, that isn’t a good strategy, either. Enterprise mobility is now a fact of life, security risks and all. The good news is that these challenges are not insurmountable.

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