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Apple’s CloudKit is the MBaaS Answer to AWS and Azure Cloud Services


Among the flurry of news announced during the WWDC event by Apple as part of its annual developer conference, there were over a very interesting announcement made by Apple in the cloud in a way that sounds very similar to Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services.

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Mobile Needs A Four-Tier Engagement Platform

By Ted Schadler.

Mobile is pushing aging web architectures to the brink. The three-tier architecture built for a browser-led PC world can’t flex, scale, or respond to the needs of a good mobile experience or the emerging requirements for connected products. Mobile’s volatility and velocity of change require a distributed four-tier architecture that we call an “engagement platform.” The engagement platform separates technical capabilities into four parts: client, delivery, aggregation, and services. The new requirements of modern apps will force content distribution networks, application server vendors, mobile middleware vendors, platform-as-a-service suppliers, a myriad of startups, and enterprises to coalesce around this four-tier architecture. CIOs need to start planning immediately for the migration from three tiers to four.

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Mobile Middleware: Enabling Trusted and Contextual User Experiences

By Paul Tocatlian

Today’s mobile users assume that their apps are offline-capable. They assume that their mobile apps are more context aware. They trust that any information stored locally is safeguarded. Mobile middleware solutions provide a better and faster way to develop and deploy true enterprise-grade mobile apps that enable trusted and contextual user experiences. Find out why and how.

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Is the Internet of Things strategic to the enterprise?


The data is familiar to anyone tracking the story: By 2020, IoT will be a $8.9 trillion market in 2020, with over 212 billion connected things. To put that in perspective, that’s about half the size of the entire U.S. economy, meaning that the connectedness of everything will soon be one of the world’s largest industries, even though one might say it’s nothing more than a convergence of the top pre-existing trends of smart mobility, cloud, and big data.

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The Hottest Trend in Mobile: Going Offline!


The consumer electronics industry has spent the past 20 years making everything connect wirelessly to the Internet — from PCs to TVs, cameras and speakers. So why is there now a big trend in the industry to make apps work in places where no Internet connection is available? Even Facebook this month updated its iOS app with the killer feature du jour: an offline mode.

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McDonald’s adds value to mobile payments with ordering, offers


McDonald’s has been aggressively experimenting with a variety of mobile payments strategies in different markets around the world as it looks to unlock the magic formula for delivering the kind of consumer value that will drive adoption. The Quick Mac app is notable for combining a variety of services, including ordering, payments, offers, push notifications and geolocation.

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