For a while now, I have been building a parallel set of thoughts which now has a permanent home here. It is a set of thoughts that live between the 140 characters of Twitter and this space which I am transitioning to more of an original thought / essay space.
This is to report that the experiment (for that is now what I realise it was) has come to an end. Continue reading →
I just wrote this as a comment on a post regarding Digital Transformation. Recently I keep writing very similar words over and over. So .... logging them here, so in future I can save my typing fingers. Do you agree with this approach ....<!--more-->
Strategy is “a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim” (I would assume a digital strategy is a subset of that) … and so to ‘avoid solving the wrong problem really well’ (to borrow from my buddy John Caswell), we need to step back and ask ourselves what the hell are we trying to do with our business anyway?
With that defined the only way you are then going to be able to implement that plan is with the people you have. So get them on board. FIRST. If they aren’t on board work out why – and act. The company is about to change – so they are about to have their cheese moved. And, as the wag would have it – if you can’t change the people – then change the people. Remember, it is likely those people that understand the processes in current use – and can provide the best road map to get from A to B. After all, you do not want that mentality that comes up with lines like “well if I was going there – I wouldn’t be starting here” …. and by now we are getting to the third leg of the stool … Technology.
In other words – any transformation – digital or otherwise – succeeds by having clarity at the outset as to what you are doing and why with an understanding of what success looks like in that ‘Future Vision’. And to get there, the three legs of the stool are People, Process and THEN Technology. (that’s why I think the words are written in that order).
It just struck me that 'contacts' is the only 'out of the box' app I use on my iPad or iPhone for what we used to call 'PDA' apps. I think that is really because I don’t use contacts on my phone and pad - it is just a synching point that feeds the information to where the real work gets done.
<p class="p1"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-6977" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ce6r45cuaaahylssss.jpg" alt="ce6r45cuaaahylssss" width="2148" height="861" />It’s April Fools Day <strong>AND</strong> Apple’s Birthday. In fact they are '40 today', so in celebration they have raised the Jolly Roger at Infinite Loop.[ <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2016/04/01/apple-hangs-pirate-flag-over-infinite-loop-on-its-40th-birthday-2/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Thanks to 9-5 Mac</a> ].</p>
For my part it seemed pertinent to highlight to share some of the highlights of how Apple (the company that nobody understands)have consistently made fools of us all. In no particular order … Continue reading →
If the rumors are anything close to true, we are about to have 3 different iPhone sizes to choose from when we buy our next iPhone.
Over in ‘iPad land we already have 3 iPad sizes – mini, standard and pro. The pro has stuff that the non pro doesn’t – size aside (at least from tomorrow – seems to be the prediction).
The iTouch is yet another device rarely talked about, but still there – in the iPod family – an iPhone without the ability to make phone calls.
Some of these choices are wifi only (iTouch), but most allow you to have a GSM connection.
And the inevitable question, as you try to work out which you need and/or should have to do what you need to do … which one ? The naming convention alone is tough enough to work out …
[ the numbers down the left are current measures of the screen size in inches ]
Here’s a new thought – as the industry tries to work out what Apple is going to call the new iPad with the ‘pro’ moniker.
Let’s call them all the ‘iConnect’ – available in 5 sizes.
4,6,8,10 and 12 – model numbers NOT screen sizes – but map to the dimensions.
All with wifi connectivity
All with or without cellular connectivity
Choice of pro – or not.
I am writing this on an iPad and will upload through my GSM link – so in some ways this iPad is already available as a ‘phone’. It even has a phone number, though I just can’t use it as a phone, because the ‘phone app’ isn’t on the iPad.
Only 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch available as Pro – they would be the devices with the smart connector on the side that allows you to connect the external keyboard. The pencil would be available to work on any of the devices.
So instead of the choice above, you now have a single iConnect product, with 5 sizes and two variations to that size (colors excepted).
Every screen size comes with WiFi – your choice to add GSM – so you can make the device available to – and of course only the 10 / 12 models are available as ‘Pro’ – that is the smart connector on the side to which you can connect your smart keyboard.
And no longer a decision as to what phone size you need to carry – or Apple needs to make.
<blockquote>The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged the US authorities to proceed with great caution in the ongoing legal process involving the Apple computer company and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), given its potentially negative ramifications for the human rights of people all over the world.</blockquote>
Much ado about nothing ? To remind you, we all know that you can brute force your iPhone and bypass your password with technology boxes that simply try every single combination until they find the magic combination. <strong>The problem is that the iPhone hacker doesn’t know if 'Erase Data' is enabled.</strong>