Late last month Samsung announced version 2.0 of its secure Android platform known as KNOX. The move coincided with Apple's improvements to enterprise management of iOS devices. With both companies gunning for enterprise market, here's a look at how the platforms compare across 15 different areas of enterprise security and management.
The three social-mobile apps that inspired Marc Benioff to revamp Salesforce
Salesforce's big announcement from Dreamforce is Salesforce1, a new platform that's meant to unify its previous platforms and cater to the rapidly mobilizing workforce. But some of the company's inspiration came from a very different place -- the mobile consumer apps LINE, Facebook, and Twitter.
CEO Marc Benioff explained that Salesforce's "phone first" initiative started about two years ago, then "hit the wall" because they didn't have enough APIs. But as the company began building the new APIs necessary to get data out of Salesforce systems and into mobile apps, he also began looking at consumer apps for inspiration.
The first one was LINE, a social messaging app that started in Japan and has expanded internationally, now reaching more than 200 million customers. Much as Facebook did on the desktop, LINE has expanded beyond pure messaging and enabled applications like games.
"I've been so impressed with the mobile technology I've seen all over the world, but especially impressed by Naver's product, LINE. When I saw LINE for the first time, when I saw how they were doing publisher, how they were doing UI, I said 'this has to be a vision for usability.' Their vision of a publisher, if we could incorporate that into our product, but in the way they're selling modules on a consumer basis, we want to bring those ISV's into LINE."
He continued, "Facebook's mobile app is world class, it transformed my use of Facebook on the phone. The way they've used the left-hand nav, they way they're evolving it at bottom of the screen, it's awesome. How can we use that to increase our usability?"
Number three? "The last one, very important, we looked at Twitter. The idea of feed-first, [presenting information in a] super-simple, super straightforward way."
Benioff continued by explaining that the company had secretly moved Chatter to the Salesforce1 platform over the last year, and was beta testing it by releasing new versions of the app in the App Store without telling customers that the back-end platform had been changed. The result? A bunch of new five-star reviews, said Benioff.
Tipbit this morning announced new funding, to the tune of $4 million led by Ignition Partners, with plans to add features and boost usage of the app. It's one of many companies, large and small, working on ways to help users combat email overload.
Cisco hopes to drive more use of video conferencing products in meeting rooms -- it said only 7 percent of meeting rooms in the world have video conferencing -- by learning from consumer markets. New products and services aim to make the products cheaper and easier to use. They'll also tie in products like phones and tablets that most people have with them during meetings.