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Author: Brian Katz

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The Mobilecast is a podcast about mobile, mobile technology and the enterprise. While it will touch on consumer issues with mobile and also IoT, it's main focus is on all things relating to mobility in the enterprise. Brian Katz is your host and talks with startups, established companies, and enterprise IT about being mobile in today's digital world.
54 Episodes
Brian talks with Alvaro Pombo, CEO and Founder of ProntoForms, a 14 year old start-up as Alvaro likes to refer to it. They started out with web forms but they didn’t really work for mobile devices for the first 7 years. They moved into native forms and Alvaro walks Brian through a few use cases and how they can use the sensors in the mobile devices, the camera, maps etc within the native form. They start with security and it pervades the process. Alvaro walks Brian through many of the connectors that they have and how they are growing and where he expects ProntoForms to be in the next few years.Twitter: @AlvaroPombo@prontoformsWebsite:
Brian talks with Randall Makin, Co-Founder and CTO of RedEye Apps. Randall and his team set out to solve the issue of engineering data and how, as projects got bigger, it took longer to get data in the hands of people who need it. On average, every piece of data/document has 5.4 copies, so you never know which is the authoritative copy. They use a database backend to solve the problem with layered technology upon on it. The goal is to reduce the time (on average 14 minutes) to seconds to get hold of data when you need it. Data is geo-tagged, and photos can be attached to drawings and plans where they need to be. There are AR functions that can be used on-site to insure integrity of the work and then share that with the designer/architect. Randall talks about some of the new features that are coming to RedEye and some places where they may be going.Twitter: @randallmakinWebsite:
Brian talks with Rob Tiffany, technology lead for IoT at Microsoft. They start by reminiscing about the original mobile devices they both used and then Rob talks about being a submariner during the gulf war and learning to program, from how he went from OS2 to Access and lock in. They talk Window Mobile and then Rob talks about the launch of Windows Phone 7, the issues from it, and how it set the stage for Microsoft moving forward. They move to building mobile apps and then Rob talks about the book he’s written on mobile strategy. They then talk about Rob’s role as technology lead for IoT at Microsoft and how it relates to mobile.Twitter: @robtiffany
Brian talks with Nirave Gondhia from Android Authority about day 4 and really the entire Mobile World Congress experience from a consumer and tech geek point of view. Nirave starts by talking about LG’s and Samsung’s flagship devices they announced at the show. They cover some of the great things and some of the issues they may see selling the devices. They talk about the regional players that are cropping up and HTC’s Vive which Nirave thinks was amazing and he will buy himself. They mention ZTE, Huawei, and Lenovo as well as Xiaomi and talk about when is good, good enough for Android buyers. They cover smartwatches and even mention Apple and finish up with Nirave naming the biggest disappointment of the show for him..Twitter: @niraveWebsite:
Brian talks with Eric Klein of VDC research. Eric talks about technology that stood out for him during the day and entire show. Split Billing was one stand out as he saw it actually working. They then talked about how hall 8 .1 had a large amount of mobile ad companies. Security was another hot topic, especially some biometrics companies. They move on to 5g & whether it is overhyped. Eric mentions App Config and also that he’s seen some big movement on app development. Many vendors are seeing a lot more end users/enterprises walking around and asking questions.Twitter: @eakleiner
Brian talks with Nick McQuire about his thoughts on day 2 of Mobile World Congress with a specific focus on MWC and the Enterprise. Of course, the recap isn’t complete without wishing Nick Happy Birthday. They start by talking about the lack of enterprise announcements this year as opposed to last year’s MWC. Nick mentions Samsung Knox, and Google’s Android for work. Nick summarizes the big AppConfig Community announcement from VMware stage where MobileIron, Jamf, and IBM MaaS360 joined them. Nick talks about Windows 10 devices, and the trend for 2 in 1 machines and then the new HP Windows Phone for the enterprise. This turns into a discussion of fleet phones and where Windows is doing well. The discussion moves to IoT and MWC. They finish talking about the CIO panel that Nick hosted at MWC.Twitter: @nickmcquire
Brian talks with Sascha Segan from PCmag about his thoughts on Day 1 of Mobile World Congress. They start with Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance at the Samsung event and talking VR. They move to LG’s G5 and it’s capability of accepting accessories. Sascha mentions what he expects to see from Zuckerberg at his keynote at the end of day 1. They then tackle the mobile phone vendors becoming PC makers and the viability of that effort. Their conversation moves to the danger of becoming a Wall-E world with VR and then talk about the rise of regional vendors who are rising up in the mobile phone world. They finish with Sascha commenting on how nice it is that Apple isn’t winning this MWC by not showing up.Twitter: @saschasegan
Brian talks with Carolina Milanesi from Kantar Worldwide Panels about her experiences on Day 0 of Mobile World Congress. They talk about Samsung’s announcements of new phones and VR with a surprise guest. They also talk about Huawei’s new 2 in 1 convertible and the challenge that it seeks with both consumers and the enterprise. Twitter: @caro_milanesi
Brian Katz hosts a roundtable with Brett Belding, Swarna Podila, and Philippe Winthrop. They start by talking about what they expect to see at Mobile World Congress. Some things they mention are identity, IoT, wearables. new devices, and 5G. They then move to smart devices and what each one of them has in their house. They talk about some of the issues they have seen, many of which revolve around connectivity. They move to talking Windows Phone and what’s going on with Microsoft and mobile OSes and how it may change what people are using in businesses. They finish talking about user experience and the enterprise.Twitter: @Bbelding – Brett Belding@skpodila – Swarna Podila@biz_mobility – Philippe WinthropWebsites:
Brian Katz hosts a panel with Bob Egan, Jack Gold, Eric Klein, Sanjay Khanna and Ken Daniels at Menterprise Canada. They start by defining what “enterprise mobility” is. Granted, they come up with 5 different definitions and lots of disagreements but tend to mesh them together by the end of the first part of the panel. They move from technology, to people, to capabilities. From there, the second topic, “where are we in the enterprise mobile lifecycle?” The panel runs through comparisons of the Model A car, to a story about DEC. They then talk about Slack, Blackberry and Dropbox. They answer an audience question on business maturity and finish with a lightning round on their favorite phone.Twitter: @Bobegan – Bob Egan@jckgld – Jack Gold@eakleiner – Eric Klein@sanjay1- Sanjay Khanna@mobilekd – Ken DanielsWebsites: http://www.jgoldassociates.comhttp://www.sepharimgroup.com
Brian Katz talks with Sravish Sridhar, CEO and founder of Kinvey. They start with the history of how Kinvey was founded from Sravish being kicked off a couch to creating an app for moms and their goal to be the McDonalds of their space. They talk about why there is an M in front of their BaaS and Brian and Sravish yelling on a NYC street. They talk about the 5 things that make up every app and how identity is a key component to both apps and what Kinvey does. They move on to their mission of making hard things easy and the pitfalls that leads to when selling. Sravish talks about the lessons he has learnt in the last 4 years and they wrap up talking about Techstars, mentor backed entrepreneurship, and the future.Twitter: @Sravish – Sravish Sridhar@kinveyWebsites:
Brian Katz talks with Dan Bricklin, the CTO of Alpha Software. Dan is the father of the spreadsheet, as he created Visicalc. They talk about what Alpha Software is and some of the things they enable people to do. They are about allowing people who don’t know how to program to build apps that they can deploy on devices. They talk about rapid application development as Alpha Anywhere is a low code building system. They talk about Dan’s Watch Bench app for prototyping apps on the Apple watch. Brian and Dan then debate about how hard it is to develop a mobile app.Twitter: @danb – Dan BricklinWebsites:
Brian Katz talks with Maribel Lopez, Jack Gold, and Adam Stein at Menterprise Boston. Jack starts off talking about trends in mobile and the fact that BYOD is actually decreasing in the enterprise. He also talks about rapid app deployment, the faster you get an app out the bigger the advantage to the enterprise. Maribel talks about right time experiences and how you use today’s technology to build them through digital transformation. This way context means being able to act on the data you have but you need to look at it holistically to get it all to work together. Adam talks about security and how the conversation has turned to how do I inject security without changing the great user experience. This turns into a discussion of security breaches and the fact few understand where there data is. Maribel takes this and turns the conversation to apps and workflows (secure of course), and how it’s about enablement. Twitter: @MaribelLopez – Maribel Lopez@jckgld – Jack Gold@apstein2 – Adam SteinWebsites: http://www.lopezresearch.comhttp://www.jgoldassociates.com
Brian Katz talks with Brian Reed, Chief Mobility Officer of Good Technology and Brian Laughlin Technical Fellow and IT Architect of Boeing Company. Brian Laughlin talks about a capstone project that is happening in Boeing where they are using mobile to make people more efficient while on the job. Brian Reed talks about a similar example at a ship builder. Brian Katz talks about Bechtel and how they used sensors and augmented reality to become more efficient. Brian Laughlin moves the conversation to an AR patent he just received about providing differential access based upon user role. This leads to a discussion on identity and access management. The conversation moves to the FUN principle, personas and shadow IT (nee innovation) that leads to a conversation on user experience. Article on Self-interruption that Brian Laughlin cites during the mobilecast: @reed_on_the_run – Brian Reed@idr247 – Brian Laughlin
Brian talks with Nick McQuire, lead CCS Insight’s enterprise research. CCS Insight started at looking at the consumer side for years and Nick’s job is bringing that consumer work to the enterprise. They talk about Nick and CCS’ research into business app development and some of the surprises in there. They then talk about who can own app development in businesses. They move on to Mobile Centers of Excellence and whether they can succeed or fail and then Nick talks of an example where a company changed the way they approached IT. Then Brian and Nick talk about enterprises and heterogeneity of the mobile platform and does it occur. They touch on Windows Phone and Microsoft and then Nick turns the table on Brian and asks him his thoughts on Mobile in the Enterprise.Twitter: @NickMcquire
Brian talks with Dave Stafford, head of enterprise solutions at Dropbox. They discuss what it means for Dropbox to be part of the enterprise market and how they got there. Dave walks Brian through the steps of converting a personal user to a business user and they talk about some of the features that Dropbox for the enterprise brings to both the users and the administrators. They walk through what happens when a user leaves, and end up talking about Christmas lights and Brian throws down a challenge to Dave for Dropbox HQ.Twitter: @dstafford
Brian talks with Chris Perret (@mobileperret) and Jeff Enderwick (@jeff7091) from NachoCove, a productivity startup emerging from stealth. Chris and Jeff talk about how they started at Nukona and that their vision has followed to NachoCove, to help people be productive with mobile. They talk about what makes NachoCove intelligent and really helps people save time and be more efficient. NachoCove isn’t about email but communication and managing the volume of information coming at you. Website:
Brian catches up with Sanjay Poonen and John Marshall at the AirWatch Connect show in Atlanta. They talk about the changes and growth in AirWatch since being acquired by VMware. They talk about how MDM has become endpoint management and where it is going moving forward.
Brian talks with Caleb Sima (@csima) and Adam Ely (@adamely) from Bluebox Security. Bluebox has recently pivoted, or as they like to say, stayed true to their mission, applying security to the things that matter; the endpoint, which is now the app. They touch on self-defending apps and how to work in a zero trust model. They talk about their new Open Distribution model to hand out apps. They move onto wrapping and how many companies don’t do it well and how they excel with app wrapping. The three of them go on to discuss the state of Mobile and security. They then talk about how they encourage security within their own company and the fact that part of what makes Bluebox Security what it is, is that it’s still fun. They end talking about lessons learnt building a startup.Website:
Brian Katz talks with Jody Tyrus, technical architect of data security at EJ Gallo Winery. Jody was part of the team that helped bring mobile to life at Gallo. She talks about their approach; “If I can go home and do something on my PC I should be able to do it on my mobile”. They had an existing security council made up of people from everywhere (all biz units) and extended that to mobile. “We decided to personally enable devices and respect privacy.” Jody points out then when you talk to people in plain English and as an adult, it is much easier to get things done. It’s about creating partnerships with people. They talk about some of the best practices for enabling people with mobile and some lessons learnt implementing mobile. They finish with advice for women and just people who want to get into technology.Twitter: @JTyrus
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