This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS – Friday 13th September 2013

Gartner takes the long view on MMS
A recent Gartner report confirms they are still wary of the nascent Managed Mobility Services (MMS) players. They are still seen as having insufficient depth in worldwide deployments of smartphones and tablets. Assessment criteria included technical and financial management, security and content management with special focus on authentication encryption and containerisation drawn from policies on access and use of corporate resources. Enterprise mobile management is still an emerging delivery field, but with a lot to prove to clients as IT departments struggle to keep pace with change.

Forrester eyeing up the challenges for mobility in business
Meanwhile Forrester have published their report on Enterprise Mobile Engagement. 74% agreed that mobile engagement was a major business priority, whilst 43% reported that creating and maintaining a wholly in-house mobile solution, integrating new architecture on different platforms was a significant challenge. Forrester believes there is good merit in using external suppliers to allow IT departments to focus on core business needs. The benefits of such trusted assignment should enable a healthier management and efficiency by taking a cross channel approach.

Do Apple’s new phones take the pip and does it herald the end of the password?
This week at WWDC Apple had few surprises for us and announced two new iPhones as expected. The first was the iPhone 5C and is last year’s iPhone 5 in a brightly coloured plastic shell, rumoured to be a cheap phone for emerging markets. But at a starting price of £469, it is surely not cheap.

Apple’s new iPhone 5S unveiled a subtle Touch ID feature to enable users to access their phone with a press of the finger. The technology has long been vaunted and follows Apple’s purchase of Authentec in 2012. However, the technology is not yet without pitfalls – gelatine in Gummi bears for example have been sufficient to spoof fingerprints and enable faking elsewhere. Also, privacy issues surrounding storage of biometric body data alarm some. However, the Fido (fast identity online) Alliance between Blackberry, Google and Paypal signal serious intent to make it happen in the future. A mix of multi-modal biometrics (iris reader + fingerprint) with more live two-factor authentication might underpin the next evolution of security.

Whether Apple has done enough here to support the next 12 months for iPhone will be an interesting waiting game.


The Smart Watches are coming
Both Sony and Samsung are betting on wearable computers to be the next commercial IT trend. With announcements of Smart Watches form both companies just weeks before Apple’s WWDC, it seems they may have been expecting Apple to join the wearable computers market, as had been heavily rumoured. The Smart Watches connect up to your Smart Phone and gives you the ability to glance at your watch to check notifications, without pulling your phone out of your pocket. The main downside to these so far is the lacklustre battery life compared to a traditional watch. If you can get used to a change in your charging habits and see the benefit of glanceable notifications at any time, then this may be the must have accessory for you.