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How the iPhone begat shadow IT and enterprise mobility

Today, 06:22 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

Ten years ago today, the first iPhone arrived, sporting an all-new user interface built on a multi-touch screen and a virtual keyboard that soon replaced all that had come before for mobile devices.

Combined with internet access and, later, an online app store that offered enterprise applications, the iPhone allowed workers to treat their cell phone as a more convenient, portable computer. It also meant that companies had to figure out -- quickly -- how to manage all those new iPhones.

Steve Palmucci remembers suddenly seeing new iPhones show up at work, and he  immediately worried about its lack of security and business capabilities. Nevertheless, employees seemed to love them, and made it clear they wanted to use them for work.

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Better question, but even harder to answer

Today, 06:00 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

It's the mid-1990s, and this programmer pilot fish has just been hired as a manager at a company where most employees are still learning how to use their new desktop computers.

"At best, my boss's knowledge of how to use a PC was limited to e-mail and web browsing," fish says. "My prior experience as a data analyst and Cobol programmer gave me an edge when it came to computers over all my new peers.

"One day, my boss asked me if I could create a few revenue charts for him. I replied that it wouldn't be a problem. He asked me how long it would take. I estimated it would take a couple of days.

"'A couple of days!' he cried out. 'Why so long? Can't you just push a button?'

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Mingis on Tech: What Cisco announced at Cisco Live

Yesterday, 09:31 PM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

Cisco is a company in transition as it looks to move beyond its networking roots into areas as diverse as security, mobile, the Internet of Things and the now "intent-based networking."

(That last one isn't quite as futuristic as it sounds.)

Network World's Brandon Butler has been at Cisco Live this week, keeping tabs on what the company is up to -- something that's not easy when there are 28,000 people in attendance and 1 million square feet of exhibition space. He filled in Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis on the details.

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