New Jump Start for Developers! Build Windows Phone 8 Apps. Register Now.

Andy and Rob

Microsoft Learning is thrilled to announce a new Jump Start for developers focused on building apps for Windows Phone 8. This special live online course is scheduled for two full days of fast-paced, demo-rich sessions led by Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Andy Wigley, and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Strategist, Rob Tiffany. Andy and Rob are two of the most respected experts … Read more

Human Table Scan

VB Grid

HTS (Human Table Scan) Definition:  When an employee has to manually search an entire list or grid of data because the mobile app doesn’t provide any filtering or search capabilities. You’re probably thinking the advent of the ‘magnifying glass’ icon put an end to the unproductive process of visually scanning and endlessly scrolling unfiltered lists of data in your mobile … Read more

Building Microsoft MEAP: Introduction

MEAP

After years of showing you how to integrate the principles of Gartner MEAP into your organization’s mobile strategy, it’s now time for me to show you how to roll up your sleeves and actually build the Microsoft Mobile Enterprise Application Platform. I’ve travelled all over the world assisting Chief Information Officers in the development of their end-to-end mobile … Read more

Human Extract, Transform, and Load

HETL (Human Extract, Transform, and Load) Definition:  When an employee in the field captures data with a pen or pencil & paper, drives back to the office at the end of the workday, and manually transcribes the data into a back-end computer system. You’re probably thinking this is an antiquated phenomenon that disappeared decades ago with the advent of … Read more

Where are we now with HTML5?

HTML5

HTML5 has made a lot of progress in the mobile space over the last few years. Take a look at the latest report from the French analyst house faberNovel, on HTML5 and how to rethink web strategy: Sharing my knowledge and helping others never stops, so connect with me on my blog at https://robtiffany.com , follow me on Twitter … Read more

Windows Mobile Provisioner

Mobile Provisioner: Data Connections

In the Spring of 2006, I created a Mobile Device Management (MDM) package for Microsoft called Windows Mobile Provisioner.  It was used by Microsoft IT (MSIT) to rapidly provision and manage Windows Mobile devices / smartphones for our employees in the years before we developed and shipped System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008.  I drew on my … Read more

The Meek Shall in Inherit the Smartphone World

Like the PC’s domination over Macs in decades past, low-cost devices for the masses will win the global smartphone war.  It won’t even be close. Most of the world population has to buy their device first, without the luxury of carrier subsidies.  This means devices with a lower hardware and software BOM cost will have the … Read more

Building your BYOD Baseline: Trust

Smartphones

Let’s talk about trust. So far, my BYOD guidance has been to give your employees a lot of value without allowing their devices to access your internal corporate network.  Frankly, the ability to trust any mobile device inside the firewall is a hard sell for security folks.  The closest I’ve ever seen was encrypted Windows Mobile … Read more

Confronting the Consumerization of IT with Microsoft MEAP

Microsoft MEAP

CIOs are asking for help in confronting the tidal wave of mobile devices entering the enterprise and IT departments have raised the white flag as attempts to block consumer-focused smartphones and tablets have failed. The Consumerization of IT has been a growing trend fueled by cloud-delivered services and compelling mobile devices with wireless capabilities.  This … Read more

SQL Server Compact 4.0 Lands on the Web

SQL Server

With the new version 4.0, the little-database-that-could has grown up into a powerful server database ready to take on the web.

Reducing SQL Server Sync I/O Contention :: Tip 3

Primary Key

Uniqueness is a key factor when synchronizing data between SQL Server/Azure and multiple endpoints like Slates and Smartphones. With data simultaneously created and updated on servers and clients, ensuring rows are unique to avoid key collisions is critical. As you know, each row is uniquely identified by its Primary Key.

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Network Awareness

Phone 6

By now, you’ve heard me talk a lot about the role wireless data networks play when it comes to the success of your mobile application. They are unreliable, intermittent, highly latent and often slower than they should be due to overtaxed cellular towers and congested backhaul networks.  Hopefully, you’ve built an app that tackles those … Read more

Ray Ozzie sees the Dawn of a New Day for Microsoft

Ray Ozzie

Five years after Ray Ozzie penned The Internet Services Disruption, he reflects on Microsoft’s move to the cloud. While he’s most proud of Windows Azure and SQL Azure, he also gives our competitors their due by mentioning that they have out-executed us when it comes to mobile experiences.  He harps on the subject of how … Read more