What I found interesting this week (#8)

6 Blockchain appli­ca­tions other than bit­coin. It’s a great list! Top 50 emerg­ing Euro­pean Fin­Tech com­pa­nies. Another huge health­care hack exposes patient infor­ma­tion while Reuters reveals Apple HealthKit progress. $560M for 2 apps: bril­liant or desperate?

What I found interesting this week (#7)

Mobile in the enter­prise: Can iOS become stan­dard? Best arti­cle ever if you care about deploy­ing SaaS. Slack teaches us how. A US Pay­ment Sys­tem update will bring US pay­ments into the dig­i­tal age. Trans­parency dri­ves the need for authen­tic­ity or bad things hap­pen. A few examples.

The future of mobile leaves many companies bewildered

Ana­lyst Ben Bajarin dis­cusses a “PC bias” that west­ern coun­tries have. The future of mobile is dif­fer­ent in many impor­tant ways from PC based sys­tems. In my expe­ri­ence, most com­pa­nies don’t under­stand the dif­fer­ences and are using PC-templates to mea­sure and plan their mobile strate­gies. It’s not going to end well.

What I found interesting this week (#5)

For Apple, Prime­Sense is the next key dif­fer­en­tia­tor after Authen­Tec (TouchID). Good stats on mobile apps in the enter­prise (did you know that only 37% of tablet apps are deployed to all employ­ees). More great links to help under­stand Blockchains. More from me on DevOps, and design­ing for experience.

Designing for experience

Design­ing for peo­ple is crit­i­cal in the Appli­ca­tion Econ­omy but we don’t really know how to do this as an indus­try just yet. Mar­keters & devel­op­ers need a com­mon way to com­mu­ni­cate busi­ness val­ues, risks, or capa­bil­i­ties; a com­mu­ni­ca­tion that’s crit­i­cal to nail­ing the expe­ri­ence. I pro­pose a method­ol­ogy using Apple’s part­ner­ship with IBM as a lens to view the gap.