Burying the URL

Last week a build of Chrome got rid of the URL. It’s an exper­i­ment. How­ever unlikely bury­ing the URL is to catch on, it’ll be the time when enter­prise tech­nol­ogy goes over a cliff so high you’ll never hear Enter­prise IT’s screams. Why would Google do this? Unlike other mod­ern tech­nolo­gies that have hid­den as much com­plex­ity as pos­si­ble, web browsers […]

The Obvious Insight to Mobile Payments

Ben Thomp­son at Strat­e­ch­ery wrote a few inter­est­ing words on Mobile Pay­ments (that the NY Times sub­se­quently copied). I believe peo­ple aren’t using Mobile Wal­lets because they suck. In a world where we’re com­plain­ing about an extra click (or touch) to do some­thing in an app, how can you look at cur­rent mobile wal­lets and have any doubt about […]

Why Financial Institutions Need Automated Deployment

It’s a thing of mine… peo­ple talk about prod­ucts and their features/functionality and expect peo­ple to be able to relate those fea­tures to what mat­ters to them. Let’s use Heart­bleed as an oppor­tu­nity to under­stand a real-world appli­ca­tion of CA LISA Release Automa­tion and how it would help finan­cial insti­tu­tions be more com­pli­ant with their reg­u­la­tory envi­ron­ment. As a bonus, […]

The Bank’s True Competition Isn’t Other Banks

First Star­bucks offers dig­i­tal pay­ments, now Wal­mart is offer­ing low-cost money trans­fers. Banks aren’t only com­pet­ing with Sil­i­con Val­ley, they’re com­pet­ing with smart com­pa­nies who see a tremen­dous oppor­tu­nity. Why is it so hard for big banks to inno­vate their way out of this chaos? Don’t you think banks should do pay­ments or money trans­fers bet­ter than some­one who’s […]

Mobile Banking vs Mobile Personal Finance

For the last few days, I’ve been won­der­ing… Why are there are never any mobile bank­ing apps on any lists of top per­sonal finance apps? Here are a cou­ple of lists in no par­tic­u­lar order: Dig­i­tal Trends PC Mag Prob­a­bly because banks think of them­selves as bank­ing com­pa­nies, not per­sonal finance ones. It’s unfor­tu­nate, because there’s so much […]

Bring Your Own Software is a Misnomer

The con­sumer­iza­tion of IT is not just about bring­ing your own devices. I like to think it’s about a lot more — it’s about bring­ing your own expec­ta­tions on how to best use tech­nol­ogy to get your job done. In the future, that means that those so inclined will be able to write their own soft­ware to solve their […]