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Hey, those variables don't grow on trees, y'know!

This IT shop's boss wants a new column added to a key database -- one that will hold the file-creation date for every set of customer data. Consultant's response: That's going to be a very, VERY big job.


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The top 5 mistakes enterprise devs make when building mobile apps

While many organizations have embraced the need for mobile apps to get work done or address customer needs, development efforts sometimes fail. Here's why.

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Mingis on Tech: The alphabet soup of mobile device management

Do you know your MDM from MAM and EMM? It's all about BYOD, and how companies can keep data safe while making it easier for workers to be productive with their own devices.

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WWDC 2017: Everything you need to know about Apple and AR

Now the company has announced it, I thought it would be useful to put together everything I know about Apple’s AR approach so far.

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Apple's WWDC 2017 announcements: First thoughts for the enterprise

Powerful new platforms present some opportunity, but AR will be the big show.

Just one more reason to love Mondays

It's first thing Monday morning when this bank suddenly discovers it's not receiving some mission-critical data on its primary data feed. What's gone wrong? (Or, more to the point -- what hasn't?)

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Apple has paid App Store devs over $70 billion

Apple just can't be silent about its success as it plans to expand developer opportunity at `WWDC 2017

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Why Apple’s App Store is good business for your enterprise

Apple's platforms are becoming money machines, while the company's deep commitments to training show the depth of the firm's long-term commitment to these solutions.

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Is a coding boot camp right for you?

Coding boot camps are popping up everywhere as demand for programmers grows. But with high tuition costs and a lack of proven oversight, are they worth it? 

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Twilio does speech recognition and understanding, the right way

Twilio’s CEO Jeff Lawson never wanted to do speech recognition. So what has changed?

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WWDC 2017: 10+ predictions for enterprise IT

Apple’s solutions have entered the cutting edge of enterprise IT, empowering digital transformation across some of the world’s biggest companies, so there will be huge interest in its news at WWDC 2017.

OK then, MOSTLY fine

Flashback to January 1999, when this IT pilot fish is hired by a small software company with a very specific customer base -- and no formal Y2k testing. But the owner assures fish, "It's fine."

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Programmer works up a file-transfer approach that meets some finicky requirements, and the result works so well that the engineering manager gives him a cash award. But guess who's not impressed?

Look, just think of it as unused vacation, OK?

It's the very late 20th century, and this pilot fish is called on to write the system specs for a new time clock system. Turns out the big problem isn't Y2k -- it's a 10-minute work break.

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FileMaker 16's complex simplicity echoes Apple's enterprise IT strategy

Enterprise class software doesn't need to be clumsy, complex, or annoying

Pulp...er, help fiction

Documentation pilot fish joins the development team for this new CAD product -- where he gets no notes from project leads, no design specs and no emails from developers. And then there's QA...

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Linux Foundation to develop tool for building blockchain business networks

The Linux Foundation said it has accepted Hyperledger Composer into its incubation working group and said the project should eventually help accelerate the development of smart contracts built on blockchain technology.

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Google Docs phishing scam underscores OAuth security risks

Google has stopped Wednesday’s clever email phishing scheme, but the attack may very well make a comeback.

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Career advice: Moving into DevOps

A programmer asks our Premier 100 IT Leader how to make the change.

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