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End-to-end insight into the enterprise mobility lifecycle

​More and more consumers have embraced mobility – not just by buying smartphones and tablets but by using mobile applications across different aspects of their lives. We book restaurant reservations, order groceries and clothing, submit insurance claims, book event tickets, access our healthcare records and so much more all with our mobile devices.These mobile adapters are expecting mobility. Anything less will simply not cut it. We all know that if a company cannot meet demand then it risks losing customers to competition… but we can't forget about the mobility needs and demands of its internal employees as well. These expectations are in fact an opportunity for enterprises to seize. You've likely read a lot about mobility in terms of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) or wireless infrastructure, but it's so much more than that. While your organization may already have an end-goal in mind – for example, improve wireless infrastructure or provide better mobility tools for internal users or end-users – in order to plan an optimal mobility journey, you must first explore the mobility lifecycle. 

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Rise of mobile application development platforms

Consumer mobile applications are currently driving most of the experiences and expectations behind mobility. Users want a great application experience with seamless usability and speedy load times, as well as rapid release of new features and updates on a regular basis. The same expectations are placed on enterprises when they release mobile applications, either for use internally or as a service to develop applications for others. Mobile application development platforms (MADP) are currently on the rise to help application creators meet these demands. MADP is software that enables companies to quickly build, test and deploy applications on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.

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Avnet bloggers share their 2017 IT New Year’s Resolutions

It’s been a running gag on the internet that 2016 has been a trying year; thankfully it’s over and 2017 is upon us. Last year we recommended some New Year’s Resolutions to help slim and trim your IT environment – this year we opened it up to some of our regular blogger and asked them one question: What is your 2017 IT New Year’s Resolution?  Tim Camper, Sales Director "My 2017 IT New Year's Resolution is to avoid creating any more three-letter acronyms. I appreciate when things are easy to remember and acronyms do help my team and me to talk or write about products or solutions, but sometimes having all this lingo can be too much 'IT speak' and can get confusing."  Alisha Robinson, Demand Creation Specialist "My 2017 IT Resolution is to be more involved on social media. Specifically, I want to learn how to meme and hashtag with the best of them!" 

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3 tweaks to system health monitoring can improve your mobile application performance

​Mobile applications operate much like human organs.  What do I mean by that?  Well, your mobile application's success is dependent on the holistic system health, or the overall health of the support system on which it depends. Much like the failure of a single organ in a human body can trigger other organ systems to struggle or fail, a problem or failure in any of the backend support systems (software or infrastructure-based) can cause an otherwise perfectly functional application to stop working effectively. It's easy to forget that a mobile application doesn't exist in isolation. It's enabled by supporting services and infrastructure which provide it with the capability to execute the functions for which it was designed. A mobile application may share database services, other application services, backend network to fetch data, web servers and other components of a larger system that deliver discrete or complex business functions. Therefore, holistic system health is critical to its performance.

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4 small DevOps wins that can lead to big gains

​Implementing a DevOps model does not mean wiping the slate clean of each team’s independent challenges and objectives, but rather, leveraging existing processes and understanding different roles in order to support the scalability and agility needed to stay competitive. Different teams have different​​ concerns. While developmental teams are driven by user needs for frequent delivery of new features, operations teams focus on availability, stability of IT services and cost efficiency. Automation and integration can address both developmental and operational needs, and since it’s likely you already have the tools you need in-house, knowing how to use them collectively goes a long way in optimizing your investments and processes. Here are 4 small wins that can pave the way for an integrated IT environment that’s fueled by DevOps.

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