How to Authenticate Corporate Users on Any Device using Microsoft Azure

Web Authentication Overview Back in the day of IT, it was relatively simple to perform authentication and authorization with your corporate users. In a typical scenario, you would have your Line-of-Business (LOB) application installed on a server inside your corporate network. The application would be set to use Windows Authentication off of the organization’s Active Directory (AD) deployment...

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How Kenya Has Emerged as a Mobile Banking Leader – And Why it Matters (Part 1)

In 2009 I spent several months in rural Kenya volunteering with an independent community development non-profit, working with a small group of women engaged in a microfinance program.  To make regular savings deposits of generally 75 KSH (~$1 at the time) into the pseudo ‘bank,’ some women would travel miles, by foot and/or Matatu, to the orphanage I worked with running the program. …

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What is Responsive Design?

What is Responsive Design?

What Is Responsive Design? The age of smartphones is upon on us, and the web is transforming to accommodate them.  According to an August 2013 article by Mashable, mobile web browsing is rapidly gaining popularity.  The study found that 11.1% of all web traffic in 2012 occurred via mobile devices, and that this percentage has since increased by more than 6%.  …

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Money for Nothing – I want my ATM

It may come as a surprise to learn that the vast majority of the world’s ATMs run on Windows XP. However, by now many people are aware that on April 8th 75% of the nation’s ATM machines will be running on an operating system that is no longer maintained by its creator.…

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Modernizing Legacy Applications Through Mobilization

Introduction With renewed interest in migrating applications to the cloud, the landscape of web applications is ever changing.  Even a few years ago, checking your web-based email required refreshing the page.  Now, Google’s Gmail automatically downloads new emails behind the scenes.  Facebook instantly shows you new likes and comments in your news feed and Twitter automatically injects...

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Mobile Web Services – JSON/REST vs. XML/SOAP

As companies become more interested in exposing web services to get data to mobile apps, the question is always “what format should we use for the services?” It seems like JSON is the default most of the time lately – but larger companies often have existing investments in XML-based web services, or they’re using some enterprise web services stack, middleware, or ESB...

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