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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Finding the Creative Spark

The Chicago Tech Summit was a one-day conference as part of Chicago Ideas Week that focused on sharing leading trends in entrepreneurship, web, design, data and innovation.  The day was spent with executives from GE, Etsy, Quirky, IDEO, Myspace, Lulu, Groupon, PayPal and Girls Who Code, among others, learning about their experiences and industry best practices. …

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Mobile Architecture Best Practices

When developing mobile apps, there are a number of key challenges where architecture and design are fundamentally different from that of a typical enterprise application. Careful consideration should be given to these mobile architecture issues early in the development process in order to mitigate the downstream impact of poor architectural decisions.…

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Healthcare.gov: A Flawed Rollout but a Familiar Story

Tuesday morning on my way to the office, I saw this headline at the top of the front page of the Wall Street Journal: “Obama Admits Health Website Flaws“. If you read the article or scan related news about Healthcare.gov, you’ll notice a variety of reported issues. One sentence stood out as a personal reminder of some painful experiences: “the decision to require all...

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The “Hot Sauce” Dilemma: A consultant’s cautionary tale of requirements gathering

Let’s set the scene – It’s 11:53 AM. Lunch has been coordinated (Chipotle… Yes!). The team is crouched over their computers, their stomachs grumbling for chips and gauc in the windowless client conference room. Everyone furiously answers emails, reviews business requirements documents, and creates this week’s status reports. I volunteer to pick-up the order – you can’t beat the fresh air and...

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A Shoppers Paradise, or Paradox?

There’s a widening gap between where digital technology is leading us and what many retail consumers are psychologically prepared for. On one hand, having our favorite brands recommend products, or allowing us to flow effortlessly between physical stores and online sites, or providing personalized offers, is preferred if not required to stay relevant.…

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