The Bathroom Line at WWDC

WWDC bathroom line

Found via Dan Ackerman. Click the photo to see the source.

Dan Ackerman tweeted the scene above, with the text “WWDC explained in one photo”. It probably should be “Tech in one photo”. We’ve got a way to go before women are better-represented in our field.

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Where to Watch the WWDC 2013 Keynote, Where the Liveblogs Are, and Past Keynotes

where to catch wwdc

Apple’s Live Streaming the WWDC Keynote!

It’s that time of year again: Apple’s WWDC — the Worldwide Developer Conference — starts today! It kicks off with the keynote, which takes place at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific) at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Apple will be broadcasting the keynote over the web as well as via a WWDC app for Apple TVs that was pushed out last night.

wwdc 2013 - click here to watch the keynote

WWDC Liveblogging

If you want commentary or are in a low-bandwidth situation, the following outlets will be liveblogging the WWDC keynote:

If you’re looking for predictions of what will be announced at WWDC, I’ll direct you to John Gruber over at Daring Fireball’s WWDC 2013 Expectations post. He tends to be more right than wrong about this sort of thing, which is why I like to jokingly call him “Apple’s Freelance PR Guy”.

Past WWDC Keynotes

past wwdc keynotes

For those of you who want to check out some WWDC keynote history, this is for you. Here’s the keynote from WWDC 2005, which introduced the switch to Intel processors:

…the original iPhone announcement in 2007…

…the iPhone 3G and App Store announcement in 2008…

…the iPhone 3GS and Snow Leopard announcements in 2009…

…the iPhone 4 and iOS 4 in 2010…

…iOS 5 and Lion in 2011…

…and last year, there was iOS 6 and Mountain Lion:

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BYOD Roundup: People are Smuggling Their Own Devices, Two-Thirds of Companies Lack a BYOD Policy

SYOD Happens

syod - smuggle your own deviceAt my consultancy, CTS, we sometimes use the term “SYOD” — short for “Smuggle Your Own Device” — to refer to situations where people bring in their smartphones and tablets to access corporate resources at work without their IT department’s knowledge or approval.

SYOD happens often enough that CTOs and CIOs should take notice. According to the results of IT-and-telecom analyst firm Ovum’s 2013 BYOX (Bring Your Own Anything) Employee Study:

  • Nearly 70% of employees who own a smartphone or tablet use it to access corporate data.
  • Of those employees:
    • A little more than 15% access that data without the IT department’s knowledge.
    • Almost 21% access that data in defiance of an anti-BYOD policy.

The study makes use of the responses of 4,371 people coming from 19 countries and working in a “wide range of verticals and job roles” at organizations with over 50 employees.

Ovum’s recommendation (as well as mine) is to respond and adapt to this new behaviour. Ovum Analyst Richard Absalom is right when he says:

“Trying to stand in the path of consumerized mobility is likely to be a damaging and futile exercise. We believe businesses are better served by exploiting this behaviour to increase employee engagement and productivity, and promote the benefits of enterprise mobility.

Nearly Two-Thirds of Companies Lack a BYOD Policy, Say Cisco and BT

company byod policy

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ZDNet reports that over the next few weeks, Cisco and BT will share the results of their survey of 2,200 office workers from 13 countries and 9 business verticals. Some interesting numbers from this survey include:

  • Only 36% of companies have a BYOD policy in place, with 43% planning to have one sometime in the next two years.
  • One-third of companies have already experienced a security breach resulting from an SYOD device.
  • 49% of organizations have not adopted BYOD because of security concerns.
  • 82% of businesses with BYOD policies say they have dealt with security risks arising from personal devices being used for work.
  • 84% of IT managers say that having a BYOD policy could offer “a competitive advantage in the marketplace”.

byod policy

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This Photo Reminds Me of the Outcomes of Nearly Every Agile Project I’ve Heard About Lately

agile pool painting

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Yes, I’ve seen and heard about successful agile projects, but the ones that friends and colleagues have told me about lately have ended up like the photo above.


State of the Mobile Device Nation in June 2013

comScore’s Smartphone Market Numbers for the End of April 2013

comScore have published their numbers on smartphone market share for the end of April 2013, but for some reason, they decided to publish only tables and not graphs. I’ve always been of the mind that nothing helps you get a better handle on numbers like some pictures, so I picked up comScore’s slack and made my own.

First, the graph of smartphone platform market share:

april 2013 smartphone platform market share

It clearly shows the Apple/Google duopoly still going strong, as well as the BlackBerry/Windows Phone struggle for distant third place. comScore’s numbers indicate that BlackBerry is currently winning that struggle, which is at odds with IDC’s recent report that Windows Phone is overtaking BlackBerry.

For those of you who like diving into the details, here are the numbers behind the graph:

Platform Share of smartphone subscribers
End of Jan 2013
Share of smartphone subscribers
End of Apr 2013
Google 52.3% 52.0% -0.3%
Apple 37.8% 39.2% +1.4%
BlackBerry 5.9% 5.1% -0.8%
Microsoft 3.1% 3.0% -0.1%
Symbian 0.5% 0.5% 0.0%

Here’s my other graph, showing smartphone OEM market share:

april 2013 smartphone oem market share

Apple and Samsung are the biggest OEM players, with HTC, Motorola and LG in a three-way tie for third place. Once again for the completists, here are the numbers behind the graph:

OEM Share of smartphone subscribers
End of Jan 2013
Share of smartphone subscribers
End of Apr 2013
Apple 37.8% 39.2% +1.4%
Samsung 21.4% 22.0% +0.6%
HTC 9.7% 8.9% -0.8%
Motorola 8.6% 8.3% -0.3%
LG 7.0% 6.7% -0.3%

Pew Internet: 56% of American Adults Own Smartphones

The Pew Internet and American Life Project have been tracking smartphone adoption for some time, and they report that the majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind, with 56% of U.S. adults owning one as of May 2013. At the same time, the numbers of U.S. adults who own non-smartphone cellular phones and who don’t own a cellular phone at all have been steadily dropping:

us adult smartphone ownership 2011 - 2013

The folks at Pew have sliced and diced their numbers in numerous ways — be sure to check out their article for the full details.

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