David Akka

David Akka is Managing Director at Magic Software Enterprises UK. David is a successful executive manager with a proven track record as a general manager with a strong background in sales, marketing, business development and operations. Past experience in technology and service delivery include both UK and European responsibilities.

The End Of The User Interface As We Know It

In recent months there has been an ongoing debate over which is more important in mobile apps: user interface (UI) or user experience (UX). Mobile apps have been influenced by gaming, which has placed a premium on graphical quality, yet the overall experience including back-end performance and connectivity is important too. This got me to thinking, with the emerging market of wearable devices, whi...

How To Manage The Holiday Data Deluge

Enterprises are gearing up for online sales during the 2014 Holiday season. According to an article in the Daily Mail, 82% of British internet users regularly shop online, the highest rate among the 28 EU member states. In 2013, one in three online sales in the UK took place via mobile devices. And with an estimated 70% of UK consumers now owning smartphones, m-commerce is also on the rise. Howeve...

Generation Y And Workplace Transformation

I recently attended the Computing Enterprise Mobility Summit in London and among several interesting speakers was Intel’s thought leader Jim Henrys. Jim spoke on workplace transformation and providing a workplace that would attract Generation Y recruits. While much of Jim’s presentation was interesting, insightful and spot on, his observations on Generation Y didn’t match the real-world experience...

Lotus Notes Is Not Dead Yet

It’s well known that most users do not have the fondest regards for Lotus Notes due to its unfriendly and unintuitive interface. In fact, this might also be one reason that IBM recently retired the Lotus brand. However, despite this commonly-held sentiment, CIOs might be very surprised to learn that ripping out Notes can be a career-killer. Notes is far more than just an email client. It is used f...

3 Reasons Why Warehousing Needs Mobile And The Internet Of Things

I’ve written several blogs on how new mobile technologies, Big Data and the emerging Internet of Things are changing how we work, and today I’d like to discuss three specific challenges faced by the warehousing and self-storage industry. 1. Easier Customer Engagement & Sales The rise of mobile-first computing provides an array of opportunities to engage with the customer both more frequently a...

The Internet Of Things: What It Means For Business

The Internet of Things (IoT) is hardly a new concept; we have been waiting for it to become reality since Kevin Ashton first proposed the concept back in 1999, but it has always seemed “just a few more years” away, like hydrogen cars or fusion power. That’s all changed, and connected smart devices are becoming common sights, from connected smoke alarms to personal fitness trackers and smart TVs. O...

What Microsoft Should Do Next

I just returned from New York, and it was clear that Microsoft, Apple, Google and Amazon are gearing up for their holiday season sales, and of course this was the weekend before Black Friday, so there was clear pressure to get customers into stores by showcasing the most exciting new technology. Their prospective customers were presented with a clear proposition around products, clearly saying, “h...

Why We Need A Multi-Channel Mobile Strategy

With the continuing rise of mobile devices in the enterprise, it’s easy to focus on building apps or a website that allows users of mobile devices to access their important corporate processes. The problem is that businesses get stuck between the rock of “one size fits all”, and the hard place of having to develop separately for each device of ecosystem. What’s needed is a multi-channel approach, ...

4 Reasons In-Memory Data Grids Are A Must-Have For Enterprise Integration

In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG) computing is increasingly used by enterprises to deliver fast, robust compute capability across the organisation. Having previously only been used by large companies such as financial institutions and internet giants, the cost of the technology has now reduced to the point that it should underpin your business application integration. Why? IMDGs offer seamless clustering...

The State Of Tablets In Business

Regular readers will know that I strongly believe the mobile enterprise is the future, and I believe tablets could become the primary work computing device. It’s not there yet, but it certainly looks like ultra-mobile devices in the 7- to 12-inch range are becoming very popular among an increasingly mobile and BYOD-enabled workforce. The Challenges To Tablet Adoption It’s clear why smartphone usag...

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