Stories by Elisabeth Horwitt

  • How to Craft a Mobile-Application Strategy

    Timing is essential to the success of a mobile application. Just ask Richard Peltz, CIO of <a href="%20http://www.cio.com/cio100/detail/2159">Marcus and Millichap</a>, a $13.5 billion commercial real estate investment services firm. In January 2010, when the commercial real estate market was starting to emerge from a two-year slump, the company began looking for ways to increase brand awareness and exposure for its 1,200 agents nationwide. Peltz came up with the idea of providing searchable profiles of agents and loan originators on the company's website, which clients could access with their iPhones or Android smartphones.

  • Catching up with mobile security threats

    Development of enterprise mobile apps has been moving more slowly than development of consumer-facing apps, according to Gartner. One main reason is IT leaders' concerns about the security of mobile devices, which are often employees' personal devices, and are vulnerable to being lost, hacked or stolen. While there are plenty of established tools and practices for keeping Web visitors from straying (or hacking) into sensitive corporate data, managing security across a diverse set of mobile devices remains a challenge, IT experts say.

  • VPNs build momentum

    Their cost effectiveness appeals to corporate managers. Their novelty and technological sophistication add an aura of sexiness to them. And some industry analysts predict they will take over the remote access and WAN markets. They are the VPNs.