Several industries, including pharma and oil and gas, are using mobile to reinvent and transform their businesses.

Mobile applications have the potential to transform business operations and enable innovation. Some industries, however, are leading the charge. In fact, more than half of companies in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology industry as well as construction, mining, oil, and gas industry are using mobile to reinvent business processes and transform how they do business, according to a recent Red Hat mobile maturity survey.

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Four IT mandates for capturing opportunities amidst healthcare industry changes.

With extensive regulatory changes, changing business models to value-based care, unpredictable revenue and competitive challenges, the healthcare industry is undergoing an unprecedented level of mandatory transformation. To meet—or better yet, rise above—these challenges, healthcare organizations should assess their strategic goals and IT initiatives so they can capture new opportunities, innovate and increase their competitive position.

We recommend healthcare companies consider these three areas as they map this year’s strategic goals: patient outcomes and population health, doing more with less (without negatively impacting patient care), and the adoption of new business models (i.e., models that reward providers for improved patient outcomes).

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Fueling innovation with open source technologies in the oil and gas industry

When Australian oil and gas producer Santos needed to get data more quickly into the hands and minds of its users, it turned to open source. By replacing a proprietary IT infrastructure that was distributed among data servers, application servers, and application workstations across several sites with an open source solution, Santos was able to cut IT costs and create new opportunities for faster data processing and simulation capabilities. In short, the open source move set up Santos for cost-effective, high-performing IT that can stimulate innovation. You can read about it in this case study.

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It’s raining open source innovation.

Perhaps you all know that song from the seventies written by popular British composer and artist Albert Hammond: It Never Rains in Southern California. Those of us lucky enough to live in California enjoy some of the best weather on the planet with a recurring exception – we have been in a drought for the last few years with or without El Nino. But when we occasionally do get some rain… oh, but it pours!

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Here’s a checklist to start your 2016 IoT initiatives.

Check any 2016 tech prediction list and it will likely include the Internet of Things, or IoT. On those lists, you’ll probably read about smart home devices, wearable technologies, and all the smart phones and tablets we carry around—and that’s just some of the consumer stuff. There’s plenty for enterprises too. For example, IoT in supply chains can cut waste and shrinkage and improve inventory tracking and logistics, and IoT in healthcare can cut costs and improve patient health. So when it comes to IoT projects, what should enterprises be doing?

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Verticals put mobility on the front burner with increased investments in mobile app development.

Mobile strategies are becoming increasingly critical to enterprises. Oil and gas companies, for example are looking to mobile solutions to help manage their global workforce, assets, and compliance requirements. Financial services companies are responding to increased customer demand for mobile banking and other apps. The increased focus on mobility is reflected in a recent Red Hat survey on mobile maturity that indicates enterprises across industries are stepping up their mobile application development.

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