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Mit der Verfügbarkeit von Microsofts Lumia 950xl Ende 2015 unternahm ich meinen zweiten Versuch, von Apples iPhone Abstand zu gewinnen. Nicht weil ich  muss, eher weil ich möchte und im Kontext einer Microsoft-nahen Beratungsfirma Microsoft-Produkte ausprobiere und mir selbst ein Bild mache (“eat your own dogfood”-style).

Nach den ersten, wenigen Wochen der Nutzung sind folgend ein paar Verbesserungsvorschläge für das Windows Phone aufgeführt, die ich aus meiner Sicht (aViewOnIt) mit hoher Priorität erwarten würde.

Entsperren des Bildschirms:

Ein geräteunabhängiges Entsperren (Wo ist der Knopf, auf welcher Seite, zum Aktivieren des Bildschirms?) über ein dreifaches Tippen auf den Bildschirm halte ich für sinnvoll und kommt der button-less Bedienung von mobilen Geräten entgegen.
Update 15.02.2016: Es scheint Gerätebedingt zu sein, da Win10 generell dieses Feature bereits vorsieht, beim 950XL jedoch  nicht vorhanden ist.

Deutsche Bahn-App:

Die Bahn-App für WinPhone ist mindestens aus 2014 (“Info über …”), eventuell auch aus 2013 (App-Startbildschirm).
In jedem Fall sollte die App auf den aktuellen Stand gebracht und mit den Features aus der iOS- und Android-Welt aktualisiert werden. Den größten Mehrwert würde im ersten Schritt eine Offline-Funktionalität für Bahn-Fahrkarten bringen.
Update – 25.02.2016: Die Win-App “bahnticket” erlaubt den offline-Download von gekauften Tickets.

Akku-Management:

Cortana und eine lange Akkulaufzeit passen nicht zusammen. Cortana ist aus diesem Grund auf meinem Windows Phone deaktiviert, so dass dieses Feature leider nicht zum Einsatz kommen kann. Bei aktiviertem Cortana kann ich einen Ladezyklus für ca. einen halben Tag verwenden. Mit ausgeschaltetem Cortana gibt es eine deutliche Verbesserung. Im Flugmodus verliert das Windows Phone über Nacht (23 – 7 Uhr) ca. 6% Akku, mit eingeschaltetem WLAN und Bluetooth gern auch über 30%, je nach Standort und Umgebung.

Automatische Helligkeit:

Das Feature “Anzeigehelligkeit automatisch anpassen” ist in dunklen Räumen meines Erachtens noch nicht sensibel genug und sollte noch etwas weiter heruntergedimmt werden können.

Lautstärkeregelung:

Leider ein No-Go, zumindest so lange ich durch den Wecker in nicht kontrollierbarer Lautstärke geweckt werde. Am Abend vorher stelle ich die Lautstärke auf 1 während ich in der Wecker-App bin, werde aber am Morgen bei 5 (von 10) Lautstärkeeinheiten geweckt.
Zusätzlich wünsche ich mir von der Standard-Wecker-App ein ansteigenden Weckerton … auch wenn Weihnachten gerade erst vorbei ist 😉

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Comment on  Without a Clear Vision | Yes & Know.

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Thanks for the article.
I like the connection set up between “Vision” and “Why”.

The “Why” most of the times is understood as a principle for getting to the root cause of whatever problem.

In this case the “Why” would get you to the real “Vision” of your enterprise / initiative.

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

Posted: 21. February 2012 in consultant, thinker
  • click link to read blog post on  BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

    blog post commented: Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:48:14 +0000

    Thanks for the good post, very wide ranged covering a lot of aspects to be considered for managing employee devices.

    I agree, Buy your own device is a good step forward, but still not the situation skilled people are seeking for. They really want to bring in their own device, and expanding the selection of available devices would be leading to “but, what about this and that device – I am missing it on the list”.
    Furthermore, all listed cons are more than valid.

    However, in case companies go for “Buy your own device” they shouldn’t allow any device. In case of low quality devices the amount of time people are not productive might be increasing due to replacing not working devices (however, there is no statistics available, yet).

    A device consultancy could be an option there:
    In order to get from a long list of potential devices to a short list of really useful devices a consultancy could help, i.e. an employee must seek consultancy from someone, who understands the employee’s job and also provides best practices. This consultant also can rate the employee’s experience and knowledge on choosing what’s best for him.

    In case of providing users with cash the company shouldn’t be too narrow-minded in terms of “loosing” money. Differences between devices or left cash over the years is rather low compared to the time spend setting up rules and money transfer mechanisms.

    VDI seems to be THE option.
    Only, a stable and fast internet connection is required, e.g. drawing a PowerPoint presentation requires bigger bandwidth than just typing emails.
    Furthermore, storage and exchange of large file information are two things to be thought through.

    Anyway, from an overall company’s perspective a preferred way of IT consumeration.

CCAS | Cloud Computing Advisory Services.

This article about the come back of integration as an important matter in regards to cloud computing reflects my thoughts from the bottom of my heart.

Integration is key … more than ever!

IT in previous times was considered as complementary entity having one task – supporting business processes, whereas today IT is rather the foundation business processes rely on.

Still business drives IT and IT follows business, however IT’s capability to integrate business processes across functions and business lines is not just a nice to have, it is a must.

Bug Driven Development

Posted: 4. September 2011 in thinker

It was fun in the project, but people were joking about why not to develop bug driven instead of applying one of many available approaches.

Could it be possible?
This is the question which for some time now keeps being resistent in my mind.
Talking about agile development, which also somehow considers wrong developments or changing requirements, bug driven development (BDD)would do the same here.

Meant not really serious though, I will philosophize a little bit further and let you know how to revolutionize the world on developing software 😉

Music from the Cloud

Posted: 20. May 2011 in thinker

Related to the previous post on Google’s Strategy it needs to be added that Apple and Amazon are on the same track offering music from the cloud very soon.
And even worse for Google it seems that Apple has some big labels signed already.

From an end user perspective one can only hope that this wont’t lead again to the rights and availability discussion.
Furthermore, the cloud itself is “international”, hence there should not be any difference between someone using the service from the US or France or Brazil.
–> that is going to be one of the tricky parts as history showed that there indeed were differences considered (e.g. Availability of YouTube videos due to legal constraints)

A Thought On Google’s Strategy

Posted: 17. May 2011 in thinker

Recalling the hype around Google during it’s start up phase and later on the critics on their missing strategy how to compete against other start ups like facebook, twitter, etc. forced Google to again think carefully about their next step in order to remain a leader in their business.

Reading several comments and watching several pre-marketing videos of Google make me think that they’ve heavily understood the Cloud idea and will come up with new stuff very soon like the “cloud computer” or the “music beta” service.
Both services enable (even force) the user to just use the cloud for what it is for … Have your data and information you need just in there and use it from everywhere.

Although, the end user will have to understand the idea and more importantly accept the changing model of data and information storage, I am convinced that this will boost the cloud idea.

Many hurdles have to be taken still like data privacy or speed of internet connection before it also could be spread out to the business environment or entirely will be used for private purposes, but in the end there is too many advantages not stopping this evolution.