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A recent VMWare report has revealed that companies are beginning the business mobility transformation, shifting at least one core business process to the mobile paradigm.

This was one of the key findings of the new VMware 2015 State of Business Mobility Report, a global survey of business decision makers and IT practitioners that examines the worldwide progress in transitioning from the client-server era to the mobile-cloud era. The report concluded that, to support this shift, the organisations surveyed are upgrading infrastructure, introducing customer-facing mobile apps and reprocessing mission-critical applications for mobile employees.

Mobility and the shift to the mobile-cloud era are among the most transformational trends in business today. With the potential to affect many employees, customers and business interactions, mobility can empower organisations to be more competitive and successful. While CIOs rank mobility as one of their highest priorities, businesses today are in varying stages of maturity when it comes to mobility, according to the VMware 2015 State of Business Mobility Report.

The report found a distinct separation between organisations that have executed business mobility initiatives and those that have not yet shifted business processes to a mobile structure. Of the 1,182 respondents, only 20 percent of companies have executed business mobility initiatives, transforming at least one core business process to a mobile model. These organisations said they have updated infrastructure, invested in mobile devices and rebuilt or reengineered applications that take advantage of mobility to make the business more competitive.

While many companies have not currently embraced the mobile model, the data showed many organisations are earnestly working to achieve business mobility, as nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of respondents have completed or are actively re-engineering a core business process to a mobile model within the next 12 months. To achieve these strategy goals, organisations said they are making key investments spanning infrastructure, applications and process alignment. More specifically, these organisations said they are upgrading infrastructure to support a mobile business model, (77 percent), introducing new mobile customer-facing apps (70 percent) and rebuilding or reengineering mission critical applications for mobile employees (69 percent) today or within the next 12 months.

Business mobility initiatives are driving a range of strategic results for global organisations. As companies shift applications and data to a mobile platform, increased security remains a most critical priority (55 percent), along with disaster recovery to protect IP (32 percent). At the same time, improving workforce effectiveness – beyond just simple employee productivity – is essential (34 percent), along with creating an improved user experience that keeps pace with the environment users are experiencing in their consumer lives (31 percent).

The investment in business mobility software can pay off, as the report found ROI averages of 150 percent. These businesses see increased benefits compared to those who have not executed business mobility, including the ability to more rapidly bring new revenue streams online (51 percent vs. 16 percent), cost of lost business opportunity (-44 percent vs. -22 percent) and user access to mission-critical apps (47 percent vs. 32 percent).

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro matches camera benchmark record

A benchmark by DxOMark sees the triple-cam handset tie with the P20 Pro for best smartphone camera on the market.

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has come out top in a camera benchmark test that assesses all aspects of smartphone camera performance.

DxOMark, which conducts rigorous hardware testing and is trusted as an industry standard for image quality measurements, has just released the results of its in-depth analysis of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone camera. 

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest top-end device. Building on the P20 Pro’s camera technology, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a Leica-branded triple-camera setup, but swaps its stable-mate’s monochrome camera for a super-wide-angle module, offering a 35mm-equivalent focal length range from 16 to 80mm—the widest of all current smartphone cameras.

The handset is in direct competition with the Apple iPhone XS Max, the Google Pixel 3 XL, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, among other. How does it fare?

“With a total photo score of 114, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro ties the record-setting score of its cousin, the P20 Pro,” says DxOMark. “The overall Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of its performance under different lighting conditions.”

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro achieves a photo score of 114 points. In stills mode, the Mate 20 Pro’s triple camera captures images with good target exposure and a wide dynamic range, recording both good highlight and shadow detail even in difficult high-contrast situations. Noise levels are well under control down to low light levels, and the camera’s white balance system and colour rendering settings produce a pleasant colour response in almost all circumstances.

At 97 points, the Mate 20 Pro is very close to the best for video as well, thanks to a fast and smooth autofocus system with good tracking performance, accurate white balance as well as pleasant colour rendering, and low levels of noise, especially in bright shooting conditions. Our testers also liked the exposure system’s ability to adapt quickly and smoothly to changes in illumination.

It was not all good news. DxOMark also had some criticism for the device.

Click here to read about the drawbacks of the Mate 20 Pro camera, and other positives.

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Dakar Rally

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The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, Peru, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the first petrol-powered car to win the Dakar in the South-American era.

The Qatari driver ensured his French navigator, who turned 43 years old on Thursday, 17 January, received a great birthday present, when the pair arrived at the final time control of Dakar 2019 with teammates Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in close formation. The two Toyota Hilux crews completed the entire stage together, as De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz waited nearly 55 minutes for the leaders to start the stage, in order to shadow them to the finish.

The emotions bubbled over for Team Principal Glyn Hall, who found himself without words as his two crews drove into the media area after the time control. “This victory was long overdue,” he finally managed, before being swamped in a sea of well-wishers.

The winning driver, however, was much more vocal: “We are so happy to win the Dakar – not only for ourselves, but also for Toyota and the entire Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team. Everyone has worked so hard for so long, and really deserve this. Thank you for letting us drive this car.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA led Dakar 2019 from the first to the last stage, with Al Attiyah/Baumel drawing first blood, before handing the mantle to De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz during stage 2. But then a disastrous Stage 3 saw the Qatari retake the lead – a lead he didn’t relinquish despite some of the toughest stages yet seen on any South-American Dakar.

“When we first heard that the rally was going to take place only in one country, we were skeptical,” said Hall after regaining composure. “But the organisers made sure that this year’s race will long be remembered as one of the toughest tests in the last decade.”

Al Attiyah / Baumel’s victory at Dakar 2019 means that Toyota Gazoo Racing has now won both of the world’s toughest automotive races – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the DakarRally.

Click here to read Glyn Hall’s comment on winning the Dakar Rally, as well as the rankings.

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