The “last mile” is a phrase used in a many industries to describe the final segment between a company and its customers. In the public utility sector it is the segment of cable or pipe that connects each individual customer to the main trunk. In the transportation sector it describes the final distance between the last distribution center and the customers’ delivery point. The “last mile” is arguably the single most important segment of any distribution system for two reasons. First, it represents the only direct link between a company and its customers and second, without the “last mile” all preceding infrastructure, systems and processes have lessor value.
Technology is constantly changing. Some technologies ride a rollercoaster of favor and fade as they seek to find their place (RFID), while others replace earlier versions (imagers for lasers), and then there are those that create a permanent place in our world (the internet). Three current technologies that appear to be creating a permanent mark on the IT landscape are “Big Data”, “Cloud Computing” and “Mobile Computing”.
Big Data as defined by SAS Institute Inc.
“Big data is a popular term used to describe the exponential growth and availability of data, both structured and unstructured. And big data may be as important to business – and society – as the Internet has become. Why? More data may lead to more accurate analyses
Smart phones and tablet computers are extending the reach of mobile computing solutions in the enterprise. There are many reasons for this including CPU performance, new operating systems choices, size and availability. However, the most obvious reason is device cost as compared to traditional ruggedized mobile computing options. While the initial acquisition cost of a consumer device is often 1/3 to ½ the price of a ruggedized device, this is only one piece of the true cost over the solution’s life. When evaluating device cost there are a number of factors that should be considered including:
Additional protective peripherals: Consumer devices are not designed to take a fall. As such, many enterprises purchase cases, holsters and other peripherals to protect the device from the elements and abuse.