Weekly recap: Best smartphones, warning signs of bad architecture, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on the best smartphones, ERP systems, signs of bad architecture, and more. I hope you find them useful:

Does ERP still make sense in 2012?
If your company still uses an ERP system, this article gives some great advice. While your aging ERP may not offer all of the capabilities you want, replacing it with a new system is usually prohibitively expensive and time consuming. Instead, find tools that will let you customize and extend your existing ERP, like this company did.

20 best phones in the world today
Smartphones are becoming more and more powerful, and quickly taking over many business functions previously requiring a PC or laptop. It almost seems like there’s a newer and better smartphone released every week. With the seemingly constant stream of new and better phones, how can you know which one is best for your business needs? The above article gives you a good place to start.

Obama orders agencies to shift services to mobile apps
While this is certainly a move in the right direction, I wonder how these agencies will approach this project. Will they take the (more expensive and time-consuming) native app approach? Or, will they take the (simpler and more logical) mobile web app approach? When you compare both approaches, the latter simply makes better business sense.

9 warning signs of bad IT architecture
Bad architecture is a widespread, but nearly invisible business problem. How do you know if your business apps are running on a faulty foundation? Look for the warning signs listed in this article.

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