|By Business Wire||
|March 13, 2014 09:05 AM EDT||
Fidelity Investments® announced today it is bringing its award-winning1 workplace benefits experience, NetBenefits®, to the hands of iPad® and iPad Mini® mobile tablet users. Fidelity is a leader in offering innovative smartphone features, such as trading, research, money management, and portfolio views – both for individuals and workplace benefits plan participants. After the successful 2013 launch of the company’s NetBenefits Smartphone App – which has received more than 825,000 downloads2 – the company is now expanding its capabilities for the workplace by launching a tablet app designed for today’s increasingly mobile workforce.
Consumer demand for tablets is driving incredible adoption of the devices, far outpacing the interest in traditional personal computers. Combining this adoption with the number of employees who do not have access to keyboards and screens at their workplace – such as those at retail stores, on manufacturing floors, in health care environments and classrooms – makes it all the more important to build new capabilities that meet today’s evolving marketplace.
“In creating this app, we focused on how people interact with tablets, which we find is frequently in an interactive, two-way experience,” said Charles Berman, senior vice president of digital platforms at Fidelity Investments. “Tablets are becoming the device of choice when people want to utilize services, play games, schedule trips, read books and share memories. Apps today must meet peoples’ expectations while delivering an entertaining and fulfilling experience. Our new NetBenefits tablet app does exactly that.”
Fidelity’s new app joins the company’s existing mobile applications to ensure all participants have access to its benefits plan over the device of their choice. The company will extend its NetBenefits mobile experience to additional platforms in 2014.
New Capabilities Designed Specifically for the Tablet Customer
As part of Fidelity’s workplace guidance experience, Plan for Life, the iPad app brings to the forefront innovative new features such as:
- An engaging peer comparison capability enables people to evaluate aspects of their portfolio – savings rate, account balance and rate of return – in relation to people in similar cohorts, such as age or region.
- Broader access to Fidelity’s NetBenefits Library, a one-stop, easy-to-use destination for educational guidance about a person’s employee benefits, from retirement plans to health savings accounts. The Library includes financial and health care content – videos, podcasts, workshops, tools and articles – and filters for faster searching.
- Enhanced data visualization of a participant’s investment account portfolio, contribution rate, balance and personal rate of return, specifically designed for the tablet environment.
Hundreds of In-Person Interviews Helped Shape the New App
Fidelity’s User Experience Design (UXD) team performed more than 600 in-person customer interviews over 10 months to seek direct feedback on the evolving app design3. The team utilized an agile design process that took place in both technical environments and consumer-friendly labs. Color schemes, user instructions, and functionality, such as swipe and tap locations, were tested and retested with iterative feedback directing changes in real-time. The result is an app designed in partnership with the people who will use it most.
“These new capabilities together with our agile design continue Fidelity’s digital transformation journey, reinforcing how its customers benefit from the latest advances in technology, mobile access and intuitive thinking,” said Berman.
During 2014 more enhancements will complement these capabilities and those recently announced, such as Easy Enroll, a patent pending offering that simplifies the enrollment process by allowing employees to join their workplace savings plan with just a few taps on their tablet or device. This and other new technologies help to ensure our participants have the richest mobile experience possible at their fingertips.
App Now Available to Millions of Retirement Plan Participants
The new NetBenefits for iPad app is now available to Fidelity’s 16.6 million workplace plan participants and may be downloaded for free from the App StoreSM (www.itunes.com/appstore).
About Fidelity Investments
Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $4.5 trillion, including managed assets of $1.9 trillion, as of January 31, 2014. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com.
Investing involves risk, including risk of loss.
iPad is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC, Member NYSE, SIPC
900 Salem Street, Smithfield, RI 02917
Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company, Inc.
500 Salem St., Smithfield, RI 02917
© 2014 FMR LLC. All rights reserved.
1 kasina 2014 Top Websites for DC Plan Participants; 15 record keepers were evaluated December 2013 to January 2014 based on proprietary methodology including detailed criteria for availability, quality, and user scenarios.
2 As of January 31, 2014.
3 Interview respondents were iPad owners who ranged in age, gender and income, similar to what Fidelity sees in its NetBenefits user population.
According to Forrester Research, every business will become either a digital predator or digital prey by 2020. To avoid demise, organizations must rapidly create new sources of value in their end-to-end customer experiences. True digital predators also must break down information and process silos and extend digital transformation initiatives to empower employees with the digital resources needed to win, serve, and retain customers.
Sep. 28, 2016 09:15 PM EDT Reads: 326
As ridesharing competitors and enhanced services increase, notable changes are occurring in the transportation model. Despite the cost-effective means and flexibility of ridesharing, both drivers and users will need to be aware of the connected environment and how it will impact the ridesharing experience. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Timothy Evavold, Executive Director Automotive at Covisint, will discuss key challenges and solutions to powering a ride sharing and/or multimodal model in the a...
Sep. 28, 2016 08:30 PM EDT Reads: 430
If you’re responsible for an application that depends on the data or functionality of various IoT endpoints – either sensors or devices – your brand reputation depends on the security, reliability, and compliance of its many integrated parts. If your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from the code you developed or from a component that you integrated. What can you do to ensure that the endpoints work as expect...
Sep. 28, 2016 08:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,710
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lea...
Sep. 28, 2016 08:15 PM EDT Reads: 321
IoT is fundamentally transforming the auto industry, turning the vehicle into a hub for connected services, including safety, infotainment and usage-based insurance. Auto manufacturers – and businesses across all verticals – have built an entire ecosystem around the Connected Car, creating new customer touch points and revenue streams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Macario Namie, Head of IoT Strategy at Cisco Jasper, will share real-world examples of how IoT transforms the car from a static p...
Sep. 28, 2016 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,626
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
Sep. 28, 2016 06:45 PM EDT Reads: 4,150
From wearable activity trackers to fantasy e-sports, data and technology are transforming the way athletes train for the game and fans engage with their teams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, will present key data findings from leading sports organizations San Francisco 49ers, Orlando Magic NBA team. By utilizing data analytics these sports orgs have recognized new revenue streams, doubled its fan base and streamlined costs at its stadiums. John Paul is the CEO and Founder of VenueNext. Prior ...
Sep. 28, 2016 06:30 PM EDT Reads: 3,109
One of biggest questions about Big Data is “How do we harness all that information for business use quickly and effectively?” Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or spatial technology is about more than making maps, but adding critical context and meaning to data of all types, coming from all different channels – even sensors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, William (Bill) Meehan, director of utility solutions for Esri, will take a closer look at the current state of spatial technology and ar...
Sep. 28, 2016 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 285
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, will discuss the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports. The session will include a working demo and a technical d...
Sep. 28, 2016 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,773
Businesses are struggling to manage the information flow and interactions between all of these new devices and things jumping on their network, and the apps and IT systems they control. The data businesses gather is only helpful if they can do something with it. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Witeck, Principal Technology Strategist at Citrix, will discuss how different the impact of IoT will be for large businesses, expanding how IoT will allow large organizations to make their legacy ap...
Sep. 28, 2016 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 248
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
Sep. 28, 2016 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 247
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the protocols that communicate data and the emerging data analy...
Sep. 28, 2016 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,724
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform moder...
Sep. 28, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,814
Creating replica copies to tolerate a certain number of failures is easy, but very expensive at cloud-scale. Conventional RAID has lower overhead, but it is limited in the number of failures it can tolerate. And the management is like herding cats (overseeing capacity, rebuilds, migrations, and degraded performance). Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing for the HGST Cloud Infrastructure Business Unit, discusse...
Sep. 28, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,438
Whether they’re located in a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment, cloud technologies are constantly evolving. While the innovation is exciting, the end mission of delivering business value and rapidly producing incremental product features is paramount. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Kiran Chitturi, CTO Architect at Sungard AS, will discuss DevOps culture, its evolution of frameworks and technologies, and how it is achieving maturity. He will also cover various st...
Sep. 28, 2016 04:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,879