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Friday, October 24, 2014

Enterprise Mobility - 10 Lessons from 3 Years of Projects

Ved Sen
"Apps will need to be integrated, maintained and enhanced. And the only way to do this with any control of costs and complexity is to ensure they follow published guidelines, no matter who builds them." ~ Ved Sen

My esteemed colleague and brilliant technologist, Cognizant's Ved Sen, who is the Global Head, Advisory Services - Social, Mobile and Sensors, shares the Top 10 lessons he has learned over the past three years working on enterprise mobility projects with us here today.

Please forgive his Englishness.
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From August 2011 to August 2014, I spent 3 years building up Cognizant's mobile practice from scratch in Europe. Together with my colleagues we learnt a very large number of lessons, many of them the hard way - still have the scars to show for it! During this time, globally, we worked with an ever increasing array of clients, projects, partners, and challenges. From this collective gold-mine of experience, I'm distilling 10 key learnings. The number 10 here is arbitrary and could easily be 15 or 20. But here are my top 10.

Worth mentioning, these learnings are not about how to build apps or solve technical issues, but about how enterprises go about embracing mobility.

1. The App Launch Is The Start, Not The End of the Journey

Too many businesses bring out the champagne when the app hits the App Store, as though the job is done. This is a bit like an F1 team heading off to the pub after getting the car to the start line of the race. The real work may just be beginning. Especially if you're focused on the actual business outcome and not just taking a narrow 'IT approach'.

Even if you just wanted to get the app launched, you would still be advised to wait for at least version 3. Invariably, the version 1.0 of the app will have a ton of assumptions or choices which will not withstand contact with reality. Often after a couple of iterations these have been weeded out, so you're approaching stability by Version 3.

In any case though, this is just getting to the races, as I mentioned earlier. You still have to do run the race - i.e. deliver the business outcome and program. Having a clear set of milestones around business objectives will enable you to think beyond the launch of the app.

One of our clients had plenty of anectodal evidence about how the app was doing but it wasn't something they were tracking any more. Consequently, they always found it hard to fund projects. Another client revised the application through the year continuously making changes and improving the user experience. Not only did the app do very well, but it created a tremendous business impact as well.

2. Analytics Cannot Be An Afterthought

I once met a CIO who had to keep pointing to app-store ratings while presenting the mobile updates to his board, but still didn’t have analytics embedded in his app.

Everybody agrees the value of analytics and it's role in the lifecycle of the mobile app. But all the head-nodding that goes on at the early stages of discussions doesn't usually translate to actual investment of time, effort and money to baking in an analytics model into the early stages of the app. All too often, its treated as something that's really important but 'we'll come back and fix this in the next version'. The next version never arrives, as you well know, for a lot of apps.

The huge logical fallacy here is also, of course, that we will magically know what needs to be changed in version 2.0 or that we will be working off a frozen product roadmap, with no thought to what people are actually doing.

The right way to do this is to think about the key assumptions that your app depends on (e.g. 'users will check the app outside the home') and build in data collection and analysis models that validate or disprove these assumptions. The latter is more critical to the improvement of the app obviously.

3. Governance May Be More Urgent Than Strategy

This is a very bold statement, but bear with me here.

For many businesses there is a massive opportunity and innumerable opportunities to deploy mobile solutions. Trying to corral all of these into some sort of master-plan may be both unfeasible and counter-productive. And in most businesses, nobody is waiting for the strategy. As the saying goes, anybody in middle management with a budget is building a mobile app.

There is a debate to be had about what exactly a mobile strategy implies. But given this situation, a more urgent need, usually, is to create a governance model around the dozens of apps being built right now, in your business, by big and small providers, and in very disparate environments. The governance process needs to define methodolgies, processes, gates and frameworks - around those aspects, such as security or middleware which will form the basis of your enteprise mobility strategy.

The likely scenario is that all these apps will need to be integrated, maintained and enhanced. And the only way to do this with any control of costs and complexity is to ensure they follow published guidelines, no matter who builds them.

I’ve met companies who have built over a hundred apps. They no longer have any control or even track of all the apps built, the amounts of money spent or what it is costing them to manage these apps, annually. There doesn’t seem to be any point taking about strategy in this situation.

4. Structure Around MCOE To Get The Best of Biz and Tech

The oldest truism in IT is that business and IT have to work hand in glove to ensure success. Yet, when it comes to Mobility, this is probably even more true, and very rarely followed.

The reason it's more critical, is that mobility is a highly consumerised technology, in a nascent stage of maturity and lacks the standardized business case references of more mature technologies, with huge opportunities for specific innovations. A major airline we spoke with explained that converting a bunch of paper based manuals (which had to be mandatory carried on all flights) into iPads meant that the fuel savings across flights could more than pay for devices for the whole company.

And the reason it's rarely followed, is that there is also no clear standard for how mobility should be structured. In some businesses it's a part of an omnichannel strategy. For others it's driven by IT. For still others, it's part of the innovations group. And others follow a bit of each. Often, Enterprise Mobility is owned by whoever has been brave enough to volunteer for the job. This is much more a marketing challenge than an tech problem.

In the absence of a clear hierarchy, the MCOE is often a very good way to get the key people into the core thinking group. End user computing, IT and applications, security and compliance, marketing, line of business managers and HR and internal comms - all of these teams could potentially have a seat in the MCOE, in addition to architects and vendor managers.

Analyst firms such as Gartner have argued that establishing the MCOE is the most important piece of your strategy. I would definitely agree that it's a critical structure to put in place for the next 3 years, at least two of our global clients are well down the way towards establishing a Mobile COE.

5. User Centred Engagement Redesign - It's Harder Than It Sounds

There are two premises which put mobility projects completely outside the comfort zone of IT. They involve Engagement Redesign and User Centred Development.

Traditional IT has usually put the application complexity front and centre. Large amounts of information being stored, retrieved and used by users who are themselves multi-tasking. The PC era has lasted for some twenty years and even on the web, much of the engagement has been PC led. Suddenly we are forced into a rethink. People aren't coming to the website. They are engaging with you on social platforms, apps, or other new ways. The digital world is blending with the physical world. The problem is no longer about how to put all the information in front of the user, it’s actually how to get the user to stay engaged. Not just how, but why? And there is a great upheaval in progress that traditional IT has never had to deal with.

The sharp end of this change, is the user centric development approach. The combination of consumer-grade technology and experiences, the shift towards engagement centric applications and focus on simplicity means that the entire development approach needs to be modelled around the user. This is not the black magic of ‘creative’ work, but the scientific application of service and product design principles, and ensuring that the user experience is what drives the features and app functionality.

All of this makes it incredibly hard to reconcile this with traditional IT approaches. Be prepared to rethink a lot of stuff, if you're invested in traditional IT processes. This is why so many businesses are still trying to work with digital agencies as well as systems integrators, to bring these worlds together.

6. Mobile Strategy - Riding The Penny Farthing?

All of this is not to say that strategy doesn't count; it does. The question though, is: what exactly is strategic in this space?

The biggest challenge that we’ve seen is what I would call the penny-farthing challenge. Your organisation is like the penny farthing cycle. The little wheel in front is the digital part of your business. Agile, fast moving, new features and releases every 6 weeks. The large wheel is the traditional part of your business. Slower, harder to move, locked into your traditional systems and ERPs. Nothing happens in 6 weeks. Yet, these two wheels have to move at the same speed, given that they’re part of the same entity.

The answer lies in the gearing of course. The piece of the puzzle that ensures that these two wheels turn at their own speeds but the business as a whole moves forward in a cohesive manner. In your business, this is the all important middleware that allows these two wheels to turn at their own speeds. Getting this layer in, and getting it right is probably one of the most strategic decisions for enterprise mobility. Arguably, much more important than which apps to build.

An energy company for whom we built a mobile strategy started with the idea of defining business cases but ultimately moved towards establishing a middleware platform as the defining area of the strategy.

7. Skills Shortage

Certainly, one area of strategic importance is the skill mix. Given the speed of evolution of the technology, coupled with the surge in adoption, the team and skills you bring to the table can make all the difference between success and failure. Thus it is, that everybody is looking for those gilt edged developers, designers and architects who can build the path into the future. Customers, vendors and disruptors are all competing in the same skills market.

You don’t need an army, but certainly the core team you put together is again, an extremely strategic success or failure factor. A number of disparate skill-sets are required for mobile success - from service design, to architecture, to device optimisation.

As much as technical competence, the trick is in finding people who are comfortable dealing with the unknown, and capable of setting their own standards.

8. Product Maturity Is Low. Plan for It

Undoubtably, you will evaluate some off the shelf products - MEAP/ MCAP/ MADP or some variation of the theme. Cross platform tools, api managers, MBaaS layers - take your pick. Just remember that we’ve had 3 generations of products in the the last 3 years. And merger and acquisition activity abounds even in the nascent space. FeedHenry was just acquired by RedHat. Antenna was acquired last year by Pega. SAP and IBM have build up their product suites through acquisitions. There is therefore a risk that the product you choose may be acquired or merged/ morphed over the next 12-18 months.

There is also therefore the high probability that you will discover in the course of your project that the product doesn’t exactly do what it ‘says on the tin’. This is not a pot-shot at product companies. It’s a reminder that you can’t get to the levels of maturity we expect in traditional products, because they simply haven’t had enough time yet, and the landscape keeps shifting. So planning for a few bumps in the project will help you save some sleepless nights.

For one of our Nordic clients we faced a huge amount of trouble in trying to integrate an off-the-shelf middleware tool with an enterprise product which formed the back end. It almost came to the point where we were ready to walk away from the project to cut our losses, but fortunately the collective decision to stick with the project meant we stuck with it and it’s now a successful product.

9. Over-Investing in Project Management Pays Heavy Dividends

Taking the earlier point into consideration, along with the complexity of networks, devices, operating systems, business expectations, testing issues, and fast evolving user needs, you can not over invest in management of the early stages of your project.

Project management is definitely more complex in many ways for mobile apps, than for traditional projects for the reasons above. I can certainly point to more than one excellent project which owes it’s success to the policy of over-investment in early stages. We hired a top notch project lead with specific product knowledge and his input helped reduce a significant component estimate by about 30%, in the course of a half hour call. This one incident itself made his involvement financially worthwhile and the early brought a lot of confidence from the stakeholders involved. The application in question is being rolled out across dozens of countries globally.

10. Are You Ready to Di-Phy?

Digital + Physical = Di-Phy (this is entirely my imaginative acronym)

Somebody defined the smart phone a while ago, as a remote control for the world. Increasingly, it is becoming the bridge between the digital and physical worlds. Traditionally, in the digital environment, you would be on a desktop/ laptop and in an information universe which was only loosely connected to the physical world. You might comparison shop for a TV for hours, but then you would take a printout to a real world store and struggle to match specific model names and numbers to the in-store variants.

As everybody knows, the smart phone changes that and allows users to scan and compare from inside a physical store. Also, the point of search or sale is everywhere. Virtual and augmented reality models are blending the real world and the digital worlds. Add to this the presence of wearbles, sensors and the IOT and you have an emerging scenario where the line between physical and digital is increasingly blurry, and this opens up a white space for new business models and solutions that create entirely new value for users and customers.

You need to be thinking about the physical aspects of your business - your products, your supply chain, or your distribution and retail, and look for ways in which the mobile phone can in fact become a point of access, management and control, of the physical environment.

In Conclusion

As I said earlier, there are many more lessons we’ve learnt from the volume and diversity of the mobile projects we’ve undertaken. This is just my list of 10 that seem critical to me right now. I would love to hear your views on lessons learnt!


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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
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Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
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Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Insights from Designing and Practicing Mobile Security in the Trenches

The always brilliant and international man of mystery, Peter Rogers, returns from a mission in sunny Spain teaching enterprise mobility to wide eyed students and developers, and shares his insights on how to secure mobile applications operating in an offline mode. Grab some popcorn!
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Peter Rogers
There are two things that customers generally ask me: why does your hair stick out at funny angles during early morning meetings; and how do we write secure offline applications. I thought I would take some time to address an interesting solution that I am investigating for secure offline authentication [the hair I haven't figured out].

The first challenge for offline applications is data/information architecture to work out how much and what type of data should be stored locally. The local SQLite database can generally grow in size as required but it is still required to keep offline data storage to sensible sizes, if only because huge relational databases are going to take longer to search without careful indexing. Obviously sensitive information should be encrypted but some data should never be stored locally in the first place. The levels of encryption vary per security team requirement but remember the stronger the encryption then the slower it will take to store the data. I am told that decryption speed does not necessarily depend on encryption speed, unless of course you don't have the keys and are just trying to hack into the system. If the encryption desired is taking too long to store the data then maybe hand the encryption over to a separate low priority thread because as long as the encryption either passes or fails as a complete transaction then the storage does not need to be immediate. Good security should not be compromised by solution architecture and you could even use native level code (C/C++) in order to handle the encryption code faster.

The second challenge is how you do authentication offline. The simple answer is you cannot easily. What most people do is after the initial log in, they just store the credentials locally for ever more. This is not very secure because there is no way of revoking the credentials quickly if the phone gets stolen, or controlling the time duration that offline access is allowed for. The main problem is there is no control of the validity of offline access at all, it is all or nothing. Luckily there is a solution that I am starting to pull together due to the growing demand for offline applications. The typical use of an offline application is that when a user loses network coverage then they store a load of encrypted data locally and when they return to an area of network coverage they automatically (or manually) sync the data with an online server. Often there is some data that is always stored locally and that needs to be secured for offline only access.

The use case is as follows: Why should you be online to access a secure offline cache of data?

It is something I get asked for all the time and most security departments just respond that you always need to be online. However if we look at the growing popularity of Single Page Applications (through frameworks such as Angular) then it is possible to write applications that rarely talk with the backend services apart from small deltas of API driven information. Security solutions have to address the fact that applications are not talking to the servers as frequently as in the past - in this brave new API driven world. This has led to an increase in security token solutions such as: JSON Web Tokens (JWT); OAuth 2; and security token service providers like Ping ID.

If we take Ping ID as a case study then we can discuss the art of the possible. Ping ID offers the ability to obtain an OAuth security token and manage its validity. Once you have the security token then you can use it to access other backend systems that support OAuth by passing it into them. The security token lifetime is built to the OAuth standard and the Ping ID tokens are valid for a number of hours. Functionality is typically built in to mobile applications to attempt a token refresh any time an access token validation fails. This is performed through refresh tokens which are valid for a number of days and that can be used to retrieve a new access token without requiring the user to re-authenticate.

The application needs to network with PingFederate to make an access token refresh request. This passes in the refresh token and Ping does a check against its grant database and will respond with both a new access token and a new refresh token.  A new refresh token is issued on every refresh to prevent them being replayed but the overall lifetime of the session is not increased.  Users would be required to re-authenticate at a minimum number of days depending on the time limit set in the refresh token.  If the application wants a shorter refresh token lifetime (such as a single day) then this is configurable. There are other useful options like being able to set early idle-time expiration for refresh tokens or terminating the access grants altogether in the PingFederate database if the mobile device was lost or there was a security breach.

The question is what happens if we are offline? Well, we need to be online to perform an access token refresh request. There is therefore no way of validating the access token or refresh token locally. What is interesting though is that the access token lifetime is returned to the application every time an access token is issued (or refreshed). This means the application could potentially store the access token lifetime returned and use this as a check for allowing access into the mobile application. This would be as opposed to caching the log in credentials forever after the very first log in. Storing the access token is actually safer than storing the log in credentials, because there is no danger of them being stolen and leaked. It is certainly easier to revoke a security token than to change log in credentials in a backend system.

The downside in the current scenario would only allow for a short number of hours of offline access which directly followed an online refresh request. What if you could change the token validity time to a longer period of time though? You could request an authentication whilst online just before you went on a long train journey or into a customer office with no network coverage. You would then have a good few hours of offline access to both read and write secure data before syncing with the online server when you have network connectivity again. This offers a really nice model for time controlled offline mobile application access. If the phone was stolen then an Mobile Device Management solution would still require a network connection to wipe the device, so the concern of an offline device not having an ability to revoke an access token is a moot point anyway. In my mind this is certainly an interesting solution for offline authentication and something I welcome feedback on.

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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of October 19, 2014

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

Also read Connected Globe News Weekly
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A study by Unique Digital and YouGov found online consumers are now using mobile devices to search for and make finance and travel purchases (42 percent), with more than half (52 percent) booking hotels this way.  Read Original Content

Exactly a year after it launched a mobile app, Amazon India gets half its traffic from smartphones. "The significance of mobiles is much higher in India than anywhere else as most of first time internet users will come on the mobile," says Amit Agarwal, country manager and vice president, Amazon India.  Read Original Content

"Three years back less than two percent transactions were on mobile; now half the transactions are on mobile apps, particularly for e-commerce companies. By 2017, I see 70 percent-80 percent transactions via smartphones," Rajan Anandan, managing director, Google India says.  Read Original Content

The cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications can actually meet or exceed the original cost and time to implement those systems. In their new report, “StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps”, 451 Research details the advantages of StarMobile’s app development tool and how it can drastically reduce the cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications. Download report here: http://starmobileinc.com/report-451research-starmobile-transforms-mobile-apps-into-enterprise-apps/

Mobile payments startup Sign2Pay aimes to improve low conversion rates on mobile devices by simplifying and streamlining the payment process for debit card transactions. The company plans to remove the need for bank issued hardware devices to authenticate the buyer’s identity via a one-time challenge code. Read Original Content

India has become the fastest growing e-commerce market in the Asia Pacific region, according to a new study from Gartner.  Read Original Content
A recent report from eMarketer shows mobile payments are playing a bigger role in the retail space. The report shows that, in the U.S. alone, mobile commerce revenue is expected to reach $118 billion by 2018.  Read Original Content

Overstock.com Inc. is testing a combination of TV commerce and mobile commerce to get couch potatoes with smart TVs and armed with mobile devices, or just the TVs, to buy what they see on Overstock.com’s latest TV ad campaign, dubbed “Overstocktober.”  Read Original Content

CardBlanc is the first all-inclusive shopping, payment, and social app, and it has just launched in hopes of charming the increasingly mobile consumer.  Privately funded, and a part of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Preccelerator Program and PayPal’s Startup BluePrint program, CardBlanc likens itself to a virtual American Express Black Card.  Read Original Content

Target has now announced the release of a range of all new enhancements to its mobile commerce experience.  Target has entered into a partnership with startup Curbside. It will be working with Curbside to offer curbside pickup at any of 10 different stores in the San Francisco Bay area.  Read Original Content

Fueled by the launch of Apple Pay, interest in mobile payments and mobile commerce will take off over the next few years. As a result, mobile commerce revenue will reach 50 percent of U.S. digital commerce revenue by 2017, predicts Gartner.  Read Original Content

The global NFC market was valued at US $1.06 billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 43.7 percent during the forecast period, according to Research and Markets.  Read Original Content

UnionPay, China's largest card company, has launched its NFC payment service with Samsung.  The card company said UnionPay's NFC payment system could be used by more than 3.6 million Samsung smartphones in China, including the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy S4.  Read Original Content

MasterCard Incorporated has recently collaborated with Norwegian startup company, Zwipe in order to roll out a contactless payment card – Zwipe MasterCard. This payment card featuring a fingerprint authentication sensor is the first of its kind as it combines biometric security authentication and contactless payment technology.  Read Original Content

Apple Inc. is launching Apple Pay, a payments-processing service that allows consumers to use their smartphone's fingerprint reader to make purchases at more than 220,000 stores. Apple announced users of iPhone 6s and the Apple Watch can enable Apple Pay today as a part of iOS 8.1.  Read Original Content

PayGate, a payment service provider, believes half of all card payments will become mobile within the next five years. The company recently added Zapper to its mobile payments systems, allowing it to reach a larger demographic in South Africa.  Read Original Content

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Webinars of Note (Recorded)

Virtualization ≠ Mobilization


Whitepapers of Note


A Comparison of the StarMobile MORPH Protocol vs. Traditional Remote Computing Protocols

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobility News Weekly – Week of October 19, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

Also read Connected Globe News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

As enterprises increasingly adopt EMM, it will lead to a market compound annual growth rate of 22 percent from 2013 to 2018, according to researchers. The report is drawn up from 451’s Enterprise Mobility Management Market Monitor & Forecast Service, which presents data based on an analysis of 125 vendors.  Read Original Content

The enterprise mobility management market is set to grow 5.8 billion in revenue between now and 2018, according to 451 Research.  Read Original Content

According to the latest data from comScore for the three months ending August 2014, Apple successfully fended off competition from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, LG Electronics Inc. and HTC Corp. and is ranked as the top smartphone OEM manufacturer with a market share of 42 percent.  Read Original Content

The cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications can actually meet or exceed the original cost and time to implement those systems. In their new report, “StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps”, 451 Research details the advantages of StarMobile’s app development tool and how it can drastically reduce the cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications. Download report here: http://starmobileinc.com/report-451research-starmobile-transforms-mobile-apps-into-enterprise-apps/

According to TrendForce, global smartphone shipments grew 9.1 percent to reach 310 million units in the peak-season third quarter, buoyed by the iPhone 6 launch. Apple's market share expanded five percent on year, the most of any major handset brand.  Read Original Content

The overall mobile phone market in the U.S. will decline this year by one percent even as many emerging countries around the world see robust growth, an IDC analyst said.  Read Original Content
The Middle East and Africa handset market grew to its largest size in ten quarters in Q2 2014, expanding 27 percent year on year to total 64 million units, according to data from the International Data Corporation.  Read Original Content

MarketReportsOnline.com adds Chinese Smartphone Market Development, 3Q 2014 report to its research store. As of the second quarter of 2014, Chinese mobile phone users totaled around 1.27 billion and user adoption of 3G and 4G combined reached nearly 40 percent.  Read Original Content

The Indian enterprise software market is expected to grow 13 percent to $4.2 billion in 2014 and touch $4.7 billion in 2015, said Gartner.  Read Original Content

Another Apple breakthrough will hit the market as Apple SIM cards enable its users to switch mobile networks without necessarily changing the SIM, according to the report by The Register.  Read Original Content

A new-fangled battery, developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, can supposedly go from completely dead to 70 percent charged in two minutes. It can also last nearly 20 years before it needs to be replaced.  Read Original Content

Lenovo has announced it will establish a direct-to-consumer, internet-based mobile business in China next year. The new company, which will operate under a separate brand name (yet to be announced), will focus on smart devices and services.  Read Original Content

Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, has unveiled the next generation of Apple iPads, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3.  The new devices have fingerprint sensors that could make shopping online as easy as swiping a button. And in the case of the more expensive iPad Air 2, it is also faster, has a better camera, and is thinner than last year’s version.  Read Original Content

Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones in the past quarter, which included nearly two weeks of sales for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The new iPhones went on sale in the United States and a handful of other countries on September 19.  Read Original Content

Research firms Gartner and CCS Insight think much of the mobile phone shipment growth that will occur in 2014 will be driven by low-cost smartphones, underlining a shift down market that vendors and platform companies have been keen to take advantage of in their search for growth.  Read Original Content

Most indications so far have been that Amazon's Fire smartphone has been a dud in the market. A new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners indicates Amazon may have sold only a few thousand units of the phone thus far.  Read Original Content

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The 5-Step Roadmap to Mobile Collaboration
Digital Transformation, Change Management and Planning for a Moving Target
Mobile Expert Interviews: Kony Solutions' Dipesh Mukerji
A Walk Through Boston - Talking about Digital Transformation, Code Halos and Mobility
Why Digital Architectures Matter - A Business Perspective
Digital Devastation in the Mobile Hardware Market and Emerging Trends

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

Virtualization ≠ Mobilization


Whitepapers of Note


A Comparison of the StarMobile MORPH Protocol vs. Traditional Remote Computing Protocols

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization

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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Expert Interviews: StarMobile's Dan Homrich

In this segment of the Mobile Expert Interview series my guest is StarMobile's EVP Product Development Dan Homrich.  We discuss a wide range of important subjects including the latest trends, developments and strategies that we are seeing in the enterprise mobility industry.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://youtu.be/hleEkZ2yWn8?list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw

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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly – Week of October 19, 2014

Welcome to the Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly, our newest online newsletter. Mobile Cyber Security will focus on the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile and cyber security, mobile malware, mobile application management, cyber warfare (and more!) that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market trend information.

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Visiongain has forecasts the value of the global mobile security market in 2014 will reach $4.5 billion. Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday the U.S. National Security Agency approved a number of its mobile devices for use by government officials to carry classified information, a positive step for the smartphone maker’s struggling mobile division. Read Original Content

China-based leading smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, which recently marked a successful entry into the Indian market, is allegedly a security threat. It has been accused by the Indian Air Force of sending user data to remote servers located in China. Read Original Content

With the MobileCloud™ Platform and end-to-end mobile quality management suite, Perfecto Mobile enables the world’s leading brands to test, monitor and deliver 5 star mobile applications. Globally distributed development and QA teams can test thousands of REAL mobile devices and collaborate in real-time to continuously develop, test and monitor user experience in real life market conditions.  Contact us at http://www.perfectomobile.com/articles/contact-us.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Perfecto Mobile.

Both iPhone and Android users involved in Hong Kong demonstrations have been targeted by fake apps that may come from “nation-state” attackers, says Lacoon Mobile Security. Read Original Content

The number of security app users in China has exceeded 400 million, as the percentage of mobile internet users making payments via their smartphone increased to 38.9 percent in the first half of this year, reports Guangzhou's 21st Century Business Herald. Read Original Content


An unprecedented treaty on cyber security cooperation could be signed during Vladimir Putin’s state visit to China in November, a Russian business daily reports. Read Original Content

Average security spend by Indian firms has come down by 17 percent to $4 million this year even as information security breaches have become more frequent and damaging. According to consultancy firm PwC, Indian companies spent an average of about $4.8 million on security last year. Read Original Content

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Chairman and Chief Executive James Dimon said the bank would double spending on cyber security over the next five years, his first public remarks following the data breach that hit the nation’s largest bank this summer. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Connected Globe News Weekly – Week of October 19, 2014

Welcome to Connected Globe News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

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US-headquartered UST Global, which offers machine-to-machine solutions and application development services, expects massive growth in M2M adoption in 2016-17 in India, driven by 3G and 4G services. Read Original Content

Thanks to aggressive moves by carriers to expand cellular connections into the automotive and utilities markets, the United States is one of the largest and most advanced M2M markets in the world, according to a new report from the GSMA. Read Original Content

According to Signals and Systems Telecom the wireless and wireline installed base for M2M connections is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25 percent between 2014 and 2020, which will account for nine billion connections worldwide. Read Original Content

The cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications can actually meet or exceed the original cost and time to implement those systems. In their new report, “StarMobile Transforms Enterprise Apps into Mobile Apps”, 451 Research details the advantages of StarMobile’s app development tool and how it can drastically reduce the cost and time to mobilize enterprise applications. Download report here: http://starmobileinc.com/report-451research-starmobile-transforms-mobile-apps-into-enterprise-apps/

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology on Friday laid out a draft policy on IoT in India, envisioning the IoT industry to be worth $15 billion by 2020. Read Original Content

The analyst firm IDC estimates that by 2020 there will be as many as 28 billion autonomous IoT devices installed. Today IDC estimates there are nine billion such devices. Read Original Content
IDTechEx research has found that the WSN market will grow to $1.8 billion by 2024. Wireless Sensor Networks will eventually enable the automatic monitoring of forest fires, avalanches, hurricanes, failure of country wide utility equipment, traffic, hospitals and much more over wide areas, something previously impossible. Read Original Content

BCC Research estimates the global market for automobile sensors will grow from $22.1 billion in 2015 to reach nearly $35.2 billion in 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 9.7 percent for the five year period. Read Original Content

According to statistics, the industrial size of IoT in China has soared from RMB 170 billion Yuan in 2009 to RMB 365 billion Yuan in 2012, and exceeded RMB 500 billion Yuan in 2013 with annual compound growth rate of almost 30 percent. Read Original Content

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A Walk Through Boston - Talking about Digital Transformation, Code Halos and Mobility
Why Digital Architectures Matter - A Business Perspective
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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of October 19, 2014

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

Also read Connected Globe News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

The telehealth market is projected to grow and greatly affect the mobile health community. By 2018, experts predict the market will account for $4.5 billion in deployments. Because telehealth connects doctors and patients on a video chat line, both parties can pick a convenient time that interrupts the least amount of work possible.  Read Original Content

Visiongain predicts mHealth sales will be at $6.7 billion by the end of this year.  This would represent a considerable leap, given that estimates earlier this year for the entire fitness and health app market came in at $8 billion by 2018 for this potentially lucrative, evolving market.  Read Original Content

More than one-third of physicians have recommended the use of mobile health apps to their patients in the past year, according to a recent Manhattan Research survey. Experts say the bulk of these apps are related to diet and fitness, and few physicians are “prescribing” apps with the expectation of receiving follow-up data.  Read Original Content

With the MobileCloud™ Platform and end-to-end mobile quality management suite, Perfecto Mobile enables the world’s leading brands to test, monitor and deliver 5 star mobile applications. Globally distributed development and QA teams can test thousands of REAL mobile devices and collaborate in real-time to continuously develop, test and monitor user experience in real life market conditions.  Contact us at http://www.perfectomobile.com/articles/contact-us.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Perfecto Mobile.

Less than half of mental health clinicians use specialized software in their offices, but 73 percent said they would be interested in using mobile health applications, according to a recent Sigma Research Group survey, MobiHealthNews reports.  Read Original Content

Epic released an important update to mobile health management by updating their MyChart app to sync with Apple’s Health App.  When enabled, patient’s smartphones will be able to sync their MyChart app with their activity trackers and health devices — such as blood pressure cuffs and blood glucose monitors — using the Apple Health app.  Read Original Content



Last week the Hospital Corporation of America, a company that manages 164 hospitals and 114 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England, announced it would be acquiring PatientKeeper, one of the oldest mobile health software companies still in operation.  Read Original Content

The Telecommunications Industry Association joined a group of stakeholders in the healthcare space and submitted policy recommendations to the House Energy & Commerce Committee. In the letter, TIA and others said that telehealth and remote patient monitoring should be a covered benefit.  Read Original Content

An aging population and an increased incidence of debilitating illnesses means there is pressure on technology to offer assistance with healthcare. Research published in the International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing points to remote monitoring as offering a way to improve patient care and even accelerate medical research.  Read Original Content

The global patient monitoring device market is expected to grow from nearly $14.7 billion in 2013 to reach nearly $21.0 billion in 2018, a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent for the period of 2013 to 2018, according to PR Newswire.  Read Original Content

Mobile health applications need a risk assessment model and a framework for supporting clinical use to ensure patient safety and professional reputation, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, FierceHealthIT reports.  Read Original Content

Latest Articles on http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com


The 5-Step Roadmap to Mobile Collaboration

Digital Transformation, Change Management and Planning for a Moving Target
Mobile Expert Interviews: Kony Solutions' Dipesh Mukerji
A Walk Through Boston - Talking about Digital Transformation, Code Halos and Mobility
Why Digital Architectures Matter - A Business Perspective
Digital Devastation in the Mobile Hardware Market and Emerging Trends

Webinars of Note (Recorded)


Virtualization ≠ Mobilization


Whitepapers of Note


A Comparison of the StarMobile MORPH Protocol vs. Traditional Remote Computing Protocols

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
************************************************************************
Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
Recommended Strategy Book Code Halos
Recommended iPad App Code Halos for iPads


***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.