Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Feeling Thankful - Is there an App for That?

Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for mobile apps and social media that let me connect, and stay connected with so many kind people and friends.  Just yesterday my wife and I met up with a high school friend, Marti, we had not seen in 25 years.  I was in a business meeting in downtown Portland, Oregon for several hours, but was able to track their location and meet up with them later in the day via SMS and Google maps on my smartphone. This friendship was reestablished via Facebook.

Today we are meeting another high school friend, Candy, that we had lost contact with for decades, but we are now the closest of friends after connecting again via Facebook.

I record corny video commentaries and interviews with experts that many of you have started watching, but few have finished. This year I have recorded 67 videos (don't view them if you are allergic to corny).  My friends, when trying to bolster my ego call them "authentic," but they are most often corny. When traveling I use my iPhone to film them.  I can record, edit and upload my videos to a YouTube channel all from my iPhone that fits in my pocket.  I can bring you with me on my travels and into discusses with leading mobility experts around the globe.

Social media and mobile technologies has enabled a redneck, Boise, Idaho based, mobility obsessed former dairy farmer to travel to the corners of the earth on a regular basis sharing mobile and digital transformation strategies and research with companies.  This is just crazy to me, and for that I THANK YOU!!!!

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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
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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.

Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly – Week of November 23, 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.

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

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

New ABI Research data has forecast global cyber security spending will reach $100 billion by 2020 as governments intensify efforts to protect their financial, energy and defense infrastructures against a constantly evolving threat landscape. Read Original Content

Starting next year, enterprise organizations will be able to secure their mobile communications with a new offering from unlikely partners: BlackBerry Limited and Samsung. BlackBerry executives announced the partnership, along with several other new products and services, during the company's Enterprise Portfolio Launch on Thursday in San Francisco. Read Original Content

More than 40 percent of UK businesses have suffered a security breach from work mobile phones in the past 12 months, according to BT, which has warned companies are not taking the dangers of smartphones seriously enough. Read Original Content

B2M Solutions’ mobile software delivers valuable insight and actionable analytics for enterprise customers. Business leaders and managers within the mission critical, rugged mobile enterprise now have operational views of key business and technology analytics affecting performance and productivity. B2M software is developed with specific functionality to help organizations identify and unblock mobility problems as soon as, or even before, they occur, allowing customers to sustain critical business processes and gain competitive advantages. To Lean more visit www.B2M-Solutions.com.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by B2M Solutions

According to Research and Markets, the global BYOD security market is set to grow at a combined annual growth rate of 35.23 percent over the period 2014-2019. Read Original Content

Around 95 percent of IT and security professionals are struggling with the security threat presented by BYOD and more than 80 percent expect the number of mobile security incidents their company suffers to grow in 2015. Read Original Content

Cyber security is predicted to be the fastest growing homeland security market as North America, Asia and Europe invest in cyber defenses, according to the new report, The Homeland Security Market Forecast 2014-2024, published by ASDReports. Read Original Content

According to Research and Markets, the BFSI security market is expected to grow from $21.53 billion in 2014 to $37.35 billion by 2019, at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 11.6 percent from 2014 to 2019. Read Original Content

According to a report by The Homeland Security Research Corporation, following a remarkable 23 percent annual market growth, the 2015 market will reach $9.5 billion, making the U.S. financial services cyber security market the largest non-government cyber security market. Read Original Content

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2015 Enterprise Mobility Events Announced
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Mobile Expert Interviews: Snappii's CEO Alex Bakman
Mobile Expert Interviews: Red Hat's Mike Piech
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Virtualization ≠ Mobilization


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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 Commerce News Weekly – Week of November 23, 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
Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

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

Shoppers are going mobile in larger and larger numbers, according to on-line retail data leader comScore. Mobile digital commerce is expected to have grown by 25 percent over the last season, almost twice the growth of desktop E-commerce.  Overall digital commerce is expected to grow by 16 percent, reaching $61 billion.  Read Original Content

Powa, a commerce specialist operating primarily in the United Kingdom, will be bringing its mobile commerce service to the United States. New funding will allow the company to launch its digital payments system in the U.S., expanding the mobile commerce options that are available in the country.  Read Original Content

Smartphone traffic to e-commerce sites grew by more than 62 percent and revenue grew 141 percent, according to MarketLive. Tablet revenue and traffic grew by a more modest 20 percent. Though still dominant, PC-based commerce growth “continued its decline.”  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/

A recently unveiled report from Juniper Research has found the total number of users who plan to engage in mobile transactions is going to grow considerably over the coming years. They predict just over two billion mobile phone or tablet users will make mobile commerce transactions by the end of 2017, up from 1.6 billion during this calendar year.  Read Original Content

Mobile payments may experience lackluster growth in Canada. A new study from GfK, a global market research firm, shows Canadians are somewhat apprehensive when it comes to using a smartphone to make a payment.  Read Original Content
Target Corp. has now taken another step that reveals the retailer is getting very serious about mobile commerce, as it has purchased Powered Analytics, which is said to have “an Amazon-like shopping experience,” that can be provided to shoppers while they are within a brick and mortar store location.  Read Original Content

In Contact Solutions' recently completed retail mobile shopping survey, one major issue with mobile buying behavior–customer care was found. Altogether, 16 percent of consumers said they struggle with mobile shopping apps at least half the time, and 38 percent of respondents said they are disappointed with the inability to get help within a mobile app.  Read Original Content

Smartphone and tablet based commerce is expected to account for 49 percent of all online sales in Europe by 2018, according to new research published by Forrester.  Read Original Content

According to the 2014 holiday shopping study conducted by Deloitte, which included the participation of 5,000 American consumers, the average holiday spending this year will be $1,299, which represents an increase of 13 percent over last year. Among all U.S. consumers 72 percent will be using their smartphones for shopping purposes.  Read Original Content

Realex Payments, Europe's leading payment solution provider, announced a new partnership with Shopgate, the world's leading software-as-a-service m-commerce platform.  Read Original Content

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of consumers surveyed said they trusted their bank in providing a mobile digital wallet service, a Deloitte report found.  Read Original Content

Mobile-based payments in the United States are expected to reach $142 billion in volume in 2019, according to a report from the research firm Forrester, from about $50 billion currently.  Read Original Content

In the three weeks since the company released Apple Pay, Whole Foods has processed more than 150,000 Apple Pay transactions. McDonald’s, which accepts Apple Pay at its 14,000 restaurants in the United States, said Apple Pay accounted for 50 percent of its tap-to-pay transactions.  Read Original Content

A new study by Retale found consumers are ready for mobile.  Thirty-six percent of respondents have previously used a mobile device to pay for something in a brick-and-mortar retail store, while the majority (64 percent) has not. However, mobile pay use has more than doubled over a two-year period.  Read Original Content

Apple’s new mobile payment system Apple Pay already has support from major banks, credit card companies and also some major retailers.  Now it would appear smaller independent retailers will also be able to support Apple Pay in the future as Square’s Jack Dorsey has confirmed the company is working on bringing Apple Pay to Square.  Read Original Content

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Gamification Strategies and Mobile Applications - The Way it Should Be
2015 Enterprise Mobility Events Announced
Insights into the Impact of Big Data, Mobile Apps and Code Halos Strategies on Retail
Transforming Web Content for Enterprise Mobility
Mobile Expert Interviews: Snappii's CEO Alex Bakman
Mobile Expert Interviews: Red Hat's Mike Piech
Big Data Business Models and Code Halo Strategies with SmartStory's CEO Michael Boerner
Digital Transformation Expert Interviews: SmartStory's Lloyd Mahaffey

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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Connected Globe News Weekly – Week of November 23, 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.

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
Also read Mobility News Weekly

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

Machine-to-machine connections in Latin America are expected to reach 20 million by the end of this year, according to Ericsson's latest mobility report. Read Original Content

Machine-to-machine provider Kore Wireless Group, fueled by a majority interest purchase by investment firm Abry Partners, has announced an all-cash acquisition of M2M and “Internet of Things” services company Raco Wireless. Read Original Content

The M2M and IoT market under transport and mass transit sector is expected to grow from US $10.4 billion in 2014 to US $29.4 billion by 2017 and further to US $76.1 billion by 2020. 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/

Despite significant growth in terrestrial M2M and IoT communications, satellite is expected to hold a significant niche, according to NSR. In the research group’s “M2M and IoT via Satellite, 5th Edition” report, revenues are expected to more than double from $1.1 billion in 2013 to more than $2.4 billion by 2023. Read Original Content

Dell Inc. has debuted its first lab devoted to researching the Internet of Things at the company's Santa Clara offices, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Read Original Content
According to Gartner the processing, sensing and communications semiconductor device arenas are set to grow at a rapid pace over the coming years, growing 36.2 percent in 2015, compared with overall semiconductor market growth of 5.7 percent. Read Original Content

Analysts at IDC estimate the worldwide Internet of Things, or IoT, market will grow from $1.3 trillion last year to more than $3 trillion in 2020. Read Original Content

According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets, the Industrial IoT Market size was worth $181.29 billion in 2013 that is expected to reach $319.62 billion at a combined annual growth rate of 8.15 percent from 2014 to 2020. Read Original Content

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Gamification Strategies and Mobile Applications - The Way it Should Be
2015 Enterprise Mobility Events Announced
Insights into the Impact of Big Data, Mobile Apps and Code Halos Strategies on Retail
Transforming Web Content for Enterprise Mobility
Mobile Expert Interviews: Snappii's CEO Alex Bakman
Mobile Expert Interviews: Red Hat's Mike Piech
Big Data Business Models and Code Halo Strategies with SmartStory's CEO Michael Boerner
Digital Transformation Expert Interviews: SmartStory's Lloyd Mahaffey

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.

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of November 23, 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!

Dr. Aydogan Ozcan, a UCLA engineering professor, has created software and hardware that turn cellphones into microscopes and diagnostic machines. With the addition of a 3D-printed microscope, a field worker in Africa can quickly scan the blood of an HIV patient to see how the virus is reacting to medicine.  Read Original Content

Mobile developer GreatCall , which makes both smartphones and applications, and artificial intelligence company Automated Insights said they are partnering on a health app that helps caregivers stay informed on the well-being of aging family members.  Read Original Content

Medidata has completed a method development project conducted in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline to evaluate the impact of combining mobile health devices with cloud-based technologies in a clinical trial.  Read Original Content

B2M Solutions’ mobile software delivers valuable insight and actionable analytics for enterprise customers. Business leaders and managers within the mission critical, rugged mobile enterprise now have operational views of key business and technology analytics affecting performance and productivity. B2M software is developed with specific functionality to help organizations identify and unblock mobility problems as soon as, or even before, they occur, allowing customers to sustain critical business processes and gain competitive advantages. To Lean more visit www.B2M-Solutions.com.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by B2M Solutions

As the U.S. population continues to age, the demand for remote patient monitoring, video telemedicine and mobile health will intensify, predicts Frost & Sullivan.  In particular, telehealth video conferencing, whether over PCs or mobile devices, will become an accepted method of providing primary and specialty healthcare services.  Read Original Content

In March the European Commission published its green paper on mobile health, which contained some mind-boggling statistics.  It suggests 97,000 apps are on sale in the mobile health sector, which includes tracking apps but also apps that help patients make appointments and keep track of medication.  Read Original Content

Mobile health and fitness app startup Nudge recently launched Nudge Coach, a HIPAA-compliant tool it says allows health professionals to analyze consumer data from health wearables by organizing the data in one spot.  Read Original Content

Targeting the exploding health and wellness market, Microsoft has launched a new cloud-based platform, mobile app, and wearable fitness tracking wrist band.  Called Microsoft Health, the platform allows users to store health and fitness data collected through a Microsoft Health app.  Read Original Content

A recent report published by Research2Guidance, indicates most major pharmaceutical companies have had trouble generating downloads for their health-related apps and even when they do, have trouble getting users to continue using their products.  Read Original Content

Staff shortages and reductions are driving sales of patient monitoring systems, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher said the market for advanced patient monitoring is expected to reach 29 billion by year-end and will grow at a rate of nine percent for the next four years.  Read Original Content

A new report by Berg Insight shows three million patients worldwide are connected to some form of remote monitoring device at home and monitored by a professional caregiver. In four years, it projects that figure to top 19 million.  Read Original Content

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

Gamification Strategies and Mobile Applications - The Way it Should Be
2015 Enterprise Mobility Events Announced
Insights into the Impact of Big Data, Mobile Apps and Code Halos Strategies on Retail
Transforming Web Content for Enterprise Mobility
Mobile Expert Interviews: Snappii's CEO Alex Bakman
Mobile Expert Interviews: Red Hat's Mike Piech
Big Data Business Models and Code Halo Strategies with SmartStory's CEO Michael Boerner
Digital Transformation Expert Interviews: SmartStory's Lloyd Mahaffey

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.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of November 23, 2014

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field 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 Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

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

The use of commercial fleet management or telematics systems in North America is expected to increase at a 15.3 percent compound annual growth rate over the next four years, as tighter trucking regulations in the U.S. drive adoption of technology, according to Berg Insight. Read Original Content

The global market for RFID technologies was valued at roughly $9.7 billion in 2013 and increased to nearly $11.1 billion in 2014. By 2019 this market should approach $24 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 16.7 percent for the five-year period, 2014 to 2019. Read Original Content

According to Research and Markets, the GIS market in North America is set to grow at a combined annual growth rate of 10.91 percent over the period 2013-2018. Read Original Content

B2M Solutions’ mobile software delivers valuable insight and actionable analytics for enterprise customers. Business leaders and managers within the mission critical, rugged mobile enterprise now have operational views of key business and technology analytics affecting performance and productivity. B2M software is developed with specific functionality to help organizations identify and unblock mobility problems as soon as, or even before, they occur, allowing customers to sustain critical business processes and gain competitive advantages. To Lean more visit www.B2M-Solutions.com.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by B2M Solutions

Fujitsu has implemented a field trial to enable a new customer experience utilizing radio-frequency identification technology, the first effort of its kind in the fashion and apparel industry in Japan, at BEAMS’ B:Ming Life Store at LaLaport Tokyo-Bay, which caters to customers of all ages, selling a variety of clothing and general merchandise. Read Original Content

TechNavio's analysts forecast the GIS market in the military sector to grow at a combined annual growth rate of 10.91 percent over the period 2013-2018. Read Original Content

Research and Markets forecast the global GIS market in the transportation industry to grow at a combined annual growth rate of 10.93 percent over the period 2013-2018. Read Original Content

Long haul truck telematics have been around for a couple of decades but research suggests adoption by other commercial vehicle sectors is expected to exceed the industry’s use by 2019, according to ABI Research. Read Original Content

"The worldwide market for two-way smart meters is set to surpass the $1 billion mark for the first time in 2019, with managed services, analytics, and smart water network adoption all combining to accelerate growth," according to the description of a new report from IHS Technology. Read Original Content

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

Gamification Strategies and Mobile Applications - The Way it Should Be
2015 Enterprise Mobility Events Announced
Insights into the Impact of Big Data, Mobile Apps and Code Halos Strategies on Retail
Transforming Web Content for Enterprise Mobility
Mobile Expert Interviews: Snappii's CEO Alex Bakman
Mobile Expert Interviews: Red Hat's Mike Piech
Big Data Business Models and Code Halo Strategies with SmartStory's CEO Michael Boerner
Digital Transformation Expert Interviews: SmartStory's Lloyd Mahaffey

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.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gamification Strategies and Mobile Applications - The Way it Should Be

My friend and mobile expert, Peter Rogers is feeling frisky this week! This is his second opinionated article this week!  In this article he shares a variety of ways gamification can be added and supported to mobile applications.  Enjoy!
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Peter Rogers
I think we should stop using the work Gamification because it basically means nothing. Instead we should replace it with the terms 'a server-side reward system' and 'a client-side gaming engine' [Kevin's comment: Peter is not in marketing].

Most companies are using some kind of server based reward system which offers a REST based API in order to monitor activities. Once certain tasks are completed to satisfactory levels then an electronic reward is triggered such as badges, high scores and certificates.

It is far easier to store these rewards on the server for the purposes of sharing them socially across services like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It also enables us to change the rules on the server without having to try and push out a dynamic rules engine to all of the mobile clients.

There are plenty of vendors offering Cloud SaaS solutions with reward systems and as long as they offer a REST API with a CRUD philosophy then its easy enough to call them from desktop, mobile or IoT clients.

If you want to build your own such system then looking at the Tin Can API is a good start because it already offers the ability to monitor activities and store progress.

This is all largely server based with the client simply logging progress to the server and downloading any rewards. The other side of the equation is a client-side gaming engine. If Flappy Bird taught us anything its that the 'sticky factor' is fuelled by high score competitions and the subsequent financial gains through advertising are substantial.

Of course writing client-side games is a totally different skillset to calling a server side engine which stores rewards. Firstly you need to get a decent game designer who knows how to create a compelling gaming experience and this isn't the same as a user experience guru - no matter how hard you try to convince me.

Once you have a compelling game design then you need to choose a high performance gaming engine. Here is a hint: Flash is dead, long live HTML5 Canvas. You then need to find a decent developer to write your gaming masterpiece.

The skillsets for application user interfaces and game development are sadly world apart. A game developer has to be able to code to the metal with a watchful eye on performance. They will be drawing most of the graphics themselves using 'direct draw' as opposed to customising user interface components out of the box.

Of course there are plenty of HTML5 Game Engines out there and some are incredibly advanced. These offer valuable gaming commodities like sprint engines, tiling engines and font generators. HTML5 Web Storage can be used to store the high scores locally and AJAX can be used to upload the results.

If you really want to push the boat out then you can even look at multiplayer experiences. Firebase offers a real-time Mobile Backend as a Service which may be worth investigating. Other options include Meteor (which is a popular option) and using the MEAN stack with Socket.io.

Before you start on your journey you really need to de-construct your user journeys and work out how to implement a successful reward system and how to integrate any gaming widgets.

This process involves user experience gurus and preferably somebody who has implemented a gamification system commercially, as opposed to somebody having an overbearing passion on the subject.

A good starting point is working out which activities you want to monitor and what kind of behaviours you want to drive. If you are filling in a multiple choice exam then you could monitor the following: answers correct; answers correct in a row; time taken for each question; and even answers compared with others taking the exam at the same time.

Following the example then the server side reward system could trigger rewards based on real-time behaviour (such as 3 questions correct in a row) or non-real-time behaviour (such as a certificate of completion).

It may be that you don't want to implement real-time feedback for exams because most educational systems don't allow that. If its a casual quiz though then real-time feedbacks with "3 in a row" logos and score multipliers could be fun.

Finally don't forget that implementing multiplayer is difficult because you need a server to manage all of this. Sending the data over the air is much faster now with Web Sockets (TCP) and WebRTC (UDP) available in the web world. A service like Firebase or a developer with Meteor / Socket.io skills is definitely required though.

If you want to take your web experience and put it through PhoneGap to get it on an App Store then please don't forget to run an HTML 5 Canvas to OpenGL converter. You will find Intel XDK and CocoonJS offer nice solutions.

A really interesting option that I have my eye on is a portable native gaming solution called Platino. It is always worth checking out technology solutions actually written by gaming professionals.


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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.

2015 Enterprise Mobility Events Announced

I will be attending these!!!

nGage Events Announces 2015 Event Dates For Award Winning M6 Mobility xChange, M-Enterprise Boston and M-Enterprise Canada. 

Scarborough, ME November 10, 2015 -- nGage Events announced it has added two mobility summits to its mobile events portfolio. The award winning M6 Mobility xChange is scheduled for May 17-19, 2015 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, CA and the second year M-Enterprise Summit Boston will be held October 19-21, 2015 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, MA. New to the portfolio is M-Enterprise Canada which will take place October 27-29, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

nGage Events believes strongly that the future of B2B mobile events is focused, appointment-based, hosted summits. Our mobility summits bring together C-Suite, Vice Presidents, Directors of Mobile Strategy, IT, Field Workforce, Architecture and Operations professionals from major organizations to learn how to use mobile technology to increase productivity, profitability, and improve customer service and experience. Sponsors are able to engage directly with these decision-makers looking for mobile solutions. The goal is to make the event an absolute "win-win" for both the attendee and the sponsor.

"M-Enterprise brought real world experiences and best practices to an audience that was looking to get to the next level with their mobile investment. It provided an incredibly valuable opportunity to learn not just what it takes to drive mobile adoption in the enterprise, but also what it takes to create business processes and experiences that can change the game for your business."- Michael Gilfix, Director, IBM, Enterprise Mobile Product Management

"In 2011 we launched Mobility xChange as the platform for our enterprise summits. We started with one vertically aligned summit in the Enterprise Mobility space, and due to the success of that event we have expanded in 2015 to three venues with future growth plans.  Mobility has become instrumental in increasing the efficiency of customer interaction regardless of industry and we have seen enterprises develop new business models, moving away from legacy approaches in IT.  We continue to see our events as an effective platform for end users and solution providers to meet, create deal flow and discover further how mobility can be the ultimate business driver for their organizations.", commented Paul Samargedlis, Senior Vice President at nGage Events.

In its fifth year, the M6 Mobility xChange is the longest running hosted enterprise mobility summit focused exclusively on bringing an executive audience together to discuss strategy, policy, and solutions to advance their business objectives. M6 has become the must attend platform in driving mobile investments and propelling growth of the global enterprise mobility market. M6 invites 125-150 select attendees and focuses on six key vertical segments: Banking, Finance Services, & Insurance; Retail & Point of Sale; Healthcare; Manufacturing & Automotive; Energy & Utility; and a Cross Vertical Segment.

"A lot of other events that I attend are more vendor fair organized and what's different and nice about M6 is you get a 1:1 connection with a number of people in the industry as well as end users in the industry, and that's the benefit to M6 compared to other tradeshows."- Adam Stein, Vice President, Mobile Solution & Product Marketing, SAP

Unlike M6, M-Enterprise Boston and M-Enterprise Canada take a horizontal approach to mobility, bringing in the same senior level of qualified decision-maker attendees and leading suppliers. The continued success of M6 along with requests from sponsors to provide this effective business forum more than once a year, has pushed nGage Events to expand to three separate events. The overall portfolio enables sponsors to connect with over 275 qualified attendees throughout 2015.

"At our 2014 mobile events, business leaders discussed the challenges and shared their wisdom on opportunities they experienced in going mobile. In 2015, we're going to explore building the strategy and technical implication requirements for building apps that matter. We'll also look at how companies are using IoT, wearables, big data and new analytics tools to reinvent business and drive competitive advantage.", commented Conference Chair Maribel Lopez, Founder, Lopez Research LLC.

"The M-Enterprise Summit was a very rewarding experience and I was able to make numerous connections with people across multiple verticals. The mobility landscape is consistently changing and for us to stay ahead of the curve we need to bounce ideas off of each other and think outside the box. It was a very well executed event and I look forward to coming back next year!"- George McQuillister, Principal IT Architect, Mobile Operations Support, Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Enterprise mobility is complex and continues to challenge organizations as they try to keep up with rapid advancements.  Developing a strategy and making the right decisions is a major challenge for IT executives. Our events are not exhibitions or traditional conferences, but focused world-class networking and business information exchanges designed to help IT executives overcome challenges.

For more information on attending or sponsoring any of nGage Events enterprise mobility summits please contact Spencer Bisgaard at sbisgaard@ngagevents.com or 503-747-0638.

About nGage Events
nGage Events is the leading producer of host based invitation-only business events. Our events bring together leading suppliers with qualified decision makers in an exclusive and intimate environment. Our 1:1 appointments, case study presentations, boardroom meetings, and networking opportunities provide a unique business experience to maximize our clients' time and productivity. The team has successfully produced over 200 events across all market sectors using this distinctive format which guarantees access to key contacts in a private setting, fosters new relationships, improves existing ones, builds partnerships, and accelerates the sales process. Other nGage Events include DataCenter Insights, Wealth Management Insights, Design Connections and Inkjet Summit. For more information please visit www.ngagevents.com.

Marketing Contact: David Pesko; dpesko@ngagevents.com

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Kevin Benedict
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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.

Insights into the Impact of Big Data, Mobile Apps and Code Halos Strategies on Retail

In this short video series, I interview SmartStory's CEO/Founder Michael Boerner on how they are combining big data, Code Halos, POS systems and mobile applications with storytelling to dramatically change retail.  This is hyper-personalized selling, customer support and cross-selling at its best.  Enjoy!

Part 1 Video Link: http://youtu.be/5bpL5mk2F4Y?list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw
Part 2 Video Link: http://youtu.be/XkGozGpoBOY?list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw
Part 3 Video Link: http://youtu.be/En7scBkHk5E?list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw

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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.

Transforming Web Content for Enterprise Mobility

Mobile Expert and Chief Technologist with Cognizant's Studio 13, Peter Rogers emerges from another mission to Spain, where he was teaching mobile application development, to share more insights on application development and integration with us.  Enjoy!
Peter Rogers
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Often I find myself buried in projects where the backend integration is ridiculously complicated and there is effectively no way to write to the internal systems. Forget those promises of SOA and more recently API Gateways, the majority of systems are still locked away behind email or push based systems. Sometimes the only way to write to these internal systems is through the existing web solution, which is generally a terrible experience on mobile. I have seen some really expensive systems out there that either treat the mobile phone as another desktop, or worse still, try to create a mobile-first experience but end up creating a mobile-monstrosity.

One solution I have recently come up with is to use WebViews in order to display the existing web solution but to transform the results using script injection. A lot of people use very expensive “pay per hit” systems which transform the website in the Cloud but for small projects you can actually do that using client-side injection of JavaScript. The idea is that you inject a small piece of JavaScript which manipulates the webpage in order to make it look and perform better on mobile.

There are two different ways to do achieve this goal:

  1. Transform the Document Object Model (DOM)
  2. Apply style sheets to the webpage
If you go with the DOM approach then you may find yourself losing valuable parts of the web page, such as hidden form elements. If you go with the second approach then you need to brush up on your CSS3 but the webpage should work in exactly the same way as before.

Script injection has become popular recently with the new WKWebView in iOS 8 allowing you to use WKUserScript in order to achieve this task more easily. It is of course equally possible using the original UIWebView or PhoneGap. The benefit of using WKWebView is that you finally get parity with Mobile Safari but the downside is that there are still a few defects, like the lack of ability to load local media resources and JavaScript alerts not working. It is also possible to use the same technique in Appcelerator Titanium to bring this to portable native applications.

A typical webpage in an enterprise system will have some kind of form that submits and a series of tables. I have been able to inject a script which loops through the HTML tables and picks out the key one that I am interested in focussing on for the mobile experience. I was then able to change its width and height, along with giving it a greater z-index, so that it becomes the sole focus of the mobile webpage. I then discovered the CSS zoom property which enabled me to zoom into my selected HTML table (as the name implies). A linear gradient as a background enables the rest of the content to be nicely faded out. You could also add media queries to make the whole experience responsive to changes, such as an orientation change.

The icing on the cake was being able to create a script that listened for the form submission event and added an additional custom event handler. My event handler stored the values of the username and password fields into web storage, so that they could be pre-populated the next time around. I was even able to patch some behaviour that stopped the code working in older browsers. Of course if you had more control over the underlying webpages themselves then you could look at using DOM reduction in order to create a web solution that performed more effectively too. You can remove adverts and other widgets which are not optimised for mobile and maybe even add in a few new media features such as audio.

There will certainly be cases where you have to fallback to using embedded webpages inside of native Apps in order to get access to the backend systems. In which case, why not use a client-side solution to make that experience as painless as possible. It does not always have to involve signing up to an expensive screen scraping or web transformation vendor.


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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.