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
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Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
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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.

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

Copyright 2014 nGage Events. All rights reserved. Reproduction or reuse of nGage Events materials is strictly prohibited.
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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

Part 1



Part 2



Part 3




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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.

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.

Mobility News Weekly – Week of November 16, 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!

Nokia is launching an Android-powered tablet, marking the Finnish company's return to consumer electronics.  The surprise launch pits the firm against Microsoft, which completed its takeover of Nokia's previous mobile-devices business in April.  The N1 tablet is due to go on sale in China towards the start of 2015, ahead of other countries.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry unveiled the latest version of its mobile device management software called BES 12. BlackBerry Enterprise Server allows corporations to remotely manage a fleet of mobile devices and applications while providing encryption, containerization and other features to improve security.  Read Original Content

According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, by 2020, 90 percent of the world's population over six years old will have a mobile phone, and smartphone subscriptions are expected to top 6.1 billion.  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/

Global shipments of ZTE smartphones were up by a notable 42 percent year on year in the third quarter 2014, according to a recent report from global market research organization, Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content

A survey by mobility vendor Globo found Apple devices garnering 61 percent of market share in the enterprise, compared to 35 percent for Android, three percent for BlackBerry and a pitiful 0.06 percent for Windows Phone.  Read Original Content


Asus expects to sell 8 million smartphones this year but their target for 2015 is to double this to 16 million.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry is forming a strategic partnership with Samsung in order to provide “a highly secure mobility solution for Android.” The partnership will integrate Samsung’s Knox-powered Galaxy smartphones and tablets with the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 server.  Read Original Content

Analysts forecast the global bring your own device security market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 35.23 percent over the period 2014-2019.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry Limited has announced Brightstar Corp., a wireless distribution, will be a distributor of BES12(TM): a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry.  Read Original Content

Mobile device maker Samsung and enterprise software provider SAP plan to develop industry-specific mobile solutions to run on the Korean manufacturer’s devices and wearables, in an enterprise mobility deal that mirrors the arrangement Apple and IBM struck last summer.  Read Original Content

The global marketing automation software market is expected to grow at a rate with the compound annual growth rate of 8.55 percent from 2014 to 2019, according to ResearchandMarkets.com.  Read Original Content

According to a report published in The Economic Times, Indian smartphone users have given a poor response to the Android One devices.  Read Original Content

Global smartphone shipments grew 9.1 percent to reach 310 million units in the peak-season third quarter, buoyed by the iPhone 6 launch, according to TrendForce.  Read Original Content

Mobility in the enterprise has moved beyond device management to applications and from stand-alone solutions to a full platform approach to mobility, and adoption of custom business apps is exploding, according to the latest quarterly mobility survey from Good Technology.  Read Original Content

Microsoft and Dropbox announced they were partnering to ensure mobile device users had better access and the ability to edit their documents on their device with ease. The partnership ended up offering integration with Dropbox, dedicated iPhone versions, plus editing and saving features without the requirement of an Office 365 subscription.  Read Original Content

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

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
What Portuguese Aqueducts, Google and High Speed Internet have in Common
Innovation and Mobile Applications in Lisbon
How Portugal's Age of Discovery is Related to Enterprise Mobility
Mobile Expert Interviews: Pedro Henriques

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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mobile Expert Interviews: Snappii's CEO Alex Bakman

Most credible mobility experts will tell you it takes more than one mobile strategy, platform and solution to solve all the needs of a business.  In this interview with Snappii's  CEO Alex Bakman, a man who lives in the snow covered lake district of New Hampshire, he shares his insights and experiences and where his solutions fill a need in the enterprise mobility market.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://youtu.be/9_F6rYysoQU?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.

Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly - Week of November 16, 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!

Financial services companies plan to bolster their cyber security budgets by about $2 billion over the next two years, according to accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Read Original Content

BlackBerry is expanding its efforts to sell mobile-security software on its rivals' smartphones and tablets to help counter the waning popularity of its own devices. Read Original Content

According to Spiceworks, Small and midsized businesses have embraced the so-called "bring your own device" trend, but many are ignoring the security lessons of the past. 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

A report from Check Point Software Technologies has found 95 percent of IT professionals face challenges with the security of BYOD – and even more are concerned about mobile security incidents. Read Original Content

The annual look at technology hiring trends by research firm Robert Half Technology concludes mobile, big data and network security are driving businesses trends now, and will shape 2015 hiring trends in the tech fields. 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

The U.S. and China made little if any progress on cyber security when President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at this week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing. Read Original Content

Microsoft Corp. has purchased Israeli cyber security startup Aorato, in a deal people familiar with the matter valued at about $200 million. Read Original Content

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

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
What Portuguese Aqueducts, Google and High Speed Internet have in Common
Innovation and Mobile Applications in Lisbon
How Portugal's Age of Discovery is Related to Enterprise Mobility
Mobile Expert Interviews: Pedro Henriques

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 Commerce News Weekly – Week of November 16, 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!

More than two billion people will use a mobile phone or tablet for some form of e-commerce transaction by the end of 2017, according to a report from Juniper Research.  Read Original Content

According to a Forrester Research report, mobile commerce is expected to account for 49 percent of all online sales in Europe by 2018.  Read Original Content

A recent survey conducted by SITA has shown mobile commerce kiosks are expected to take off at many different airports and through a range of airlines. The survey showed almost 90 percent of airports intend to make an investment into this type of mobile technology within the upcoming three years. 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.

Not only does mobile usage account for 21 percent of all Internet usage (Google), but 32 percent of all online purchases are made over mobile devices (BusinessInsider). And according to international investment bank The Goldman Sachs Group Inc, worldwide mobile commerce sales will account for almost half of total web sales by 2018.  Read Original Content

MarketLive recently said smartphone traffic to e-commerce sites grew by more than 62 percent and revenue grew 141 percent. 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 trend can't be ignored – research firm Gartner estimates mobile payments will top $720 billion by 2017, up from $235 billion last year.  Read Original Content

B2B marketers are attacking mobile with budgets jumping 11 percent over the next six months and an additional 17.5 percent over the next 12 months, according to VentureBeat. But it’s clear they’re not terribly happy with the tools vendors are providing.  Read Original Content

Online marketplace, eBay Inc. has made a massive move in its mobile marketing strategy by replacing the Google AdWords it had previously been using, in favor of Bing Ads from Microsoft.  Read Original Content

New research conducted in South Africa and Nigeria by French research firm Ifop reveals 80 percent of people feel annoyed when receiving unsolicited marketing messages on their mobile phones.  Read Original Content

Several bugs in Near Field Communication (NFC) payment systems have been found by security experts.  NFC allows people to pay for goods and services by touching their handset to a payment terminal.  But the inclusion of the technology on phones has proved useful to hackers seeking a stealthy way to take over a mobile phone.  Read Original Content

A new Transparency Market Research report states the global near field communication market, which is valued US $1.068 billion in 2012, is expected to acquire net worth of US $20.01 billion by 2018, growing at a very healthy compound annual growth rate of 43.7 percent during the forecast period.  Read Original Content

NXP's push to have automakers utilize its NFC wireless technology was spotlighted on Thursday by Reuters, which said the company is hoping the excitement over NFC radios in Apple's latest iPhones will help drive sales to new markets, including the automotive space.  Read Original Content

Waterfall, the leading cloud mobile marketing platform, has announced it has acquired the mobile marketing services division of Archer USA Inc., a global provider of mobile engagement solutions.  Read Original Content

Softcard is bringing NFC payment support to the Windows Phone mobile platform.  The company, a mobile payments joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon, aims to bridge the gap between merchants, banks, tech firms and brands.  Read Original Content

Snapchat unveiled a partnership with payment processor Square to launch payments inside the Snapchat app.  The feature, dubbed Snapcash, allows users to send money to friends on the network by simply typing the amount and hitting send.  Read Original Content

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

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
What Portuguese Aqueducts, Google and High Speed Internet have in Common
Innovation and Mobile Applications in Lisbon
How Portugal's Age of Discovery is Related to Enterprise Mobility
Mobile Expert Interviews: Pedro Henriques
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
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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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mobile Expert Interviews: Red Hat's Mike Piech

On September 18, 2014 Red Hat announced their acquisition of mobile platform vendor Feedhenry. Red Hat was an unexpected, but intriguing company to reach out and snag one of the most popular up and coming startups in the enterprise mobility market.  I immediately reached out to Red Hat to learn the strategy behind the acquisition and this interview is the results.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://youtu.be/wSa0NUqfPYk?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
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Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies
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 Health News Weekly – Week of November 16, 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
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Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

Connie Chen and Stephanie Tilenius are teaming up to bring a new health app to market, one focused on continuous care and chronic issues.  The app, called Vida, is meant to be the digital equivalent of a weekly visit to address long-term health problems. These health issues could range from breast cancer recovery needs to marathon training.  Read Original Content

Microsoft has unveiled its first wearable device that can track a user's sleep and exercise as well as connect to a health service on smartphones.  The Microsoft Band will retail for $199 on the company's online store.  The device can operate for two days on a single charge and has ten sensors that can track heart rate, calories, stress and even a person's sun exposure.  Read Original Content

Germany is becoming a hub for mobile health application developers because its medical data rules are less restrictive, but the country lags in adopting innovations because of strict medical practice and privacy regulations, the Wall Street Journal reports.  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.

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

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is seeking assurances from Apple Inc that it will prevent sensitive health data collected by its upcoming smartwatch and other mobile devices from being used without owners' consent, two sources told Reuters.  Read Original Content



More than one-third of health-care providers have suggested using mobile health apps to improve patient outcomes, according to an article by Ken Terry in Medical Economics.  Read Original Content

A health IT company has raised $12 million to bring to market a clinical decision support tool that uses customized remote patient monitoring.  Sentrian is using biosensors and machine learning to make spotting signs of deterioration across multiple chronic conditions a more exact science and reduce the number of false positives that they can generate.  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

The global advanced patient monitoring market is currently worth about $29.7 billion, up seven percent from last year, according to Kalorama Information.  Read Original Content

Health care providers are expanding their use of telemedicine despite reimbursement and regulatory challenges, according to a survey of health care executives released by Foley & Lardner LLP. Nine of ten say their organizations have started developing or implementing a telemedicine program.  Read Original Content

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Big Data Business Models and Code Halo Strategies with SmartStory's CEO Michael Boerner
Digital Transformation Expert Interviews: SmartStory's Lloyd Mahaffey
What Portuguese Aqueducts, Google and High Speed Internet have in Common
Innovation and Mobile Applications in Lisbon
How Portugal's Age of Discovery is Related to Enterprise Mobility
Mobile Expert Interviews: Pedro Henriques
Deliverying the Next Generation of B2E Hybrid Mobile Apps
Bleeding Edge Web and Mobile Technologies
Enterprise Social: Your Future Neural Network is Mobile and Different

Webinars of Note (Recorded)


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.

Connected Globe News Weekly - Week of November 16, 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
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Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

Machine-to-machine technology will soon be available around the globe, according to market research firm Berg Insight. The spread of M2M, which allows devices to communicate without human intervention, is being driven – quite literally – by connected cars. Read Original Content

At the ongoing Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014, Gartner unveiled its forecast for the Internet-of-Things, saying by 2020, there will be 25 billion connected things on the planet. Read Original Content

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

Higher value smartmeters will boost the global market from its current $9 billion annual size to $26.8 billion per year by 2024, according to a new dataset published today by Northeast Group, LLC. Read Original Content

According to research firm TechNavio, the connected M2M home appliance market in the US is expected to witness significant growth, with a combined annual growth rate of 49.98 percent from 2014-2018. Read Original Content


Nearly 12 billion internet-connected devices will be in use worldwide by the end of 2014, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics. That is equivalent to 1.7 devices for every person on the planet, a ratio that will rise to 4.3 by 2020, when 33 billion devices will be in use. Read Original Content

Research and Markets predicts the connected M2M home appliance market in the US will grow at a combined annual growth rate of 49.98 percent over the period 2013-2018. Read Original Content

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, around 4.7 million people in Europe were using connected care solutions at the end of 2013. Read Original Content

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

Big Data Business Models and Code Halo Strategies with SmartStory's CEO Michael Boerner
Digital Transformation Expert Interviews: SmartStory's Lloyd Mahaffey
What Portuguese Aqueducts, Google and High Speed Internet have in Common
Innovation and Mobile Applications in Lisbon
How Portugal's Age of Discovery is Related to Enterprise Mobility
Mobile Expert Interviews: Pedro Henriques
Deliverying the Next Generation of B2E Hybrid Mobile Apps
Bleeding Edge Web and Mobile Technologies
Enterprise Social: Your Future Neural Network is Mobile and Different

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.