Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly - September 30, 2010

Kevin's 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 numbers and trends.

SMS, Human Capital Management and Mobile Applications

It is easy to think that high value mobile applications need to be complex and sophisticated, but that is not always the case.  This morning I read about a solution that helps firefighters manage their human resources and schedules by interacting with their staff via SMS.  The solution, called ClickRoster, will automatically create the roster for every fire station and every shift for both full time and part time firefighters, allocating individuals to specific roles based on skill requirements and the Watch Managers’ decisions.

Ventureforth Delivers Mobile Enterprise Solutions for Oracle PeopleSoft Using Syclo's Agentry Platform

Ventureforth, a Syclo Independent Software Vendor, licenses and develops off-the-shelf mobile solutions for Oracle, PeopleSoft and Indus (Ventyx) with the configurable mobile platform architecture from Syclo’s Agentry platform.  This is interesting for two reasons:

What Everyone Wants but Few Have - Mobile SDK

Last week I interviewed the COO of Worklight, Kurt Daniels (see interview later this week) and learned about their strategy to become the leading mobile application platform for smartphones, tablets and beyond.  What makes them unique?  They want to be experts in mobile technologies, Mobile SDKs (software development kits) and platforms, but they don't want to develop mobile applications themselves.  They want to support systems integrators and customers that want to develop their own mobile solutions.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Do SAP and Sybase Recognize What is Happening?

I know many people that work at Sybase in the mobility products area.  They were overworked before the acquisition.  Now they are overworked times 10.  Why?  SAP bought them and enterprise mobility is in big demand today.  SAP customers have been waiting a long time for an SAP direction and roadmap around mobility and now that SAP has a strategy there is a huge backlog of interest.  What does SAP do with this interest?  They call the product folks at Sybase Unwired Platform and request their assistance. 

I don't think the management folks at Sybase yet recognize what the SAP ecosystem is going to do to them.  I work closely with the SAP enterprise mobility ecosystem.  The majority of these companies are going to want to partner with Sybase so they can support SAP's roadmap and strategy.  Read  SAP's Mobility Partners After SAP’s Acquisition of Sybase, Part 1 for more information on this subject.  These companies have their own customer bases and are actively recruiting more business.  This is going to drive a significant amount of new business to Sybase.  It is going to require growth at Sybase.

Kevin’s M2M News Weekly – September 29, 2010

Welcome to Kevin's M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices that I read each week. 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.

Location Based Services and Mobile Retailing Applications

There is a fast growing segment of the mobile applications market that is rapidly being adopted by retailers.  Retailers and consumer packaged goods companies like Best Buy, Disney, Procter and Gamble, Starbucks, The Gap, American Eagle, Sports Authority and Macy's are all involved in various location based services projects. 

SAP's Consumer Mobile Initiative

SAP is now starting to really deliver vertical specific mobility strategies, ideas and solutions.  I love it!  They are demonstrating that they really understand the power of mobile applications.  Take a look at the following agenda items from their upcoming SAP Retail Forum 2010 in Las Vegas:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Kevin’s Mobile Retailing News Weekly - September 28, 2010

Kevin's Mobile Retailing News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile retailing applications, mobile payments and mobile marketing applications that I run across each week. I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

More on Mobile Scanning Apps and Retail Stores

This morning I read an article written by Ben Lee of Smartsoft Mobile Solutions called Mobile Application Use for On-site Retail.  Ben describes how a number of different retailers have incorporated mobile applications, barcode, QR codes and scanning software into their strategies. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Print Ads and QR Codes Combined with Mobile Scanning Software

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Brooks Brothers is using QR (quick response) codes in its fall collection print ads that let consumers purchase the items they see right from the pages of Esquire magazine.  The challenge is getting customers to download the scanning software to their smartphone the first time.  After the mobile scanning app is downloaded, the process should be very easy.

SAP Enterprise Mobility Webinar - SAP, Sybase, PriceWaterhouseCooper and Kevin Benedict

I am very excited about this upcoming webinar on October 6th at 2 PM ET, because I have seen the draft presentation and it offers details that have been hard to find until now.  SAP/Sybase are starting to provide real insight into their strategies, the architecture of their solutions and the various components. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Mobile Expert Interview Series: Open Text's Micah Kalen

For those of you unfamiliar with Open Text, they are an SAP Co-Innovation Partner (like Syclo and RIM).  They are an enterprise software company and leader in ECM (enterprise content management).  Open Text brings two decades of expertise and supports millions of users in 114 countries. They are focused on helping organizations capture and preserve corporate memory, increase brand equity, automate processes, mitigate risk, manage compliance and improve competitiveness.  With that said, they are also developing a mobile enterprise software application called Open Text Everywhere.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

SAP's Mobility Partners After SAP’s Acquisition of Sybase, Part 3

The true value in extending business processes to mobile devices is to enable more employees, customers and partners to benefit from the company’s existing IT systems and investments. Mobile applications enable more users to take advantage of the ERP and other IT assets. SAP, in their central role, needed to define how mobile applications could efficiently and effectively connect and integrate with their solutions. The Sybase acquisition and the recently announced mobility roadmap now fulfills that need.

SAP's Mobility Partners After SAP’s Acquisition of Sybase, Part 2

SAP made a safe bet with the Sybase acquisition. Sybase was already the undisputed global leader in enterprise mobility databases, mobile synchronization technologies, mobile security and mobile device management. This is not another new emerging strategy and future solution. It is a mature and proven solution with millions of mobility users worldwide.

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly - September 23, 2010

Kevin's 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 numbers and trends.

SAP's Mobility Partners After SAP’s Acquisition of Sybase, Part 1

Many companies have asked me recently how the SAP acquisition of Sybase will impact the SAP enterprise mobility ecosystem. It is a fair question that needs to be answered, as there is an increasing interest and demand from enterprises for mobile applications.

Companies want and need to formulate a mobility strategy now, but they don’t want their first steps to be misguided. As a result they are watching webinars, attending conferences, downloading whitepapers and reading blogs in an effort to find answers. For years SAP did not provide many mobility answers. They struggled to understand and define a workable mobility strategy and roadmap. As a result, SAP mobility partners were forced to find their own answers. Today, however, things have dramatically changed in the world of SAP enterprise mobility. With SAP’s acquisition of Sybase, and their Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP), there is now a good and reliable mobile application platform and NetWeaver integration strategy that can be understood and followed by both customers and SAP mobility partners.

If your SAP enterprise mobility strategy calls for supporting a wide variety of mobile applications for different business processes, departments, users and industries, then you need to work with a MEAP (mobile enterprise application platform). If you need to support both horizontal and vertical mobile applications that need to run in both connected and disconnected modes, then you need to work with a MEAP.

Today, there are several MEAP companies. However, the obvious choice for SAP customers is the SAP/Sybase Unwired Platform. Why? SAP just spent $5.8 billion to help you meet your mobility requirements. It is SAP’s mobility solution going forward, and their roadmap includes features and functionality that will make the mobile infrastructure and implementation projects easier and more standardized so customers can achieve a lower TCO (total cost of ownership).

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Complementary Aberdeen Report - Mobility in Service

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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kevin's M2M News Weekly - September 22, 2010

Welcome to Kevin's M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices that I read each week. 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.

Archived editions of Kevin's M2M News Weekly are available at here.

You can follow me on Twitter @krbenedict and read my blog, Enterprise Mobility Strategies for SAP and Others.

Also available are Kevin’s Mobile Retailing News Weekly and Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly.

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Yesterday marked the official launch of the brand new "Global Smart Grid Federation," an international organization that seeks to promote best practices for smart grid and assist with the deployment of smart grid around the world.

http://www.telecomengine.com/article.asp?HH_ID=AR_6578

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ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware - http://www.clicksoftware.com/.

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Indianapolis based VoCare Inc. has raised $2.2 million from angel investors to launch a mobile device that connects doctors with patients and expects to reach $3.5 million in fundraising by the end of the year.

http://www.ibj.com/vocare-raises-22-million-for-telehealth-device/PARAMS/article/22235

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MathWorks rolled out a series of new capabilities and products to address the more complex simulation needs of engineers building embedded systems that incorporate wireless, sensor processing and streaming media capabilities.

http://www.designnews.com/article/510524-MathWorks_Advances_Signal_Processing_System_Design.php

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Garmin Ltd. will decide over the next couple of quarters the future of its struggling smartphone unit, and is ready to exit the business if it does not achieve success, a company executive said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE6881WD20100909

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Healthmed Services, Ltd., an innovative software development company, announced the launch of a new software technology that has the capability of modernizing remote patient access through the use of handheld devices.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/630-billion-healthcare-expansion-propels-virtual-vantage-software-to-transform-healthcare-industry-2010-09-17?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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In a recent study of handset motion sensors by ARCchart, the research firm expects the market for accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers (compasses) and pressure sensors to exceed $1 billion by 2014.

http://www.rethink-wireless.com/2010/06/17/handset-motion-sensor-market-top-1-billion-2014.htm

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The Motorola Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. today announced its newest mobile computing solution for healthcare – the MC75A0-HC Enterprise Digital Assistant. The new MC75A0-HC provides healthcare organizations with a rugged and disinfectant ready mobility solution.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/motorola-advances-healthcare-mobility-with-new-enterprise-digital-assistant-102944209.html

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AT&T Mobility furthered its no contract offerings by unveiling a pay as you go mobile broadband plan and a trio of new laptop computers with embedded wireless modems.

http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20100920/CARRIERS/100929997/att-mobility-unveils-no-contract-mobile-broadband-plans-new-laptops

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In the near future diabetes patients will be able to better manage their health through mobile phones and get better access to diagnosis and treatment of various ailments, experts said.

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/health/health-care-to-get-boost-from-cellphone-technology-1.682135

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North Carolina Zoo researchers are using remote sensing and satellite tracking tools to bring endangered animals back from the brink.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/09/19/1704779/nc-zoo-works-without-borders.html

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The $90 million investment by Gary and Mary West in the West Wireless Healthcare Institute may seem enticing to someone with a startup mobile or wireless healthcare company, but don't get the wrong idea.

http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/west-wireless-cmo-were-not-giving-money-away/2010-09-14

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A new iPad app will listen to the ABC television series "My Generation" with you, and serve up content to augment the experience.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/gaming.gadgets/09/16/my.generation.ipad.app/index.html?iphoneemail

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The new California Telehealth Network, a statewide, medical grade broadband system for improving health care access and emergency services, will receive a $9 million federal grant and additional $5 million in matching funds from some prominent California organizations.

http://www.govhealthit.com/newsitem.aspx?nid=74648

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Nokia, the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, declared “Nokia is back” at its Nokia World conference in London, and unveiled a new version of its Ovi Maps software.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/nokia/8002277/Nokia-World-Location-based-services-key-to-the-future-says-Nokia.html

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Medtronic has announced plans to launch a new patient management solution designed to make it easier for clinicians to monitor heart failure patients. The medical technology firm's CareLink Network for Heart Failure will be introduced in autumn 2010.

http://www.zenopa.com/news/800067537/Medtronic_launches_remote_monitoring_system_for_heart_failure

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Last month, Facebook announced its "Places" product, essentially a location based feature that allows users to share their locations among their network of friends.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=135830

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Archinoetics, which develops products primarily for the military, is releasing to the commercial market a software program called Physio-Lab, which collects and analyzes physiological data. The software, which costs between $2,200 and $4,500, can be used in research and pharmaceutical trials.

http://pacific.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2010/09/13/story6.html?b=1284350400%5E3928651

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Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed "MedWatcher," a new iPhone application that provides drug safety surveillance in real-time.

http://healthcareitnews.com/news/medwatcher-app-aims-boosting-adverse-events-reporting

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Pulse Energy, a premier provider of energy management solutions, has teamed up with Sierra Wireless to deliver cutting edge cellular deployments that enable customers to more efficiently monitor and manage energy usage.

http://m2m.tmcnet.com/topics/m2mevolution/articles/102029-pulse-energy-collaborates-with-sierra-wireless.htm

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PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute recently carried out a nationwide survey of 2,000 consumers and 1,000 physicians. The idea of remote healthcare was liked by 56 percent of the consumers.

http://healthcare.tmcnet.com/topics/healthcare/articles/100888-30-percent-americans-would-use-mobile-device-monitor.htm

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kevin’s Mobile Retailing News Weekly – September 21, 2010

Kevin's Mobile Retailing News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile retail applications, mobile payments and mobile marketing applications that I run across each week. I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

Archived editions of Kevin's Mobile Retailing News Weekly are available at here.

You can follow me on Twitter @krbenedict and read my blog, Enterprise Mobility Strategies for SAP and Others.

Also available are Kevin’s M2M News Weekly and Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly.

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Restaurants, retailers and other small businesses with storefronts are embracing location based social networks – think Foursquare or Facebook Inc.'s Places – to woo customers and keep them coming back.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703597204575483832278936028.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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Macy’s has taken steps to improve customers’ shopping experience in store and on the go via enhanced mobile offerings. The company and its upscale sister store Bloomingdale’s have optimized their e-commerce sites, so when consumers enter it via their mobile device, they can view larger and clearer images.

http://www.mobilecommercedaily.com/macy’s-aims-for-customer-satisfaction-via-new-mobile-technology-adoption/

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Shopkick has made quite a name for itself in recent months. The location based iPhone app recognizes when users are near a retail store, and then offers rewards for coming closer to it and bigger rewards for stepping inside.

http://www.internetretailer.com/2010/09/09/mobile-app-rewards-shoppers-entering-store

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The business model seems simple enough: Convince merchants to offer steep discounts in exchange for a guaranteed stampede of customers. That is the premise of the wildly successful social couponing Web site Groupon, which in less than two years has 18 million subscribers and spawned a host of imitators; but some businesses that advertise through the site are learning that there can be too much of a good thing.

http://mobile.washingtonpost.com/rss.jsp?rssid=601&item=+http%3a%2f%2fwww.washingtonpost.com%2fwp-syndication%2farticle%2f2010%2f09%2f17%2fAR2010091707048_mobile.xml+&cid=573&spf=1

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According to a new report from ABI Research, location based marketing will increase from only about $43 million this year to $1.8 billion by 2015 as part of overall mobile marketing budgets.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=135110

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For all the hype and attention location based services are getting these days, only 1 in 25 Americans have ever tried one, and only 1 out of 100 use them weekly, according to a recent survey by Forrester Research.

http://venturebeat.com/2010/08/30/location-based-services-survey/

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Consumers are flocking to smartphones and the apps that run on them as fervently as mobile technology investors had hoped; but so far, iPhone, BlackBerry and Android users have shown a preference for applications that extend well known Web properties, rather than apps that have appeared for mobile devices only.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/09/15/which-mobile-apps-are-poised-for-success/

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The decision by the largest regional mall owner in the country to embrace a smartphone application marked a new stage in the rapidly unfolding evolution of mall marketing.

http://retailtrafficmag.com/management/marketing/owners_keep_pace_marketing_09072010/

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By now consumers have become very accustomed to using their Smartphone as a personal global positioning system. It was not long ago that companies like TomTom and Garmin thrived selling GPS devices as a stand-alone tool. It is funny how fast technology caught up with these companies. Along came the huge growth in consumer grade Smartphones, such as the iPhone, Blackberry, Droid, and Windows devices. Consumers now had a GPS in their pocket that can give directions for driving, walking or even using public transit systems.

http://smartsoftmobile.com/wordpress/2010/09/21/mobile-geo-location-tools-for-applications-and-their-usage-in-retailing/

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From sticking to a budget to finding the best price on literally billions of items, these 20 mobile shopping apps for Android, iPhone, and Blackberry will save you both time and money. Whether you prefer to shop online or at a brick-and-mortar retail store, these apps maximize quality while minimizing cost.

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2010/09/20/20-best-mobile-apps-for-saving-money

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Bharti Airtel has become the first telecom player to be issued a semi closed wallet licence by the Reserve Bank of India.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/business/rbi-allows-airtel-offer-limited-mobile-banking-147

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Technological advances have made it easier for consumers to stay on top of their finances by enabling them to easily check how much money is in their bank accounts and manage their funds.

http://www.uknetguide.co.uk/Finance/Article/Keep_eye_on_current_account_with_mobile_phone_banking-105321.html

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Mobile technologies can evolve customer experiences with in store navigation, product searches, digital shopping lists, in store coupons, reviews and more.

http://mobile-barcode.tmcnet.com/topics/mobile-barcode-innovations/articles/102091-delivering-rewarding-retail-experiences.htm

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Zappli Inc. announced the launch of myShopanion, a mobile social shopping solution, available as a free download at the iPhone App Store. myShopanion is a mobile shopping advisor that lets consumers access extensive information on millions of products, share shopping insights with friends, and buy at the best price.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-mobile-solution-turns-all-shopping-social-102831909.html

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PlacePop, a company that allows any company to create and maintain virtual loyalty cards, launched its iPhone app today. It also announced fresh funding of $1.4 million from a number of angel investors.

http://venturebeat.com/2010/07/30/placepop-launches-mobile-loyalty-programs/

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CardStar’s loyalty card smartphone app — also available on iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices — has made that a scene from the past, though certainly not a simpler time. Consumers can manage their collection of retailer and brand discount cards through the app, which boasts 19 retail categories and 700 merchants.

http://www.adotas.com/2010/08/cardstar-brings-loyalty-programs-to-ipad/

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Best Buy Co., Inc., a leading retailer of consumer electronics, has announced it plans to bring a location based retail experiment, using the "shopkick" mobile application rewards system, to 257 U.S. stores by October 1. Best Buy will examine the ways in store shoppers value and redeem offers and rewards through their smartphones.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/best-buy-to-launch-location-based-retail-experiment-in-257-us-stores-2010-08-16?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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Another company has launched a location based mobile phone application that aims to encourage consumers to make repeat visits to bricks-and-mortar merchants.

http://www.internetretailer.com/2010/09/16/placepop-launches-geolocation-app-consumers

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Recent articles from Kevin Benedict’s blog Enterprise Mobility Strategies for SAP and Others

Mobile Retailing - Macy's and Bloomingdale's Mobile Applications Strategies

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Phone +1 208-991-4410
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Mobile Retailing - Macy's and Bloomingdale's Mobile Applications Strategies

Macy's and sister store Bloomingdale's recently announced that they have both recently revised and improved their e-commerce websites to better support their mobile retailing strategy.  When customers use an internet-capable mobile device to visit macys.com and bloomingdales.com, they now see larger and clearer images and click-through buttons so using the sites are faster and easier. Technology detects the type of mobile device a shopper is using and customizes the presentation of macys.com and bloomingdales.com to that customer.  They have added the following features to their e-commerce websites:
  1. When consumers access their websites through a mobile device, they can view larger and clearer images and click-through buttons.
  2. The site is faster and easier for mobile devices. 
  3. New technology detects the type of mobile device and customizes the website accordingly.
Many of their customers come to the website after receiving email messages from Macy's or Bloomingdale's that they read on their mobile devices.  When they click the links they routed to the e-commerce website that is now optimized for their mobile device.

On the mobile retailing application side they have done the following:
  1. Macy's upgraded and relaunched their iPhone application - iShop.
  2. They are testing various marketing scenarios and strategies with shopkick and Foursquare.
Macy's new version of the iShop application for iPhones provides the following features.

  • Loads faster
  • Navigates easier
  • Integrates in real-time with macys.com to provide an improved mobile shopping experience
  • Browse through merchandise
  • Place and track orders
  • Read product reviews
  • Explore gift guides
  • Find store locations
  • Access information on special events and campaigns
Macy's is also testing location based services.  Here is an excerpt from their recent press release

Macy's has begun piloting the use of shopkick -- a new location-based shopping app -- at about 150 stores in the New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago markets. By downloading shopkick free from the iPhone App Store, Macy's customers can earn "kickbucks" reward points by simply walking into a Macy's store with their mobile device. They also will receive offers on products or related to specific departments within Macy's. Kickbucks can be redeemed, at the touch of a button on the iPhone, for Facebook Credits to play games online, song downloads, in-store gift rewards at Macy's and other shopkick partner stores, magazine subscriptions, iPods and charitable donations.

I recently interviewed Dan Homrich, CEO of Smartsoft Mobile Solutions about mobile retailing applications.  Many of Smartsoft's largest mobility customers are global retailers.  Mobile retailing is a fast growing and emerging mobility market segment that compliments SAP's mobile strategy to touch over 1 billion users by 2014.  You accomplish that kind of ambitious goal by placing valuable mobile applications into the hands of consumers, not just enterprise users.

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 6

This is Part 6 in this series on My Advice to Mobile Application Vendors

Today SIs (Systems Integrators) are wondering about their role in the SAP enterprise mobility ecosystem.  They have traditionally played a significant role in SAP implementations, but what about mobility?  I had the opportunity to exchange emails recently with Florian Ganz, a systems integrator, with Energy4U a Siemen business in Germany.  You many find his experiences and thoughts insightful on this subject.

Florian entered the world of SAP mobility while working at SAP AG.  It was 2005, in the middle of SAP's mobility puberty.  He was given the challenging task of trying to fix SAP's early mobility projects and their escalating issues.  The experience was invaluable, as he quickly became exposed to just about every challenge large enterprises could have with mobile applications.  He traveled to almost every continent and spent time with over 35 SAP customers.

In 2008, in the midst of SAP's dark ages in mobility, Florian was introduced to SAP Co-Innovation and mobility partner Syclo.  Syclo had a MEAP (mobile enterprise application platform) and pre-developed mobile solutions that were certified on SAP.  Many of the challenges that Florian had worked on at SAP were already resolved in the flexible and scalable solutions from Syclo.  About this time Florian left SAP AG to help start a new business unit focused on mobility at Energy4U.  His experience with SAP, and his new found knowledge of Syclo, enabled them to quickly close new mobility business with companies like RheinEnergie.

Energy4U has now implemented over six large enterprise mobility projects using Syclo's mobility solutions.  In addition, they have also implemented many other custom mobile applications.  Florian says,"There are many vendors and implementers in the SAP mobile eco-system, but only a few understand both topics (SAP and mobility).  The majority lack the SAP, mobility and integration skills that are required."  He believes that the key to their success as systems integrators in the mobility space is the fact that most of his team has many years of experience in both enterprise mobility and SAP (I thought it was because his team reads my blog articles!!!).

He is currently very interested in learning the details about the SAP/Sybase roadmap.  He has seen many SAP strategies in his time that did not work, so he is more than ready for a plan that will.

I hope to interview Florian in the near future and get some more details regarding his projects. 

So Florian's advice, as gleaned from his email:  Have in-depth SAP knowledge, years of enterprise mobility experience and deep SAP integration skills.  Also, there was value in having experienced all the pain that SAP mobility projects suffered in the early years.

Read the rest of the articles in this series:

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict

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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Friday, September 17, 2010

27 Questions to Ask a Company Preparing an Enterprise Mobility Strategy

There are enterprise mobile application vendors like Clicksoftware that focus on supporting the needs of SAP customers that have mobile workers in rugged outdoor environments, and there are companies like Smartsoft Mobile Solutions that focus on supporting the needs of large and global retailers that use SAP and want customer facing mobile solutions to sell more products.  These environments can be very different from each other.  How do you know where to start when developing an enterprise mobility strategy?

If you are an enterprise mobile applications vendor, a member of an IT organization or a systems integrator that is working with a client to help them develop an enterprise mobility strategy, then it would be useful to have a few questions to get the discussions started.  The following list of 27 questions is a good start, but I believe it is still an incomplete list.  I am sure I have missed important questions, so please click on the "comments" icon below and add to the list.
  1. What business processes are you considering mobilizing?
  2. What ERPs or business applications are involved?
  3. What are your preferred integration strategies?
  4. What business units or departments are involved?  Is this a corporate project or departmental?
  5. What are your priorities for mobilizing business processes? Which ones first, second, third?
  6. How many people will be using these mobile applications?
  7. What are the roles and responsibilities of the mobile users?
  8. What are their working environments?  Hot, cold, wet, dusty, underground, on a power pole?
  9. Will they always have internet connectivity or do they need offline support as well?
  10. What are the expected ROIs?
  11. What is the desired timeline?
  12. Do you have business process diagrams developed for these solutions? If so, can we review prior to our meeting?
  13. What is your one to three year roadmap for enterprise mobility?
  14. Do you have existing mobile enterprise solutions? If so, please describe.
  15. What are your mobile device or smartphone preferences?
  16. Do you need an SDK (software development kit) to customize and/or edit your own mobile applications?
  17. Do you want to develop your own mobile application in-house, buy off-the-shelf or contract with a third party for a custom mobile application?
  18. If you want to develop in-house, are your stakeholders patient enough to wait for the final product? What are the costs to the business of not delivering on time?
  19. If you develop in-house, who will support new versions of the mobile operating systems and new mobile devices?
  20. Which business unit will budget to pay for upgrades to mobile operating systems and mobile devices? They change every few months? Do you really have developers that will be available for all of these updates and upgrades?
  21. How will you support it? What is the plan for supporting mobile applications and mobile devices?
  22. What countries will be using it?
  23. What data plans does the company want to use in each country?
  24. How will you manage the data plans?
  25. What is the policy for replacing missing or damaged mobile devices?
  26. Which business unit will pay for lost devices and data plans?
  27. What is the process for approving mobile access to ERPs and business processes?
There are many more questions that will be asked and answered once there is a formal strategy and project, but this high level list is intended to get an IT organization thinking about some of the bigger issues and priorities before drilling down into specific mobile application project requirements.

Let me know if you would like me to help your organization think through these issues.  I have a bit of experience in this area.

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join SAP Enterprise Mobility on Linkedin:
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly - September 16, 2010

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter that is 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 numbers and trends.

Archived editions of Kevin's Mobility News Weekly are available at http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/kevins-mobility-news-weekly.html

You can follow me on Twitter @krbenedict and read my blog, Enterprise Mobility Strategies for SAP and Others.

Also available are Kevin’s M2M News Weekly and Kevin’s Mobile Retailing News Weekly.

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I have added a feature to my blog site that supports email subscriptions. You can now receive all blog articles directly via email. If you are interested, click here.

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Market research firm IDC has increased its growth projections for this year's smartphone sales by 10 percent. The firm now expects smartphone sales to increase 55.4 percent compared to last year, to hit 269.6 million units.

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/daily_news/article.php/410846/IDC-Global-Smartphone-Market-to-Grow-554-Percent-This-Year.htm

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ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware - http://www.clicksoftware.com/.

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Startup Leapfactor Inc. is making a big enterprise push with a new cloud-based mobile application platform that it says can mobilize any business app or process for thousands of employees. In its bid to consumerize the enterprise, the SAP AG partner is looking to help the wireless operators take on corporate America.

http://making-money-investing.com/telecom-startup-sees-enterprise-apps-as-telco-opportunity.html

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According to Gartner, Android will capture 17.7 percent of the smartphone market this year, slightly more than BlackBerry's 17.5 percent share. Symbian will remain on top with 40.1 percent this year, while Apple's iOS will come in fourth with 15.4 percent of the market in 2010.

http://www.businessinsider.com/android-will-blow-past-apple-and-rim-to-become-second-biggest-mobile-os-this-year-2010-9

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SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann tweeted recently that the enterprise software vendor has already rolled out iPads to 1,000 employees.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/sybase/sap-has-deployed-1000-ipads-to-its-employees/411?tag=zd-left

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Apple announced recently that it has lifted restrictions on its third party developer guidelines that impacts Adobe’s Packager for iPhone, a feature in the Flash Professional CS5 authoring tool.

http://blogs.adobe.com/conversations/2010/09/great-news-for-developers.html

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“As mobility continues to play a key role in enabling companies to achieve greater productivity worldwide, IDC expects the global mobile worker population to increase from 919.4 million in 2008 to more than 1.19 billion in 2013, representing nearly 35 percent of the worldwide workforce," said Sean Ryan, research analyst for IDC's Mobile Enterprise group.

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=221309

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The Motorola Solutions business of Motorola, Inc. and Ericsson hope to advance Public Safety communications. Specifically, an LTE based solution for public safety mobile broadband that will interoperate with mission critical voice and data to unify the delivery of high performing voice and broadband multimedia applications.

http://www.telecomengine.com/article.asp?HH_ID=AR_6562

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I registered for SAP's TechEd 2010 Las Vegas! I am excited about it this year - the year of mobility! SAP's 2010 focus is - on premise, on demand and on device - MOBILE device that is. I will be teaching a session on The Future of Enterprise Mobility. I have seen the conference agenda and it is packed full of sessions on mobility. I hope to see all of you there!

http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/2010/08/kevin-benedict-on-teched-2010-in-las.html

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Google unveiled Instant, a new predictive search tool that dynamically displays results as the user types, promising the solution will expand from the desktop to mobile devices this fall.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/08/google-instant-mobile/

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RIM recently stated that more than 30 million BlackBerry smartphone users across 65 countries have downloaded BlackBerry App World since the store first opened, with consumers averaging more than a million app downloads each day. The BlackBerry platform now represents 18.2 percent of the worldwide smartphone market according to data issued earlier this month by research firm Gartner, behind Symbian at 41.2 percent.

http://www.fiercemobilecontent.com/story/blackberry-app-world-edges-past-10-000-applications/2010-09-09?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

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Google Inc's Android software will become the world's second most popular operating system for cell phones this year, leapfrogging rival offerings from Microsoft Corp, Research in Motion and Apple Inc, according to a new report.

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE68745L20100910

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Dell Inc. wants to put its new tablet into the lab coats of doctors, as it aims to broaden the appeal of the device beyond consumers and tie it more closely to the company's software.

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE68E0PJ20100915

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Before nearly 100 reporters and analysts at its San Francisco office today, Twitter unfurled a redesign, which includes multimedia links that can be viewed from within a Twitter account, rather than from a separate browser page.

http://iphone.usatoday.com/Tech/2031973/

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Google has introduced a beta Walking Navigation service for users of Android phones as part of Google Maps for mobile 4.5.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/infrastructure/WAN_optimization/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=227400096&cid=nl_IW_daily_2010-09-13_h

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YouTube is conducting a limited test of a live video streaming platform. I wonder what this means for smartphone video cameras?

http://www.informationweek.com/news/infrastructure/traffic_management/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=227400233&cid=nl_IW_daily_2010-09-14_h

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About 6.4 billion application downloads were made globally in 2009 alone from native and third party application stores, generating revenues of $4.5 billion in the same year.

http://www.live-pr.com/en/mobile-app-downloads-generated-4-5-billion-r1048562564.htm

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Recent articles from Kevin Benedict’s blog Enterprise Mobility Strategies for SAP and Others

Compliance Functions for Mobile Applications
10 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting and Implementing a Mobility Solution
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 1
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 2
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 3
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 4
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 5
SAP Mentor Monday - Pre-Recorded SAP Enterprise Mobility Webinar

Recommended Whitepaper

Networked Field Services - http://www.clicksoftware.com/1c7060c0-1296-4c54-90d6-8f83c5c5ecf0/knowledge-center-white-papers-registration.htm

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join SAP Enterprise Mobility on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2823585&trk=anet_ug_grppro

Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 5

This is part 5 of this article series.

As an enterprise mobility vendor you need to recognize where your intellectual property is and where it will be developed in the future.  This can significantly impact your potential value.  Let me provide a scenario for your consideration.

An enterprise mobility vendor develops a MEAP (mobile enterprise application platform) that includes an SDK (software development kit).  They want every software developer in the world to use their platform and SDK.  They believe this will drive revenue from many different channels and allow them to enter new markets through these developers which will keep their cost of sales and marketing low.  They can see the money train coming down the tracks.

The first part of their strategy works.  They get their generic MEAP and SDK into the hands of many developers.  The developers use the SDK to develop very interesting and complex mobile applications for many different markets.  The mobile applications are branded by the developer.  The developers start creating a customer base and developing their brand. 
However, once the developers' businesses grow large enough, they decide they can replace your MEAP and any licensing commitments with their own technology so they can keep more of the revenue.  You lose the market, the revenue, and the sales channel.  Their customers don't know the difference since the finished mobile application looks the same.

The MEAP vendor is in trouble.  Their business plan predicted they would grow at the same rate as their customers.  They failed to anticipate they would only be an interim solution.

The MEAP vendor also thought they would own the code generated by their SDK and MEAP, and it would increase the value of their company.  However, the software developers quickly begin to resist this notion as they also wanted to build their own IP library and company's value.

Who owns the IP (intellectual property) for the mobile applications developed on the MEAP and the SDK?  If your contract says the MEAP/SDK author owns all code developed on it, you will get few developers to use it.  The MEAP author wants the MEAP to lock in or tie developers to them.  However, developers only brand and promote the finished mobile application.  They don't want to promote your SDK or MEAP, only their branded apps.

The MEAP vendor wants to increase their IP and the value of their company.  However, the more IP the MEAP vendor provides, the less opportunity there is for developers to build their own IP library and company value by utilizing it.

While the MEAP and SDK vendor's business plan calls for them to become increasingly valuable to their users, they are in fact increasingly competing with their customer base.  How do you see reconciling this challenge?

I look forward to your thoughts and comments.

If you would like to discuss this subject or my consulting services in more detail please contact me.

Stay tuned for part 6 in this article series.

My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 1
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 2
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 3
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 4

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join SAP Enterprise Mobility on Linkedin:
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2823585&trk=anet_ug_grppro

Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.





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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Subscribe to an Email Version of Enterprise Mobility Strategies for SAP and Others

Finally!!!  I have added a feature to this blog site that supports email subscriptions.  You can now receive all blog articles on this site directly via email.  If you are interested click here.

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join SAP Enterprise Mobility on Linkedin:
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2823585&trk=anet_ug_grppro

Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Kevin’s M2M News Weekly – September 15, 2010

Welcome to Kevin's M2M News Weekly. This is an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile and wireless devices that I read each week. 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.

Archived editions of Kevin's M2M News Weekly are available  at http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/m2m.html

You can follow me on Twitter @krbenedict and read my blog, Enterprise Mobility Strategies for SAP and Others.

Also available are Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly and Kevin’s Mobile Retailing News Weekly.

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M2M connectivity specialist Wireless Logic will invest more than GBP 1 million upgrading its European Sim card management and monitoring system SIMPro over the next 18 months, Mobile News reported.

http://www.telecompaper.com/news/article.aspx?cid=754984

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Whether you’re going for an urban hike or wandering from your hotel to find that restaurant you passed earlier, you won’t have to flag down a local if you’ve got Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android.

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2010/09/walk-this-way.html

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Juniper predicts that the number of mobile connected M2M and embedded devices will reach almost 412 million globally by 2014. The growth of these embedded devices will mainly come from an ever increasing number of utility meters, mobile connected buildings, consumer and commercial telematics and retail and banking connections.

http://telecomyatra.afaqs.com/news/?sid=1795_M2M:+The+future+of+technology

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A new generation of computing microprocessors, connected wirelessly to the Internet, soon will revolutionize everyday life, creating smarter, more efficient products. Homeowners will be able to cut their energy bills because an electronic device on their kitchen countertop will suggest the cheapest times to do the laundry.

http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/2010/09/12/20100912intel-atom-processor.html

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Demand for wireless sensor networks is showing significant growth following a period in which adoption was impacted by the economic downturn. In 2009, 802.15.4 chipset shipments were down almost 30 percent compared with the previous year. However, according to the latest ABI research report on the WSN market, a strong uplift in shipments in 2010 will help drive growth from a little more than 10 million chipsets in 2009 to 645 million in 2015, a CAGR of 99.6 percent.

http://www.gsm-modem.de/M2M/m2m-news/wireless-sensor-network-ic-shipments-bounce-back-in-2010-645-million-forecast-for-2015/

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Remote and mobile technology is making it possible to move healthcare delivery outside the traditional settings of physician offices and hospitals to wherever patients are. It's bringing back the concept of doctors making house calls.

http://topnews.net.nz/content/28166-almost-30-percent-americans-would-be-using-mobile-device-monitor-their-health

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Archinoetics, which develops products primarily for the military, is releasing to the commercial market a software program called Physio-Lab, which collects and analyzes physiological data. The software, which costs between $2,200 and $4,500, can be used in research and pharmaceutical trials.

http://pacific.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2010/09/13/story6.html

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L-3 Communication's Nova Engineering subsidiary has been awarded a $52.8 million contract for Tactical Remote M2M Sensor Systems. The award from the U.S. Department of Defense is for five years and is to support the U.S. Marine Corps' Tactical Remote Sensor Systems program.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2010/09/01/Defense-orders-Nova-Engineering-sensors/UPI-22241283351306/

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By the middle of last year eBay users could buy items directly from a mobile eBay site or applications like the one for the iPhone. By the end of 2009, customers had bought $600 million worth of products from their mobile phones.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/204970/ebay_bringing_mobile_apps_into_the_future.html

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Intel, the world's biggest maker of semiconductors, expects demand for embedded microchips to accelerate as the company expands beyond its core business of computer chips, an executive told Reuters. Intel, which last week issued a sales warning on weaker than expected demand for PCs, has made two major acquisitions in the past two weeks as it eyes a future in which chips are increasingly needed to connect other devices.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/infotech/hardware/Intel-sees-faster-growth-in-embedded-chips/articleshow/6480292.cms

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Sprint’s announcement with Grid Net gives it one of the first such cases in which a 4G network would be used to deliver an M2M application, which usually rely on narrowband 2G networks. Though automated meter reading requires little bandwidth, Grid Net’s software is designed to handle any number of more advanced tasks, from substation management to demand response applications, which make greater use of capacity.

http://blog.connectedplanetonline.com/unfiltered/2010/09/13/sprint-looks-for-new-business-in-smart-grid-wholesale-fmc/

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Modernizing the U.S. electrical grid is a task that will most likely take decades to complete. At least we're getting started now, with more than two million smart meters installed nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

http://green.autoblog.com/2010/09/08/doe-two-million-smart-meters-now-installed-in-national-grid/

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Reports indicate that venture capital investment in the mobile sector continues to rise, with an estimated $312 million being funneled into 37 companies and startups during the second quarter of this year alone.

http://www.mobilemarketingwatch.com/vcs-funnel-312m-into-37-mobile-companies-during-q2-2010-9388/

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join SAP Enterprise Mobility on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2823585&trk=anet_ug_grppro

Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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SAP Mentor Monday - Pre-Recorded SAP Enterprise Mobility Webinar

On Monday of this week John Appleby of Bluefin Solutions, Prashant Chatterjee of SAP and I recorded a webinar on the latest in SAP Enterprise Mobility.  It is available now for your viewing pleasure. 

In this webinar https://sap.na.pgiconnect.com/p49687013, I start out by discussing some of the most interesting new mobile technologies, and then Prashant and John actually bring substance to the webinar.

Just a reminder that there are many video interviews I have done with industry experts like Syclo's CEO Rich Padula available for you to watch here, http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/mobile-expert-video-series.html.  Syclo is a Co-Innovation Partner of SAP, which means they develop joint mobile solutions with SAP.  Theses videos are shaky and look like I am holding a small HD Flip video camera in one hand while conducting the interviews (in fact I am), but they do have some interesting content.

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join SAP Enterprise Mobility on Linkedin:
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2823585&trk=anet_ug_grppro

Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kevin’s Mobile Retailing Weekly – September 14, 2010

Kevin's Mobile Retailing News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile retailing applications, mobile payments and mobile marketing applications that I run across each week. I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

Additional weekly newsletters on the subjects of enterprise mobility and M2M from Kevin Benedict can be found here http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/.

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ABN AMRO, ING, KPN, Rabobank, T-Mobile and Vodafone have signed a letter of intent to jointly introduce point of sale mobile payments in the Netherlands.

http://www.nfcnews.com/2010/09/10/banks-telecoms-unite-to-bring-contactless-m-payment-to-the-netherlands

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Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and the iPhone’s iOS may be the lead operating systems battling it out for smartphone supremacy, but when it comes to getting users around the world to click on ads, good old flip phones and Nokia’s Symbian OS powered phones beat them hands down.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/09/mobile-ads/

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PayPal has been partnering up with companies like Google for mobile payments, and it is expecting to see some huge business before the year’s end. More specifically, PayPal expects to see approximately $500 million in mobile payments before 2011.

http://www.intomobile.com/2010/09/09/paypal-expects-to-close-2010-with-500-million-in-mobile-payments/

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Smartsoft Mobile empowers some of the world’s largest multi-national organizations to extend and improve business processes by providing mobile solutions to their employees and customers. Smartsoft has more than 700 experienced ERP/mobile consultants with over 5,000 man years of experience helping 400,000 plus mobile users achieve their business goals with powerful mobile B2B and B2C applications, designed and developed specifically for today’s popular consumer and industrial grade mobile devices. For more information please visit, http://www.smartsoftmobile.com/. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Smartsoft Mobile Solutions.

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Consumers in the Netherlands will be using smartphones as mobile wallets within two years as result of a joint venture between top banks and mobile operators.

http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?ID=458487

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MasterCard Worldwide today announced an agreement with Borderlinx, the international industry leader in global cross border e-commerce shopping, in order to offer MasterCard customer financial institutions and their cardholders around the world improved access to the global e-commerce marketplace and facilitate the flow of electronic commerce.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mastercard-and-borderlinx-collaborate-to-enhance-e-commerce-experience-around-the-world-2010-08-30?reflink=MW_news_stmp

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About 29 percent of consumers said they planned to use their phones to power through their back to school shopping lists, according to a survey this summer by consulting firm Deloitte.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/28/AR2010082800191.html

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Google and Apple are both making moves to ensure smooth financial transactions on their mobile platforms.

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Google-Apple-Joust-for-Mobile-Payments-Via-Android-iPhone-507837/

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Mobile Commerce is just beginning to demonstrate how tricky it can get. Barnes & Noble announced new versions of its free e-reader app for the iPhone and iPad.  The app has most of the features of Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet e-reader. One feature is notably absent: the Nook’s ability to let users read anything in Barnes & Noble’s electronic inventory when the device is inside one of the book chain’s 723 stores.

http://www.storefrontbacktalk.com/e-commerce/is-barnes-nobles-fear-of-ipad-competition-stunting-its-m-commerce-effort/

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Mobile commerce can mean many things to many different people, thus creating confusion within an organization. In the first installment of a series on m-commerce, we provide a definition, and discuss must have functionality within m-commerce.

http://smartsoftmobile.com/wordpress/2010/09/10/m-commerce-a-definition/

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Intuit and mophie have teamed on a credit card swiping iPhone accessory called Complete Credit Card Solution that will allow any approved iPhone owner to walk out of an Apple store in as little as 15 minutes with the ability to accept credit card payments.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/08/intuit-squares-off-in-mobile-credit-with-a-little-help-from-apple/

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Online grocer Peapod LLC has introduced PeapodMobile, a mobile app that enables shoppers to shop for groceries and complete purchases wherever they may be.

http://www.internetretailer.com/2010/09/13/mobile-grocery-cart

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Starting in September, Bank of America customers will be eligible for a test program allowing them to pay for store purchases using their smartphones. The country's largest consumer bank is partnering with Visa to run the pilot in the New York area, marking the biggest step the two companies have taken so far to create a "digital wallet" with a range of financial capabilities.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=226900097

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VeriFone Systems Inc. said Wednesday it has acquired Way Systems Inc., expanding the company's presence on cell phones and other mobile gadgets.

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9HV5JPG0.htm

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According to Juniper Research, the value of digital and physical goods that people buy through their mobile phones will more than double to $200 billion globally by 2012. Separately, Gartner has projected the number of mobile payment users worldwide will reach 108.6 million this year -- a 54.5 percent increase from the 70 million in 2009.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=134484

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Starbucks was an early player in mobile payments, and has repeatedly made counterintuitive moves. By developing an app for Research In Motion Ltd.'s devices at a time when most banks are focused on Apple Inc.'s iPhone or phones that use Google Inc.'s Android operating system, Starbucks appears to be acknowledging that people who might want to use their phones for purchases often carry company issued BlackBerrys.

http://www.americanbanker.com/bulletins/-1025192-1.html

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Everyone needs an iPhone app it seems, even e-commerce sites, but most shopping sites don’t want to bother with creating their own custom mobile app. Now we are starting to see white-label mobile e-commerce apps. Magento Commerce , which raised $22 million in March for its open-source e-commerce platform, is getting into the mobile game with white-label apps for existing customers who use its e-commerce backend.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/08/magento-mobile/

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MasterCard plans to buy European payment provider DataCash for $520 million. The move is just the latest indication of how hot the e-commerce space has become.

http://web-self-service.tmcnet.com/topics/mobile-answers/articles/95903-mastercard-opens-its-digital-wallet-with-520m-datacash.htm

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For most retailers, the fourth quarter is relied upon to generate a substantial portion of the company’s yearly revenue. The mobile commerce market is currently $2.5B with a projected four times annual growth rate for 2013. Businesses have made mobility a top priority for growth and view m-commerce as a new retail channel.

http://smartsoftmobile.com/wordpress/2010/09/10/fourth-quarter-2010-trends-in-mobile-retailing/

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MarketsandMarkets has released a new report predicting that the value of mobile payment transactions in the US will reach $56 billion in 2015.

http://www.nfcnews.com/2010/08/30/report-us-mobile-payments-market-to-reach-56-billion-in-2015

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In a survey of 1,000 professionals around the world released by Netsize (a subsidiary of smart card maker Gemalto), 94 percent said they were "very likely" or "somewhat likely" to purchase goods totaling up to $31.50 using their mobile phones.

http://www.banktech.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=227200033&cid=RSSfeed_BankTech_News

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New technologies will pit payment giants Visa and MasterCard against wireless carriers and start-ups in a race to create a platform that allows consumers to purchase goods, distribute money and manage accounts using only their smartphones. The stakes transcend the technology and strike at the heart of who will retain market dominance over $6.70 trillion in payment transactions.

http://www.poder360.com/article_detail.php?id_article=4704


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WorldMate released its mobile personal travel service app on the Android platform. The free WorldMate for Android app offers itinerary management, hotel bookings, alerts for flights and meetings, Google Maps, currency conversion and 5-day weather forecasts.

http://www.tnooz.com/2010/09/14/mobile/worldmate-puts-its-mobile-travel-assistant-app-on-android/

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Leading online travel company Yatra.com and Sony Ericsson came together to launch a new mobile phone application - 'Travel Buddy' - which will allow Sony Ericsson Xperia users to book tickets anytime, anywhere.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Yatra-com--Sony-Ericsson-launch---Travel-Buddy--/679044

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You can read more about enterprise mobility at the blog site,
http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/.

Mobile Expert Interview – Dan Homrich, Part 1
http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/2010/09/mobile-expert-interview-series.html

Mobile Expert Interview – Dan Homrich, Part 2
http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/2010/09/mobile-expert-interview-series_10.html

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join SAP Enterprise Mobility on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2823585&trk=anet_ug_grppro
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 3

In part 1 of this article series we focused on sales channel development and marketing strategies for mobile enterprise application vendors.  In part 2 we focused on sales strategies.  In part 3 we will discuss thought leadership.

In my experience companies looking to implement new mobile technologies and strategies appreciate help.  They appreciate learning from your mistakes and others.  Often they don't even know the questions they should be asking.  They may not even understand the key considerations and choices they need to make.  They need help even getting to the decision making stage.  They need answers.

I am a big fan of experts teaching workshops.  I have developed them myself.  One or two day workshops that identify all of the key issues, considerations and critical decisions enterprises need to understand before they decide on a mobile application strategy.  Thought leaders have this knowledge and provide it.  Inexperienced vendors are still learning themselves and are in no position to teach others. 

I know of many situations where the sales inhibitor was lack of knowledge.  Some companies even have budgets and a desire but delay the sales cycle purely because they are not confident in their knowledge.  They don't have the expertise to ask the questions necessary to make a buying decision.

There is value in experience.  There are SAP mobility and Co-Innovation partners like Syclo that have been around for more than 15 years.  They have been through just about every significant mobile innovation cycle and trend.  They have been there and done that.  You can ask them about the key issues that can make the difference between a successful project that is completed on time and on budget and the ones that weren't.  They have enough experience to share.

Thought leaders tell you how it is.  They don't hide behind marketing brochures.  You want to get to the people that have real world experience and learn.  I know some mobility vendors that hide all of their experts and let only the sales and marketing departments communicate to the world.  This always makes me think they are hiding something.

I respect mobility thought leaders that share their expertise and participate in educating the community.  A real voice, a real face and real world knowledge.  People like Philippe Winthrop of The Enterprise Mobility Foundation,  Ben Lee at Smartsoft Mobile, Gil Bouhnick at Clicksoftware and Lionel Carrasco of Leapfactor, and others voice opinions and educate the market weekly through blogs, tweets and other methods.

I commend enterprise mobility experts that share and educate.  They demonstrate their experience and confidence daily in their communications.

Stay tuned for part 4 in this article series.

Let me know if you would like to be introduced to some of these opinionated and experienced mobile industry experts, and I will do my best to point you in the right direction.  You can contact me here.

My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 1
My Advice to Mobile Applications Vendors, Part 2

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Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
Phone +1 208-991-4410
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join SAP Enterprise Mobility on Linkedin:

http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2823585&trk=anet_ug_grppro

Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.