Monday, October 31, 2011

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 31, 2011

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

Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

A new report from ABI Research predicts that revenues generated by the container security and tracking market will grow by a compound annual growth rate of 27 percent from $212 million in 2011 to $690 million in 2016.  Read Original Article

RFID tracking solutions are being used to track the progress of the Toronto subway expansion project so that productivity is improved throughout the construction efforts.  Read Original Article

According to a new report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. the global market for enterprise mobility is projected to exceed $173.9 billion by the year 2017.  Read Original Content

Since 1995, Syclo has enabled hundreds of companies in 37 countries and industries supercharge their businesses with mobility.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Syclo http://www.syclo.com/.

The Florida Highway Patrol has equipped 700 vehicles with Panasonic’s Toughbook Arbitrator Mobile Digital Video System for statewide vehicle deployment.  Read Original Article

Mobile Expert Video Series: Powercor's David Weedon

In this interview David Weedon, Business Implementation Manager, with SAP customer and electrical power distributor Powercor, shares how they have mobilized different segments of their field services operations.  Their core business is to manage the poles, wires and equipment that deliver electricity to homes and businesses in Melbourne and through central and western Victoria. They are responsible for the quality and reliability of their customers’ power supply.  David shares details of their implementations, ROIs and what they plan to do next in this video.




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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mobile Expert Video Series: Futurist Craig Rispin

I had the opportunity last week to hear Futurist Craig Rispin speak at the Field Mobility Summit 2011 in Sydney, Australia where I was also speaking.  I was able to meet up with Craig after his presentation and ask him where he saw the future of enterprise mobility heading.








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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Friday, October 28, 2011

M2M News Weekly - Week of October 24, 2011

Welcome to 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.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

A recently published study from Berg Insight predicts that the global use of smart electricity meters will grow at a rate of nearly 27 percent over the next five years, reaching 602.7 million units by 2016.  North America and Europe will experience a 50 percent increase in their smart meter market.  Read Original Content

According to a study by GTM the increase in smart meter installations will drive $8.2 billion in utility enterprise spending in the U.S. between now and 2015.  Read Original Content

NRG Expert’s new Utility Metering Deployment and Smart Grid Report shows the overall market size for new utility meters growing with a CAGR of 8 percent between 2010 and 2014.  Read Original Content

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/.

China plans to invest $90 billion in smart grid technologies before 2020, the Center for American Progress reports.  Read Original Content

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Complimentary Copy of Netcentric Strategies' Enterprise Mobility Survey 2011 Report

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I have finally completed writing  the Enterprise Mobility Survey 2011 results report, and a complimentary copy is available for you to download here.  There were some very interesting findings in this report.  Here are a few from the survey:


  • 39.8% of companies have a strategic enterprise mobility plan in place.
  • 51.3% have no mobility policy in place.
  • 41.7% believe mobile apps will give them a competitive advantage.
  • 41.6% of survey respondents plan to deploy more than 6 enterprise mobility applications.
  • 78.6% of survey respondents will be integrating with multiple back end systems.
  • 73.7% will be outsourcing some or all of their enterprise mobile application development.
Download a complimentary copy of the survey results report here.

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 25, 2011

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 Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

The Springfield Police Department has become the first law enforcement agency in Oregon to adopt the new smartphone application MyPD, which lets users send the department e-mails, report violations and check the latest news from their Android or Apple mobile device.  Read Original Content

Android served up more ad impressions overall in the third quarter than rival iOS, at 56 percent, Millennial Media reported.  For its part, ABI Media noted that in the second quarter, Android overtook iOS to become the market share leader in mobile application downloads.  Read Original Content

In 2011 the Japanese smartphone market is likely to surge about 35 percent to 1.19 trillion yen, and is expected to continue to see double-digit growth, or 18 percent, next year, becoming a leading force in hardware sales, said Hideo Wada, an analyst at IDC Japan.  Read Original Content

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/.

Mobile phone giant Nokia has unveiled two new smartphones as it seeks to boost its flagging fortunes in the booming market.  The Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 - Nokia's first handsets using the Windows Phone operating system - are the company's attempt to gain traction in the smartphone market.  Read Original Content

Mobility Charts Weekly - Week of October 24, 2011

The Mobility Charts Weekly is a weekly publication of charts depicting the current and future status of the enterprise mobility market.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

Pike Research published a report focused on global smart meter growth earlier this year.  According to the report nearly every region will experience significant smart meter growth between 2011 and 2018, growing at an annual rate of 40 percent.  Read Original Content



Forrester Research conducted a study on the future market for tablet devices, comparing them to the future market of laptop and desktop sales.  Their research concludes that desktop sales will continue to decline while overall tablet sales will begin to control a larger share of the computer sales market.  Read Original Content



An article published by Fierce Wireless highlights the emerging market for wearable medical devices that connect patients to hospitals using M2M solutions.  The number of shipments is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years.  Professional on-site healthcare and sports and fitness divisions are expected to order 200 million devices during 2014.  Read Original Content

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

Mobile Expert Video Series: Vivint's Scott Taylor

I had the privilege of interviewing mobility and field services expert Scott Taylor from Vivint today.   Scott was speaking at the Field Mobility Summit 2011 along with me in Sydney, Australia this week.  Vivint Inc. is a leading provider of home technology services in North America. Vivint's technology-based platform integrates a wide range of wireless features and components that deliver simple, affordable home automation and advanced security packages. 

Scott and his team have deployed many mobile solutions, for many different groups inside Vivint, and for their retail customers.  Vivint has received many industry and analyst awards for their implementation of enterprise mobility solutions. 





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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mobile Marketing News Weekly - Week of October 24, 2011

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

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

ABI Research reports that during the third quarter of 2011 Android overtook iOS with the most mobile ad impressions, now controlling 56 percent of total mobile ads.  ABI also reports that Android now controls 44 percent of total mobile application downloads, with iOS controlling 33 percent.  Read Original Content

Starbucks is running a mobile advertising campaign to increase downloads of its mobile applications.  The food and beverage retailer is running ads within the Flixster iPhone app.  The ads promote the company’s commerce-enabled iPhone app.  Read Original Content

According to companiesandmarkets.com, by 2012 the mobile marketing and advertising market will be worth almost $37.5 billion, growing at a yearly rate of 15 percent between 2008 to 2010.  Read Original Content

Pyxis Mobile provides an agile, powerful, and secure mobile enterprise application platform.  It enables rapid cross-platform application development, unlimited data integration, enterprise-grade security, and the unique ability to change and update applications in real time.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Pyxis Mobile, http://pyxismobile.com/

Groupon is suing Google claiming that two former employees brought confidential business information to Google Offers once they were hired.  Read Original Content

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mobile Expert Video Series: RACQ's John Hamilton

How do you offer roadside assistance in the outback of Australia?  How do you dispatch work across many different contractors and ensure quality support and service?  Watch this interview with the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland's Executive Manager, John Hamilton.




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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Commerce News Weekly - Week of October 24, 2011

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

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

British consumers are likely to spend as much as $30.5 billion by 2021 on purchases through their mobile handsets. Currently UK mobile payments are valued at $1.8 billion, with almost $417 million comprising of mobile sales from the food and groceries category.  Read Original Content

ABI Research shows that the NFC market will reach $1 billion by the end of 2016, and there will be a projected 552 million handsets shipped that will be equipped with NFC capabilities in 2016.  Read Original Content

Business Insights anticipates that the alternate payments industry comprising of online, mobile and contactless segments will grow at an annual rate of 17.6 percent over the period 2010 to 2015, with revenues increasing from $740 billion in 2010 to $2,700 billion in 2015.  Read Original Content

Pyxis Mobile provides an agile, powerful, and secure mobile enterprise application platform.  It enables rapid cross-platform application development, unlimited data integration, enterprise-grade security, and the unique ability to change and update applications in real time.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Pyxis Mobile, http://pyxismobile.com/

eBay CEO John Donahoe has increased the company’s 2011 expectations for mobile payments through PayPal from $3 billion to $3.5 billion in revenue.  Read Original Content

Mobile Expert Video Series: Coates Hire's Garry Newton

This is one of the most interesting segments of the Mobile Expert Video Series that I have ever recorded.  I had the privilege of interviewing Garry Newton, the Service Operations Manager for Coates Hire about their enterprise mobility solutions and the rugged environments that they work in.  Coates Hire is Australia's largest equipment hire company with over 125 years experience supplying to a wide variety of markets including Engineering and Building Construction and Maintenance, Mining and Resources, Manufacturing, Government, and Events. 

*Also please note how sophisticated my special effects are becoming :-)



Photographed from a utility truck
near Cardwell, Australia (15 feet long)


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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 24, 2011

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

Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

Four out of five practicing physicians use smartphones, computer tablets, various mobile devices, and numerous apps in their customary medical practices, according to a Jackson & Coker report.  Read Original Content

The University of North Carolina Hospital recently implemented an RFID tagging system to prevent surgical instruments from being left in patient bodies after surgery.  Read Original Content

Awarepoint is providing hospitals with RFID solutions to help physicians track patients throughout hospital grounds and provides real-time updates on patient data.  Read Original Content

Since 1995, Syclo has enabled hundreds of companies in 37 countries and industries supercharge their businesses with mobility.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Syclo. http://www.syclo.com/.

Motorola has released the ET1, a ruggedized device designed to be used in hospital environments able to accommodate multiple add-ons and external units.  Read Original Content

Kevin Benedict's Video Comments: Mobile Enterprise Strategies

I am reporting all of this week from the Field Mobility Summit 2011 in Sydney, Australia where I am speaking, and teaching a workshop on implementing enterprise mobility.  I recorded this episode of Video Comments mostly from Lavender Bay Park in North Sydney.  In it, I share results from the Enterprise Mobility Survey 2011 and its relevance to mobile strategies.




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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kevin Benedict Reporting from Sydney, Australia's Field Mobility Summit 2011

I am speaking and teaching a workshop at the Field Mobility Summit in Sydney, Australia this week.  I would invite you to stay tuned and watch the Mobile Expert Video Series as I interview the experts from down under.




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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Friday, October 21, 2011

M2M News Weekly - Week of October 17, 2011

Welcome to 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.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

The volume of cellular M2M subscriptions is expected to increase almost fourfold between 2010 and 2016, from 72 million to 282 million.  Read Original Content

According to ON World, smart home sensor network shipments will approach 100 million worldwide in 2015, enabling nearly $6 billion in cloud services for energy and home service providers.  Read Original Content

Research shows that the number of total connected devices is expected to increase from approximately 9 billion today to more than 24 billion in 2020 and mobile connected devices will grow 100 percent from more than 6 billion today to 12 billion in 2020.  Read Original Content

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/.

According to a new report from Berg Insight, the installed base of smart electricity meters in North America will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 22.5 percent between 2010 and 2016 to reach 87.4 million at the end of the 2016.  Read Original Content

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 17, 2011

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 Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

Despite a recession and competition from foreign smartphone manufacturers and developers, the U.S. has become the leader in the smartphone market, Mary Meeker announced at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.  Read Original Content

Samsung has taken the lead in Ireland's mobile phone market for the first time.  According to figures from GFK Retail and Technology, the manufacturer's handsets accounted for 37.3 percent of Ireland’s mobile market in September.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the first to use the latest version of Google's Android operating system.  The new unit is seen as the Samsung-Google partnership's answer to Apple's iPhone 4S, which in less than a week on the market has already sold more than 4 million units.  Read Original Content

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/.

By 2015 companies will generate 50 percent of Web sales via their social presence and mobile applications, according to Gartner, Inc.  Vendors in the e-commerce market will begin to offer new context-aware, mobile-based application capabilities that can be accessed via a browser or installed as an application on a phone.  Read Original Content

Google's New Android OS. What’s In It for the Enterprise?

Guest writer and mobility analyst Andre Guilleman shares his insights on Google's new Android OS version, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Google’s release of Android 4.0, dubbed “Ice Cream Sandwich,” is undoubtedly geared towards consumers but it’s got a few new features that were clearly designed for corporate IT. But what’s their strategy here?

Early on, BlackBerry cornered the enterprise market with unparalleled security features. Windows Mobile gained and then lost the field service sector by partnering with rugged device manufacturers. Then Apple forced its way into the enterprise from the top down, with a smartphone that was so slick that it was irresistible to top execs. Android, it seems, is riding the consumerization wave of personal phones being used for business-related tasks, with or without the blessing of IT administrators.

With Ice Cream Sandwich, Google just made it a little bit easier for IT departments to say “yes” to their Android users. OS 4.0 includes:

  • A keychain API with encrypted storage so applications can utilize private keys, certificate chains, and user certificates
  • Address space layout randomization (ASLR) to secure device memory-management
  • A VPN API with secure credential storage to help lock down data transmissions
  • And for companies that need to keep top secret info locked down (and perhaps for our friends in HR), new device policy management controls that can remotely disable the camera

Although the new enhancements won’t send companies scrambling to replace their BlackBerrys with Droids, it’s all cool stuff that makes the Android OS more palatable for the enterprise.

About AndrĂ© Guillemin:  He has over ten years of experience in health care, financial services, and mobile technology. He spent the past three years focused on cross-industry solutions for mobile enterprise application development, including line of business uses in manufacturing, life sciences and wealth management. Mr. Guillemin frequently contributes to industry publications, panels, and events, and is available for consultation on the strategic and tactical use of mobile technologies in the enterprise.



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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mobile Marketing News Weekly - Week of October 17, 2011

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

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

According to research firm IDC, mobile ad spending is set to reach $10.5 billion in 2015, compared to overall ad sales of $328.6 billion.  Read Original Content

According to the third quarter Web Traffic Report conducted by Walker Sands Communications, mobile Internet usage has increased 153 percent since third quarter 2010, accounting for 10 percent of total online visits.  Read Original Content

According to the British Retail Consortium, online mobile searches have increased 163 percent year-on-year and is up 35 percent during the third quarter compared to the second quarter.  Read Original Content

Pyxis Mobile provides an agile, powerful, and secure mobile enterprise application platform.  It enables rapid cross-platform application development, unlimited data integration, enterprise-grade security, and the unique ability to change and update applications in real time.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Pyxis Mobile, http://pyxismobile.com/

Mobile ad spending in the U.S. will reach $1.23 billion this year, eMarketer estimates, and will surpass spending in Japan, the current largest single-country market, by the end of 2012.  Read Original Content

Mobility Charts Weekly - Week of October 17, 2011

The Mobility Charts Weekly is a weekly publication of charts depicting the current and future status of the enterprise mobility market.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.




Earlier in 2011 Forrester Research published a report forecasting the total value of smartphone and tablet apps for the next five years.  In the report Forrester projects that tablet apps will rise from $300 million in 2010 to $8.1 billion in 2015, with apps for smartphones rising from $1.9 billion in 2010 to $29.4 billion in 2015.  Read Original Content




A March 2011 article compared the number of available apps offered by mobile operating systems.  While Android devices are currently the most popular devices in the United States, iPhone still controls the largest number of available apps.  Read Original Content




According to ExactTarget, the most continuously used daily activity for smartphone users is text messaging (38%), phone calls (31%), emails (29%), and Internet and Facebook (20%).  Read Original Content




The Office for National Statistics in the U.K. has released information gathered from mobile device owners accessing the Internet through their smartphones.  The report is organized by age group, and illustrates that over 70% of smartphone owners access the web via their mobile device, with older age groups using mobile Internet less frequently.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mobile Commerce News Weekly - Week of October 17, 2001

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

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

A new Juniper Research report has found that worldwide mobile payment growth is exceeding earlier predictions, and will reach $170 billion by 2015.  Read Original Content

eBay is on pace to double the amount of mobile-generated revenue from last year, likely reaching $4 billion in mobile-transactions by the end of 2011.  Read Original Content

A report by Minsheng Securities and iResearch shows that China will have 230 million mobile payment users by the end of this year, generating estimated transactions of $1.8 billion, up 400 percent on the previous year.  Read Original Content

Pyxis Mobile provides an agile, powerful, and secure mobile enterprise application platform.  It enables rapid cross-platform application development, unlimited data integration, enterprise-grade security, and the unique ability to change and update applications in real time.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Pyxis Mobile, http://pyxismobile.com/

Sears Holding Corporation is supplying 450 Sears and Kmart locations iPads and iPod Touch devices to promote in-store digital shopping.  Read Original Content

Enterprise Mobility and Competitive Advantages

In Netcentric Strategies' recent Enterprise Mobility Survey 2011 the following question was asked, "What are your company's motivations for wanting to deploy mobile applications?"  Three numbers in the survey results particularly stood out to me:
  • Improve customer interaction and service 48.6%
  • Achieve competitive advantages 41.7%
  • Improve brand and sales 25.2%
These numbers are highlighting "strategic" and important business motivations for deploying mobile applications.  The numbers do not point to specific mobile technologies, but rather specific motivations for deploying mobile solutions. 

I am climbing back onto my soap box to say mobile technologies are simply means to accomplish business goals and strategies.  One of the key focuses of companies today should be on how they can utilize enterprise mobility to accomplish their business ambitions, not simply to have mobile technologies extend the same solutions to the same people.  New mobile technologies without new strategies, is wasted.

It is time to ask ourselves, "What is possible, in my business, in a world of connected and mobile solutions?" 



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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Smart Ideas and Enterprise Mobility

The late Colonel John Boyd (a leading 20th century military strategist) taught that a successful campaign or mission requires three distinct things:
  1. Smart people
  2. Smart ideas/strategies
  3. Smart things (technologies)
Boyd also taught that the order of the items in the list was important.  Smart things (technologies) was last.

For the purpose of this article let's assume we have smart people and discuss point #2 - smart ideas and strategies.  To get started, let's explore some numbers from my recent survey:
  • 41.6% of survey respondents plan to deploy more than 6 enterprise mobility applications in the next year.
  • 78.6% of survey respondents will be integrating with multiple back end systems.
  • 51.3% have no mobility policy in place.
  • 39.8% of companies have a strategic enterprise mobility plan in place, the rest do not.
We can see from these survey results that there are going to be many enterprise mobility applications, integrated with many back end systems, and there is a great need for policies and strategic planning around enterprise mobility.

In order to make smart choices about things (mobile frameworks, mobile infrastructures, mobile architectures and mobile applications), it is first necessary to have smart people and smart ideas/strategies.  Companies need an enterprise mobility strategy in place in order to know what is the required "smart things" or smart technology choices to make.

I spent several days working with a utility client recently on mobile strategies.  We explored what the company was wanting to accomplish, and how they wanted to accomplish their goals.  Once their strategy was understood and documented, finding the right mobile technologies to support it was not difficult.



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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

HTML5 for Enterprise Mobility - Week of October 17, 2011

HTML5 for Enterprise Mobility is a new article series that I am adding to our regular production based on the number of developments and activities I am reading about each week, and the value I see for the enterprise.  I hope you find this useful.

New Website for HTML5 Developers

A new website, “HTML5 Developers” was launched this month.  The goal of the new website is to provide information about HTML5 applications, specifications, and development, and to provide a platform for questions and answers regarding HTML5-related topics.  According to the press release, the developers’ website at this time “...is a framework and is in desperate need of actual members to help turn the site into a beneficial resource.  As with Wikipedia and many other informational resources, the site is largely dependent on community support and the desire to participate in open dialogue.” 

More from the website,  “The purpose of this network is to provide a platform for discussing issues that are relevant to HTML5.  Although the idea is to have industry professionals converse with one another, we will also allow novice website developers and technology enthusiasts to join as members.”

Original Source

HTML5 Projects on the Rise

According to TechCrunch, a freelancer.com report is expected to be released today (October 17) listing the 50 fastest growing outsourcing jobs for the third-quarter 2011.  One of the findings in the report is that HTML5 projects are up 38 percent (From second-quarter 2011 to third-quarter 2011).  That is a huge jump and reflects a trend toward the adoption of HTML5 applications.  On another note, in the same freelance.com report, Flash jobs are down 10 percent.
More from the article, "...at this rate, HTML5 will overtake Flash projects in 6 months.  Adobe is planning for a post-Flash future, with the company recently launched Edge, which enables professionals to design animated web content using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, rather than Flash.”
    
Original Source

appMobi Releases Free PhoneGap XDK

appMobi announced that its new PhoneGap Mobile App XDK is immediately available for free download.  PhoneGap XDK offers a suite of desktop development tools for creating mobile, HTML5 and PhoneGap based apps.  It includes desktop debugging of mobile apps, emulation of mobile devices, hardware emulation of GPS, camera, contacts, and accelerometer inputs and remote testing options.  PhoneGap XDK integrates with Adobe DreamWeaver 5.5, NotePad++, and other programming editor tools.     

Original Source   

Google Maps GL and HTML5

Durring a keynote presentation last week at  Web 2.0 expo, Brian McClendon, engineering director for Google’s geospacial products, gave a glimpse into the future of Google Maps using HTML5.

Original Source
    
Additional Articles on HTML5

The HMTL5 Standard - Where Do Things Stand?
HTML5's Future - Comments and Predictions
More HTML5 Apps for Your Review
HTML5 Apps What Can HTML5 Offer Mobile Developers?
HTML5 - What I am Learning
Projections for and Demonstrations of HTML5
HTML5, Enterprise Mobility and Visual Effects Challenges with HTML5 for Mobile Applications More on HTML5 for Mobile Application Developers
What Can HTML5 Offer Mobile Developers?
HTML5 - What I am Learning



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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 17, 2011

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

Also read M2M News Weekly

The global market for RFID readers and tags is projected to reach $8.9 billion by 2015, growing at a yearly rate of 16.5 percent during the period 2007 through 2015.  Read Original Content

According to a September 2011 report by healthcare market research firm Kalorama, the U.S. remote patient monitoring market is expected to grow by 25 percent annually from $7.1 billion to $22.2 billion in 2015.  Read Original Content

Prairie Tech Enterprises has introduced an RFID warning system for Canadian farmers who want to keep children away from dangerous farming equipment like tractors.  Read Original Content

Since 1995, Syclo has enabled hundreds of companies in 37 countries and industries supercharge their businesses with mobility.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Syclo. http://www.syclo.com/. 

St. Jude Medical of St. Paul, Minnesota has provided its physicians with a network system that updates patient information directly to a doctor’s mobile device.  Read Original Content

Friday, October 14, 2011

M2M News Weekly - Week of October 10, 2011

Welcome to 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.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

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Oracle has announced that the company’s new Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management solution can process over 1 billion meter reads per hour.  Read Original Content

Pike Research estimates that as many as 238 million smart meters will be deployed across Europe over the next nine years, with cumulative investment in smart grid technologies totaling $80.3 billion by 2020.  Read Original Content

The M2M market will represent a $1.2 trillion revenue opportunity for mobile operators by 2020, according to the GSMA.  Read Original Content

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/.

With global M2M revenues set to increase by 36 percent yearly, Sprint is focusing on specific M2M areas:  connected transportation, connected meters, sensors and alarms, connected machines, and connected personal devices.  Read Original Content

TechNavio analysts forecast the Global M2M wireless modules market will grow at a compound annual rate of 54.2 percent over the period 2010 to 2014.  Read Original Content

Planning Your Next Mobile Development Project: Best Practices, Hidden Risks

I would like to invite you to join T. L. Neff and me as we present a webinar on the subject of Planning Your Next Mobile Development Project on Thursday, October 20th at 1 PM EDT.  Developing mobile apps brings a new set of challenges and processes that IT teams must be prepared to address.  We’ll focus on the key areas across the software development lifecycle where mobile development differs from traditional IT projects. 

• Learn how to balance project planning and software development processes against today’s constantly changing business and technical requirements for mobile solutions.
• Learn about best practices in defining requirements for mobile apps.
• Avoid the hidden risks in building out and managing the infrastructure to test and deploy mobile apps.

Click here to register!


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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mobility News Weekly - Week of October 10, 2011

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.

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The introduction of the iPhone 4S marks the debut of Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 5.  The new OS is not only loaded with some important improvements — from how notifications about missed calls and other messages are displayed to how your device connects to your computer — it also introduces an innovative, voice-activated “intelligent assistant” named Siri.  This is arguably one of the most meaningful updates to the iPhone we’ve ever seen.  Read Original Content

Microsoft Corp is gearing up to grab a share of the highly competitive smartphone operating system market with its partner in the sector, HTC Corp, launching two new phones that run its latest Windows Phone platform.  The two HTC phones — the Titan and the Radar — are scheduled to hit the shelves at the end of this month.  Read Original Content

The Chinese company Huawei recently outlined its strategy for entering the U.S. mobile market.  Huawei’s goal is to offer more affordable Android smartphones, a growing category for both pre-paid carriers and the Big Four (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile).  Read Original Content

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/.

Eight months and several hurdles after receiving 510(k) clearance, mobile-health company Mobisante says its smartphone ultrasound device is officially on the market. Read Original Content

Recent problems with the BlackBerry smartphone system appear have to spread to the United States.  The latest development follows two days of sporadic blackouts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  BlackBerry's owner, RIM, blamed the latest outages on a backlog of emails to Europe from Asia and the Americas.  Read Original Content

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mobile Expert Podcast Series: Primal's Peter Sweeney

Have you ever pondered how semantic engines, vertical search, and interest networking relates to enterprise mobility?  If not, it's about time!  In this podcast I interview Primal's founder and co-president Peter Sweeney on just these subjects.





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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst, SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Marketing News Weekly - Week of October 10, 2011

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

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobility Charts Weekly

The $2 billion mobile marketing industry is expected to continue a yearly growth of 11.4 percent and will begin to gain momentum in emerging markets like Asia, according to The Global Online and Mobile Advertising Industry Outlook.  Read Original Content

Even though Pandora is popular among smartphone and tablet owners, with over 70 percent of listeners using a mobile device, the company is having difficulty finding advertisers on its mobile platform.  Read Original Content

Frost & Sullivan reports that the Australian mobile ad market grew by 26 percent from June 2010 to June 2011 and is now valued at $13.9 million.  It is anticipated to grow to a value of $82 million over the next five years.  Read Original Content

Pyxis Mobile provides an agile, powerful, and secure mobile enterprise application platform.  It enables rapid cross-platform application development, unlimited data integration, enterprise-grade security, and the unique ability to change and update applications in real time.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Pyxis Mobile, http://pyxismobile.com/

According to both PayPal and eMarketer research, this holiday season will see a significant increase in mobile shopping penetration.  Forty-six percent of smartphone and tablet owners are expected to make holiday purchases using a mobile device.  Read Original Content

According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of mobile application downloads worldwide will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 56.6 percent between 2010 and 2015 to reach 98 billion at the end of the period.  Read Original Content