Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Observations about SAP Enterprise Mobility, MEAPS and SDKs

I am attending the SAPinsider Mobile2012 event in Las Vegas this week, and have had the honor of meeting and speaking with many people involved in SAP enterprise mobility.  These people were SAP partners and SAP employees.  One of the distinct impressions I got was that most are focused on simply extending existing SAP systems out to a mobile user, but not focused on transforming businesses with mobility.

I attended a session on SAP's mobile EAM solution (enterprise asset management) yesterday.  In it they demonstrated how the mobile app integrated with SAP and extended SAP fields out to the mobile device. However, there was no SDK (software development kit) that would enable the user to customize the app for their specific requirements and projects.  It is basically a generic hard coded solution that extends SAP EAM functionality to the field.  There is value to that, but not transformational value.


I asked the SAP person if they used the SAP's mobile SDK to build the mobile EAM solution and they said no.  This seems very odd to me.  Shouldn't SAP's mobile SDK be robust enough to be used by SAP  to develop their own mobile applications?

When I was the CEO of a mobile application's company a few years ago, we had a MEAP and an SDK robust enough to be used to deliver all of our own custom mobile applications.  We then made that SDK available to our clients so they could use it in the future to edit and support their apps.  That SDK was built to be used on top of Sybase's iAnywhere solutions.  I don't understand why years later SAP/Sybase has not dramatically improved upon that model.

I am a strong advocate that companies should select a MEAP and IDE (integrated development environment) and use those to deliver as many of their mobile solutions as possible.  That doesn't mean you need to develop them internally, it means you can develop internally, buy off-the-shelf or contract with third party mobile experts to develop solutions for you - just insist they use your selected MEAP and IDE.

Today it seems that even if you purchased all of SAP's mobile apps, you would get a plethora of applications developed in many different ways and with many different development tool kits, styles and manners.  This is exactly what you want to avoid.  How can you support that kind of collection long term?  The TCO (total cost of ownership) would be high.

SUP can solve the MEAP issue if you can afford it, but there needs to be a standardized software development kit sufficient to support the majority of your mobile solutions, and that permits you to make edits and updates to your own solutions.  Mobile apps should not be held hostage to service providers or ERP vendors.

Through my many years of enterprise mobility experience I have come to realize there are many, many projects in the field that would benefit from mobile solutions.  Many of these projects are unique and their needs for unique data and mobile data collection require the ability to rapidly develop and deploy mobile solutions that may only be used for 6 months (the duration of the project).  Robust mobile SDKs should be able to deliver that.  Without a good mobile SDK you are again in bondage to a vendor, and your project based work suffers.

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and 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.

Mobile Marketing News Weekly – Week of February 27, 2012

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.

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Research firm Nielsen surveyed more than 20,000 mobile consumers in the U.S. and found a strong correlation between age, income, and smartphone ownership. Adults aged 24 to 34 showed the highest proportion of smartphone ownership. 66 percent indicated they owned a smartphone.  Read Original Content

A recent IAB study reported that 63 percent of top brand marketers have increased their mobile advertising spending over the last two years, and that 72 percent plan to increase advertising spending over the next two years. Read Original Content

According to the latest Mobile Audience Insights Report from JiWire, 80 percent of mobile users prefer locally relevant advertising and 75 percent are more likely to take an action after seeing a location-specific message. The survey also found that 21 percent of consumers search for a coupon on their mobile device while in a store. Read Original Content

Verivo is a leading provider of enterprise mobility software, Verivo helps companies accelerate their business results. Its unique technology empowers teams to build, deploy, manage and update their mobile apps -- rapidly and securely. Verivo’s mobility platform is used by hundreds of companies in numerous industries, worldwide. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Verivo.  To learn more, visit www.verivo.com

Groupon announced that its mobile apps broke records in December 2011, with 25 percent of all of its deals in the region purchased via a mobile device. The company saw over 26 million app downloads of its Groupon Now app, helping to increase its mobile user base by more than three times to nine million, tripling its figures since December 2010. Read Original Content

A YouGov study last year found that almost half of Apple users (46 percent) and 42 percent of O2 customers remember seeing advertising on their mobile device. The study also discovered that 88 percent ignore ads in apps and 86 percent ignore ads on the mobile web. Read Original Content


According to a new survey sponsored by AisleBuyer, a Boston-based in-store mobile commerce firm, a total of 60 percent of smartphone-carrying shoppers said they would use their cell phone to pay during an in-store shopping trip if it meant they didn’t have to wait in line. Read Original Content

Forecasters at PQ Media predict that the mobile and social media industry will grow into a $100 billion market by 2015, so expect to see many mobile marketing solutions roll out between now and then.  Read Original Content

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of February 27, 2012

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.

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It is no secret that many U.S.-based banks are in trouble. One reason for that are government regulations on overdraft and transaction fees that effectively zapped $25 billion in revenue from banks coffers. Mobile banking solutions provider Clairmail believes that mobile payments will be financial institutions saving grace. Read Original Content

New research from Nielsen’s upcoming U.S. Digital Consumer Report reveals that 29 percent of smartphone owners use their phone for shopping-related activities. Top activities among mobile shoppers include in-store price comparisons (38 percent), browsing products through their mobile Web or apps (38 percent) and reading online product reviews (32 percent). Read Original Content

In November Square had signed up 20,000 merchants for its payments product, Card Case, and four months later that number has more than doubled to over 40,000 businesses using the loyalty and mobile wallet platform. Read Original Content

Tech Endeavour structures a mobile application as a multi-layered application consisting of user experience, business, and data layers. The mobile application development process starts with definition of the mobile application, understanding key components, learning scenarios where it will be used, learning key patterns and technology considerations as well as identifying specific scenarios such as deployment, power usage and synchronization.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Tech Endeavour, http://www.techendeavour.com/.

Vodafone is set to roll out mobile payments with Visa. Vodafone, which has 400 million customers in more than thirty countries, is working with Visa to introduce a global Vodafone Mobile Wallet. Read Original Content

Moneto is bringing NFC chips to standard MicroSD card slots and using an Android app to add in basic NFC payment capability to almost any Android phone. Read Original Content


Finnish R&D company's HearMeFeelMe project is focused on how NFC could be used to improve the way elderly and visually impaired people interact with the world around them, including a system that allows product information to be recorded on an NFC tag and read back to the user via an NFC phone. Read Original Content

Monday, February 27, 2012

Can You Handle the Truth about Enterprise Mobility and Big Data?

Enterprise mobility is not just about extending your office cubicle to the nearby Starbucks.  Nor is it just doing your same job, in the same manner from a remote location.  It is about doing a job in a different and better way.  A way that permits you to be at the point of action, the point of need, and the point where you can have the biggest positive impact on your bottom line without breaking your lines of communication or denying you access to critical information and team members.

Enterprise mobility is a way of keeping you connected to your business systems, aggregating mission critical information and business intelligence from dozens of different back end systems (think SAP ERP), using real-time big data analysis (think SAP Hana), and bringing all of this information together, in mobile applications - purpose built for the mobile user.  The Aberdeen Group refers to this as role-based custom mobile websites for users.


It is about providing real-time business analytics to decision makers, so they can make the best data-driven decisions, no matter their physical location.  By data-driven decisions, I mean decisions that are based on the analysis of large volumes of data that is related to your issue or subject.  How do you measure the value of "good" decisions?  I reported in a previous article that Professor Erik Brynjolfsson, from MIT's Sloan School of Management had discovered that "Data-driven decision making achieved productivity gains that were 5 to 6 percent higher than other factors could explain."  Those are significant gains for multi-billion dollar organizations.


Today I am in Las Vegas where I am attending SAPinsider's Mobile2012 conference, writing this article, responding to email messages, conducting business meetings, discussing writing a new book on enterprise mobility and preparing to lead three sessions on enterprise mobility.  Mobility enables me to be at the point of action where I can meet people and teach sessions without imposing friction on my analyst and consulting business.  What do I mean by friction?  Friction is when your business is slowed down and delayed because you are not accessible or information is not accessible while traveling.  Mobility allows you to "have your cake and eat it to."




In the Enterprise Mobility 2011 survey that I conducted and reported on in October of 2011, only 40% of respondents reported having a strategic enterprise mobility plan, although 80% reported that enterprise mobility was "very important" to "critical" for their companies future success.  This tells me that both the business and the IT organizations need to get together and really understand the possibilities that are available with enterprise mobility and document a strategy.  It doesn't seem like many organizations truly understand it yet.

The truth is that enterprise mobility offers many productivity improvements and efficiency gains, but the real values are in things like removing frictions, enabling better real-time data-driven decision making, having situational awareness, and freeing your people to spend more time at the point of action. 
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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 27, 2012


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.

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The University College London is preforming data collection using an icon-based interface that could intuitively be used by pigmy tribes in Africa affected by logging and poaching in their forest home. The hand-held device can be used to geotag trees, and then fed back to logging companies and policyholders to try and save crucial areas of forest. Read Original Content

Odawa Casino Resort upgraded its GIMS Uniform System inventory software with UHF-RFID technology to automate the inventory tracking and control of thousands of uniforms worn by team members at the property. Read Original Content

The global market for mobile location technologies reached $22.5 billion in 2010 and is expected to reach $36.3 billion in 2016, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 7.6 percent between 2011 and 2016. Read Original Content

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Intermec, Inc. announced the SG20 family of handheld scanners featuring fast 2D imaging technology for omnidirectional scanning. Designed to speed up the bar code scanning process in retail, healthcare and general countertop scanning applications, the SG20 scanner minimizes the time and effort required to read a bar code by providing more than 50 times the motion tolerance of competitive scanners. Read Original Content


XtremeSignPost, Inc. launched their consumer-based advertising system that encompasses a mobile, interactive, art and music sharing network.  In this process, RFID-enabled cell phones such as Samsung's Galaxy Nexus S running on Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are used to recall and share transmedia art experiences from personalized RFID-tagged items. Read Original Content

Moneyball, Big Data, The Internet of Things and Enterprise Mobility

"In business, economics and other fields decisions will increasingly be based on data and analysis rather than on experience and intuition...we can start being a lot more scientific," predicts Professor Erik Brynjolfsson, from MIT's Sloan School of Management in a New York Times article The Age of Big Data, February 12, 2012.  This is the "Moneyball" approach to business.  Use the data, massive volumes of data, to find the truth, rather than lean on intuition.  In the past this was possible, but the long time frames required to find answers made it impractical for real-time decision making.

Just like in the movie Moneyball, large volumes of data hide truths that are not easily apparent without in-depth analysis.  These truths can lead us to competitive advantages, increased productivity, efficiencies and completely new and different ways of conducting business.  "Data-driven decision making" achieved productivity gains that were 5 to 6 percent higher than other factors could explain reported Brynjolfsson.  Pushing real-time data-driven decision making out to the mobile workforce is a subject that I find very intriguing.


Analyzing huge volumes of data instantly, in the midst of chaos and uncertainty, has enormous potential for those that work in the field.  In an age when mobile workers are wirelessly reporting and sharing data, and thousands of "things" are constantly reporting wireless sensor data that measure vibrations, locations, movements, temperatures, humidity and chemical changes in the air from industrial equipment, shipping crates, vehicles, electrical meters and many other things, it is critical to have real-time assistance from systems that can analyze vast amounts of data instantly.

SAP's Hana is a tool that promises to make this possible.  Here is how SAP promotes Hana, "Analyze massive amounts of data up to 3,600 times faster for instant business insights and transform your organization into a real-time business."  


I remember reading a post-accident report from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.  In the report it said that oil rig supervisors experienced a paralysis in decision making due to the overwhelming amount of seriously dire sensor data coming in.  The raw sensor data was not in a form that provided guidance and direction based upon a real-time analysis of data.  We humans can easily be overwhelmed during a crisis where emotions and adrenalin are peaked and this does not lead to good scientific reasoning.


CEOs and CIOs would be well served to ponder how real-time access to real-time business intelligence could impact global field, fleet and plant operations.  I remember talking to a fleet manager who said he once notified all of his vehicle drivers to fill up with fuel before end of day, because real-time market data suggested a hike in fuel prices would occur before morning.  They reported that they saved millions of dollars by taking this one step.  It was only possible because of real-time analysis and real-time mobile communications.



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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and 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.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of February 26, 2011

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016.

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M2M industry executive Derick Tsang will bring his knowledge of M2M and telecommunications to the Asia Pacific region for Telit Wireless Solutions.  The company has created a new “president of the Asia Pacific region” position for Tsang, and he will be responsible for South Korea, China, India, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Australia.  He will also establish Telit sales outreach in Japan. Read Original Content

Chinese search engine provider Baidu will take advantage of the booming mobile and smartphone market in China and focus on mobile in 2012.  In Q4 2011 China became the largest mobile market in the world. Read Original Content

Apple sales of the iPhone in China are soaring, as are sales of Mac computers.  In 2011, $13 billion in sales for Apple were in China, and sales of Macs increased 100 percent.  Apple is adding support for a number of services in its pursuit of the Chinese market, including search engine provider Baidu and sharing services. Read Original Content

Hong Kong now hosts Asia’s first social media research center with the launch of the new Social Media Laboratory with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  Professor Tony F. Chan states “With this laboratory, our faculty and researchers are taking an active part in nurturing research and development talents in the blooming new arena of social media, and building Hong Kong as a leading hub of creative media and IT technologies in the region.” Read Original Content


The iPad trademark battle rages on, and tops the tech news in China this week.  Also, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has announced plans to regulate Internet television, including mobile video services, in the country.  Check out China’s five top tech news stories. Read Original Content

Friday, February 24, 2012

M2M News Weekly – Week of February 20, 2012

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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Social media has seized on the potential of RFID tags to log visitors to certain amusement parks. Once they pass through the gate or pass by an RFID scanner, their presence will be beamed to Facebook or another social media site announcing they were there and what they were doing. Read Original Content

According to ABI Research the compound annual growth rate of global insurance telematics subscribers will grow by 90 percent from 2010 to 2017. That's an increase from 1.85 million telematics users to a whopping figure of 89 million. Read Original Content

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Texas Instruments has released a single-chip passive infrared micro-electro-mechanical system temperature sensor, called the TMP006. The TMP006 could open up new applications for devices that were previously unable to use IR temperature measurement because of size, power, or costs. That means going past industrial applications to include consumer electronics, such as smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. Read Original Content


The U.S. Army has placed its largest order of micro-robots with ReconRobotics, Inc. A contract worth $13.9 million will supply the U.S. Army with 1,100 Recon Scout XT micro-robot kits. The 1.2-pound robot is equipped with a camera that can perform indoor and outdoor surveillance for soldiers in combat. Read Original Content

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Antenna Software, HTML5 and Cloud Computing

This morning I interviewed Antenna Software's Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Jim Somer's about their new solution AMPchroma.  AMPchroma (AMP stands for Antenna Mobile Platform) is a cloud-based mobile management solution that is intended to address the full mobile lifecycle, in other words, allowing companies to design, build, deploy and manage a wide range of mobile asset, (including native and hybrid web-apps, mobile websites, and corporate app stores) from a single web-based console.

That is a huge challenge.  I give credit to Antenna for their ambitions.  AMPchroma is cloud-based, and it is the new front end for the Antenna Mobile Platform and all of Antenna's templates, libraries and diverse tools that they have acquired over the years.  I like the the idea of having one "unified" browser based interface for all of their tools and management consoles.  I also like Antenna's mission to help companies to "unify their mobile strategies."  I think that is going to be a big requirement now and in the future.

PSION EP10 
On a side note, I have been working with SAPinsider on a new report that will be published next week titled, Mobile Outlook 2012, and in it I report that 40% of companies are leaving mobile strategy up to the different business units.  That means NO unified strategy.  That is a problem.  It will cause a lot of inefficiencies and redundancies.

Antenna is backing HTML5 in a big way.  In fact I challenged Jim to predict the number of "new" enterprise mobility applications in 2013 that will be based on HTML5.  He went out on a limb and predicted that 75% of enterprise mobility applications will be based on HTML5 in 2013.

Antenna has built its reputation on supporting the blue-collar services sector, but these days they are also focused on B2C (business to consumer) apps.

Antenna is also investing in app stores and tools to create custom app stores.

I finished the interview by asking Jim when they were going to be acquired.  For some reason he was not willing to answer that question :-)



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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and 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.

Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 20, 2012

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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A new study by Forrester found that business spending on mobile projects is expected to grow by 100 percent by 2015, and spending on mobile apps is predicted to hit $55 billion in 2016.  Read Original Content

According to AT&T, smartphone use has risen to 85 percent of small businesses, up from 80 percent last year. Also, even though the tablet market is not yet two years old, tablet use by small businesses was at 67 percent, up from 57 percent last year.  Read Original Content

In 2016 total global mobile application revenue will reach an estimated $46 billion, according to ABI Research. That figure includes pay-per-download, in-app purchases, subscriptions, and advertising.  Read Original Content

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Juniper's Mobile Threats Report for 2011 shows malware increased in 2011 by 155 percent. 46.7 percent of all threats analyzed by Juniper in 2011 were Android, ahead of 41 percent for Java ME.  Read Original Content


The total number of Macs sold is 122 million. In 2011 alone, if you tally up all the iOS devices including iPods and iPads, 156 million were sold—more than all Macs ever sold. In one year.  Read Original Content

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of February 20, 2012

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

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A new report by GSMA indicates that mobile tech holds the key to medical advances in mature and emerging markets. It's a market that could be worth $11.5 billion to operators, $6.6 billion to OEMs, $2.6 billion app makers and $2.4 billion to healthcare providers by 2017. Read Original Content

Mobile-health smartphone applications will take off in 2012, reaching $1.3 billion, according to a recent survey by market research and consultancy firm Research2guidance. The group estimates the current market size at $718 million. Read Original Content

A new report by Juniper Research is projecting that by 2016, 3 million patients worldwide will be using remote monitoring devices that use a smartphone as a hub to transmit information. Read Original Content

Webalo technology eliminates the need for traditional mobile application development tools and custom programming to provide in hours, instead of weeks or months, mobile access to the specific enterprise data and functions that smartphone and tablet users rely on to do their jobs.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo, www.webalo.com.

HealthSpot, creator of "Care4 Station" telemedicine kiosks, has signed a technology integration deal with wireless communications giant Sprint. Telemedicine kiosks will enable video conferences, patient vital sign data and other health information to be transmitted from patients in HealthSpot's kiosks to doctors working remotely in their own offices, according to a statement from the two companies. Read Original Content


As mobile gadgets become more commonplace and doctors become more comfortable making simple diagnoses over the phone or Internet, the field of tele-medicine is expanding rapidly. Doctor-to-patient interactions are a small-but-growing slice of the $3.9 billion global tele-medicine market, which includes remote X-ray reading, apps for smartphones and in-home devices that monitor weight, blood pressure or glucose levels. Read Original Content

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What's New in HTML5 - Week of February 20, 2012

HTML5 is gaining momentum in the war for multimedia dominance, but Flash still wins, according to gaming source One More Level.  Read original content

For better performance with HTML5 web content Microsoft recommends Internet Explorer 10 over other platforms.  Read original content

GamesMadeMe Founder and CEO Juha Paananen states “The browser will become the dominant platform on desktop and mobile and people will start to expect that they can play the same game and be part of the same experience on all devices…most games of the future will be designed so that you can access them from anywhere.  Read original content

Sencha has launched a new program to assist Adobe Flex developers to become more productive migrating to HTML5.  Read original content


Microsoft is bypassing HTML5 and launching native mobile apps for its customer relationship management (CRM) software, stating they’re watching HTML5 closely, but the focus “is to provide the best possible experience on native devices today."  Read original content

Despite some limitations, gaming platform Zynga is embracing HTML5 for its cross-platform aspect and other numerous advantages says  Zynga's CTO Paul Bakaus.  Read original content

The HTML5 accessibility website (http://www.html5accessibility.com/) has scored Mozilla’s Firefox way ahead of other Windows browsers for HTML5 accessibility support.  Read original content

According to Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox, the mobile web will edge out mobile apps in the long term, as technologies like HTML5 improve.  Read original content

Microsoft highlights HTML5 in a Valentine’s Day browser demo.  Called “Love is in the Air” (http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/performance/loveisintheair/), the demo experience “brings together hardware-accelerated HTML5 canvas, SVG, CSS transforms & transitions, WOFF, audio, and more”, according to IE group program manager Rob Mauceri.  Read original content


AppMobi has made its playMobi HTML5-based game development SDK available for beta testing.  The SDK will provide tools for development of games in iOS, Android and Facebook platforms.

The beta version of Google’s Chrome 18 browser is now available, and it includes GPU-accelerated rendering to allow games and animations built using the HTML5 Canvas tag to run faster and smoother.  Read original content

How does HTML5 fit into your mobile strategy?  Wilter du Toit, CEO of Virtual Mobile Technologies, weighs pros and cons in an opinion piece in IT News Africa.  Read original content

HTML5 doesn’t work in IE, won’t be ready until 2022, and isn’t “ready for prime time”.  These are three of the ten myths a Microsoft developer says is holding HTML5 back.  Read original content

Websites to explore that help you learn more about HTML5.  Read original content

StackMob, the cloud-based platform for mobile developers, has announced the launch of their hosted HTML5 service for desktop, tablet and mobile.  Developers can also use the new service to host HTML5 running in native apps.  “Eventually, HTML5 is going to win because of this network-connected device world.”  Read original content



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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and 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.

Enterprise Mobility, Old Age and UX

I must confess the older I get, the more I like my iPad.  Why?  It is easier to read and you can see more information on one screen.  This has got me thinking about mobile UX.  Am I the only one who thinks as technologically sophisticated baby-boomers get older they will gravitate toward tablets?

When SAP launched their first few mobile apps they all looked different.  They each used different icons, colors and styles.  However, the next year SAP changed them to all fit the same design style, color schemes, icons and menu systems.  They wanted all the apps to work in a similar manner.  They standardized to improve the UX and address change management issues.

This is a lesson for us all.  Most large companies, anticipate supporting many different mobile applications, but few have thought through UX design and how they should leverage design and UX standards across as many apps as possible.

Next week, I will be participating in a webinar titled, The Role of User Experience (UX) in a Mobility Landscape along side mobility expert Tom Parish and Endeavour's design manager Hitesh Ruwala.  If you would like to participate please register here.  The topics that will be covered are:
  • UX & its Importance 
  • Myths & Facts about UX in Mobility
  • The Mobile UX Approach
  • Do’s & Don’ts for good UX
  • Trends in UX

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Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
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Mobile Marketing News Weekly – Week of February 20, 2012

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.

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Google studied online shopping behavior for the U.S. in the 2011 holiday season, which revealed a number of interesting stats. 41 percent of those who used mobile phones to shop made a purchase directly on their smartphone. 46 percent researched an item on their smartphone, and then went to a store to make their purchase. 37 percent researched an item on their smartphone then made their purchase online. Read Original Content

While actual mobile-shopping purchase transactions accounted for only two percent of e-commerce sales in 2011, the Kellogg Shopper Index – in a survey of 1,400 consumers -- found that more than half of in-store shoppers report having occasionally used their Internet-enabled mobile devices as a price-comparison tool while in stores. Read Original Content

SToday, xAd, one of the largest mobile-local ad networks in the U.S., has released its quarterly Mobile-Local Search Stats, a first-to-market report on mobile-local search usage and trends. Based on data from comScore, the growing smartphone market resulted in an influx of users accessing local information via their devices, up two percentage points from 75 percent (as reported in Q3) to 77 percent. Read Original Content

Verivo is a leading provider of enterprise mobility software, Verivo helps companies accelerate their business results. Its unique technology empowers teams to build, deploy, manage and update their mobile apps -- rapidly and securely. Verivo’s mobility platform is used by hundreds of companies in numerous industries, worldwide. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Verivo.  To learn more, visit www.verivo.com

A new report from Juniper Research indicates that augmented reality technology will generate $2 million in 2012, but will jump to as much as $714 million annually by 2014. Augmented reality mobile marketing revenue will largely be driven by subscription-based services, advertising and AR-based app downloads. Read Original Content


According to the "Mobile Audience Insights Report", 80 percent of the on-the-go audience preferred locally relevant advertising, and 75 percent were more likely to take an action after seeing a location-specific message. Read Original Content

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mobile Commerce News Weekly - Week of February 20, 2012

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.

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UK bank Barclays has launched a smartphone app allowing money to be sent and received using a phone number. Barclays is touting the app as the first European service that enables person-to-person mobile transfers, and allows customers to send a maximum of £300 a day and receive a daily total of £5,000. Read Original Content

The number of mobile users expected to use an NFC-enabled mobile phone as a metro rail or bus ticket is expected to grow from less than 1 percent today to 13 percent by 2016, according to a new report from Juniper Research. Read Original Content

According to Google, 62 percent of restaurant related searches on Valentine's Day were from "high end mobile devices or tablets." The volume of searches for restaurants was up drastically between February 7 and Valentine's Day, from all devices. Google says that desktop searches spiked by 142 percent, tablet searches by 135 percent, and by 359 percent on mobile devices. Read Original Content

Tech Endeavour structures a mobile application as a multi-layered application consisting of user experience, business, and data layers. The mobile application development process starts with definition of the mobile application, understanding key components, learning scenarios where it will be used, learning key patterns and technology considerations as well as identifying specific scenarios such as deployment, power usage and synchronization.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Tech Endeavour, http://www.techendeavour.com/.

PayPal said the financial information of customers using its in-store payments service is safe a day after a Visa Inc. executive suggested it lacks security. PayPal is testing a service in some Home Depot stores that allows customers to make purchases by typing in their mobile phone number and a personal-identification number. Read Original Content


Many in the industry believe that NFC will be the next must-have mobile phone feature, and there’s a lot of activity around these radio communication chips. Three areas to keep an eye on for innovation this year are pairing, paying, and play. Mobile payments are another growth area – partly because it is a shiny new idea, but also because it allows mobile carriers to start another revenue stream. Read Original Content

More on Mobility and 4D Field Services

I wrote an article a few months ago titled, Mobility and 4D Field Services, in which I shared the four dimensions of mobility and field services.  These dimensions are similar to the GPS coordinates (length, width, height),  plus the addition of time.  This weekend I was reading a book titled, Stray Voltage, War in the Information Age, by Wayne Michael Hall.  In this book he takes a concept I wrote about, 4D Field Services, and adds two more, cyberspace and cerebral.

Here is a quote from Hall, "Information superiority is firmly connected to making decisions that are superior to an adversary's and combines information technology and intellectual power to create conditions with which to make better decisions."

Hall is making the point that with mass volumes of data that is collected in the field using remote sensors, data collection technologies, M2M and mobile solutions we need to improve our operational strategies and ways of thinking.  The data can provide us with real-time "situational awareness," but can we understand it and use it to make better decisions for our businesses?

More from Hall, "Human beings will need to improve their thinking capabilities to cope with the increasing complexities of the world...people will depend more on visualization to help understand complexity quickly.  Visualization will fuse data and information and display the result in a multimedia format.  Visualization will allow the integration of data, information and knowledge from all sources and will allow for the integration of numerous contributors."

There is power in taking all of the real-time data inputs that you have, integrating them, analyzing and displaying it visually on a map with powerful info graphs in real-time.  This can help us quickly understand what is happening in the field.

In my mind I see a field services manager using an iPad.  He can look down at his iPad at anytime and see the location of all his assets, resources, work crews, jobs (past, present and future) and equipment.  He can see bright yellow circles for all job status that are running over their estimated times, he can see work crews in transit and he can see all locations of upcoming jobs on a map.  In one quick glance the manager can understand where there are challenges, trouble spots and customer issues.

The visualization of this information allows for rapid and good decision making.  This is a true competitive advantage.  How do you estimate an ROI on that?


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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.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Kevin Benedict's Video Comments: Enterprise Mobility a Transformational Event

What does the word transformational mean?  When I researched it I came up with, "A marked change in form."  I believe enterprise mobility fits this description.  It is taking many traditional business solutions and ERPs and changing their form via mobile applications and mobile extensions.  In this segment of my Video Comments, I talk about the transformational impact of enterprise mobility.




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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.

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of February 20, 2012

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.

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The Expressway Authority of Thailand and the Land Transport Department have earmarked Bt15 million to install RFID cameras to detect speed violations on Bangkok expressways. Read Original Content

Glacier Computer has announced the availability of a sunlight readable display for its T510K – 10-inch rugged tablet. "The new sunlight readable display option is perfect for mobile workers who are in and out of vehicles or need to use the T510K outside. The 800 NIT display offers optimal readability in direct sunlight", said Ron D'Ambrosio, CEO, Glacier Computer. " Read Original Content

A commercial version of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ Keurig Vue coffee brewer will debut in the fall and will incorporate Vue paks embedded with RFID technology.  The paks are designed to simplify the brewing experience and ensure quality and consistency for users who are unfamiliar with the brewer. 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/.

Aqua Tek S Rugged iPhone case is made for the iPhone 4 and 4S and offers protection from drops, falls, and accidental spills. The case will even allow you to take your iPhone underwater, up to 20 feet. The built-in solar battery and solar charger also charges your iPhone. Read Original Content


To help prevent RFID theft from credit cards researchers are working on an on/off switch. A simple technology to achieve this end is being worked on by researchers at the Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering that would see the simple act of placing your finger on your card would turn in “on” when you go to pay for something. Read Original Content

Friday, February 17, 2012

M2M News Weekly – Week of February 13, 2012

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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Frost & Sullivan's report, European Smart Meter Markets, finds that the smart meter revenue in Europe is expected to grow from $318.4 million in 2010 to $1.93 billion in 2017 at a compound annual growth rate of 29.3 percent. Read Original Content

According to ABI Research the compound annual growth rate of global insurance telematics subscribers will grow by 90 percent from 2010 to 2017. That's an increase from 1.85 million telematics users to a whopping figure of 89 million. Read Original Content

ABI Research has predicted that the market for smart appliances will grow to reach 24 million shipments during 2017. 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/.

Recently there have been a number of bold predictions for the M2M market. Cisco predicts there will be 50 billion devices by 2020, and IBM has recently predicted that by 2015 there will be 1 trillion devices connected. Read Original Content


Eight out of ten executives believe overall utility smart grid investment will continue to rise in 2012 according to a new study by Zpryme. Zpryme surveyed 312 executives in the U.S. energy, smart grid and utility space on their overall 2012 smart grid sentiment. Read Original Content

According to GBI Research, the cumulative number of smart meter units installed in Europe is expected to grow from 7.6 million units in 2010 to 105.99 million units in 2020 at a compound growth rate of 30.2 percent. Read Original Content

Mobile Health News Weekly – February 13, 2012

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

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The worldwide mHealth market will grow to a revenue opportunity worth $23 billion by 2017, according to a new report conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Read Original Content

The global market for mobile health applications for smartphones is expected to nearly double in 2012, rising to $1.3 billion, according to a new report. Read Original Content

AT&T has launched a beta version of the AT&T Developer Center ForHealth, a cloud-based platform designed to help mobile health app developers create integrated applications. Read Original Content

Webalo technology eliminates the need for traditional mobile application development tools and custom programming to provide in hours, instead of weeks or months, mobile access to the specific enterprise data and functions that smartphone and tablet users rely on to do their jobs.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo, www.webalo.com.

Auburn Community Health Clinic is now offering a new online appointment registration feature through a partnership with iTriage, a free mobile healthcare app that lets patients access medical information online and from their smartphones. Read Original Content

Google allegedly is planning to unveil a medical category for apps in the Android Marketplace, according to iMedicalApps.com. Read Original Content

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bristol City Council Housing and Mobile Field Services

Bristol City Council Housing
The Bristol City Council owns 28,000 homes that need to be maintained and repaired.  For those of us that own even one home, we recognize how much maintenance is required.  These homes, however, are rented and come with the added challenges involved with maintaining rentals.  In fact it takes 300 field service technicians full time to keep up with the work load.

In order to efficiently complete all the work needed, they sought to improve productivity, document and manage worker's skills, identify the tools required, and provide optimized routing between jobs.  They also needed to figure out a way to improve scheduling to optimize productivity.  They worked with their systems integrator Capgemini to come up with a solution that would save them £2.7 million per annum in operation costs.

One of the biggest challenges was communication with 300 mobile field service technicians that were on the move and working in remote locations.  Capgemini solved this part of the puzzle by deploying ClickSoftware's enterprise mobility solution.

Councilor Anthony Negus, Cabinet Member for Housing, Property Services and Regeneration, said, "We will be able to better response to tenant needs, for example by offering  greater chic and certainty about appointment times, and by making sure that the majority of jobs are successfully competed on a first home visit.

Today, the field services industry is experiencing some incredible advances in business strategies that are made possible through mobile technologies.  I have written a number of articles on this subject that you may find useful:

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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.