Friday, June 29, 2012

Mobile Expert Video Series: Jay Bopa Rai

A couple of weeks ago while teaching mobile strategies in the London area I had the opportunity to sit down and discuss enterprise mobility with Kony Solution's Director of Technical Services EMEA, Jay Bopa Rai. In this segment of the Mobile Expert Video Series, Jay shares the trends he sees in the European enterprise mobility market today.

Remember, all past videos are archived for easy reference here.



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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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 Health News Weekly – Week of June 24, 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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

By 2017, one in five wearable wireless electronic devices for the sports and health care market will be used in the medical realm to track things such as a person’s blood sugar level or heart rate, according to a forecast from ABI Research. Read Original Content

A study published in Diabetes Care showed that children with type 1 diabetes who used wireless technologies to monitor and manage blood glucose levels had significantly better glycemic control and diabetes self-management skills than those who did not. Read Original Content

UK Doctors will be encouraged to prescribe smartphone apps to help patients manage conditions ranging from diabetes to depression, the Government has announced. 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.

Happtique, a mobile health application store aimed primarily at healthcare providers, plans to launch an mRx program that will give hospitals and physicians a mechanism for prescribing mHealth apps to patients. Read Original Content


Results of a survey from Blue Chip Patient Recruitment indicate just 26 percent of users visit health-related Websites, 18 percent download health-related mobile apps and 8 percent spend time at online health communities. Read Original Content

A number of mhealth tools are starting to slowly work their way into mainstream use for patients, such as a blood pressure cuff that connects to a smartphone, a blood glucose meter for iPod touch and iPhone devices, and an app that alerts people when it is time to take their next dose of their medications. Read Original Content

Recyclebank and Transport for London have partnered to release an iPhone app that gives users rewards when they opt out of public transportation and choose to walk or cycle to get around instead. Read Original Content

With the proliferation of mobile devices in healthcare and the growing demand for information delivered to those devices, healthcare interoperability collaborative Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise International has produced an implementation guide for providing such access. Read Original Content

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mobility News Weekly – Week of June 24, 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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly

India has unveiled a new version of what it says is the "world's cheapest tablet computer" - the Aakash 2.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics Co. expects sales of its new Galaxy S III, launched at the end of last month as a main rival to Apple's iPhone, to top 10 million during July, making it South Korean group's fastest selling smartphone.  Read Original Content

Microsoft has announced its developed version for its next smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8. WP8 will come with an alteration in the start screen, a new live tiles feature and offer to resize tiles.  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.

Motorola Solutions just bought Psion Corporation for $200 million in cash to bolster its work with industrial companies. The deal will mostly focus on improving Motorola Solutions' toughened-up handhelds and in-car terminals.  Read Original Content


Samsung Electronics, already a world leader in TVs and smartphones, is taking the fight to Intel Corp for the number one slot in semiconductors, betting on strong growth in so-called logic chips that are the brains inside today’s fast-selling smart mobile devices.  Read Original Content

HTC has canceled the planned launch of its high-profile One series in Brazil, and is pulling out - completely - from that market.  Read Original Content

Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5 - Week of June 24, 2012


Kony Solutions has unveiled its Mobile App Manager, giving organizations a single environment for “deploying, managing, analyzing and securing mobile applications for all devices, across all channels, including HTML5, mobile web, native, hybrid, or mixed-mode”.  Read Original Content

A luxury real estate brokerage firm has re-launched its website, building the new site with HTML5 to optimize it for mobile, stating “over 90 percent of smartphones and tablets are HTML5-enabled, and almost 75 percent are HTML5 video only. Without HTML5, you are losing a considerable portion of your audience.”  Read Original Content

Adobe has announced the availability of Adobe Captivate 6, an upgrade to its eLearning software, with enhancements including HTML5 publishing with pause and resume capabilities for iOS and Android devices.  Read Original Content
Microsoft claims that Internet Explorer 10 “achieves dramatic performance gains for JavaScript-intensive applications, particularly HTML5 games and simulations” with page loads 30 percent faster.  Read Original Content

To show off HTML5’s current capabilities, QRlicious has compiled a list of “Our Favorite HTML5 Mobile Apps of 2012”.  Read Original Content

Facebook’s Ringmark tool is now completely open source, and more tests will be implemented in Ringmark soon to better test mobile browsers, as many browsers just aren’t fast enough yet to handle HTML5 games.  Read Original Content

Microsoft has announced that HTML5 support is being added to the Visual Studio LightSwitch tool, allowing LightSwitch apps to run on any platform with an HTML5 compliant browser, including Android, iOS and Windows 8.  Read Original Content

The creators of third party browser Dolphin claim that the latest beta version of the browser, the Dolphin Engine, earns a score of 450+ on the HTML5 browser compatibility test, rendering HTML5 five to ten times faster than Android’s default browser and 100 percent faster than Chrome.  Read Original Content

Adobe’s Dreamweaver CS6 provides development tools to incorporate HTML5’s interactivity and motion for designs on smartphones, tablets and desktops.  Read Original Content

Dot Com Infoway has released a new HTML5 infographic, “HTML5:  Past, Present and Future”, describing the evolution, key features and capabilities of HTML5.  Read Original Content


A major shift is occurring in the application development landscape, and an Oracle development executive states that it’s based on the "perfect storm" provided by the emergence of cloud, mobile and HTML5 as dominant themes in modern systems.  Read Original Content

Gizmox has released a downloadable Community Technology Preview of its Instant CloudMove Transposition Studio, which enables developers to experiment with the tools.  It allows any Microsoft Visual Studio developer to extend VB6 and .NET enterprise client/server applications into HTML5 web, cloud and mobile applications.  Read Original Content

Augmented reality browser Junaio has been upgraded with a new user interface and a new API with HTML5 and JavaScript support.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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, June 27, 2012

Mobile Marketing News Weekly – Week of June 24, 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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

According to Media Post, citing an “Advertising Expenditure Forecast for June 2012 by Publicis Groupe company ZenithOptimedia, advertisers will spend about 15 percent more in 2012 on paid-search marketing, up 15 percent in 2013, and 13 percent in 2014.” Read Original Content

Adcquire's new marketing platform is making waves throughout the marketing industry. The platform, which connects brands and consumers through a mobile app, generates physical interactions with products. Read Original Content

AT&T has just released the findings from a study that indicates social and mobile marketing are the next big thing. Among the small businesses that took part in the survey, almost 60 percent stated they intend to spend more on their marketing online in 2012 than they did last year. Read Original Content

Verivo 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 Verivo Mobile.

StrikeAd, a startup that helps advertisers and agencies manage their mobile campaigns, has raised another $500,000 in funding. The round is an addition to the $3 million Series A led by DFJ Esprit that the startup announced in January. Read Original Content


Ticketing startup TicketLeap has relaunched with a new logo, webpages that encourage more social interaction, and updated iOS and Android apps that create a mobile box office. Read Original Content

Mobile Expert Video Series: Oliver Kaluscha

I met with Oliver Kaluscha, CEO/Founder of Placeworkers while I was working in London a couple of weeks ago. Placeworkers is a Germany based company focused on the SAP and other ERP mobility markets.  Oliver has a great deal of real world SAP mobility experience, and he was kind enough to share some of his advice and experiences with us in this segment of Mobile Expert Video Series.



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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of June 24, 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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly

The Yankee Group estimates that the worldwide transaction value of mobile payments will total nearly $1 trillion by 2014, up from $162 billion in 2010. But then why does it seem that the only people using it are customers purchasing their double-caffe skinny lattes at Starbucks? Read Original Content

Near field communications mobile payments will exceed $180 billion worldwide in 2017, according to a May 2012 report by Juniper Research. Read Original Content

Merchant Warehouse, a leader and innovator in payment solutions, announced a partnership with VeriFone Systems, Inc. as a preferred hardware provider for the Genius platform. 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

Mobile payments are popular among the Girl Scouts of America, allowing scouts with the know-how and resources to sell more cookies than their cash-only counterparts. Read Original Content

A recent study from Juniper Research forecasts that mobile contactless payment transactions are expected to reach nearly $50 billion worldwide in 2014 and NFC solutions will be launched in 20 countries within the next 18 months. Read Original Content

With interest growing in mobile banking, retail banks plan to invest more in mobile technologies, according to a new report by Forrester Research. The survey released June 20 showed retail banks plan to spend one-third of their total digital budget on their mobile channels this year. Read Original Content

Guest Writer: Alok Pant on the Mobile Cloud

I want to thank Alok Pant, with Unvired, for writing this article and sharing his insights on mobile strategies and cloud computing.

Lowering the Activation Energy for Enterprise Mobility Implementations

As we talk to customers, it is clear that enterprises have not adopted Mobility as quickly as consumers.  We have had many conversations with customers, and two main points stand out.  The first is that they are finding it difficult to justify the ROI for many mobility projects.  Yes, it is true that there are certain scenarios like Field Service or Sales where the value of mobility is accepted, but beyond these it becomes more difficult.  When enterprises look to mobilize processes like Purchase Order Approval or Travel Expense approval, the barrier to mobility has to be reduced. 

An analogy can be drawn to the Activation Energy concept we all learned in Chemistry—for a reaction to occur, the activation energy barrier has to be overcome/lowered.  Similarly, in our world of enterprise mobility, the ROI barrier has to be lowered.

Our second insight gleaned from customers is that IT departments today are under extreme pressure to deliver multiple projects with dwindling resources.  One large SAP customer was all set to mobilize their applications, when they had a major restructuring in their IT department.  Another high tech customer in the US is rolling out SAP to their subsidiaries globally, leaving no time or resources for mobility projects even with a recognized need.  A third customer was given the mandate to mobilize multiple business processes running on SAP in just one month.

These situations suggest that the old model of installing software on-premise, and conducting, say a 3 month POC to prove the ROI of a project is obsolete.  Companies do not have enough budget, and the cloud is increasingly getting the mindshare of the CIO.  The consumerization of IT has made all of us seek instant gratification—we want the mobile application instantly, inexpensively, and without any bother.

All this sets the stage nicely to usher in the era of the Mobile cloud. The Mobile cloud delivers a rain of mobile applications at a low cost without consuming the resources of a strapped IT department—no hardware investment, and minimal time commitment.  It is a Pay As You Go model, and eliminates the need for a capital investment.  It is scalable, provides flexibility, and insulates the firm in a rapidly changing technology environment.  The data security concerns of the cloud are understood by now, and have been successfully managed.

As more applications move over to the cloud, can the mobile cloud be far behind? Are you ready to lower the activation energy for your Mobility projects? There is no reason that your Mobile initiatives be confined to just a few use cases.  It is time to make Enterprise Mobility ubiquitous. The mobile cloud may be just the catalyst you need.


Alok Pant
CEO, Unvired, Inc.


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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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 Expert Podcast Series: Antenna Software's Mark Watson

Mark Watson
Last week I had the good fortune of being able to meet with Antenna Software's EVP of Technology and Engineering, Mark Watson just outside of London and interview him about mobility.  In this 17 minute podcast Mark shares his thoughts on enterprise mobility, HTML5, mobile strategies and the mobile trends.  I think you will find it valuable.

Podcasts are not as easy as they might appear, so I have provided both a download link to the podcast, and if you have the right plugins, it will also be available embedded in this article.

Here is the podcast link - https://www.box.com/s/6059e51793acda014a33





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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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, June 25, 2012

Mobile Expert Video Series: Chris Willis, Part 2

This is Part 2 of my interview with Verivo's Chief Marketing Officer Chris Willis (Watch Part 1 here).  In this segment I ask him to share his company's views on mobile strategies and mobile solution architecture, and why they believe they have a good approach.


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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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 and M2M News Weekly – Week of June 24, 2012

The Field Mobility and M2M 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 Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

Two RFID rugged mobile computers are now available to help retailers simplify inventory management - Honeywell’s Optimus 5900 RFID mobile computer and Motorola’s MC3090-Z RFID mobile computer.  Read Original Content

Raco Wireless and Enterprise Mobile are working together to increase the popularity of M2M services, helping businesses without telecom expertise launch M2M services.  Read Original Content

A survey conducted by researchers at Sam Houston State University and Southern Arkansas University from 2005 to 2012 reveals that the utilization of RFID systems by manufacturers in the United States to track inventory has grown at a steady pace.  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.

In a move that may spell trouble for the portable GPS device market, Apple has announced the launch of Maps, its in-house mapping and GPS navigation service for iOS devices.  Read Original Content

A new e-book is available from NetMotion Wireless “The Top 5 Best Practices for Field Mobility”.  Read Original Content


Impinj has launched a new web-based analysis tool, the Store Performance Simulator, to enable retailers to perform “what-if” scenarios to aid in deciding whether or not to utilize RFID technology.  Read Original Content

RFID product maker Intermec has announced it will lay off 7 percent of its workforce in a move to cut costs.  Read Original Content

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of June 24, 2012

Welcome to the 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.




The PayPal South-East Asia and India Managing Director forecasts mobile commerce in Malaysia will reach RM3.43 billion in 2015, driven in part by higher penetration of smartphones and tablets.  Read Original Content

SAP India has opened a Mobile Solutions Center in Mumbai “to help customers experience SAP’s mobile innovations as well as understand how to integrate mobile solutions into their business strategy”.  Read Original Content

Due to the continuing surge in mobile devices, especially smartphones, mobile software engineering is one of the fastest growing areas in the Asian IT job market.  Read Original Content

Antenna Software provides a complete cloud-based enterprise mobility suite that enables both IT pros and business executives alike to create and manage mobile apps, websites and content across the entire business.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Antenna Software.

YouTube has launched a new version for users in Indonesia, targeting advertisers as well as the local user community.  Read Original Content
Chinese mobile payment and value added solutions provider Trunkbow has announced the results of its annual shareholders’ meeting.  The official document is available at http://www.trunkbow.com/public/2012%20AGM%20Notice%20and%20Proxy%20Statement.pdf.  Read Original Content

SAP is exploring opportunities in India’s transportation and logistics sector, developing “solutions around ‘big data', mobility and analytics for shippers and third party logistics companies who ship automotive components and consumer packaged goods”.  Read Original Content


The main manufacturer of Apple’s products, Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., has announced that it will go into the retail business mostly using the Internet rather than retail stores.  Read Original Content

Friday, June 22, 2012

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of June 17, 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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

A report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers earlier this month suggests that emerging countries like India and China will be at the forefront of the mobile health technology breakthrough. Read Original Content

Last week the Federal Communications Commission moved forward with white spaces reform free of challenges from the microphone industry, they took on special access reform and held a meeting of experts to address the future of wireless mHealth innovation. Read Original Content

The Supreme Court could rule on the Affordable Care Act — the health-care law spearheaded by President Barack Obama — any day now. How will their decision effect the mHealth movement? Read Original Content

There are over 6 million pregnancies every year in the United States and for many, pregnancy is a difficult time both physically and mentally. Developers are taking note of this, and have started building apps to aid in the pregnancy process, help women understand their pregnancy, and even pick out a name. 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.

Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise International — a health information technology and interoperability group — has released its "Mobile Access to Health Documents" implementation guide for public comment. Read Original Content


According to the report "Attack Surface: Healthcare and Public Health Sector," by the Department of Homeland Security, mobile devices face many security threats. Here are 10 tips for healthcare organizations to secure data on computers, laptops, mobile devices and flash drives in the face of the BYOD phenomenon. Read Original Content

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5 - Week of June 17, 2012

This week I have posted a several segments of the Mobile Expert Video Series with mobility experts that discuss HTML5.  Here they are for your easy reference:

I have interviewed many more mobility experts discussing HTML5 this week, and these interviews will be published next week.  Stay tuned!!!

Now for the news:
 
Results of a recent survey of enterprise software coders found that 79 percent of nearly 2,200 mobile developers said they will use HTML5 in their apps in 2012, a higher than expected interest in HTML5 for mobile apps.  Read Original Content

Vana Workforce’s Vana HCM Release Update 6 introduces dedicated mobile support using standards-based HTML5 for cross platform support for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and tablet devices.  Read Original Content

Q&A site for finding repair solutions FixYa has revamped its mobile website with the launch of FixYa Mobile, a complete HTML5 overhaul for use on smartphones and tablets.  ReadOriginal Content

Mooklet Project has released an iPhone app, Mooklet that enables users to publish a photo book as an HTML5 web application.  Read Original Content

Facebook has launched its App Center for iOS and Android, enabling users to find new apps for their mobile devices.  The App Center supports HTML5 web apps as well as native apps.  Read Original Content

Startup bMobilized has introduced a do-it-yourself tool that will allow users to easily convert a website into a full-featured HTML5-enabled mobile site.  Read Original Content

One of the useful features of HTML5 is Drag and Drop, enabling developers to drag and drop HTML5 elements.  This tutorial explains HTML5 Drag and Drop with a simple example.  Read Original Content

Modernizr is an open-source JavaScript library that allows developers to take advantage of the new capabilities of HTML5 even on older browsers.  Read Original Content

iSpring has introduced the beta version of their PowerPoint to HTML5 converter for iPad and mobile devices (http://www.ispringsolutions.com/ispring-converter).  Read Original Content

Microsoft officials have announced that the company is adding HTML5 output support to its Visual Studio LightSwitch tool, which is now available to testers.  Read OriginalContent

Insurance industry software and services provider Systema Software has announced the launch of SIMS Mobile, developed using HTML5 to maximize interoperability.  SIMS Mobile is available for iOS and Android.  ReadOriginal Content

Combining HTML5 and CSS3 provides an opportunity for the creation of sophisticated websites in terms of design and capabilities, with stunning visual effects.  Read OriginalContent

FunMobility Inc. has announced the availability of an integrated mobile marketing suite, the AppWidget Mobile Engagement Platform, which features cloud-based, HTML5 plug-ins that instantly and easily improve the performance of any native iOS or Android app.  Read Original Content

Datameer has released a new version of its “Big Data analytics solution”.  Datameer 2.0 is HTML5-based and runs on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops.  Read Original Content

Steel Media has created a new free digital magazine, swipe, built with interactive HTML5 and designed for the iPad.  Read Original Content

The mobile workforce is moving from desktop PCs to smartphones and tablets, and now is the time for businesses to incorporate HTML5 into web development projects.  Richard Hein provides “8 Reasons to Gear Up for HTML5 Now” on CIO.com.  Read Original Content

Glu CEO Niccolo de Masi states that HTML5 gaming is growing, but “its slow progress means it won't be a viable alternative to native apps for most publishers for another five or ten years”.  Read Original Content
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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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 June 17, 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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly

Microsoft has unveiled Surface - its own-brand family of tablets. The touchscreen computers will be powered by its upcoming Windows 8 system and contain a choice of an Intel or ARM-based processor.  Read Original Content

Imagination Technologies, the British company behind the graphics for the iPad and iPhone, has posted a 53 percent rise in full-year profits.  Read Original Content

Apple’s iPad will grow its share of the booming tablet market over its Android-based rivals this year, thanks in large part to new features introduced with the iPad 3 and the company’s decision to reduce the prices further on the iPad 2, according to market research firm IDC.  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.

It is estimated that around 9.1 Million Canadians have migrated from feature phones to smartphones by the end of 2011, according to TechSci Research.  Read Original Content


Devices from Samsung and Apple captured 50 percent of the global smartphone market in the first quarter - and 90 percent of its profits, according to data from ABI Research.  Read Original Content

By 2017, smartphone accessories will grow to $38 billion in revenues, while feature phone accessory revenues will decline to $12 billion, according to ABI Research.  Read Original Content

Contract electronics maker Celestica Inc. will stop making products for its biggest customer, Research In Motion Ltd., by the end of the year as the BlackBerry maker seeks to cut costs by shrinking its global supply base.  Read Original Content

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mobile Marketing News Weekly – Week of June 17, 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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

Facebook, the world's largest social network, says it is working on a location-based mobile-advertising product that will allow companies to target users with real-time data showing their whereabouts. Read Original Content

Mobile marketing delivers a higher return-on-investment than traditional marketing programs, according to new research findings from Luth Research, a research partner of the Mobile Marketing Association. Read Original Content

Mobile marketing and advertising solutions provider Velti has been named the winner of the 2012 Juniper Future Mobile Award in the mobile advertising category. 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

Escalating mobile device penetration and changing consumer lifestyle are driving mobile marketing in India. A new report from Netscribes entitled Mobile Marketing in India 2012 describes a market with strong growth potential.  Read Original Content


Like search and social before it, the rapid and widespread adoption of new technology -- in this case, mobile apps -- will increasingly pitch marketers in a heated battle for surface area in an entirely new theater of operation: the app stores. Read Original Content

Mobile Expert Video Series: Chris Willis, Part 1

I had the privilege of interviewing Chris Willis, Chief Marketing Officer of Verivo recently in beautiful Waltham, MA.  We explored his thoughts on what makes Verivo unique in the market, HTML5, enterprise mobility trends and mobile strategies.

I hope you find these interview series useful!



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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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.

Eggs with Benedict Mobile Strategies Workshop in London

Eggs with Benedict
I had the honor of presenting a mobile strategies workshop (Eggs with Benedict) yesterday in Convent Garden's Hospital Club in central London.  The Hospital Club is a high tech and digital media gathering spot that was perfect.  The interior was very chic with couches and over-stuffed chairs, funky lighting and a lounge inside.

Attendees traveled from all parts of England, and we had some even fly in from other parts of Europe for the workshop.  I was told by a group of attendees following the workshop that it was valuable and useful.  I even had requests to return and present another series of workshops.

It is my observation, backed by solid research, that companies are struggling with developing an enterprise-wide mobile strategy.  Sometimes the IT department is the laggard, but most often I believe the business is the laggard.  Mobile technologies can truly transform a company.  It can change business models, and revolutionize industries.  The business must understand how they will respond and utilize mobility to drive competitive advantages.

I think some businesses are approaching enterprise mobility as simply an interesting set of technologies.   There is danger in not recognizing it for what it is.  Just like the web revolutionized and transformed media and the publishing industries (just to name a few), mobile technologies will lead to the demise of many companies that are not capable of understanding the scope and scale of the sea change introduced by mobile technologies.

I believe business leaders should enroll their staff in an educational process on mobile technologies.  Find an experienced mobility expert (google mobile experts) and have them stretch the imaginations of your leaders as to the possibilities of enterprise mobility.  Mobility is here for the rest of your careers, so the faster you can understand it, and create a vision and roadmap, the better for your company.


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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of June 17, 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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

While the mobile channel is not yet the preferred vehicle for small business banking, 54 percent of small businesses are expected to use the mobile channel by 2015. Read Original Content

Airtel Chad has associated with ECOBANK, one of the leading banks of Africa to launch Airtel Money in the West African nation. The service will allow subscribers to carry out financial transactions on their mobile phones. Read Original Content

Online payment service provider GlobalCollect has selected BOKU as its global mobile payments partner and use BOKU's payments platform into its international payment network, allowing online merchants to accept mobile payments at checkout. Read Original Content

Samsung has joined forces with Eurosport to bring a free app to the Galaxy S3, enabling owners of its flagship smartphone to watch the London 2012 Olympics for free. 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

All the participants in a small four-month mobile payments trial conducted by BNZ, Vodafone, Visa and Paymark in Auckland and Wellington said they were likely to recommend the service to friends and 14 percent said they would be willing to pay a small fee for the service. Read Original Content


Stockholm-based mobile payment company iZettle announced it has closed a 25 million euro ($31.4 million) series B funding round. The investment was led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Greylock Partners and European tech investment firm Northzone, but MasterCard was also involved in the funding round. Read Original Content