Monday, December 31, 2012

Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 – Week of December 23, 2012

The W3C has announced the specifications for HTML5 and Canvas 2D are now “feature complete”.  There are additional steps for HTML5 to formally become a full W3C standard, targeted for finalization by the W3C in 2014.  Read Original Content

The W3C has released a first draft of HTML5.1, a small set of changes being developed simultaneously with HTML5. Read Original Content

Asset Management firm Alliance Bernstein’s new iPad app was built using HTML5.  The app is described and reviewed by technology reporter Davis Janowski in Investment News.  Read Original Content

U.K. news site thisisscunthorpe.co.uk has responded to the increasing number of smartphone users by developing an HTML5-friendly mobile version of the site.  Read Original Content

Companies that specialize in multiplatform coding solutions remain convinced HTML5 has huge potential.  Computing.co.uk reporter Peter Gothard provides his perspective with “Analysis: When Will HTML5 Deliver on its Promise?”  Read Original Content

E-retailer Stella & Dot has acknowledged that of the 10-20 percent of traffic coming straight from consumers, 30 percent is mobile and 80 percent of that mobile traffic is from tablets. The company has launched a version of their site optimized for tablets and has plans for smartphones with an HTML5-based m-commerce site and mobile apps in development for 2013.  Read Original Content

Web developer Aurelio De Rosa explains how to develop a mobile app through HTML5 and JavaScript frameworks in a series of articles.  The first article, “Build a Location-Based Mobile App with HTML5 and Javascript: Part 1”, is featured in BuildMobile.  Read Original Content

HTML5 could become the centerpiece of modern app development, thanks to a coming wave of “installable Web apps”, enabling developers to wrap applications built in HTML, CSS and JavaScript as a traditional native download.  Read Original Content

User experience designer Jake Rocheleau shares his knowledge about HTML5 video streaming in “Mobile Tips for Embedded HTML5 Video Streaming”, featured in Template Monster Blog.  Read Original Content

Facebook has once again ditched HTML5 with the release of its Android 2.0 app, dropping HTML5 in favor of a rebuilt native app.  Read Original Content

Jilion has launched SublimeVideo Horizon, a customizable HTML5 video player for mobile and web.  “With growing numbers of devices and platforms able to handle HTML5 video, it's looking like HTML5 is going to be more a part of the landscape than ever.”  Read Original Content

A team of mobile app developers apparently offended by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg complaining about HTML5 have developed Fastbook, an HTML5 mobile app that performs almost the exact same functions as native Facebook apps for smartphones.  Read Original Content

Twist has launched an HTML5-based Android app to enable users to manage their schedules, even letting others know when they will be late for an appointment.  Read Original Content

Presentation software firm Brainshark has launched an HTML5-based mobile player for iOS and Android.  With HTML5, the presentations are automatically optimized for presentation on the destination iOS or Android device.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC, Cognizant
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of December 30, 2012

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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VeriFone Systems has teamed up with China Mobile and Bank of China to deploy VeriFone’s managed services solutions for NFC payment and mobile marketing in Shen Yang, China.  Read Original Content

Traditional Chinese medicine retailer Yue Hwa Chinese Products emporium implemented an RFID solution and benefitted immediately due to the decrease in risk of human error. The company also reduced its annual stock take duration from 30 days to five days.  Read Original Content

ZDNet Asia’s “Business Web Performance Benchmark Report” summarizes the findings from benchmark tests for speed and availability of leading websites across five sectors (banking & financial services, government, retail, telecommunications and travel) across Southeast Asia.  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.

Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry is partnering with Vietnam's Advanced International Joint Stock Company to build integrated e-learning "smart classrooms" in Vietnam using Taiwanese products such as notebook computers and projectors.  Read Original Content

Ramco has launched its cloud-based enterprise resource planning solutions in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.  Enterprises can now access the solutions on their mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Japan's NEC will open a branch office in Yangon, Myanmar, with the goal of developing the country’s information and communications technology and social infrastructure.  The office is scheduled to open in January 2013.  Read Original Content

Three of Korea’s largest telecom companies SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ are launching a new mobile communication platform called joyn, which integrates messaging, voice and data services.  Read Original Content

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Enterprise Mobility, Legos and Mobile Trends in 2013

I have a world class collection of Legos.  With the exception of a few pieces lost to predatory vacuum cleaners, I have preserved them in a large Rubbermaid container throughout the years as our children have grown.  Legos are very simple.  They are blocks of varying size that all fit together in a standardized manner.  So as long as you don't mix non-standard pieces in with the standard, they all fit together with ease.   As simple as these blocks are, however, masterpieces can be made with them.   It is not the pieces that are interesting, it is the objects you can design with them.  I view mobile solutions in much the same way.

I believe 2013 will be the year of mobile strategy and design.  The components necessary for implementing enterprise mobility solutions are all in place.  Answering the questions of what to do with these components, optimizing ROIs and designing the best solutions that will offer the most competitive advantages should be the primary focuses.

I have noted with interest an emerging mobile industry trend.  Many of the large mobility vendors are changing their focus and strategy from building their own mobile application development tools, to utilizing third-party app development tools that are already widely used and accepted.  Mobility vendors are turning their attentions to building more robust platforms that can support a wide range of developer tools.  This is a significant industry trend.  It will impact the business models of mobility vendors.  It will be interesting to watch this play out.

When I was the CEO of a mobile application company, we were always looking to add as much value as possible into the developer tools we built so we could entice customers to standardize on our proprietary development environment.  That enabled us to lock-in our customers and have more dependable long-term license revenue.  Those times seem to be gone.

The components of a mobile solution are becoming commoditized.  Yes, they are absolutely valuable and required, but you can get good solutions from many sources today.  The strategic value of enterprise mobility today is less about the tools you are using, and more about the new business models and processes you are enabling.  Your success will be measured on your ability to support existing enterprise systems and integrate with emerging social, analytics and cloud solutions.

My analysis at the end of 2012 is that the mobile platform vendor market is evolving rapidly.  It is probing many different directions and exploring different business models trying to understand where the market is heading.  This market moves so fast mobility vendors are struggling to understand the areas where they should be investing.  In an effort to reduce investing in the wrong areas, they are retreating from the app development tools market and leaving that to more general third-party tool vendors.  They are changing their value propositions.

Mobility is of the utmost importance today.  It is mission critical.  As a result, ERP and large enterprise software application vendors will be developing or acquiring their own mobile platforms for their customer base.  This means, the unaffiliated mobile platform vendors will be shifting their focus to the SME markets, niche and vertical solutions, investigating a variety of cloud based, SaaS business models and looking to be acquired.

The mobile solution market is huge, growing fast and rolling forward like a train.  However, unlike a train it is hard to predict where it is going.  The mobility market may in fact be absorbed by the general software application market.  When all software is mobile, there is no longer a need for a separate mobile app development market, and when all ERPs have a platform to standardize mobile connectivity, this market changes as well.  This leads us back to where we began.

2013 is the year of mobile strategy and design.  It is the year of building masterpieces with your mobile lego set.  Find the app development tools that will support your strategy and maximize your flexibility to evolve with your business and with technology trends.  Find a mobile platform vendor that will support today's and tomorrow's needs.  Find your most creative business and technology minds and build your masterpiece.

May your 2013 be filled with joy and learning!

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC, Cognizant
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of December 23, 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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RFID technology can help retailers reduce loss from theft and internal shrink, especially during the busy holiday season.  American Apparel has reported a 75 percent loss reduction at some of its RFID-enabled retail stores.  Read Original Content

Security experts caution consumers to be sure the QR code they scan is not a sticker that can be placed over the actual QR code by cybercriminals to drive traffic to bad or infected sites.  Read Original Content

The Federal Trade Commission has announced the U.S. government is investigating whether the companies that make mobile apps have violated the privacy rights of children by collecting personal data from phones and sharing it with advertisers and data brokers.  Read Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

UPS utilizes geospatial technology and telematics to improve efficiency and customer service.  UPS executive Jack Levis describes how the company uses and benefits from the technology in the video “Geospatial Revolution / Episode Two, Chapter Two: Powering Business” featured in Directions Magazine.  Read Original Content

Samwell has developed a new rugged tablet, the Rugged Tablet PC 310 and will show it off at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.  Read Original Content
Microscan’s QX-870 industrial laser barcode scanner won the 2012 Most Popular Product Award in the automation industry.  The award was presented at the Industrial Automation Show in Shanghai, China.  Read Original Content

Food distribution company San SeSan Global of Singapore has seen a 15 percent increase in sales volume since incorporating geospatial technology in distribution management systems via portable devices.  Read Original Content

The city of Redmond, Washington has launched a GIS app to enable residents to see where Santa Claus will be on any given evening and even track his location in real time.  Read Original Content

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of December 23, 2012

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.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read SMAC News Weekly

Chinese telecom vendor ZTE Corporation has announced it will invest an additional $30 million in the United States to enhance its presence there.  Read Original Content

The predicted growth of mobile marketing in South East Asia in 2013 has driven digital advertizing provider Exponential Interactive to introduce its mobile marketing division Appsnack in the region. Read Original Content

LiveOps, Inc. has opened a new data center in Singapore to better serve its customers and partners, providing local access to its cloud voice and data network.  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.

The question “Are Singapore businesses utilizing and benefitting from big data technology?” was debated during a recent panel discussion.  A video of the discussion is available from ZDNet.  Read Original Content

This article featured in Advanced Technology & Design Korea provides a glimpse into new mobile devices Korean companies will release in 2013, including improved smartphones from LG and Samsung.  Read Original Content
Singapore-based Flextronics has announced an agreement with Motorola Mobility to acquire and oversee the manufacturing operations in Tianjin, China.  Read Original Content

Mobile commerce has dropped off sharply in India; 193 new technology start-ups specializing in mobile commerce were launched in the country before October of this year, and 87 of the firms no longer exist.  Read Original Content

VeriFone Systems, Inc. has formed an alliance with China Mobile and the Bank of China to deploy VeriFone’s managed services solutions for NFC payment and mobile marketing in Shen Yang, China.  Read Original Content

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of December 16, 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 number of mHealth devices sold this year represents a 37 percent increase over 2011 figures and it is estimated the market will continue to expand for at least the next five years. From 2011 to 2017, ABI Research predicts the market for mHealth products will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent. Read Original Content

CVS Caremark Corp. is beefing up its mobile commerce site and smartphone app to help customers better manage their health. The new enhancements to the CVS mobile site include an immunization scheduler. Read Original Content

A quarter of Americans trust symptom checker websites, symptom check mobile apps or home-based vital sign monitors as much as they do their doctors, according to a recent U.S. survey commissioned by Royal Philips Electronics. Read Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

Rep. Michael Honda has introduced a bill that would establish an Office of Wireless Health at the Food and Drug Administration in order to coordinate with other federal agencies and industry on how to develop a consistent and reasonable approach on emerging mobile health technologies. Read Original Content

A slew of new devices leveraging improved connectivity to mobile handsets have fueled strong growth for wearable wireless mHealth devices in 2012. By the end of the year, nearly 30 million devices will have shipped, up 37 percent on 2011 shipments. Read Original Content
With the rising adoption of smartphones by physicians in the U.S., the mHealth market is growing immensely. On the back of these factors, the mHealth market is anticipated to grow at an annual growth rate of nearly 19 percent during 2012-2014. Read Original Content

AT&T has launched new cloud-based remote patient monitoring technology that is delivered as software-as-a-service from Ericsson, HealthTechZone recently reported. Read Original Content

Nearly one in three cell phone owners (31 percent) use their devices to find health or medical information online, up from 17 percent just two years ago, according to a nationwide survey sponsored by the Pew Research Center. Read Original Content
It’s estimated that by 2017 mobile healthcare, or mHealth, will be worth more than $23 billion worldwide. The United States is expected to make up nearly a quarter of all mHealth spending at that time with $5.9 billion. Read Original Content

A pilot program at Central Indiana Beacon Community that focuses on remote video conferencing between nurses and discharged hospital patients cut readmissions by a dramatic 75 percent, according to Alan Snell, chief medical informatics officer at Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Health. Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5 - Week of December 16, 2012
Mobile Strategies and Gartner's 2013 Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends
SMAC Tsunamis and Mobile Strategies
Enterprise Mobility, Disinterested Workers and Globalization
Information Operations: The Fifth Dimension of Warfare
The Role Big Data Plays with the Real-Time Enterprise, Mobile Strategies and Field Services
Smart Grids, ERP, Big Data and Mobility

Whitepapers of Note

5 Tips to Minimize the Impact of Rising Fuel Costs in Field Service
Mobility Innovations for the Next Generation Utility
On The Road to Agile Mobile Business Applications

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC, Cognizant
Read The Future of Work
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 – Week of December 16, 2012

In Gartner's recently published list of Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013, Mobile Applications and HTML5 was listed at #2.  Four out of the top 10 strategic technology trends were related to mobility.  The author of this report, Gartner Fellow David Cearley, shares that he expects HTML5 to be increasingly important for a wide variety of needs.

Now for the news...

Google's YouTube HTML5 site now features a better version for all mobile devices.  Symbian’s Steve Litchfield provides screenshots and describes how the new version for Symbian is “now identical to that for Windows Phone and Android”.  Read Original Content

When deciding the most effective way to increase their mobile presence and whether to use a mobile website or a native mobile app, web merchants should first define their needs and the needs of their consumers.  A Google survey on smartphone Internet users revealed that 74 percent indicated they were more likely to return to a site if it was mobile-friendly.  Read Original Content

Businesses promoting document and video viewing using HTML5 technology should be aware that not all companies use HTML5 compatible browsers, and some of the features desired by users cannot be developed using HTML5.  Read Original Content

Google has unveiled a new browser-based interactive pop-up book built entirely in HTML5 and CSS3.  The Creative Sandbox Guidebook (http://www.creativesandbox.com/guidebook) shows off Google’s products and services including YouTube, Mobile, Maps and Search and requires no plugin libraries or third party toolkits.  Read Original Content

Mozilla’s Ron Piovesan addresses the fragmentation complaint about HTML5 by stating Responsive Design can help address the fragmentation issue across different phone sizes, and having the app run on a single web runtime will eliminate fragmentation challenges due to different browsers.  Read Original Content

Director of App Developer Services Ethan Evans says Amazon believes that despite the performance challenges of HTML5, the benefits of rapid updates without requiring app upgrade installation outweigh the problems.  Evans stated there are “two driving reasons to consider HMTL5: Write once, run anywhere, and the public promise of cross-platform compatibility”.  Read Original Content

Software engineer Eric Bae details his experience “Developing a HTML5 & JS mobile app using jQuery Mobile and MoSync”.   Read Original Content

Developer Albert Vang weighs in on the native app vs. web app debate with “Web or Native App: Which One Should You Choose as a Developer?” featured in Developer Tech.  The article covers pros and cons of each and compares the two on topics including development, programming languages, access to native features, updates and monetization of apps.  Read Original Content

Research and Markets has added a new report, “HTML5 Solutions and Applications”.  The report covers analysis of the future of HTML5 for applications and assesses the market opportunities for HTML5 and its future prospects from 2012 to 2017.  Read Original Content

HTML5 games development program and platform Odobo and European production firm Rabcat have formed a partnership to publish HTML5-based games.  Read Original Content

Microsoft’s “Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start” course provides an accelerated introduction to HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and helps prepare learners for Microsoft exam 70-480.  From now until March 31, 2013, students can register to take Exam 70-480 Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 for free.  Read Original Content

NewsGator has unveiled a new HTML5-based mobile version of Social Sites, enabling mobile workers to connect with each other from their smartphones.  The Social Sites Mobile Web site will be available in early 2013.  Read Original Content

Gaming platform Tylted is expanding its portfolio of HTML5 games, announcing new partnerships with 10 developers.  Platform director Christian Montoya discusses advantages, disadvantages and advancements in HTML5 in this article featured in pocketgamer.biz.  Read Original Content

The ZillyDilly 2.1 iPad browser is designed for children and features child-appropriate websites and HTML5 games.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC, Cognizant
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Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobility News Weekly – Week of December 16, 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 News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read SMAC News Weekly

A U.S. politician campaigning for tighter restrictions on location tracking via mobile devices has had his bill approved by a Senate committee. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require firms to get customers' permission before collecting location data or sharing it with third parties.  Read Original Content

France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK are now reporting a 55 percent smartphone penetration, or 131.5 million users, according to comScore’s MobiLens research.  Read Original Content

HTC Corp. scrapped plans to produce a large-screen smartphone using Microsoft Corp.’s operating system because the screen would have had lower resolution than competing models, Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou said.  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.

Informa Telecoms & Media predicts the smartphone market will follow the same path other industries like supermarkets have taken by diverging towards the low end or the high end. For smartphones, that means low end devices priced below $150 and high end devices priced above $250.  Read Original Content

In an interview with Forbes at the Dell World Conference, Jeff Clarke, Head of Consumer Business at Dell, confirmed Dell will pull the plug on the smartphone department globally in order to go after the lucrative Windows 8 tablet department.  Read Original Content
Global shipments of smartphones will increase by more than 20 percent in 2013 amid growing popularity of mid-range models, according to a Taipei-based market information advisory firm TrendForce.  Read Original Content

In July there were hushed rumors that Amazon would enter the smartphone market with a device that would compliment its existing Kindle tablet lineup. Today it appears that those rumors have been corroborated and the “Kindle Phone” may be coming as soon as next summer.  Read Original Content

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of December 16, 2012

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

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
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Research firm eMarketer says it now expects U.S. mobile advertising to nearly triple this year to more than $4 billion, largely driven by stronger ad sales for Facebook Inc., Google Inc., and Twitter. In September the firm predicted a more muted increase of 80 percent. Read Original Content

As the year draws to a close, data from ad analysis firm eMarketer show that by branching into mobile ads, the social network helped U.S. mobile ad spend jump from $1.45 billion to $4.06 billion in just 12 months, a 180 percent increase year-over-year. Read Original Content

Having spent much of last year promoting the growth of smartphones and tablets being used for inventory and payments, point-of-sale provider VeriFone has surprised many in the industry by announcing it is getting out of the mobile payments space. 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.

eBay and its online payment service, PayPal have reported record numbers of mobile shoppers with December 9 transactions made via smartphones. This is up 133 percent over last year’s highest volume mobile shopping day of December 4. Both companies are projected to reach $10 billion in mobile sales this year. Read Original Content

The latest InMobi Insights Report for the U.S. shows Apple continues to lead the North American mobile ad impression market. iOS is claiming a 46 percent market share and Android now closely trails Apple with a 43.6 percent OS share. Read Original Content
BuyVia has released results from its Holiday Mobile Shopping survey, revealing that 40 percent of consumers will be “showrooming” this holiday shopping season. In other words, they’ll be examining products in retail stores with apps, before making a decision to buy in store or online depending on where they get the best value. Read Original Content

Next year looks to be a strong one for email marketing according to a StrongMail survey of more than a thousand marketers. The survey found marketers plan to deploy more budget to email, social and mobile next year. Read Original Content

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mobile Strategies and Gartner's 2013 Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends

Have you seen Gartner's recently published 2013 top ten strategic technology trends?  If not here they are:
  1. Mobile Devices Battles
  2. Mobile Applications and HTML5
  3. Personal Cloud
  4. Internet of Things
  5. Hybrid IT and Cloud Computing
  6. Strategic Big Data
  7. Actionable Analytics
  8. Mainstream In-Memory Computing
  9. Integrated Ecosystems
  10. Enterprise App Stores
I come from an enterprise mobility background and a focus on mobile strategies, so when I read this list I see mobility written in just about every one of these.  Four of the top ten are all about enterprise mobility.  Four through nine are related to managing a real-time enterprise, optimizing a mobile workforce, and understanding the value of data driven decision making.  Again, all crucial elements to an effective enterprise mobility strategy.

My views are closely aligned with what Gartner views as the top ten strategic technology trends for 2013, with the exception of social collaboration platforms.  I view social collaboration platforms as deserving to be on this list.  I think I would bundle several of the analytics categories together and give a space to collaboration.

I am going to climb back on my soap box for a moment and say that now businesses need to invest in understanding how these categories can be used strategically to gain competitive advantages.  The biggest obstacle to many companies is the lack of education and realization of how these technologies will impact their industry, markets and businesses.  These technology trends are not minor.  These technology trends will change the way the discipline of management is practiced, the way decisions are made, the operational speed in which business is conducted, and competitive landscapes.

The technology trends identified here are transformational.  Vice Admiral (retired) Arthur K. Cebrowski shared the following concepts while serving at the Office of Force Transformation, "Transformation is meant to deal with the evolution of concepts, processes, organizations and technology.  Change in any one of these four areas necessitates change in all."  The bottom line is that these technology trends point toward a need for change in concepts, processes and organizations. 
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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC, Cognizant
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

SMAC News Weekly – Week of December 16, 2012

Welcome to SMAC News Weekly, featuring the latest news and numbers relating to SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) that I come across each week.

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Each of us is impacted by SMAC.  We all use mobile devices and social networking solutions like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  We use search engines, maps and weather apps, all of which use analytics and are in the cloud.  SMAC is the combination of all of these trends coming together on mobile devices.  This convergence is impacting businesses in many different ways.  We will do our best to capture these by reporting on the SMAC trends, numbers and forecasts in this weekly newsletter.

Instagram is revising its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service to improve collaboration with Facebook, which acquired Instagram for $715 million earlier this year. The changes, which take effect in January, enable Instagram to share user content and information such as location data, usage data and device identifiers with other Facebook-owned entities. Read Original Content

A survey released earlier this week by IDC in association with EMC revealed the world is now generating data at a rate of 5 exabytes every two days. Gartner has already forecast that in 2013 big data will drive $34 billion worth of IT investment. Read Original Content

Deltek, an enterprise resource planning and IT solutions company that serves government contractors, expects federal spending on Big Data solutions to reach $7.2 billion by 2017 despite some belt-tightening by several government agencies. Read Original Content

While social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies add a new dimension to your model, to fully maximize their value consider the sum is greater than its parts. The formula for the Future of Work is called SMAC - social, mobile, analytics and cloud on one integrated stack, where each function enables another to maximize their effect.  To learn more about SMAC and Cognizant please visit http://www.cognizant.com/futureofwork/smac.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Big Data-as-a-Service market to grow at an annual rate of 68.93 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the demand for cost-effective big data solutions. Read Original Content

For the second time this year, Amazon Simple Storage Service, Google Cloud Storage and Microsoft Windows Azure dropped their cloud storage prices in lock-step over the past few weeks. Read Original Content
GFT's recent study, Impact of Social Media on the Financial Services Sector reveals only a minority of financial service providers exploit the potential of web 2.0 tools, concentrating on one-way social marketing activities, instead of integrating social media elements into customer relationship processes. Read Original Content

Commonwealth bank has revealed a number of updated and new banking technologies within the mobile and social media space, which it will be launching in 2013.The company will make available a banking service for Facebook. Read Original Content

IBM Corp. will establish an IBM Client Center for Advanced Analytics at its northwest Columbus campus, adding 500 jobs over the next three years. Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5 - Week of December 9, 2012
Enterprise Mobility, Disinterested Workers and Globalization
Information Operations: The Fifth Dimension of Warfare
The Role Big Data Plays with the Real-Time Enterprise, Mobile Strategies and Field Services
Smart Grids, ERP, Big Data and Mobility

Recorded Webinars of Note

Netcentric Strategies Enterprise Mobility Survey Results

Whitepapers of Note

5 Tips to Minimize the Impact of Rising Fuel Costs in Field Service
On The Road to Agile Mobile Business Applications
Service in 2012 The Continued Search for Revenue

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC, Cognizant
Read The Future of Work
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility
Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

M2M News Weekly – Week of December 16, 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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According to a report by IMS Research, the total number of global M2M connections will hit around 326 million by 2016, up from the 107 million IMS counted in 2011. Read Original Content

A study from Northeast Group anticipates smart meter deployments across 35 emerging market countries next year will be more than double the number of deployments in 2012. With growth continuing, those countries will represent a smart metering market of $56 billion by 2022. Read Original Content

The smart grid market has experienced tremendous growth in the last few years and is expected to continue its expansion reaching around $57 billion by 2016. Read Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

A new report from Frost & Sullivan identifies the fastest-growing sectors within the European smart grid market: advanced metering infrastructure, integration of distributed generation, sensors and advanced transmission technologies, and electric vehicles. Read Original Content

The grid-storage market will reach 6.1 billion by 2018 making energy storage one of the fastest growing opportunities in the smart grid industry, according to NanoMarkets' latest report. Read Original Content
GTM forecasts $322.5 million to be spent on utility and smart grid analytics in the U.S. in 2012, reaching $1.4 billion by 2020, with a cumulative $8.2 billion to be spent between now and 2020. Read Original Content

Shipments of wireless M2M modules for security applications in EU27+2 is forecasted to grow from 2.9 million in 2011 at a compound annual growth rate of 47.1 percent to reach 20.0 million in 2016, according to a new research from Berg Insight. Read Original Content

Monday, December 17, 2012

SMAC Tsunamis and Mobile Strategies

I was reminded these past few weeks of the many challenges organizations have keeping their business and IT strategies aligned with rapidly evolving technology innovations and changes in their marketplaces.  Two weeks ago I attended a military related conference and listened as the different military branches shared their mobile strategies and the processes they must follow in order to bring new solutions online.  Yikes!  It is incredibly challenging as their administrative processes for acquiring new technologies typically take years, but mobile technologies are evolving much quicker than that.

Even though the military processes are necessarily cumbersome for acquiring new technologies, testing them, and then going through formal RFPs and contract negotiations, their strategies for how to use mobile solutions are well defined.  This is different from the commercial sector where it is often relatively easy to acquire new technologies, but there lacks a mobile strategy to support it.

Last week I taught mobile strategy and SMAC (social, mobile, analytic and cloud) strategy sessions in England, Scotland and Belgium.  It was a crazy travel schedule, but what an adventure!  I was again impressed with the need for more combined training between business and IT - training that educates business on the possibilities of these technologies, and IT on what it takes to support them.

Social, mobile, analytics and Cloud, plus the Internet of Things are hitting markets like a tsunami.   One of the key points I emphasize in my strategy sessions is that this SMAC tsunami, or the "Nexus of Forces" as Gartner describes them, is approaching and overtaking companies whether it fits into their three year plan or not.  Companies don't operate in a vacuum.  They can't always dictate the timeframe of technology waves and innovations.  Somehow companies must recognize these important trends and change rapidly from a Plan A, to a Plan B or C in order to remain upright.

I am seeing entire industries overturned by these technologies.  I am seeing new business models appear and rapidly changing competitive landscapes.  The questions I get asked daily now are,  "How will these technologies impact my industry and business, and how should we respond?"  It is interesting to note these are mostly business strategy related questions.

The military, although they have slow processes, often have well defined strategies.  In the commercial sector I see relatively fast processes but a lack of strategies today.  This offers enormous opportunities for companies that can see these tsunamis approaching, get prepared and use these forces to achieve competitive advantages.

I will be discussing many of these new trends, innovations and strategies tomorrow on a live webinar at 11 AM EST.  I invite you to join me.  Mike Karlskind, VP of Service Optimization Strategies with ClickSoftware, and I will be discussing, "The Role Big Data Plays in Real-Time Enterprises, Mobile Strategies and Field Services."  Register Here!

Registration Link: http://go.clicksoftware.com/role-big-data-plays-with-real-time-enterprise-mobile-strategies-and-field-services.html?utm_source=December18thWebinarKB.

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC, Cognizant
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of December 16, 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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Maryland’s Baltimore County has installed GPS technology in over 900 of its government vehicles.  Officials expect to save close to $100,000 per year in taxpayer dollars for fuel costs in addition to saving employees’ time.  Read Original Content

Raytheon UK has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defense for a new GPS Anti-Jam Antenna System for use by land vehicles.  Read Original Content

Milan’s Ambrosiana Art Gallery provides RFID-enabled smartphones to enable guests to learn about the works of art and save a list of pieces they like, to use at the museum store to purchase prints.  Read Original Content

ILS Technology provides ready-to-use cloud based platforms to implement and manage M2M (machine to machine) and embedded wireless devices that connect to SAP.  ILS Technology simplifies deployments and offers unparalleled security to protect company and customer data and to ensure regulatory compliance. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ILS Technology.

The Vatican will use new ID cards with RFID technology for clergy and employees beginning in the new year.  Read Original Content

The Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium reported the results of an RFID pilot, finding the use of RFID resulted in a 33 percent reduction of issues or misplaced products at blood-donation points, and final inventory check-in efficiency increased by 63 percent.  Read Original Content

GIS technology can be the basis for revolutionizing how government processes work through its ability for accessing and producing maps, leveraging database information and automating work processes.  Read Original Content
A group of four students from Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University conducted a research study comparing the accuracy of GPS enabled devices, including smartphones and tablets, for field use.  The results were presented at the Geological Society of America’s national conference in Charlotte, NC.  Read Original Content

Edgetech America’s GIS spell-checker MapSpeller has been updated.  The new version 4.0 includes support for 11 languages and the extended ability to correct maps and GIS data geographically.  Read Original Content

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of December 16, 2012

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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Komli Mobile and mobile ad network Yoose have formed a partnership for mobile advertising services, focusing initially on Southeast Asia and India.  Read Original Content

The Indian government is planning a pilot project with new technology to help locate lost or cloned mobile phones on a real time basis.  Read Original Content

When asked why the telecom doesn’t carry Apple’s iPhone, China Mobile president Li Yue stated “technology is a problem, but it isn't the entire problem, there's also mainly the issue of business model and mutual benefits”.  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.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority Communications Report 2011/12 reveals 49 percent of Australian adults own a smartphone, up from 25 percent in 2010/11, and 32 percent of Australians accessed the Internet via mobile phones in June 2012, up from 21 percent the previous year.  Read Original Content

According to a recent study from GfK, 23 percent of “super connected” consumers live in the Asia Pacific region, with the largest number of these online users residing in Taiwan and South Korea.  Read Original Content

The Australian cloud computing market was worth $882.4 million in 2012, and 43 percent of businesses have adopted cloud computing.  Frost & Sullivan predicts the market will grow at a CAGR of 40.3 percent from 2011-2016.  Read Original Content

Xiaomi Technology has become a leading brand in China, the world’s largest mobile market, with some in the mobile industry calling the company “the next big thing”.  In an interview with Reuters, Xiaomi founder Lei Jun predicted seven million smartphones will be sold by the end of the year.  Read Original Content

According to IDC, Apple’s iPhone dropped to number six among smartphones in China during the third quarter of 2012, dropping from its number four place in the second quarter.  Read Original Content