Sunday, March 31, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 31, 2013

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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A study conducted by GlobalWebIndex reveals China is the country with the world’s highest mobile purchase penetration rate. Fifty-five percent of Internet users in the country made a purchase via mobile device in the fourth quarter of 2012.  South Korea comes in second with 37 percent.  Read Original Content

According to managed consulting firm Condition Zebra, Malaysia has lost $880 million over the past five years due to cybercrime especially through the practice of BYOD.  Read Original Content

According to a recent MasterCard Online Shopping Survey, online shopping in the Asia Pacific region has shifted from the PC to the smartphone.  More than half of Indonesian, Chinese and Thai consumers utilize their mobile phones to shop.  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.

With China's phone companies facing intense competition and the high costs of upgrading their networks to support the latest mobile technology, China Telecom reports its profits fell 9.5 percent in 2012.  Read Original Content

A panel of industry experts reports Australia falls behind its global peers in enterprise support for BYOD.  A recent Forrester study found that 40 percent of Australian enterprises support BYOD, and of those supporting BYOD, only 60 percent have a BYOD policy in place within their organizations.  Read Original Content

Andre Blumberg, director of information technology at CLP Group Hong Kong, spoke at the CIO Asia Conference about his organization’s experience with two conflicting criteria found in enterprise mobility – governance and ease of use.  Read Original Content
India has a $108 billion IT industry but lags behind countries such as Israel and Singapore when it comes to technology startups.  Google will invest approximately $10 million to nurture 10,000 new businesses in five years in the country, according to a report in Mint.  Read Original Content

The use of apps by retailers to create virtual shop windows for customers is a major trend in mobile technology and it is heading New Zealand’s way, says an executive at app development company Sush Mobile.  Read Original Content

Malaysian Internet services provider MOL Group has acquired Indonesia’s AyoPay, a payment service firm.  Read Original Content

Anaplan, a provider of cloud-based solutions for businesses to model and plan for finance and operations, is expanding into the Asia Pacific region by opening an office in Singapore.  Read Original Content

Expanding from its portfolio of consumer mobility products and solutions, Samsung Electronics launched its Enterprise Experience Centre in Singapore, the first in the Asia Pacific region.  Read Original Content

The results of a survey of residents of Asian and African countries on the impact of social media and mobile on the shopping experience are illustrated in an infographic featured in The Huffington Post.  Read Original Content

M1 has launched Singapore’s first 4G prepaid broadband data service.  The M1 4G Prepaid Data service will enable download speeds up to 75 Mbps.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Recorded Webinars of Note


Whitepapers of Note

Carpe Mobile
Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
The Long Tail of Enterprise Mobility
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
On The Road to Agile Mobile Business Applications
Service in 2012 The Continued Search for Revenue
Staying Awake with Workforce Management
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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Read the whitepaper on mobile, social, analytics and cloud strategies Don't Get SMACked
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
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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.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of March 24, 2013

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 News Weekly
Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read SMAC News Weekly

The European mobile health market forecasts strikingly high growth rates in coming years, despite the global financial crisis. Frost & Sullivan expects the market to grow from €393 million in 2011 to €2.45 billion in 2016, creating vast opportunities for industry players. Read Original Content

Global market revenue for mobile health technology is expected to reach $26 billion by 2017, according to a new report from mobile industry analyst firm research2guidance, MobiHealthNews reports. Read Original Content

Mobile industry analysts Research2Guidance have come out with a new report on health apps, predicting that in 2017, worldwide mobile health market revenue will total $26 billion. Read Original Content

By 2017 more than 18 million health and wellness cloud-connected wireless sensor network systems – excluding sports/fitness devices – will be shipped globally with annual revenues exceeding $16 billion, according to a report from San Diego-based technology research firm ON World. Read Original Content

Webalo offers easy, fast, affordable enterprise mobility technology that can give employees productivity-enhancing, individualized mobile access to the enterprise data and tasks they rely on 100x faster than traditional mobile application development and at a fraction of the cost.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo.

AT&T plans to launch its Mobile Health Solution that will automatically connect people in critical condition for emergency medical assistance. Read Original Content

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said its plans for regulating certain healthcare apps used on smartphones and tablets will not impose undue burdens on developers or stifle the growing mobile health industry. Read Original Content
Military health care providers now have a mobile application to help keep them productive and emotionally healthy as they cope with burnout and compassion fatigue. The Provider Resilience app is the first mobile application for health care professionals to build resilience for the stress in their lives. Read Original Content

Mood Watch, a cross-platform mobile health app created by a bipolar patient and endorsed by the International Bipolar Foundation, is now available in the App Store and Android Marketplace to help people who suffer from mood disorders track their feelings in order to better understand behavioral patterns, according to an announcement from MarketWire. Read Original Content

Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 24, 2013

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 Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read SMAC News Weekly

Global smartphone sales generated $247 billion in 2012, or 51 percent more than in 2011. In the final quarter of last year the key growth driver for the market was FDD-LTE handsets, with shipments surging by 151 percent to mark the second consecutive quarter of growth in triple digits, says Infonetics Research.  Read Original Content

Taiwan's HTC has announced its much-anticipated new flagship smartphone will now go on sale in three countries, the UK, Germany and Taiwan, although the rollout elsewhere will only take place by the end of April.  Read Original Content

Wall Street was less than impressed with BlackBerry's U.S. launch of its Z10 smartphone, as the Canadian manufacturer's stock plummeted more than eight percent Friday.  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 European Union is looking into complaints that Apple's terms for carrying the iPhone are anticompetitive.  Several operators are said to have submitted concerns about contracts with Apple to EU antitrust watchdog.  Read Original Content

The global smartphone industry is becoming pretty much a two-horse race, with Apple and Samsung holding unprecedented sway over the market. The two companies collected a combined 81 percent of the gross profits generated from smartphone sales in 2012, according to IHS iSupply.  Read Original Content
According to the IHS, Samsung handsets accounted for 29 percent of all cell phones sold in 2012 as Nokia slid into the No. 2 spot with a 24 percent share of the market. In 2013 IHS sees Samsung’s lead doubling to 11 percentage points from five points, though it did not specify exactly how much of the market it expects Samsung to control in 2013.  Read Original Content

T-Mobile USA formally unveiled its new no-contract pricing without device subsidies and also said after years of waiting it will launch the LTE-capable Apple iPhone 5 on April 12. The carrier also launched its LTE network in its first seven markets.  Read Original Content

Apple has acquired indoor-GPS company WifiSLAM, a sign that the war over indoor mobile location services is heating up.  Apple paid around $20 million for the Silicon Valley-based company, according to a person familiar with the matter who said the deal closed recently.  Read Original Content

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bill Clark's Top 10 Enterprise Mobility Trends for 2013

This is a great video from SAP highlighting the Top 10 Biggest Enterprise Mobility Trends for 2013.   I love this short video format.  It covers all ten trends in 1 minute 31 seconds.  I agree with the top 10 as well.

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Read the whitepaper on mobile, social, analytics and cloud strategies Don't Get SMACked
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
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.

Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 – Week of March 24, 2013

Welcome to Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5.  HTML5 is predicted to be the dominant development environment for enterprise mobility over the next several years.  The questions are when and where should HTML5 be used today.  In this weekly update on HTML5 we report on this ongoing debate and other relevant news.

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A cottage industry of businesses has arisen to help developers and mobile content providers bring their apps to a wider audience with HTML5.  FierceMarket’s Sandhya Raman spoke with executives from two of these businesses, Sencha and Ludei, about how their companies work to make it easier for developers to build HTML5 apps.  Read Original Content

Accounting software maker Xero has dropped HTML5 web apps for mobile and is instead developing native apps, stating native apps are a better option for companies with limited resources.  Read Original Content

A new report from BI Intelligence analyzes where we are in the HTML5 vs. native apps debate.  The report compares HTML5 and native apps, explains why HTML5 has a long term edge over native apps for mobile development, looks at the current state of the performance gap between HTML5 and native apps, and more.  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.

Sencha has updated its core HTML5 products and launched Sencha Touch Bundle, an HTML5 product suite providing mobile developers with tools to build touch-based apps in a single integrated package.  Read Original Content

Capriza’s Mayank Mehta feels HTML5 apps now have an edge, as many of the problems experienced in the past have been resolved.  He explains “Why HTML5 is now the Best Option for Developing Enterprise Apps” in this article featured in TabTimes.  Read Original Content
HTML5 Please is a project from a community of HTML5 developers, providing detailed information on HTML5 and CSS3 features and how they should be used.  Read Original Content

Businesses deciding to go mobile must decide whether an app or mobile site will better serve their customers.  With mobile browsers becoming more intelligent and powerful thanks to HTML5, some of the capabilities previously only available with an app are now starting to be built into the mobile browser.  Read Original Content

Streaming video platform provider Brightcove announced that due to customer demand it is refocusing on native apps rather than HTML5 solutions and is now pushing refreshed SDKs for Android and iOS.  Read Original Content

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of March 24, 2013

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
Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly
Also read SMAC News Weekly

Asia’s appetite for online shopping has shifted from the PC to the smartphone with more than half of Indonesian and Thai consumers using their mobile phones to shop, according to results from a MasterCard online survey. Read Original Content

According to a recent eMarketer report 55 percent of online shoppers in China had already made at least one purchase over m-commerce during the last quarter of 2012. This implies China is the single most shopped country in the world over smartphones or tablets in terms of penetration. Read Original Content

In a mobile technology pilot, Wal-Mart customers are taking to checking themselves out in-store using their iPhones and the retailer’s iPhone app - so much so that the merchant is expanding use of the iPhone app’s Scan & Go feature from 70 stores in two markets to 200 stores in 14 markets. Read Original Content

Webalo offers easy, fast, affordable enterprise mobility technology that can give employees productivity-enhancing, individualized mobile access to the enterprise data and tasks they rely on 100x faster than traditional mobile application development and at a fraction of the cost.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo.

Mobile shopping is the new black and a recent survey carried out by Conlumino indicates it will continue to grow at an impressive rate for the foreseeable future. M-commerce has already risen 55 percent compared to a year ago and it is now estimated it will grow another 115 percent over the next 12 months. Read Original Content

Subway UK now has an app available on Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 that allows customers to order their food from their smartphones. Read Original Content
Fueled by the unbridled adoption of smartphones and tablets among U.S. consumers, eCommerce sales are on pace to grow at a significant annual rate through 2017. Forrester is projecting $370 billion in U.S. eCommerce sales by 2017, which will represent 10 percent of all retail sales. Read Original Content

According to the latest data available, Americans have now deposited more than $40 billion into their accounts by simply snapping a photo of a check. Read Original Content

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How Do You Make Money in Enterprise Mobility? A Prediction

For the past six months I have been pondering how does a MADP (mobile application development platform) company make money in enterprise mobility?  I talk to literally thousands of people a year who are involved in enterprise mobility, and it seems many in the enterprise mobility vendor world continue to struggle to make sustainable profits.

I spent many years as the CEO of a mobile platform and mobile app development company.   I can tell you from personal experience that it is incredibly hard to maintain an R&D funding pace that keeps up with, let alone surpasses, the pace of innovation in the market.  It seems like every time you identify a new set of features for a new version of your mobile platform, it is already obsolete and you are playing catch up.

Most traditional mobile platform companies I think are struggling with the challenge of keeping up with the rapidly evolving mobility market.  They have a business model based on the assumption they can achieve economies of scale by closing an increasing number of very large and lucrative deals that will all use the same mobile platform code base.  The challenge is that finding the economies of scale, when mobility is evolving so rapidly, is like chasing a rainbow.  It is very hard to achieve economies of scale with any particular platform version.

In my mind the SAP Mobile Platform is a successful anomaly.  SAP has a massive user base that will buy anything from SAP, even if they don't plan to use it for years.  SAP is often not selling a particular product and version, they are selling all mobile products and versions under the umbrella brand of SAP Mobile Platform.  In effect, they are selling a white box of mobile solutions that are near impossible to compare and contrast with competitors.  SAP doesn't have to be leading edge.  They just have to be in the neighborhood.  This is working for SAP.  Their massive user base, credibility and their customers' enormous investments make this possible.  However, this model does not translate to the rest of the mobile platform market which must stand on the merits of their latest platform versions.

I believe SAP product managers feel the same pain as the rest of the mobility market.  There is no way a company the size of SAP can respond fast enough to keep up.  That is why they have focused on their mobile platforms and MDM products which evolve more slowly.  They now embrace many different app development environments like AppCelerator, Sencha, PhoneGap/Cordova, etc., for development.  They will let smaller and more nimble companies battle it out in this hyper-speed app development market.

Even the Syclo solutions that SAP acquired last year are relatively immune from the fast paced mobile app market because they are primarily used for traditional field services organizations and utilities that are less motivated to be leading edge and that seek products with long life cycles (4-7 years).

Where does this leave traditional mobile platform vendors?  I see them increasingly moving toward the cloud.  My colleague at Cognizant, Tom Thimot, often says the ultimate place for most software solutions is in the public cloud, some will just get there faster than others.   I agree.

What do you think?

I believe traditional mobile platform companies in 2013 will be moving their solutions to the cloud, embracing HTML5 even more, and focusing more efforts on mobile application management and security in order to finally achieve the ever elusive economies of scale.

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Read the whitepaper on mobile, social, analytics and cloud strategies Don't Get SMACked
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
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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.

My YouTube Video Channel on Enterprise Mobility

I checked my YouTube channelhttp://www.youtube.com/user/kevinrbenedict/videos, this morning and there are now 245 video interviews with mobility experts published there.  Did you know you can subscribe and be notified each time a new interview with a mobility expert is uploaded?  Among those interviewed are dozens from SAP, many mobile platform and MDM vendors, industry analysts and yours truly pontificating about mobile strategies.

I like to encourage you to enjoy yourself while watching these, but if that is not possible, at least grab some popcorn.
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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Read the whitepaper on mobile, social, analytics and cloud strategies Don't Get SMACked
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
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.

SMAC News Weekly – Week of March 24, 2013

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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
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Also read Mobility News Weekly

Recent surveys suggest 80 percent of marketers worldwide plan to use social media data to enhance their overall marketing efforts. However, more than 40 percent of marketers cite lack of analytics capabilities as a factor that prevents them from effectively collecting social media data. Read Original Content

Google has announced the release of Universal Analytics, an effort to bring new features like cross-platform and mobile app analytics, as well as the ability to incorporate data from offline sources, to Google Analytics. Read Original Content

Apple is currently in the lead when it comes to the domestic cloud storage wars, according to a new survey produced by Strategy Analytics. 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.

Pinterest has launched Pinterest Web Analytics to help brands and marketers see what Pinterest users are doing with their content. Read Original Content

IBM announced that The Cheesecake Factory is using Big Blue’s big data analytics technology to help provide its customers with better food and experiences. Read Original Content
IBM has raised its revenue target for analytics and Big Data by 25 percent to $20 billion in 2015. At an IBM investor conference company Chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty said that's an increase from a previous estimate of $16 billion for the sales of products and services that help customers better manage the vast amounts of data being collected. Read Original Content

According to a survey conducted by Strategy Analytics, the combination of iCloud and iTunes top the list of cloud storage services used by Americans. The two accounted for a total of 27 percent of the market during the third quarter of 2012. Read Original Content

According to a study by Markets and Markets, the global cloud-based business analytics market is expected to grow from $5.25 billion in 2013 to $16.52 billion by 2018, at an estimated CAGR of 25.8 percent from 2013 to 2018. Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Recorded Webinars of Note


Whitepapers of Note

Carpe Mobile
ClickSoftware Mobility Suite and Sybase Mobility Solution
Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
The Long Tail of Enterprise Mobility
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Two Roads to Mobile Workforce Management: Choosing Between On-Premises and Cloud Delivery
Why Mobile Clients are Just Stepping Stones to Better Solutions
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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Read the whitepaper on mobile, social, analytics and cloud strategies Don't Get SMACked
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
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 March 24, 2013

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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A new report from GTM Research identifies the following companies GTM analysts consider the best smart grid vendors across the smart grid value chain at present: ABB, Cisco, IBM, Itron, Siemens, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric, Opower, Silver Spring Networks and Tendril. Read Original Content

GlobalData predicts European and Asian microgrid initiatives will contribute to a market with a value of $18.9 billion by 2020, well above the 2012 value of $5.3 billion, for a compound annual growth rate of 17.2 percent. Read Original Content

According to a new Zpryme report, Russia is aggressively pursuing much needed infrastructure investments in their electrical infrastructure. These investments are projected to grow their smart grid market from $5.5 billion in 2012 to $15.7 billion by 2017. 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.

Ericsson is looking to increase its business activities in Indonesia, its largest market in Southeast Asia, as it ramps up the deployment of M2M products to its operator customer base. Read Original Content

A study published under Telecom segment reveals that although Japan, China and Korea will account for merely 47 percent of all M2M connections in the Asia Pacific region, the overall revenue from these three countries will account for nearly 71 percent of the overall revenue within the Asia Pacific region. Read Original Content
The IoT and M2M communications market was worth $44.0 billion in 2011 and is expected to grow to $290.0 billion by 2017. It is expected to have an increasing CAGR of 30.1 percent from 2012 to 2017. Read Original Content

According to ABI Research, spending by utilities transitioning their networks to smart grid capabilities reached $23.68 billion in 2012. Read Original Content

According to Reseach and Markets, IoT & M2M communication is projected to be the fastest growing technology segments of the Information Technology sector in the next three to five years, with a significant potential investments from companies to secure their computing environment. Read Original Content

Monday, March 25, 2013

Predicting the Future of Enterprise Mobility

Figure 1 - Smartphones as
Internet of Things Hubs
How many advertisements for automobiles today promote the fact their cars are horseless carriages?  None! Why?  It is an assumption that your automobile will be horseless.  The same is happening today with mobile apps.  Who would develop a work order management or scheduling system today that does not support mobile?  Who would create business intelligence dashboards for executives that were not mobile?

Today it is a mobile first world.  Our first considerations for software app designs are:
  • What mobile devices will be used?
  • How do I integrate wirelessly with my back-end data sources and systems?
  • What onboard and remote sensors can I integrate into the app?
  • How do I secure it?
If all software apps are soon to be mobile, where will we find the next wave of innovation beyond traditional mobile apps and enterprise mobility platforms?  I believe it will come from sensors and integrating the physical world with the digital.

I have been working in the field of enterprise mobility for the past 13 years.  Early on there were very few sensors in mobile devices.  The sensors were the humans users, bluetooth add-ons, and barcode and RFID scanners.  Today, however, there are many built-in sensors in each of our smartphones and thousands of different kinds of data collection sensors available through the Internet of Things.

Let's ponder how our mobile apps are going to start interacting more with the physical world.  Sensors in parking lots can already notify us of available parking spaces.  Buildings can quickly report their own needs and status with embedded structural sensors that monitor vibration levels, energy consumption, security and more.  Your cars can wirelessly report their location, status and maintenance needs directly to your smartphone.  In urban areas sound sensors can lead you to quiet areas or noisy areas.  Traffic sensors can help you find the least congested routes.  Opt-in GPS tracking can help you navigate and meet up with friends and family members.  Weather sensors report the exact conditions at millions of locations.  Integrated with predictive analytics, you can anticipate weather conditions for the next week.  Using mobile banking apps, NFC, ATM sensors and POS sensors, you can be notified any and every time there is a transaction on your account - what was purchased, where and for how much.

Your smartphone is changing from a simple communication device, media center and personal digital assistance, to a hub between the physical and digital world.  That development opens up all kinds of interesting opportunities to ponder.  It is on the very edge of digital transformation where the integration between the physical and the digital happens where the next wave of innovation lies (see figure 1).

In the future software developers will become more and more like geographers and intelligence analyst as they increasingly work with real-world data.  They will be blending geospatial data, live remote sensor data and process data to create and understand relationships about where things are, how they are connected and what that data means to the success of the mission or plan.  This information will all be available on a smartphone and tablet near you.
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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Read the whitepaper on mobile, social, analytics and cloud strategies Don't Get SMACked
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
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.

Mobile Strategies Top 55 Articles

For those of you who are employed, and perhaps actually have a family and social life, you will have purposely avoided reading many of the articles I have written over the past 24 months.  That is to be celebrated!  However, some of the articles you missed may actually be worth a read so I have compiled a list of the top 55.  Enjoy!

The Best of Mobile Strategies:
  1. Thoughts on Mobile Strategies and Social Collaboration
  2. Time-Space Compression
  3. Speed, Mobility and Online Sales
  4. Connecting the Strategic to the Tactical - Enterprise Mobility
  5. Mobility, Business Transformation and the 5th Dimension
  6. Infonomics and Enterprise Mobility
  7. M2M, Enterprise Mobility and Healthcare
  8. M2M and Enterprise Mobility - The Convergence
  9. M2M, SAP and Enterprise Mobility
  10. SAP's Mobility Vision - Any Way You Want It
  11. SAP's Sanjay Poonen Discusses Mobile Strategies with Kevin Benedict
  12. Learning about the Real World of Enterprise Mobility in Scotland
  13. Avengers, Enterprise Mobility and Network Centric Warfare
  14. Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Sensors and Data Collection
  15. Mobile Strategies and Consumer Products Companies
  16. Mobile Strategies and Situational Awareness
  17. Guidance on Selecting a Mobile Solution Vendor
  18. Development Models for Enterprise Mobility
  19. The Black Hole of Enterprise Mobility Apps
  20. Can You Handle the Truth about Enterprise Mobility and Big Data?
  21. Money Ball, Big Data, The Internet of Things and Enterprise Mobility
  22. Enterprise Mobility - A Business or IT Strategy?
  23. Mobile Strategies, PIOs, Optimized Intersections and Patterns of Life, Part 1
  24. Mobile Strategies, PIOs, Optimized Intersections and Patterns of Life, Part 2
  25. How Long is too Long for Mobile App Development?
  26. Conjecture, Enterprise Mobility and Mobile Strategies
  27. Enterprise Mobility, Remote Sensors and Nervous Systems
  28. Mobility and 4D Field Services
  29. More on Mobility and 4D Field Services
  30. Enterprise Mobility and Institutional Memory
  31. Mobile Apps the Front End to Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
  32. Velocity in Field Services
  33. Enterprise Mobility is Not for Everyone, Just Most
  34. The Value in a Mobile Enterprise Solution
  35. Enterprise Mobility, PIOs and PIVs
  36. Mobile Apps and the Marriage of My Virtual and Physical Worlds
  37. Thoughts on Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Banking and Global Economies
  38. Research on Enterprise Mobility
  39. Smart Ideas and Enterprise Mobility
  40. Field Services, Enterprise Mobility and Strategies
  41. The Benefit of Custom Mobile Applications
  42. Enterprise Mobility - A Tank Half Full
  43. Enterprise Mobility, Netcentric Operations and Military Mobility
  44. Death by Mobile App
  45. Consumer Smartphones or Industrial Grade Smartphones?
  46. What I am Learning about Enterprise Mobility
  47. More on Change Management and Enterprise Mobility
  48. Social Networking and Enterprise Mobility in Less Developed Regions
  49. Recruitment and Enterprise Mobility
  50. Enterprise Mobility and Manned/Unmanned Systems Integration Capabilities
  51. Where Should Mobile Intelligence Reside?
  52. The Importance of Mobile EAM and M2M
  53. Enterprise Mobility Application Predictions
  54. Managing a Mobile and Network Centric Operation, Part 1
  55. Managing a Mobile and Network Centric Operation, Part 2
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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of March 24, 2013

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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Lux Research predicts China’s RFID card market will nearly double in value and more than double in units in 2017.  The RFID card/tag market was 894 million units with revenue of $454 million in 2012.  Read Original Content

The Automatic Smart Driving Assistant combines a module that plugs into a car’s data port and a smartphone app to monitor the vehicle’s performance and the owner’s driving habits.  Read Original Content

MAPPS, the national association for private sector geospatial firms, will host the "Geospatial & Engineering International Conference - Entering and Expanding Global Business Opportunities" November 13 and 14 in Alexandria, Virginia.  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.

Getac’s new PS336 handheld offers critical features for field personnel including RFID, long-range Bluetooth, 1D laser barcode reader, and a 3-in-1 card reader.  Read Original Content

GIS software and systems providers Esri and GeoDecisions work together to enable insurance organizations to track events such as inclement weather and other natural disasters so they can better serve their clients when needed after an event.  Read Original Content

A new mobile scanning device from IDScan can instantly verify age and identity, saving time and money in many different industries.  Read Original Content
Field Service 2013 will be held April 22-25 in Indian Wells, California.  The event is focused on field service strategies including mobility, workforce management, technical support and knowledge management. The agenda is available here:   Read Original Content

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has created a visor card specifically for truck and bus drivers on how to choose the right GPS navigation system intended for them. The visor card gives tips for safe use of navigation systems, and can be downloaded free-of-charge.  Read Original Content

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 24, 2013

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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The New Zealand Police and Intergraph have partnered to equip field officers with smartphones and tablets featuring apps to help them access critical information required for more informed decision-making.  Read Original Content

Lux Research predicts China’s RFID card market will nearly double in value and more than double in units in 2017.  The RFID card/tag market was 894 million units with revenue of $454 million in 2012.  Read Original Content

According to Enterprise Mobility: Building Tomorrow’s Enterprise, the recent report from Nasscom and Deloitte, the Asia Pacific region will be the fastest growing enterprise mobility market by geography, growing at a CAGR of 21 percent.  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.

AT Kearney’s The Mobile Economy 2013 report reveals the Asia Pacific region will add 1.4 billion new mobile connections between now and 2017 and will remain at just under 50 percent of both global connections and subscribers.  Read Original Content

Cloud computing and IT solutions firm EMC will launch a Big Data Analytics Lab in Singapore by June of this year.  Read Original Content
Approximately two-thirds of smartphone owners in metropolitan China are in the 18-44 year old age range, and 91 percent of metropolitan online adults in China are “super-connected”, according to a new report from Forrester Research.  The majority of these online adults accesses the mobile Internet at least once a week or engages in multiple advanced activities monthly or more often.  Read Original Content

SAP has opened a new Co-Innovation Lab in Singapore, the fourth SAP Co-Innovation Lab in the Asia Pacific region.  The facility will focus on technology trends including cloud computing, mobility, big data analytics and in-memory computing.  Read Original Content

The head of the telecommunications section of the Indonesian chamber of commerce forecasts the number of 2G data subscribers in the country will fall to five percent by 2015, and 3G subscribers are estimated to reach 45 percent during that time.  4G LTE is not expected to roll out commercially until 2014.  Read Original Content

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Swarming, Mobility, Speed and Digital Disruptions


Digital disruptors like social media, mobile communications, analytics and cloud services are introducing crazy new dynamics into our world.  These dynamics are impacting our industries, markets, businesses, management disciplines, politics and even our culture today.  I believe we have only just begun to recognize some of the impacts of these disruptions.   

We use Facebook to schedule the protests, Twitter to coordinate and YouTube to tell the world. ~ Egyptian Activist

One of the impacts of digital disruptors is the increasing emergence of swarming or swarm intelligence. Here is a definition, “Swarming involves the use of decentralized forces against an object or opponent, in a manner that emphasizes mobility, communication, autonomy and coordination or synchronization.” ~ Wikipedia

Swarming, although perhaps unrecognized, is precisely what the Egyptian Activist was referring to in the above quote.  The ability for autonomous or semi-autonomous groups to work closely together because of mobile communications, social media and the ability to coordinate or synchronize one’s actions, locations, status and intentions to accomplish a joint goal.

Swarming can be a powerful force multiplier as well, where fewer resources, with mobile communications, social media, good intelligence and coordination can accomplish more than by working alone and uncoordinated.

Nearly every day we witness demonstrations of how spontaneous social media based campaigns are changing our world.  We see companies changing policies and practices due to near-real-time feedback from the market swarm.

In the new book from Forrester Executive, James McQuivey, titled Digital Disruption, he describes how to embrace digital disruptions using what I view as a swarm strategies, "Abandon traditional 'return on investment' metrics and instead, for digitally disruptive initiatives, adopt ROD—'return on disruption.' Where the goal in ROI is to generate a known return from a known investment, the goal in ROD is to invest as little as possible, placing quick, cheap bets on the initiatives with the largest possible breakout success."  Once you see a success, swarm it! Communicate it!  Synchronize around it!  Invest in it.  Run with it.

I see the same approach emerging today in marketing.  Let’s try a variety of approaches to marketing and once the successful ones emerge, invest in them.  

There is so much we don’t know.  There is so much happening at such a fast pace in social media that we cannot effectively plan for or anticipate.  New management strategies, such as swarming, must emerge to address this rapid pace of change.
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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Read the whitepaper on mobile, social, analytics and cloud strategies Don't Get SMACked
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
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.