Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of July 28, 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.

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In Spain, Telefónica SA has announced partnerships with financial institutions CaixaBank and Santander to create a new business in mobile banking, including a mobile wallet.  Read Original Content

BNP Paribas Group has announced the launch of a new mobile payment initiative based on NFC technology. The organization has partnered with MasterCard for the initiative, allowing customers to utilize their line of credit in order to purchase products from their smartphones. These smartphones will be equipped with NFC-enabled SIM cards provided by Gemalto, a leading security firm.  Read Original Content

The latest figures from the e-Retail Sales Index from IMGR Capgemini, revealed their mobile commerce index grew 136 percent from this time last year.  Read Original Content

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As recently as late 2010, mobile commerce was only three percent of e-commerce, but that number has steadily been on the rise. At the end of last year's holiday shopping season, that number had soared to 11 percent. Thanks in part to a new ecosystem of retail and shopping apps, mobile-generated retail spend could rise to 15 percent of retail e-commerce by the end of this year.  Read Original Content

A new report from Transport Intelligence, a market research firm, shows European e-commerce activity has been on the rise, with many consumers purchasing products online via their smartphones and tablets.  Read Original Content
According to a recent study from Market Probe International and Havas Worldwide, the United States has fallen behind the rest of the world when it comes to the adoption of mobile commerce. The research indicated only 16 percent of American online consumers have used mobile commerce to shop compared to 50 percent in China.  Read Original Content

According to the Opera Mediaworks Q2 State of Mobile Advertising report, the
iPhone is still a clear revenue winner, generating 36.4 percent of revenue compared to Android’s 27.8 percent.  Read Original Content

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Banks, Mobile Technologies and SMAC, Part 3

This article is Part 3 in a series on Banks, Mobile Technologies and SMAC.  Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2.

In this article my colleague Peter Abatan, a Mobile Technology Consultant and banking expert with Cognizant, shares his insights into the digital transformation happening in the banking industry.  This transformation reflects new and innovative business models, the rapid adoption of mobile apps for banking, social media and other cloud based solutions.  In this article Peter and I discuss P2P (peer-to-peer) lending services and their potential integration with Internet based and mobile banks.

P2P lending sites are part of the emerging digital transformation happening in the banking industry. Their purpose is to provide higher returns for investors/savers, while using SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) based technologies to help find lenders for people/companies that may not meet a traditional bank’s criteria for lending.  They are a in effect, match makers.  They are the match.com for people wanting to lend money for higher returns, and people or companies wanting to borrow it.

P2P lending sites can be risky, however.  There is little protection for investments.  If you invest and a borrower defaults on their loan, your money is at risk.

According to the P2P Finance Association this market sector is growing at a rate of 250% per year, but not all are successful. In December of 2011, P2P lender Quakle became insolvent and many lost their investments.

I believe the logical evolution of this market is for P2P lenders to evolve into, or integrate with Internet/mobile banks.  As an Internet/mobile bank, P2P lenders would be able to expand their products  and services into things like mortgages and insurance to compliment money lending services.

P2P lenders as Internet/mobile banks, will be in a good position to compete with traditional brick and mortar banks as they can offer better rates on savings and other investment tools, plus they will likely have a lower operational cost.   Lower operational costs are the result of not needing to maintain traditional banking processes like check processing, money handling and logistics, large numbers of employees, bank branches and physical security services.


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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of July 28, 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.

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The mobile health technology industry is expected to reach a compound annual growth rate of 61 percent by 2017, according to a report by Research and Markets.  Read Original Content

MoodRhythm, a mobile health app that helps people with bipolar disorder learn about their personal rhythms has won the $100K Heritage Open mHealth Challenge at Health DataPalooza IV.  Read Original Content

Healthcare providers in the U.S. will spend more than $4.4 billion on mobile point-of-care technology in 2015, up from almost $2.8 billion in 2010, representing an annual growth rate of 9.9 percent, according to a new forecast from Intel and research firm IDC Health Insights.  Read Original Content

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U.S. clinical mobility spending is forecast to reach $5.4 billion by 2016, according to an announcement about a new IDC Health Insights report.  Read Original Content

UK-based mobile operator O2, a subsidiary of Telefonica, has discontinued two of its mobile health offerings in the UK. By the end of 2013, the company will stop supporting consumer-facing emergency response service Help at Hand and provider-facing remote patient monitoring service Health at Home.  Read Original Content
According to a Park Associates survey, 50 percent of the surveyed U.S. broadband households with access to online services such as prescription refills, real-time video calls with a doctor, or appointments use these services; 13 percent are interested in virtual tools to manage medications; and 15 percent are interested in post-surgery virtual monitoring.  Read Original Content

According to a new PwC survey of 2,500 Canadians, close to half of those polled believe mHealth applications will make healthcare more accessible over the next three years. Fully 79 percent of the patients surveyed said they would like to communicate with their doctors via email and 83 percent would be happy to use online prescription renewal services.  Read Original Content

Monday, July 29, 2013

Banks, Mobile Technologies and SMAC, Part 2

This article is Part 2 in a three part series (read Part 1 and Part 3)

For those that missed Part 1, Peter Abatan, my colleague at Cognizant and a banking industry and mobility expert, has been sharing his thoughts on trends in the banking industry.  The following points come mostly from his email messages to me and his blog articles.  He believes Internet and mobile banks will create increasing competition for traditional banks for the following reasons:

  • Checks are quickly becoming obsolete.  In fact, the UK plans to phase out checks by 2018.
  • Internet and mobile only banks will not issue or process checks; instead they will offer alternatives by which you can make payments. This reduces their operation costs.
  • People are carrying less cash than they did 5 ago.  That makes ATMs less important. According to the Financial Times (FT), UK consumers did nearly 10% less shopping with cash in terms of monetary value, in 2012 than in the previous year. FT goes on to say that the use of debit cards and newer methods such as PayPal are making gains compared to the use of cash. If ATMs are needed, Internet and mobile only banks can always join existing ATM networks so that members can withdraw cash.
  • Internet and mobile only banks will be able to pay more attractive interest rates because they have few or no branches and fewer employees to support.  This is a significant competitive advantage.
  • P2P banking (peer-to-peer), NFC (near field communications) and contactless payment adoptions are on the rise: The number of retail outlets that receive small payments through contactless technology is on the rise, at the same time P2P payments, using mobile apps like Barclays Pingit, are increasing in popularity and enabling users to transfer a limited amount of money to another person or business without going through a traditional bank.
  • P2P lending may become the killer app in the banking industry. This is where Internet and mobile only banks can excel. These technology-focused banks can provide P2P lending services, by matching lenders, borrowers and satisfactory interest rates, then charging a fee that will enable them to provide higher ROIs for their customers.  

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Banks, Mobile Technologies and SMAC, Part 1

The mega-trends of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) plus IoT (Internet of Things/Connected devices/M2M) are changing entire industries.  I am being asked frequently now to meet with IT and business teams to review how SMAC and related trends are impacting various industries so companies can better plan to meet these transformations.

My colleague at Cognizant, Peter Abatan, is both a banking expert and a mobile technologies expert.  Recently Peter has been sharing his thoughts with me on the topic of how SMAC (social, mobile analytics and cloud) trends are impacting the banking industry.  Here are some excerpts from our exchanges:

  • Bank branches are predicted to see diminishing foot traffic (visits per branch) at a rate of 8-10% each year for the next 8 years.  People are using mobile apps in increasing numbers rather than visiting branches for routine banking tasks.
  • Given the popularity of mobile banking apps, the banks with the smartest and most responsive mobile banking infrastructure will have a competitive advantage.
  • If banks do not quickly evolve and educate their customer base on the advantages of mobile banking and digital transformation, other competing banks will, and they will use it to their advantage.
  • Traditional banks are feeling an increasing pressure to transform because their current size, structure and legacy IT environments prevent them from adapting rapidly enough to meet new challenges and to address the changing behaviors in the marketplace.  Many banks will become smaller and more nimble as a result of these pressures.
  • Social media impacts the way banks sell and market their products.  People talk about their banks, the service levels they receive and the price of service fees. If a bank tries to sell a customer the wrong product, provide poor service or charge a higher than appropriate service fee, then the customer’s network of contacts will learn about it quickly.
  • Crowd-funding platforms like Crowdcube and KickStarter are offering higher returns on investments than traditional banks.  This is an emerging threat to traditional banks.  These crowd-funding platforms have far lower cost structures to maintain than a traditional bank with branches and labor intensive sales and marketing channels.
Read Part 2 of this article series here.



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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (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 July 28, 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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Some companies in the barcode industry are using a method called “pay-per-click” to attract prospective customers to their websites.  The BarCode News explores this method in “The Cost of Pay Per Click (PPC) in the Bar Code World”.  Read Original Content

Merrick & Company’s GeoSpatial Solutions group has purchased an unmanned aerial system to support surveying and mapping data collection projects in Mexico and Latin America.  Read Original Content

Four hospitals in Denmark are testing an RFID solution to determine if it can improve efficiency in surgical tool management and reduce the incidence of lost instruments at health-care facilities.  Read Original Content

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Trimble Field Service Management’s Omar-Pierre Soubra discusses upcoming technology trends in field service including self-driving cars, augmented reality glasses and 3D printing in this article featured in Fleet News.  Read Original Content

International relief charity Direct Relief has developed the use of GIS and spatial analysis in public reporting, delivering aid and identifying areas where people are in most need.  This has increased the charity’s efficiency is building better relations with donors.  Read Original Content
Infrastructure software solution provider Bentley Systems launched Bentley Map Mobile, enabling users to view and act upon Bentley Map geospatial information through mobile devices.  The company also launched the Field Supervisor app for iPad devices.   Read Original Content

Gadget website T3 provides a list and descriptions of “The Best Handheld GPS Devices 2013”.  Read Original Content

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of July 28, 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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According to IDC, China's mobile phone shipments registered at 97 million units in Q1 2013, up 15 percent compared with the same period in 2012, while China's smartphone shipments totaled 78 million units in Q1 2013, with a growth of 117 percent compared with the same period in 2012.  Read Original Content

As high-end smartphone growth shifts to emerging markets, primarily in Asia, International Telecommunications Union found the number of mobile internet users in the developing world will overtake those in the developed world this year for the first time - growing 27 times since 2007, compared to the developed world's fourfold growth.  Read Original Content

In June more than 261 million smartphones and tablets were operational in China, according to new estimates from Flurry Analytics. That represented a staggering 24 percent of the total global market for Web-connected mobile devices.  Read Original Content

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Thailand's smartphone market is set to surge by 70 percent in volume this year as Thailand migrates from second to third generation mobile broadband service, says the global research firm GfK.  Read Original Content

According to a new security report released by NQ Mobile, 51,000 new mobile malware threats were identified in the first half of 2013, infecting an estimated 21 million mobile devices. The top five most infected markets in 2013 along with their respective share of the world's mobile infected devices were China at 31.71 percent, Russia, India, USA, and Thailand.  Read Original Content
Businesses in Europe and Asia will be the first to benefit from a New Zealand developed mobile payment device.  Optimizer HQ’s Swipe Reader will be introduced to 31 markets in Europe and nine markets in Southeast Asia, next month.  This device allows businesses to accept credit card payments via their mobile phone.  Read Original Content

Hang Seng Bank has launched a new mobile payment service offering customers the convenience of using designated near-field communication enabled mobile phones to make payments at about 1000 outlets in Hong Kong.  Read Original Content

Successful Japanese mobile health apps generated 1.79 million downloads in the Apple App Store. The iOS platform offers significantly better business opportunities for health and fitness apps in Japan than the Android store.  Read Original Content

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of July 21, 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.

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According to a Privacy Rights Clearinghouse survey of privacy risks in mobile health apps, 74 percent of the free apps surveyed and 60 percent of the paid apps reviewed had a privacy policy either in the app or on the developer’s website. In other words, 26 percent of the free apps and a shocking 40 percent of the paid apps had no privacy policy at all.  Read Original Content

The combination of smartphones and mobile health applications and devices are fueling a rapid increase in mHealth services, according to Juniper Research.  Smartphone-based mHealth is forecast to grow more rapidly than mHealth services delivered through custom-made medical devices.  Read Original Content

According to a new IDC Health Insights report, in the U.S., clinical mobility spending is expected to grow from $2.9 billion in 2011 to $5.4 billion in 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 12.7 percent.  Read Original Content

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced that the most respected resource in ophthalmic science, the Basic and Clinical Science Course series, is now available through eBooks apps for mobile devices.  The world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons is launching Apple iOS and Google Android apps to enable anytime, anywhere access to these essential ophthalmic educational and reference resources.  Read Original Content

In a recent Digitas Health survey of 2000 patients, 24 percent of contributing parties said they would be happier receiving prescriptions for an mHealth application rather than a pill. Ninety percent of patients were willing to accept a prescription for an mHealth app, compared to 66 percent of patients who wanted a traditional doctor’s order for their respective medications.  Read Original Content
A recent article from The Journal of Family Practice finds family practitioners are primarily using mobile devices and medical apps to access reference materials in and out of the exam room. However, other doctors have begun "prescribing" apps to patients who are more comfortable using mobile technology.  Read Original Content

Researchers from Wolters Kluwer Health conducted a survey by Ipsos of more than 300 practicing physicians.  According to the report, 83 percent of physicians reported keeping up with the latest medical research as being very or somewhat challenging. A total of 79 and 61 percent of physicians reported using smartphones and tablets, respectively, in their daily practice. Read Original Content

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 21, 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.

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Nokia Oyj, the mobile-device manufacturer striving to regain market share lost to Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., introduced a smartphone for its Lumia line targeted at developing economies.  The Lumia 625 is cheaper than some previous models and comes with a 4.7-inch LCD screen and the ability to connect to the speedier fourth-generation wireless networks.  Read Original Content

Results for Q3 of 2013 indicate the Samsung Apps Store is growing rapidly. Users have grown by an impressive 450 percent while downloads have increased by 600 percent year-on-year.  Read Original Content

ZTE might not have launched any high-end smartphones in the Indian market till now but it aims to capture 20-25 percent of the high-end smartphone market share in the country, reports Press Trust of India.  Read Original Content

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Thanks to today’s wide range of available models, the number of smartphones shipped soon will double, according to the Mobile & Wireless Communications Report from IHS Inc. The information and analytics provider expects total shipments to reach 1.5 billion units in 2017, up from 712 million in 2012.  Read Original Content

The rates at which American cellphone users have traded in their devices for more advanced models have declined over the last few years, according to analysts at UBS AG. They turned negative last year, when about 68 million people upgraded their phones in the U.S., down more than nine percent from a year earlier.  Read Original Content
By the end of 2020, tablet based advertising campaigns alone will generate more than $27 billion in global revenue, following a compound annual growth rate of nearly 30 percent between 2013 and 2020.  Read Original Content

HTC has put the rumors to rest and has formally announced the One mini, the smaller version of its flagship One smartphone, which the company hopes will help extend the One brand and help it reach a wider range of consumers.  Read Original Content

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

SMAC Ready Enterprise - Changing Tides in Enterprise Mobility

Over the past few months I have noticed a change in the enterprise mobility space.  Cloud mobility, once a distant vision, now seems to be a mainstream topic.  I have seen a shift from companies believing it necessary to set-up their own internal mobile platforms, mobile infrastructure and mobile security, to looking first to cloud based mobile environments, and then secondly, if not finding their requirements met, moving to the traditional on-premise solutions.  I have seen a great deal more flexibility from MADP (mobile application development platform) vendors with their tools and business models.

I am seeing an increasing reluctance by enterprises to purchase million dollar MADPs even before there are apps to use.  Companies are happy to pay based on realized ROI, but hesitate to invest upfront.

I am seeing an increasing awareness of mobile security needs, but again, companies are now seeking first cloud based mobile security solutions to see if their needs are met there, if not, they look at on-premise options.

I am meeting with companies that have completely moved to cloud based Google Apps, Android and Google Enterprise solutions.  They feel they can better centrally manage and secure their company communications and data through Google Enterprise.

It seems to me as the enterprise mobility market matures, it is also rationalizing.  Early adopters were willing to navigate difficult business and licensing environments, implement expensive POCs and experimental solutions, but today they want a rational, logical, flexible and easy solution that mitigates the risk.

Competition in the enterprise mobility space has now matured to the point that there are many reasonable alternatives, business models and deployment scenarios.  These alternatives, i.e. HTML5, native, hybrid, cloud, on-premise, yearly subscriptions, monthly subscriptions, licenses, etc., motivates all competitors to become better and more business friendly vendors.

All of these rapid changes should encourage enterprises to jump into mobility with both feet, but to implement solutions that do not lock them into a particular mobile device, mobile OS or MADP.

For decades the goal of nearly all software vendors was to entice the end user into using a particular tool, OS or development environment long enough so that the accumulated investment made it very difficult to abandon.  The business model of software vendors was based on creating a large maintenance fee based business.  Although this model offered stability for the software vendor and often the customer as well, it is not suited to the fast paced world of enterprise mobility that requires flexibility and agility.

Today companies should be focused less on a particular mobile devices, mobile OSs and mobile vendor solutions, and more on creating a SMAC (social, mobile, analytic and cloud) READY enterprise.  This is very important!  A SMAC READY enterprise means their enterprise is capable of supporting and thriving in a "real-time" world that is driven by SMAC requirements.  A world rich in data, that requires the ability to analyze it in real-time, and to get the resulting business-ready information into the hands of their mobile works in real-time in order to optimize productivity, decision making, sales and services.

For many enterprises developing a SMAC READY enterprise is a big challenge. The mobile apps are the easy part! Their IT systems, processes and business models were not designed to support the unimagined speed and volume of data that floods over us today (see Code Halos article). This challenge, however, is worth pursuing.  Today a company's success and I would dare say very survivability is dependent upon it.


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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of July 21, 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.

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The Ugandan government has levied a 10 percent tax on mobile banking transactions, in a move some have criticized as being short-sighted and potentially harmful to the country's expanding mobile money industry.  Read Original Content

New Zealanders’ appetite for online banking has reached a crucial tipping point according to ASB, with more than half of ASB customers who access their bank accounts electronically now doing so on a mobile device.  Read Original Content

Customers are embracing mobile banking faster than they did ATMs after they were introduced in the 1980s, according to bank officials.  Read Original Content

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The use of mobile payment technology among Australian retailers may be set to explode, thanks to a strong desire among brick and mortar retailers to cut transaction times, access customer loyalty programs and boost face-to-face interactions.  Read Original Content

Research firm eMarketer has cut its estimated growth for proximity mobile payments for this year in half, from $2.12 billion to $1 billion, according to VentureBeat.com. The firm's October forecast predicted that such transactions would reach $2.12 billion in 2013, but it recently released new figures that downgraded that prediction to just $1 billion.  Read Original Content
From 2011 to 2013, mobile payments more than tripled, reaching $170 million in 2011, $540 million in 2012 and $1 billion this year. Mobile payments are expected to hit more than $2.5 billion in 2014 and reach close to $10 billion in 2015. Read Original Content

Although cash is the most common form of payment, it may soon be eclipsed by other up-and-coming transaction types like mobile payments, near field communication, contactless payments, and digital wallets, according to Technology Strategies International Inc. Read Original Content

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Developing Enterprise Strategies for Code Halos

Ben Pring, Malcolm Frank and
Paul Roehrig
My colleague and Cognizant's Co-Director of the Center for The Future of Work, Ben Pring shares in this guest post, his insights into the idea of "Code Halos" and the role they play in digital transformations and SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud).  The concept of "Code Halos" is a useful way to help us understand and develop strategies for the effective use of all kinds of enterprise data.

In my previous post I introduced the idea of “Code Halos” --  the digital fingerprint each one of us is creating with every click or swipe of our phone, tablet, laptop, Glass, Nest, FuelBand, dashboard, or other smart device, which says who we are and what makes us tick. We also noted that these “personal” Code Halos are migrating into businesses in increasingly significant ways (and not just with the digital service providers such as Pandora or Amazon). In this piece we outline a number of key areas in which we see “business” Code Halos emerging and the changing what organizations do and how they do it.

Customer Code Halos: Customer-centric Code Halos — leveraging consumer data and insights — are creating enriched customer experiences through the use of sophisticated algorithms being applied to individualized code — i.e., past usage, input given to systems such as the Amazon Betterizer, artist selections added to Pandora streams, etc. This is not just reserved for companies with a “born-digital” DNA. Disney, for example, is launching a “Magic Band” bracelet to help guide visitors through its amusement parks, manage ticketing, act as room keys, personalize the guest experience and even work as a portable bank. The Magic Band is set to transform a day at a Disney park from a one-size-fits-all experience to a highly personalized one.

Product Code Halos: Every day we see move evidence that we are moving into the era of the “Internet of things.” From mobile phones to GE aircraft engines to even personal grooming tools such as toothbrushes, more and more devices today are becoming network-aware. They all have the potential to generate rich Code Halos that interact with the halos of information from people, business processes and organizations, and generate streams of data ripe for deriving meaning. As Code Halos grow, the “software” of these products becomes far more valuable than their associated “hardware.” For example, with a smart toothbrush, the physical tool itself is a commodity, while brushing habits, dental hygiene history and health needs create a halo of information that is of premium value. In many sectors, new business processes, industry models and products are being formed at this Code Halo intersection.

Employee Code Halos: Halos are being built around individual employees – think LinkedIn – which are creating new models by which knowledge work is conducted. In fact, our employee Code Halos can be far richer and more powerful than many consumer halos, as they comprise our work histories, subject matter expertise, perspectives, work styles and experiences. Employee halos facilitate getting the right work to the right person at the right time, all contextualized within a work stream — delivering the most appropriate organizational assets to the individual. In much the same way that Amazon’s consumer Code Halos and algorithms individualize the shopping experience, employee halos and organizational algorithms individualize and transform the work experience. This is changing how companies and organizations, such as Southern California Edison and Arlington County in Virginia, collaborate to capture business opportunities.

Partner Code Halos: With new technologies and more collaborative mindsets, traditional supply chains (primarily linear and designed for physical products) are re-forming into tightly integrated systems for sharing and co-creating knowledge assets. People will still need tangible things, but companies in life sciences, banking, and insurance, healthcare and manu¬facturing are now using innovative technologies to create more efficient and effective partner ecosystems.

Enterprise Code Halos: Your company’s brand is a Code Halo. Think of all the digital interactions associated with your company or business unit. Information about products, clients, partners and employees creates or destroys value every day. Angry customers, positive media coverage, financial data and a million other infor¬mation sources create a perception of your company as real as the bricks and rebar of a manufacturing plant. Whether you manage it or not, your company is increasingly defining itself by its Code Halo. In many cases, this halo of informa¬tion has much greater clarity and authority than the efforts of your marketing department.

These five enterprise Code Halos – and the skillful management of them – are increasingly separating those companies that are forging ahead into the brave new digital world and those that are simply playing defense; trying to hang on to old outdated approaches and sustain business as usual for as long as possible, or at least until next quarter’s results.

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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) Cognizant
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 21, 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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The Malaysian government will utilize RFID technology for vehicle registration to curb incidences of car theft and other criminal activities involving vehicles.  The smart registration number plate system will automatically identify vehicles and verify they are properly registered.  Read Original Content

This article, featured in Yahoo! Small Business Advisor describes and provides links for “The Best Android Field Services Management Mobile Apps”.  Read Original Content

PinPoint GPS promises increased usability and functionality with the launch of its new website.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

Credit card processor Square launched its physical point-of-sale system at Apple retail stores.  The Square Stand transforms a user’s iPad into a credit card terminal and POS system that works with Square’s Register app and external devices such as cash drawers, barcode scanners, receipt printers and the payment card reader.  Read Original Content

The BarCode News offers a free barcode directory featuring a database of approximately 1,800 companies providing products and services related to the barcode and point-of-sale industries.  Read Original Content
RFID Journal editor Mark Roberti believes that although there will be steady growth in RFID deployments in the coming years, the lack of standards for the use of RFID will hold back mass adoption in some industries.  Read Original Content

Garmin has developed a GPS “heads-up display”, which uses a dash-mounted projector to display turn-by-turn directions, either on a transparent film on the windshield or on an attached reflector lens. The heads-up display, or HUD, will be available this summer.  Read Original Content

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 14, 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.

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The market for energy storage in mobile applications is poised for seismic shifts as it grows from $28 billion in 2013 to $41 billion in 2018, a nearly 50 percent growth over the next five years, according to Lux Research.  Read Original Content

LG Electronics expects it will continue the momentum shown earlier this year with the release of its latest model G2. This year LG sold more than 10 million smartphones worldwide for the second consecutive quarter. The G2 is expected to give the company an extra sales boost for the second half of the year.  Read Original Content

Google is planning to spend $500 million or more promoting the Moto X smartphone, which is scheduled to launch this summer, The Wall Street Journal reported, sparking speculation that a new round of mobile marketing wars is about to begin.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

The number of mobile malware apps has jumped 614 percent in the last year, according to studies conducted by McAfee and Juniper Networks.  The Juniper study – the third annual Mobile Threats Report – showed that the majority of attacks are directed at Android devices, as the Android market continues to grow.  Read Original Content

According to a recent study by CyberMedia Research, nearly 10 million smartphones were shipped in India in the first quarter of 2013, which is a 167 percent increase from last year.  Read Original Content
According to a survey from AnyPresence, 25 percent of the respondents spend over $100,000 on average for initial development of an enterprise mobile app.  Read Original Content

T-Mobile US increased its advertising spend in 2012 in hopes of gaining market share, but that strategy doesn't appear to have paid off. According to research from Kantar Media, T-Mobile's market share decreased from 12.7 percent to 11.6 percent despite the company's 39.5 percent increase in ad spending.  Read Original Content

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Infonomics and Using Information as a Competitive Advantage

Do you value and treat your enterprise information like it is a strategic asset?  Do you view your information logistics system (including your enterprise mobility system) as a competitive differentiator?  Enterprise mobility is more than just a convenience for people on the move.  It is about how to use information to optimize productivity and achieve competitive advantages.  How can the effective use of mobilized information change and improve your business?

I have shared some of this article before, but I believe it is important enough to review.  In an insightful article by Gartner Inc.'s Douglas Laney, titled Infonomics: The Practice of Information Economics, the value of company information is explored.  I read this article with great interest and interpreted it in the context of enterprise mobility.

Here is Laney's description of Infonomics, "When considering how to put information to work for your organization, it’s important to go beyond thinking and talking about information as an asset, to actually valuing and treating it as one. This is the basis of the new theory and emerging discipline of Infonomics which provides organizations a foundation and methods for quantifying information asset value and formal information asset management practices."

In my mobile strategy workshops, I spend time with my clients exploring the value of "real-time" information to a company and the role enterprise mobility plays in it.  Laney's article takes it to the next level by treating it as a discipline.

Here is another excerpt from Laney, "Infonomics posits that information should be considered a new asset class in that it has measurable economic value and other properties that qualify it to be accounted for and administered as any other recognized type of asset—and that there are significant strategic, operational and financial reasons for doing so."

If the right information can be available to a mobile worker, on the right device, at the right time, in the right amount so that "right" decisions and actions can be made, then that is a huge benefit!

Let me add some context, if you have a mobile workforce in the field and you know the following real-time information:
  • Location
  • Job status
  • Next job site
  • Skills and qualifications
  • Inventory
  • Equipment
  • Costs (hourly wage)
...then you can make many important decisions as to how you can optimally schedule and utilize your workforce.  Much of this can be automated using business analytics, and artificial machine learning as well.  In contrast, if you don't have real-time knowledge of the points listed above, you cannot.  There are significant competitive values to this real-time information.  Laney's article explores how you can measure that value.

Once you have placed a value on real-time information, then you can determine an ROI for developing and implementing a system that supports the use of real-time information (and mobilizing it).  I see this a lot when discussing mobile workforce scheduling solutions.  Many organizations simply do not have the IT systems in place that can support real-time scheduling based on real-time information (location, job status, etc.).  This is a limitation.  This prevents them from transforming their company into a real-time enterprise and effectively competing with companies that are.


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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mobile Expert Video Series: Bridget Bradley

In this interview with mobile expert Bridget Bradley from AnyPresence, we discuss cloud mobility, pricing models and mobile platforms.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://youtu.be/GMc4guRJM44


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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (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, July 15, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 14, 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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With its Toughbook range of products, Panasonic expects to capture 50 percent of the global rugged tablet market by 2015.  Read Original Content

Mobile Aspects has developed the “iRIScope cabinet” for healthcare.  The iRIScope uses RFID technology to prevent the spread of infection through flexible endoscopes, and tracks and timestamps the equipment’s movements.  Read Original Content

Motion Computing has enhanced its CL910 Tablet PC for the mobile workforce to simplify work for those in retail and field service.  The enhancements include a reduction in weight, a brighter screen and a 180 degree viewing angle.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

A new app from Digit-Eyes will help the visually impaired identify products by scanning a barcode, looking up the contents and reading the information out loud to the user.  Read Original Content

The service department of an Audi dealership in Florida is utilizing RFID technology to reduce repair order time by about six minutes.  The dealership equips every new vehicle with RFID tags, embedded with an antenna and a microchip, which send service information to employees’ computers, tablets and smartphones.  Read Original Content
A new mobile app for public safety may help emergency response coordinators stay up-to-date on their volunteer teams and improve coordination with other public safety groups. The CERTify app enables community emergency response team coordinators to send messages and assignments during emergencies.  Read Original Content

Citing the increasing demand for GIS in the construction of roads and railroads as a key growth factor, analysts at TechNavio predict the global GIS market in the transportation industry to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12.64 over the period 2012-2016.  Read Original Content

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mobile Expert Video Series: Tathagata Nandy on Healthcare

In this video I interview mobility and healthcare expert Tathagata Nandy on the trends he is seeing around enterprise mobility in the healthcare industry in 2013.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sar9h73k940&feature=share&list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw


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Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 7, 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.

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Recently, the trend of the bigger the smartphone screen the better has begun to reverse. Samsung and BlackBerry released mini versions of their top-of-the-line smartphones and Apple and HTC are rumored to follow suit. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini has a 4.3-inch screen, which shaves off more than a half-inch off its larger version.  Read Original Content

The augmented reality apps market poses several challenges and opportunities. ABI Research forecasts developers’ investment in Augmented Reality applications will touch $2.5 billion in 2018 from around $670 million in 2013.  Read Original Content

Corporate information-technology departments have long wanted a third alternative to Apple’s iPhones and devices based on Google’s Android operating system, to ensure innovation and price competition. Yet many businesses are dropping support for BlackBerry as employees flock to touch-screen devices from Apple and Samsung.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

Technology giant HP is looking at re-entering the smartphone race and is working on launching a new device that will offer a "differentiated experience" to consumers, according to the Indian Express.  Read Original Content

Korean electronics company LG, which has been reworking its mobile phone business in the country, has set a target of doubling its market share in the Indian smartphone segment to 10 percent by the end of next year.  Read Original Content

Nokia is expected to launch a follow-up to its 41-megapixel 808 PureView running Windows Phone on July 11, a move that will give the struggling phone vendor a much needed boost, according to one analyst. The smartphone, now rumored to be named the Lumia 1020, has been a long time coming.  Read Original Content
Samsung is forecasting lower than expected profits for its second quarter, prompting wider concerns that the smartphone market is becoming saturated. Samsung said sales for the three months ended in June would be approximately $8.3 billion. Read Original Content

HTC Corp. posted an 83 percent decline in second-quarter net profit, missing analyst estimates, as the Taiwanese smartphone maker works on a difficult recovery from the first quarter's record-low profit.  Read Original Content

Revisiting Enterprise Mobility and 4D Strategies

In this article I want to revisit the subject of the 4th dimension as it relates to enterprise mobility and and its importance to many industries and business processes.

First, let's review our definition of 3D and 4D.  Three dimensional is made up of length, width and height in one context, or latitude, longitude and altitude in a geographic context.  With GPS coordinates you can find and identify a location on the earth or map.  The challenge, however, is that in the real-world, people and resources aren't stationary.  They move all over the place.  Knowing their location is only useful if you know the "time" they were at that location.  Time is the fourth dimension.  Latitude, longitude, altitude and time are the 4 dimensions we will be reviewing.

Knowing locations and times are critical to managing real-time operations.  The power of real-time business analytics is best realized when you have the capabilities of reporting and planning in a 4D environment. Here are some examples of how time added to location data can offer business value:
  • Predict travel times
  • Monitor actual travel times by capturing departure and arrival times.
  • Adjust schedules based upon the difference between the predictive and real-life travel times
  • Predict job completion times
  • Monitor actual job completion times
  • Adjust schedules based upon the difference between the predictive and real-life times
  • Dispatch service technicians based upon location, schedules, qualifications, costs, etc.
  • Capture KPIs and analyze them.
Most companies recognize the importance of using 4D in their strategies, however, it has only recently become possible to exploit 4D data in real-time.  Exploiting 4D data in real-time takes a real-time strategy.  You need IT infrastructure, databases, analytics and enterprise mobility solutions all finely tuned for real-time operations.

As many of you know my mantra is, "Mobile technologies without mobile strategies is wasted."  There are a lot of interesting things that can be done using 4D strategies and mobile technologies to provide a company with competitive advantages.

A while back I read a book titled, Stray Voltage, War in the Information Age, by Wayne Michael Hall.  In this book he takes the concept of 4D, and adds two more, cyberspace and cerebral to make 6D. Here is a quote from Hall, "Information superiority is firmly connected to making decisions that are superior to an adversary's and combines information technology and intellectual power to create conditions with which to make better decisions."

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

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

There is power in taking all of the real-time 4D data inputs that you have, integrating them, analyzing and displaying it visually on a map with powerful infographs in real-time.  This can help us quickly understand what is happening in the field.

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

The visualization of 4D information allows for rapid and good decision making.  This is a true competitive advantage.
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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of July 7, 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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Chinese consumers are more likely to purchase products via their mobile phone than the global average, with shoppers in lower tier cities and younger age groups at the forefront of this trend, according to a new Draftfcb China report.  Read Original Content

The world’s top smartphone vendor by sales volume is also the top vendor in China, the biggest smartphone market on the planet. Recently published data from market research firm IDC suggests that Samsung accounted for 19 percent of all smartphones shipped in China during the first quarter this year.  Read Original Content

Fujitsu is hoping to change its rather lacklustre reputation with the ‘ARROWS A SoftBank 202F’ in Japan.  The device sports a 5-inch, 1080p display and a hefty 3,000 mAh battery, the latter of which is a huge improvement on the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.  Read Original Content

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Revenue for the Smart Phone Manufacturing industry in China has been increasing at an average annual rate of 48.8 percent in the past five years, says IBISWorld. In 2013, revenue is expected to reach $55.2 billion, mainly driven by increased exports and growing domestic demand for second and third-generation smart phones.  Read Original Content

The number of BYOD smartphones entering enterprises through the outlay of employees aiming to boost their own productivity was more than double the volume purchased as corporate assets by enterprises in Q1 2013, according to Strategy Analytics.  North America's BYOD volume increased 18 percent year-over-year in Q1 compared to a whopping 77 percent increase in Asia Pacific.  Read Original Content
Aris Hsu, a researcher at the Taipei-based Topology Research Institute, forecast during a seminar on mobile broadband that global LTE user numbers will reach 122.08 million in 2013, up 86 percent from 65.78 million last year. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to remain the second largest LTE market with a 42 percent share.  Read Original Content

Asian chip makers are set to cash in on a major realignment in the volatile industry that is tilting the balance of power their way at the expense of gadget makers like Apple, after years of cautious investment kept supply in check.  Read Original Content

Monday, July 08, 2013

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of July 7, 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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Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
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The Analysis of the Global Barcode Printer Market research report covers the global barcode printer market including desktop, industrial and portable barcode printers.  The report analyzes key market drivers, restraints and challenges and also describes technology trends and provides a competitive analysis.  Read Original Content

Roanoke City in Virginia has launched a new and improved GIS website designed to be a “one-stop source of information across a wide range of city services and programs”.  Read Original Content

Esri recently created an online GIS mapping system to illustrate the extent of western wildfire burning to aid residents, firefighters, emergency response workers and officials.
GIS analysis can help predict where a potential fire will occur and also where an existing fire may spread.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

New Jersey’s Winslow Township has implemented a new system utilizing a personalized barcode on the doorframe of a home or business.  Using an encrypted iPhone or Android app, police can gain access to a database storing contact and emergency information and can then contact home and business owners in case of an emergency.  Read Original Content

Robert Avsec provides advice and benchmark certifications he recommends for choosing rugged devices to be used for fire and EMS needs in this article featured in firerecruit.com.  Read Original Content
Headstone and monument retailer Sprung Memorial Group implemented a system utilizing RFID tags and readers to track the cemetery monuments it stores, engraves and ships to customers.  The new system has reduced the time required for inventory audits by 96 percent.  Read Original Content

Sam’s Club is adding 10,000 self-checkout lanes for shoppers to scan product barcodes and pay for their purchases, while rival warehouse club Costco is eliminating self-checkout.  In “Do-It-Yourself Checkout: Love It or Hate It, Barcode Scanning is in Your Future”, featured in Time, Martha C. White describes the benefits and drawbacks to self-checkout technology.  Read Original Content