Monday, September 30, 2013

State of Enterprise Mobility 2013 Survey Results, Part 1

I am working on the "State of Enterprise Mobility 2013" survey report this week and wanted to share some of the interesting results.  Here is the first question, "How important is B2E (business-to-employee) mobility to your company's success?"  Here are the answers:

  • End users - 30% stated it has a large to critical impact
  • Analysts -  69% stated it has a large to critical impact
  • Consultants - 40% stated is has a large to critical impact
  • Mobility Vendors - 51% stated it has a large to critical impact
  • Software/ERP Vendors - 46% stated is has a large to critical impact

Here is the second question, "How important is B2C (business-to-consumer) mobile apps to your company's success?"  Here are the answers:

  • End users - 40% stated it has a large to critical impact
  • Analysts - 23% stated it has a large to critical impact
  • Consultants - 33% stated it has a large to critical impact
  • Mobility Vendors - 35% stated it has a large to critical impact
  • Software/ERP Vendors - 29% stated it has a large to critical impact

It is very interesting that "end-users" value B2E less than the rest of the market, but value B2C more than the rest of the market participants.

It is also interesting that "analysts" place a much higher value on B2E mobility than the rest of the market participants, but value B2C less than the rest.

What are your interpretations of this data?

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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 September 29, 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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According to ABI Research, the market for portable GPS-enabled devices is forecast to grow from 33.3 million units in 2012 to 36.79 million in 2018.  Read Original Content

Avery Dennison RFID and Xtreme RFID have teamed up to develop the RFID-based Xtreme Metal Tag, which can be used in a variety of applications including solid waste & recycling, material handling and asset tracking.  Read Original Content

Leedo Cabinetry, based in Houston, Texas, launched a program to provide real-time field project updates using tablet devices, resulting in a decrease in the time it takes to receive unit measurements, status updates and replacements from days to hours.  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.

The Bexar County BiblioTech in Texas is a completely digital library, and offers 600 e-reader and tablet devices for checkout to readers without an electronic reading device of their own.  Read Original Content

Honeywell has completed its acquisition of Intermec, which will be integrated with Honeywell Scanning & Mobility, within the company's Automation and Control Solutions business.  Read Original Content
Socket Mobile has begun shipping the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner Series 8, a small, thin commercial-grade barcode scanner that can be attached to Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch or other mobile devices to provide a one-handed scanning solution.  Read Original Content

Mary Brittain-White, of Retriever Communications, believes mobility of a company’s field staff means putting in systems where there is a major customer touch point or capability delivery.  She shares her insight into “Why Good Companies Make Bad Mobile Decisions”, in this article featured in Wired.  Read Original Content

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of September 29, 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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Even though the iPhone 5C, the cheaper one of the two new iPhone models, is still expensive for many Chinese consumers, research firm IDC expects Apple’s smartphone market share in China to double from this year to next year.  Read Original Content

Smartphone ownership is growing rapidly in Japan, fuelled by younger consumers' desire to access online social networks, new analysis has established.  Smartphone market penetration has risen from 27.7 percent in 2012 to 41.7 percent in 2013, according to estimates from eMarketer, which also predicts ownership will rise to 60.2 percent in 2014.  Read Original Content

Bulky “phablets” are defining the contours of the Indian smartphone market, just as dual-sim handsets did to the basic phone segment about half a decade back.  Numbers released by IDC show that sales of phablets - devices with a screen size of 5-7 inches that combine the functionalities of a smartphone and a tablet - grew 17-fold in the second quarter of calendar 2013.  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.

According to comscore and UPS, Asia Pacific consumers are using tablets to search for deals and make price comparisons. In a typical three-month period, more than 70 percent of the Asian shoppers surveyed used a smartphone to make a purchase while nearly 80 percent of the same group made purchases through a tablet.  Read Original Content

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation should boost the development payoff of e-commerce technologies by taking steps to build consumer trust, address payment fraud, and overcome difficulties in assessing the quality of products offered online, said a new UNCTAD report.  The report also urges that attention be paid to harmonization concerns related to online privacy, identity theft, and the currently limited access to complaint systems.  Read Original Content
ZTE Corporation is pleased to offer users in Japan two new 4G mobile routers with data download speeds of 110 Megabits per second, delivering the world’s fastest mobile data access to consumers and businesses.  Read Original Content

According to a new report from the United Nations Broadband Commission, Singapore and Japan were in the lead in per capita mobile broadband use, with 123 and 113 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2012– meaning some people have more than one Internet connected mobile device.  Read Original Content

Developing markets in Africa and Asia are the fastest growing areas for mobile phone-based payments and e-payments, such as online shopping, according to a report co-authored with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Capgemini.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry Limited's market share in India could dwindle further from the current level of two percent with uncertainty surrounding the company’s future plans as it turns into a privately held entity following the buyout by Fairfax Financial Holdings. BlackBerry Limited has been on a decline even in India, ever since the Apple smartphones and Android operating system started dominating the market.  Read Original Content

The world’s biggest smartphone market China will likely ship in more than 450 million devices in 2014, at least a quarter more than this year, research firm IDC said.  Read Original Content

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Mobile Expert Video Series: Bob Egan, Part 2
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The Industrial Internet and SMAC - Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud
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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.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mobile Expert Video Series: Bob Egan, Part 2

Bob Egan is a friend, the founder/CEO of the Sepharim Group, veteran enterprise mobility expert and analyst.  In this interview Bob shares his thoughts on the current state of mobile devices, enterprise mobility and trends.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_vTZ44rRWA&feature=share&list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw



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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.

Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 22, 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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Apple confirmed it sold a record number of new iPhones over the opening launch weekend for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Exceeding even the most optimistic of analyst expectations, Apple sold nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models in their first three days of availability.  Read Original Content

Back in November 2012, mobile sharing in the UK stood at 28 percent but, thanks to the proliferation and adoption of smartphones and tablets, that figure has now increased to 50 percent making the UK the country that shares most via mobile.  Read Original Content

For the first time in Australia and New Zealand, since the first quarter this year, all three mobile device markets – notebooks, tablets and mobile phones – declined for two consecutive quarters, according to the latest report from IDC.  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.

The global smartphone shipment volume will reach nearly 2 billion units in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate of 18.7 percent for the period 2012 - 2018, according to Taiwan'sMarket Intelligence & Consulting Institute. Among all mobile platforms, Android continues to account for the largest share of around 76.4 percent in 2013.  Read Original Content

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives prefer Apple's iPhone to competitor BlackBerry by over twice as much. According to a survey conducted by Meet the Press, 58 percent of the House uses an iPhone, compared to 23 percent who use a BlackBerry.  Read Original Content
For the first time since the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project began tracking smartphone penetration, that device category has achieved a majority share among American cell phone owners. As of May 2013, 56 percent of cell phone-owning American adults own a smartphone, up from nearly 10 points from February 2012 and more than 20 points from May of 2011.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics, the world's best-selling smartphone maker, is planning to launch handsets with curved displays. The new devices will have plastic light-emitting diode panels, the company said at a Galaxy Note 3 launch event in Seoul. "We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October," said DJ Lee, Samsung's head of strategic marketing for mobile. Read Original Content

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Extinction Events and Democracy - The Death of Blackberry

There is a saying in America, "Every dog has its day."  That idiom means everyone will at some time in their life have a moment of success.  That moment may be a second, a minute, perhaps a day, a week, several months or even years.  BlackBerry had its day.

In an article titled, "The Fatal Mistake That Doomed BlackBerry," writer Sam Gustin identifies a number of critical points in BlackBerry's history that my colleagues at the Center for The Future of Work would describe as crossroads.  Good decisions at the crossroads lead to success, bad decisions at the crossroads lead to "extinction events."  Here are a few identified by Gustin:
  1. BlackBerry failed to see the power shift from enterprises to consumers.  They focused on the enterprise until it was too late.  They thought decisions in the enterprise drove demand.
  2. BlackBerry failed to understand and embrace the "apps economy" that started and fueled an uncontrolled frenzy of innovation from developers and demand from consumers.  BlackBerry thought they dictated and controlled progress and innovation.
  3. BlackBerry failed to understand mobile phones could become more than voice and text communicators.  They missed the whole notion that mobile devices could be entertainment hubs for the masses.
  4. BlackBerry failed to realize that bigger screens trumped physical keyboards.  Consumers embracing their devices as entertainment hubs wanted to watch videos, play games and view maps on bigger screens.  
  5. BlackBerry considered providing secure email on a mobile phones the pinnacle of innovation, rather than just the start.  Apple and Android saw mobile phones as mobile computers that could support an unlimited number of software apps and functions.
I am struck by the amount of power and influence BlackBerry believed it controlled.  It seemed a kind of institutional arrogance.  The advent of the world wide web, wireless broadband and social media ensured a kind of democracy in technology.  The mobile world could and would no longer be controlled by a single company in Waterloo, but rather by the consumer.

Today, I still come across vendors who seem to believe they control the direction of enterprise mobility.  As soon as I observe this attitude, a vision of an extinction event fills my mind.  Vendors must innovate both in front of and in parallel with the the direction customers are heading.  They can no longer dictate and control the direction of the consumer.

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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.

SMAC Expert Series: Cloud Services and Enterprise Mobility Risks and Vulnerabilities

I had the privilege of recording a Google+ Hangout On Air with cloud services and mobile security expert Rajiv Gupta, CEO/Founder of SkyHigh Networks this week.  In this interview we discuss the risks and vulnerabilities of letting your mobile and enterprise users access cloud services.  This is a very interesting area that I had not spent much time considering.  Enjoy!

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




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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.

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of September 22, 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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América Móvil's U.S. MVNO TracFone Wireless recently launched its new "Trac 'N' Save" digital coupon and wallet program, which the company said provides "the best deals, discounts and promotions from trusted partners" to its roughly 23 million customers.  Read Original Content

Facebook wants to put an end to typing billing details on the small screen, help developers and payment processors earn more money, and prove that its app install ads make money for e-commerce companies. So it’s rolling out last month’s test of “Autofill With Facebook” in partnership with PayPal, Stripe, and Braintree to two e-commerce apps, JackThreads and Mosaic, with more to come.  Read Original Content

This month, eMarketer revised its U.S. retail ecommerce sales estimates upward, reporting Internet sales originating from smartphones and tablets could now account for 16 percent of all American e-commerce purchases, excluding travel and ticket sales. The eMarketer data puts total U.S. retail mobile e-commerce sales at $41.68 billion for 2013.  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.

According to a new study by PayPal focusing on the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, shopping on mobile is exploding in the region. Mobile transactions already represent 10 percent of e-commerce (a level similar to the rest of the world), but they are set to reach close to 20 percent of transactions in the Middle East by 2015, as the m-commerce market grows from 1.3 billion this year to 3 billion by 2015.  Read Original Content

A new study from the device recognition technology company AdTruth shows Apple is crushing its rivals when it comes to mobile commerce. Even though more Americans have phones running Google's Android operating system than Apple's iOS, 57 percent of purchases made on mobile phones during the first half of 2013 came through iOS.  Read Original Content
EBay Enterprise, the unit of eBay that builds technologies for retailers, has invested in Branding Brand, a Pittsburgh-based startup that optimizes mobile commerce websites and apps for a variety of different online and brick-and-mortar retailers. The investment round totaled $9.5 million, and was led by Insight Venture Partners.  Read Original Content

Google is adding new features to its Google Wallet app for Android devices, including the ability to send money to friends on a phone or tablet, as the search advertising giant continues to expand into new corners of digital commerce.  Other new features include expanded ways to use store loyalty cards, redeem discount offers and make purchases with a phone.  Read Original Content

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of September 22, 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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MobileHealthMarketplace.com, a new website launched, is the first directory of mobile health and medical Apps which focuses on solutions that connect patients and medical professionals with company health, wellness, workers' compensation and safety programs.  Read Original Content

ThyroMetrix USA, Inc., a leading clinical thyroid testing company, announced it has partnered with Holomic, LLC, experts in photonics-based technologies for mobile health applications, for the Holomic Rapid Diagnostic Reader for smartphones. The HRDR-200 works in sync with ThyroTest™, a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone blood test available in the U.S. and Canada by ThyroMetrix.  Read Original Content

Fluke Biomedical, a global provider of medical device test and safety equipment, announced the launch of its first-ever mobile iPad application. Designed with field service professionals in mind, the app is simple to use and offers detailed product information for all biomedical, diagnostic imaging, radiation, and nuclear power products.  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.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

Since launching only two months ago, Sleep Genius has earned a reputation for being the most scientifically advanced neuroscience-based mobile sleep program in the world. With 50,000 downloads in one week, consumers are getting serious about their sleep and counting on mHealth’s greatest resources to affect positive change.  Read Original Content

Last year mobile health apps for iPhones and devices that use Google's Android operating system generated some $718 million in revenue, up from an estimated $100 million in 2010, according to the National Venture Capital Association.  Read Original Content
There are more than 200 mobile healthcare applications co-branded with healthcare organizations available on the two main online app marketplaces, Google Play and the Apple AppStore, a new research report shows.  Read Original Content

Rochester General Health System, including its 528-bed flagship facility Rochester General Hospital, has installed the remote monitoring and clinician notification system, Masimo Patient SafetyNet, which is expected to reduce rapid response activations, ICU transfers, and respiratory-depression deaths.  Read Original Content

Monday, September 23, 2013

Power Projection on a Global Scale and Enterprise Mobility

Power Projection
Hillsong United, is a global musical powerhouse headquartered in Sydney, Australia.  While I was in Sydney recently I was able to attend a musical program led by Hillsong's Taya Smith.  Taya Smith is the singer of the popular christian worship song Oceans.  Last week, our daughter sang this song at Whitworth Univeristy in Spokane, Washington, and we heard this same song again in Austin, Texas over the weekend.  That is "talent and influence projection."  A musical group from thousands of miles away can project their talent into musical programs worldwide within days thanks to digital technology.

The term "Power or Capabilities Projection" is the ability to influence events and act from afar.  This is what enterprise mobility is all about.  It's the ability to provide better customer service over vast distances because you know where your 5,000 service technicians are located and the status of the jobs they are working on.  You can provide more accurate estimates of their arrival, more efficiently assign jobs and route them to the next location all from hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Companies that recognize the importance of "power or capabilities projection" and the role enterprise mobility plays in it, can develop economies of scale previously unimagined.  Today a company's SMEs (subject matter experts) can be brought to a job site "virtually" using mobile technologies.  The SME can view a job site via live video, ask questions, analyze data collected on mobile devices and assist in solving solutions remotely.  Rather than hire an SME for every location, one SME can now project their expertise globally, thus enabling better service and reducing costs.

In addition, mobile enterprise collaboration apps connected to cloud platforms can enable leaders and SMEs globally to work together to quickly and efficiently solve problems in distant lands.  This is a big deal.  Many countries may have a strong military able to defend their own borders, but few have the ability to "project" their power outside of their region which limits their influence and power.  Companies able to project their capabilities have nearly unlimited potential for growth.

Cloud-based solutions can also offer incredibly powerful capabilities to project your company, brand, products and services.  Today, a competitor's team can land in your market, connect to the Internet and have access to complete ERPs, CRMs, logistic systems and social/mobile marketing platforms in seconds.  That is a different level of competition and speed to market than many of us are accustomed to dealing with.  It takes a different game plan.


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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.

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of September 22, 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 a report from Niko Partners, China’s mobile games market is expected to reach $1.3 billion by the end of 2013, representing a compound annual growth rate of 46 percent from 2012 to 2017.  Read Original Content

Three smartphone OEMs – Coolpad, Lenovo, and Xiaomi – have something special in common: all beat Apple in China’s Q2 2013 smartphone battle. While Samsung retained its leading smartphone market share of 17 percent, Lenovo took second with 13 percent, Coolpad was third with 10 percent, and Xiaomi edged out Apple with 6.5 percent share, according to new research from market intelligence firm ABI Research.  Read Original Content

Windows Phone is India’s second most popular smartphone operating system, according to IDC Asia Pacific mobile phone tracker. In the quarter ending June 2013, Windows Phone had 5.6 percent market share, which is more than that of BlackBerry and iOS.  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.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

At 87 percent of the population, smartphone penetration the Asia market is the highest in Singapore and Hong Kong, followed by Malaysia (80 percent), Australia (75 percent) and China (71 percent), said a Nielsen report.  Read Original Content

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd expects to take in more than $2 billion in revenues selling 4G gear this year as global carriers from China to Europe expand their networks, senior company executives said.  Read Original Content
In China, YSPay, a payment services provider, has rolled out a new mobile payments solution developed with Accenture. Based on the Accenture Mobility platform, YSPay’s new mobile payments solution uses phone numbers to process payments. The platform is connected with banks via China Union Pay – China’s bankcard association – and with existing YSPay merchants who have point-of-sale machines in place.  Read Original Content

China’s leading telco China Mobile is gradually losing market share to China Unicom and China Telecom in the fight for mobile internet users. Semi-annual reports show China Mobile has 138 million 3G users, but China Unicom is catching up with 100 million.  Read Original Content

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 22, 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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QR codes are being utilized to give consumers the ability to use their smartphones or tablets to gain instant information about people who have received the Nobel Prize.  A new poster with the QR codes provides users with information about the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry when they scan the codes.  Read Original Content

A team of researchers at Old Dominion University in Virginia, and Clemson University in South Carolina, are working on a project called ALERT: An Architecture for the Emergency Re-tasking of Wireless Sensor Networks.  The goal is to enable emergency responders to have specialized software built into their helmets that can detect and reprogram remote networks in the area to report information needed in emergency situations.  Read Original Content

The city of Ontario, California police and fire departments installed mobility solution software in their iPads, enabling police and fire chiefs to monitor in real time the active calls and unit activity from virtually anywhere.  The city plans to deploy iPads to inspectors and detectives in the field to reduce radio traffic and allowing the 911 communications center to improve tracking of officers.  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.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

The United States Army is pursuing next-generation computing and display systems that minimize size, weight and power requirements for vehicle-mounted electronics in an effort to modernize combat vehicles and reduce costs.  Central to this initiative is the leveraging of rugged tablet computers that can be used inside Army vehicles and then easily removed for use on foot by soldiers.  Read Original Content

California’s Travis Air Force Base emergency responders are benefiting from a geospatial tool used with Air Mobility Command's map program. The tool enables responders to highlight and input cordons around threatened facilities, draft escape routes, and note locations of firefighters and police.  Read Original Content
The Wall Street Journal provides answers to frequently asked questions about Apple’s new fingerprint scanner built into the iPhone 5S.  Read Original Content

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has contracted a technology consulting firm to provide GIS remote sensing imagery analysis and other GIS technology services.  Read Original Content

Officials in the city of San Carlos, California would like to expand their use of wireless technologies and sensors from “smart parking” to other opportunities including water systems and sewer systems.  Read Original Content

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 15, 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 Mobile Commerce News Weekly
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Nigeria’s $1 billion mobile applications market is expected to witness significant growth this year riding on the back of rising smartphone ownership and improvement in broadband internet service, according to industry analysts.  Read Original Content

A day after securing control of the company he founded, Michael Dell has ruled out an attempt by the firm to develop a range of smartphones.  Speaking to CNBC, Michael Dell said the company would instead maintain a position as a re-seller of phones made by other companies, adding they will “participate in tablets and all sorts of client devices.”  Read Original Content

AT&T and SAP AG are working to help simplify the enterprise mobile lifecycle including mobile application development, mobile security and management for businesses. AT&T has announced the comprehensive suite of mobile solutions from SAP is expected to be available to AT&T business customers in the fourth quarter of 2013.  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.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

There’s more bad news for Taiwan’s HTC Corp.  The Taiwanese smartphone maker said it cut an unspecified number of jobs at its U.S. offices, which is a “necessary step to streamline and optimize” its operation in a major overseas market.  Read Original Content

The global multi-core smartphone applications processor market registered more than two-fold year-on-year growth in 1H 2013, according to Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content
AirWatch, the largest Enterprise Mobility Management provider, has announced the AirWatch Workspace, a secure containerized solution for all enterprise data including email, applications, content and browsing. The AirWatch Workspace, in conjunction with AirWatch EMM, provides organizations with the most advanced and flexible security solution in the industry.  Read Original Content

Barclays has added “mobile checkout” and “buy it” features to its Pingit payment services, hoping to make it quicker and easier for businesses to monopolize the growing mobile payments market.  Read Original Content

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of September 15, 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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Mobile sales rose by 133 percent year on year in August to £1.6 billion, underlining the huge growth in consumer awareness and confidence in shopping on smartphone and tablet devices.  The figures, from Capgemini consultancy and UK online retail association IMRG, also found that overall online sales rose by 18 percent in August 2013, compared with the same period in 2012.  Read Original Content

Barclays has launched updates to its Pingit app that will expand the bank's reach into mobile payments, kicking off the race among financial services firms to deliver m-commerce platforms.  Read Original Content

After PayPal added new shopping features to its digital wallet, MasterCard added a new service called ShopThis! to its MasterPass wallet. The service, which MasterCard is offering with Intel and PhiSix Fashion Labs, offers online shoppers looking for fashion and clothing items a fully interactive 3D virtual fitting room through Intel’s Virtual Shopping Experience, MasterCard said in a statement.  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.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

Despite Facebook’s strides in the mobile sector, only slightly more than 11 percent of the social network’s referrals to social commerce websites came via mobile, compared with 31 percent of Twitter referrals and 26 percent of those from Pinterest, according to the latest Ecommerce Quarterly study by Monetate.  Read Original Content

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. expects that mobile commerce adoption will accelerate due to impending wide-scale integration of biometric technology into smartphones.  The research consultancy expects worldwide mobile payment transactions will reach $250 billion in 2014, reaching $750 billion in annual transactions with more than 700 million users by 2020.  Read Original Content
Mobile commerce sales in the United States topped $10 billion in the first half of 2013 and could pass $25 billion by the end of the year, according to new survey data from comScore.  Read Original Content

A lot of mobile security is about sticking to the basics. That is the gist of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Roll Call Release”.  Their report results practically crowns Apple’s iOS as the reigning security champions. With a miniscule percentage of iOS apps shown to be infected with malware compared to the lion’s share of infected mobile devices belonging to the various, mostly older versions of the Android OS.  Read Original Content

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Digitizing Beds - Is Your Enterprise in Jeopardy of Digital Transformations?

Coin operated vibrating beds!!!!
In a recent report I read titled Q3 2013 iPass Mobile Workforce Report, mobile workers (1,375 of them) reported hotel WiFi was as important as a comfortable bed.  Seventy-four percent say a bad WiFi experience in a hotel would prevent a return visit.  BAM!

Competition among hotels over who has the most comfortable beds just got digitized!  In a flash, the competitive arena changed from beds to WiFi and beds. It is happening all around us today.  The problem is many three-year strategic plans don't anticipate this rate and pace of change and digital transformation.

I see digital transformations in retail banks today.  Banks have been investing in interior designers, foot-traffic experts, retail and customer service gurus and neighborhood banks blessed with good feng shui (a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing the human existence with the surrounding environment), but no one is going to banks any more.  The competitive arena moved to the mobile retail banking apps and mobile banking services.  BAM!

How would you like to be in the paper map making business, or even a dedicated GPS device company like Garmin or TomTom?  BAM!  The maps are digitized and the GPS is in your smartphone.

The insurance industry is also experiencing major digital transformations globally.  Traditional brokers and agents, and even claims adjusters, are being displaced by mobile apps, call centers and websites. BAM! Insurance companies are hesitant to embrace the digital transformation for fear of alienating their traditional sales channels, but the digital and mobile public are migrating there rapidly.

The retail industry is struggling to understand the best strategy for responding to shoppers who use their smartphones in stores to comparison shop.  How do you prevent people from taking a picture of a book and then ordering it from Amazon?  If I see a good book on the shelf, I want to know if it comes recommended, if it is available in paperback and are there good used copies to be found for less?  I can't get that today by looking at the shelf.  BAM!

Last week I was in Copenhagen, Denmark with a hankering for Indian food.  I used my iPhone to search for Indian food and found a number of restaurants listed.  As I was walking to a location listed on the map I passed several Indian restaurants.  These restaurants were in digital blind spots.  They did not appear on Google's search engine, and they lost my business.  BAM!

I just recently discovered my DirecTV is available on my iPad.  Who knew?  I can watch my recorded shows from anywhere in the house on my iPad while pretending to watch re-runs of West Wing or Pitch Perfect for the 18th time with my family.  BAM!  My big screen TV just got less cool since it is fixed to my wall and must be shared with others.

I can image a scenario where restaurants must change the way they operate because of digital transformation.  Perhaps you are in a food court environment and you can pull up the individual menus of all restaurants in the building and aggregate them automatically into one giant menu.  You can now pick a hamburger from one place, fries from another and a Milkshake from still another.  You purchase through your mobile app, and the food is delivered to your table.  You can unlock food choices and options from paper menus and customize your own meal.  You could then create your own food favorites list.  BAM!  Just like in the music business where you can purchase one song at a time and create your own play lists.

In the lobby of my medical doctor's office, they are promoting their new electronic patient records system and the benefits it offers patients.  This is huge! BAM! If any of you have had to deal with multiple doctors, multiple tests, multiple locations, multiple prescriptions and multiple treatments, then you already know how obviously valuable electronic patient records and how much potential there is for positive benefits.  I would change doctors to get the listed benefits!  The competitive environment suddenly is shifting from bedside manners to digital capabilities.

I would encourage everyone in every industry to take a long hard look at what SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) trends and digital transformations are doing and will do to the traditional way your business operates and how this will impact the competitive landscape of your industry.

For more information on digital transformation and how these changes are impacting industries, markets and businesses, I would invite you to visit, www.unevenlydistributed.com.

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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.

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of September 15, 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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Right now 2.8 million Americans use dedicated devices as at-home medical monitoring devices.  And that market is likely going to be a lot bigger, said Dane Waund, global sales development manager at Solvay Specialty Polymers. The market is projected to climb to 9.4 million in 2017. Read Original Content

There are already roughly 100,000 health applications available in major app stores, and the top ten mobile health applications generate up to four million free and 300,000 paid daily downloads.  Read Original Content

Juniper Research estimates that by 2018 there will 96 million users of app-enabled mobile health care and mobile fitness devices, a six-fold increase from the 15 million users this year.  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. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

The mHealth Alliance launched a new initiative aimed at building the expertise and capacity of global health stakeholders using mobile technology for health by connecting them directly to free consultations and tools, as well as a network of highly qualified experts in the field.  Read Original Content

Assisted and independent living communities that deploy remote monitoring technology with emergency response capabilities increase lengths of stay by reducing the number of discharges necessary to accommodate higher-acuity care needs of aging residents. That was one of several key findings of a study conducted by Halleland Habict Consulting LLC.  Read Original Content
Some mobile health application developers are using crowd-funding websites to help determine if their mobile health technology products are worth the time and money to seek regulatory approval, Bloomberg reports. Read Original Content

With ever-changing trends in the healthcare system, the wireless health market is gaining significant momentum. The global wireless health market is valued at $23.8 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach $59.7 billion by 2018, at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 20.2 percent from 2013 to 2018.  Read Original Content

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Industrial Internet and SMAC - Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud

The Industrial Internet refers to the world of connected sensors on people, equipment, machines, parts, assets, vehicles, inventory, etc.  These items are connected by embedded wireless chips that monitor sensors and wirelessly send data to a server somewhere in the world.  Here is an example of how one of the largest companies in the world is utilizing the industrial Internet.

Every major part of a GE jet engine, locomotive or turbine is equipped with wireless sensors that continuously measure and wirelessly send every aspect of performance to a central server that is often in the cloud. As the data is received by the server, it is analyzed by big data analytical solutions and the results are used to improve everything from the flight path to energy efficiency.

This same kind of Industrial Internet platform could also be used to monitor and improve the health of large populations of people as well.  I think immediately of the elderly, those with chronic diseases, those recuperating from any kind of health issue.  If they can be monitored and cared for while staying at home, that is a far more comfortable and less expensive place to stay for many.  I can foresee a time when we will subscribe our elderly parents to a full time health monitoring plan.  Our elderly parents will wear a bracelet that contains a large number of sensors that monitor a spectrum of things from location to activity levels, temperature, pulse, heart rate, etc.

The industrial Internet will result in massive amounts of new data being added to wireless networks.  MNOs (mobile network operators) make less money supporting a small embedded wireless chip in a piece of equipment than adding a new iPhone customer, but the embedded wireless sensor chip is unlikely to change carriers, call a support center, or dispute an international call; so although the embedded wireless chip is not as profitable as a smartphone customer, the cost of sales and support are far lower.  This area is considered one of the major growth areas for mobile network operators and is currently being heavily promoted by MNOs.

In the enterprise, the ability to know about your operational area is critical.  If you are managing a fleet, it is important to know where they are, which vehicles need new tires, oil changes and other maintenance.  It is important to know and plan for how much money you need to spend each month/year on maintenance and replacement costs.  If you know the location of your fleet, you are better able to provide least cost routing, improve scheduling, avoid traffic and weather hazards and improve overall profitability.  The industrial Internet connects managers with real data, in real-time.  The Industrial Internet proves that knowledge is power.

What is the connection of the Industrial Internet to SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud)?  Let's consider the description above of how GE is using the Industrial Internet.  Every major part of a GE manufactured jet engine has a wireless sensor.  These sensors are continuously sending data to a server.  Many of those major parts are manufactured by third parties - contract manufacturers.  When strange data starts coming in from several parts - I can image there is an immediate need to analyze, communicate and collaborate among many different teams.  As many of your smartest key people are mobile and traveling, you will need mobile communications and the ability to review shared data (a good use case for a cloud-based collaboration environment).

The Industrial Internet has the ability to transform working environments, strategies, industries, processes and methodologies in big ways, just like mobile devices have changed entire businesses, industries and processes.  These two trends are not separate. They build off each other, and because of this the changes and transformations introduced will not be linear.  They will introduce exponential change at a pace most are not equipped to handle.



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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 September 15, 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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A recent report from MarketsandMarkets predicts the hospital asset management market, which includes RFID technology, will be worth $6.7 billion by 2017.  Read Original Content

The Durham Public School District in North Carolina has implemented a new GPS tracking system on school buses that will improve operating efficiency and help school officials and parents keep up with the daily trip to and from school.  Read Original Content

Liquid Motors has unveiled a mobile app to enable auto dealers and inspection companies to perform vehicle data collection, update pricing, capture vehicle photos and input vehicle condition data.  LiquidConnect runs on any Jelly Bean Android mobile device.  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.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

The city of Columbia, Missouri has adopted a free smartphone app with GPS tracking technology for its public transit system.  DoubleMap uses real-time GPS tracking to allow users to locate where city buses are on their route and receive an estimated time of arrival, decreasing customer wait time at bus stops.  Read Original Content

Ohio’s first open source geospatial laboratory will be housed at Kent State University. The lab will support computational social science research and educational excellence through the development, implementation, and application of open source geo-computation and geo-visualization.  Read Original Content
Victory Group, a waste collection firm in Great Britain, implemented a GPS vehicle tracking system, which resulted in a smoother running process of its fleet and its day-to-day jobs.  Read Original Content

Supergeo Technologies is releasing a new version of its mobile GIS software for improved accuracy and currency of GIS data.  SuperPad 3.1a is designed for mobile GIS and outdoor mapping with Windows Mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of September 15, 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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MediaTek Inc., one of Taiwan's leading integrated circuit designers, is expected to hold a 50 percent share of China's smartphone chip market by 2014 on the back of the launch of an eight-core chip coded the MT6592, Daiwa Securities said.  Read Original Content

JPMorgan Xiaomi Tech, one of the fastest growing smartphone original equipment manufacturers globally, announced it will soon start shipping its highly anticipated Mi3 smartphone in China.  Read Original Content

According to a new Nielsen study, there are 51 million smartphone users in urban India today, an 89 percent increase from 2012, when there were just 27 million users. The study also reveals that the biggest spike is in the youngest age group between 16 to 18 years, where numbers have gone from five percent in 2012 to 22 percent this year, a four-fold increase.  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.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

According to the latest data from iResearch, mobile e-commerce already accounts for 42 percent of China’s total mobile Internet usage, surpassing mobile value-added services and mobile games. In sharp contrast to the unprofitable mobile apps sector, PC makers and entrepreneurs alike are completing for a slice of the mobile e-commerce pie.  Read Original Content

The high price of Apple’s newly released iPhone has failed to impress many Chinese phone users who had been expecting the 5C, which lacks the computer reader carried on the more premium 5S, to be the long-anticipated budget iPhone, aimed at conquering highly price-conscious markets such as China and India. Read Original Content
China Mobile, the country’s largest mobile carrier, will release its first voice-over-LTE phones next year as part of its plan to bring a full range of handsets to its upcoming 4G network.  The carrier, with over 700 million customers, has steadily been building up industry-wide support for a 4G technology, LTE TDD, which the Chinese government has been actively promoting.  Read Original Content

North America holds the largest share of the global mHealth market in 2013. It is estimated to be valued at $2.9 billion in 2013, while Europe and Asia will witness potential growth due to significant adoption of mobile health technology and government initiatives. U.K. India, China, Japan, Africa, and Australia are the major contributors amongst all emerging countries in 2013.  Read Original Content

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mobility News Weekly – Week of September 8, 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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In rolling out its Galaxy Gear, Samsung effectively launched the smartwatch wars, becoming the biggest player in an emerging gadget market that could soon see Apple, Google and others join the fray.  Read Original Content

Sony has confirmed plans to sell two stand-alone lenses that connect to smartphones by WiFi, allowing them to take higher-quality photos.  The devices are compatible with Android and iOS handsets and mark the creation of a new product category.  Read Original Content

Samsung has signed a deal with an anti-virus firm to offer improved protection to its Galaxy-branded Android devices. The feature will be targeted at business users as part of the firm's forthcoming Knox security product.  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.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

Apple is testing iPhone display screens as large as 6 inches, according to a new report.
The screens, ranging upward from 4.8 inches, would be a pretty massive leap from the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5. But don't expect to see them when Apple rolls out its newest iPhones. Read Original Content

A U.S. judge has imposed restrictions on the agreements technology giant Apple can make with book publishers to prevent it fixing the price of e-books.  The move follows a court ruling in July that Apple conspired with five publishers to control e-book prices.  Read Original Content
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching a smartphone trade-in program later this month that will help consumers trade up to the newest phones available.  The world's biggest retailer said consumers will receive a credit from $50 to $300 when they trade in their working, undamaged phone. The credit can be used toward the purchase of a new phone, with a selection of more than 100 devices to choose from.  Read Original Content

For the first time ever, Apple unveiled two new iPhones, a traditional upgrade of its iPhone 5 as well as a simpler, cheaper version.  Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are a reaction to a changing smartphone market.  Read Original Content

Smartphones and mobile apps have made sharing photos faster and easier than ever, but privacy has become a growing concern. Designers have created new apps because they said people want to control who sees their content and for how long.  Secret.li, an iPhone app, lets users can take a photo with their iPhone's camera and post it to Facebook knowing it will be automatically deleted an hour, day, or week after it is posted.  Read Original Content

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of September 8, 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
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Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
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Additional payment terminal manufacturers and software providers have committed to integrating Isis SmartTap, Isis has announced.  Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA Inc. and Verizon Wireless, is preparing for a national launch later this year. The SmartTap protocol is a new, proprietary mobile commerce software specification that leverages near field communications technology.  Read Original Content

eMarketer projects that retail ecommerce holiday sales in the U.S. will rise about 15 percent again this year, matching last year’s gains. In total, U.S. retail ecommerce sales for the holiday season—defined as November and December—are expected to reach $61.8 billion, up from $53.7 billion last year.  Read Original Content

Wells Fargo raised its projected price range for Apple stock, citing expectations that the company will become more flexible with its carrier partners, and that the anticipated inclusion of a fingerprint sensor in the "iPhone 5S" will drive up adoption rates of mobile commerce among consumer and corporate markets.  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.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.

Monitise, a mobile commerce firm, has teamed with IBM to provide new services to member banks of Visa Europe. Together, the two companies will work to promote mobile commerce services that are linked to cloud computing technologies from IBM.  Read Original Content

PayPal has issued a major update for its mobile commerce application that may help it edge out the competition from other mobile wallets. The application features a new user interface that is designed to be more convenient for users. Those using the application to make a purchase can now take advantage of PayPal’s “Bill Me Later” financing option as well, providing more flexibility when it comes to mobile payments.  Read Original Content
Remember when Facebook admitted it wasn't making a penny off its mobile users? Just one year after finally launching mobile ads, the company is on track to capture nearly 16 percent of the market in 2013. Read Original Content

Placecast, a mobile marketing company that has built out a business around services like its geotargeted ShopAlerts, is now taking the next step to link up advertisers and mobile consumers. It is launching PlaceAd, a demand-side platform that connects Placecast’s location technology with mobile ad networks so advertisers can deliver campaigns based on location, as well as other user-specific criteria.  Read Original Content