Friday, February 28, 2014

Mobile Expert Interview: SAP's Mimi Spier on Big Data, Analytics, IoT and Enterprise Mobility

I had the privilege this week to interview SAP's Mimi Spier on data strategies for IoT and enterprise mobility.  She also demonstrates how connected stadiums and 3D filming of live sports events can revolutionize professional sports.  Enjoy!

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


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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mobile Expert Interview: Microsoft's Rob Tiffany on Mobile Strategies for Device Management

It is not everyday that I get to interview a mobility expert from Microsoft, but I got lucky at Mobile World Congress 2014.  It was with great pleasure that I cornered Rob Tiffany, Worldwide Technical Lead for Windows InTune, a mobile device management and services platform.  I follow Rob Tiffany on Twitter so recognized the honor. I have to admit I was ignorant of all the mobile device management services and solutions that Microsoft has.  No excuses now though!  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv6kDfnUYNY&list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw&feature=share




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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 23, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone with "customised hardware and software" that enables it to create 3D maps of a user's surroundings.  The device's sensors allow it make over 250,000 3D measurements every second and update its position in real-time.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry Limited, a world leader in mobile communications, unveiled plans for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12, a new enterprise mobility solution that is application-enabled and unifies BES10 and BES5 to one platform. Read Original Content

Qualcomm Incorporated announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is powering Samsung's newest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5.  Read Original Content

The True Cost of Mobility - Companies are under tremendous pressure to develop and deploy mobile apps for their business systems, yet the traditional approach to mobile app development typically costs $250K+ and takes 6+ months for a single app. Today IT professionals are exploring platforms that radically reduce costs and time-to-market for their mobile initiatives, especially around complex applications such as SAP, Oracle, or custom applications. Download the whitepaper - https://www.capriza.com/resources/whitepapers/?resource=true-cost-of-enterprise-mobility&adgroup=MES

Blackphone, which runs on a customized version of Google's Android software and encrypts texts, voice calls and video chats, was launched at the annual Mobile World Congress.  It aims to tap into the market for so-called mobile security management products.  Read Original Content

Mobility is the most important digital technology priority for large enterprises, a new Accenture study has found. Reflecting its role as an enabler of other technologies in today’s digital businesses, 43 percent of respondents ranked mobility as a top one or two priority, with 77 percent placing it in the top five.  Read Original Content
Recently at Mobile World Congress, Nokia underscored its commitment to connecting the next billion to the Internet by releasing five new affordable handsets, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences.  Read Original Content

Ericsson and Facebook announced the creation of a joint innovation lab supporting the Internet.org initiative, which will provide an environment and expertise for optimizing applications, networks, devices and services for the next five billion Internet users.  Read Original Content

According to the latest round of figures from AdDuplex, over 80 percent of all Windows Phones on a global basis are now running Windows Phone 8 – a huge step up after a somewhat shaky start for the new OS. Read Original Content

The global smartphone applications processor market registered 41 percent year-on-year to reach $18 billion in 2013, based on preliminary estimates from the Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies.  Read Original Content

When it comes to smartphone operating systems in Latin America, Google's Android platform easily reigns in 18 countries.  According to Guía Local, the Android smartphone operating system averaged 61.3 percent of the market share in Latin America during 2013.  Read Original Content

Among smartphone buyers with annual incomes above $100,000, 65 percent bought an iPhone in 2013, compared with 19 percent for a Samsung handset. That income bracket accounted for 33 percent of Apple's iPhone unit sales last year, according to NPD Group.  Read Original Content

The Indian smartphone market is expected to double and touch 80 million by the end of current fiscal, a top Samsung India official said.  Read Original Content

The next iteration of Samsung's Galaxy smartphone range will feature biometric security, the company has announced.  In a similar way to Apple's iPhone 5, the main button on the front of the device doubles as a fingerprint scanner used to unlock the device.  Read Original Content

Facebook recently introduced a new application called Paper to join its other digital assets. Paper serves as an application for discovering news and storylines, both from accredited news sources, as well as your Facebook friends. Read Original Content

"Unified Communications Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends and Forecast, 2012 - 2018" the unified communications market was valued at 22.8 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach 61.9 billion in 2018, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 15.7 percent from 2012 to 2018.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Mobile Expert Interview: Micron's Michael Rayfield on the Latest Developments in Mobility
Mobile Expert Interview: VMware's Sanjay Poonen on Their Acquisition of AirWatch
Mobile Expert Interview: Moshe BenBassat CEO of ClickSoftware
Mobility is Good for Humanity - MWC 2014
For All Who Missed the Mobile World Congress in 2014
Mobile Expert Interview: Christy Wyatt CEO/President Good Technology

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

*************************************************************
Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mobile Expert Interview: Micron's Michael Rayfield on the Latest Developments in Mobility

I felt like buying stock in Micron after this interview I recorded today at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  Disclaimer - I don't have any investments in Micron, but after Michael Rayfield helped me understand where Micron's products could be found in mobile devices today, I am second guessing my portfolio.  Enjoy!

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


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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Expert Interview: VMware's Sanjay Poonen on Their Acquisition of AirWatch

I had the privilege of interviewing VMware's EVP and GM of End User Computing, Sanjay Poonen today on the strategy behind their recent acquisition of mobile device management and security vendor AirWatch.  In this interview we talk about enterprise mobility strategy, the future of mobility, cloud, social platforms and content.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC7pchre3sE&list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw&feature=share



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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly – Week of February 23, 2014

Welcome to the Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly, our newest online newsletter. Mobile Cyber Security will focus on the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile and cyber security, mobile malware, mobile application management, cyber warfare (and more!) that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market trend information.

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

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

The UK is "lagging behind" in its attitude towards cyber security, research from BT has claimed, with only 17 percent of UK businesses seeing the threat of malicious online activity as a major priority compared to 41 percent in the US. Read Original Content

The next iteration of Samsung's Galaxy smartphone range will feature biometric security, the company has announced. In a similar way to Apple's iPhone 5, the main button on the front of the device doubles as a fingerprint scanner used to unlock the device. Read Original Content

MarketsandMarkets expects the global Smartphone security market to grow from $387.15 million in 2010 to $2964.89 million by 2016. Global Smartphone security market for Android OS is the fastest growing one with a CAGR of 65.05 percent from 2011 to 2016 due to increasing number of applications. Read Original Content

The True Cost of Mobility - Companies are under tremendous pressure to develop and deploy mobile apps for their business systems, yet the traditional approach to mobile app development typically costs $250K+ and takes 6+ months for a single app. Today IT professionals are exploring platforms that radically reduce costs and time-to-market for their mobile initiatives, especially around complex applications such as SAP, Oracle, or custom applications. Download the whitepaper - https://www.capriza.com/resources/whitepapers/?resource=true-cost-of-enterprise-mobility&adgroup=MES

McAfee announced a new security solution at MWC 2014 that will protect Android users from threats online. McAfee is an Intel company and the new software delivers on the promise Intel made in the past for free mobile security software for consumers. Read Original Content

The size of China enterprise mobile security software market will reach $57.7 million in 2017, according to IDC's China Enterprise Mobile Security Software 2013-2017 Forecast and Analysis. Read Original Content
Bluebox has announced a new offering that aims to address mobile app security demands. Instead of trying to solve the BYOD challenge, Bluebox is positioning itself to offer bring-your-own-apps BYOA technology for both Android and IOS devices. Read Original Content

New research conducted by BAE Systems this month reveals the attacks on international businesses, including banks and retail giants such as Target, led to a significant 60 percent of U.S. businesses surveyed increasing their cyber security budget. Of those businesses planning to increase their cyber security budget over the next 12 months, a resounding 78 percent cited the recent attacks as having a significant influence on their decision. Read Original Content

A purported vulnerability within the Snapchat mobile app is making some users very apprehensive today. According to the Los Angeles Times, a cyber security researcher says the vulnerability in question enables hackers to launch a denial-of-service attack aimed at iPhones. Read Original Content

The European Union and Brazil have agreed to launch a new EU-Brazil dialogue on international cyber policy at the annual EU-Brazil summit held here on Monday. Read Original Content

The global cybersecurity market will be worth $77.7 billion in 2014, according to a new forecast by market research firm ASDReports. Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Mobile Expert Interview: Moshe BenBassat CEO of ClickSoftware
Mobility is Good for Humanity - MWC 2014
For All Who Missed the Mobile World Congress in 2014
Mobile Expert Interview: Christy Wyatt CEO/President Good Technology
Smart Machines, Code Halos and Digital Transformation
If You Can't Support Strategic Enterprise Mobility - An Extinction Event Draweth Nigh

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

*************************************************************
Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation 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 February 23, 2014

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

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

UK based start-up, Depop launched in April 2013 and has achieved 200,000 downloads from the App Store so far. According to TechCrunch, the app has been responsible for 200,000 items being sold worldwide, at a value of around €5 million.  Read Original Content

Ninety-seven percent of online clothing shoppers shop from the comforts of their own home or work, with just one percent of the respondents using in-store Wi-fi on mobile devices for purchases, according to the new survey issued by Fits.me, the virtual fitting room solution.  Read Original Content

According to the report from InMobi, 85 percent of consumers worldwide plan to participate in mobile commerce within the next 12 months. This is a 15 percent increase over what had been reported in 2013.  Read Original Content

The True Cost of Mobility - Companies are under tremendous pressure to develop and deploy mobile apps for their business systems, yet the traditional approach to mobile app development typically costs $250K+ and takes 6+ months for a single app. Today IT professionals are exploring platforms that radically reduce costs and time-to-market for their mobile initiatives, especially around complex applications such as SAP, Oracle, or custom applications. Download the whitepaper - https://www.capriza.com/resources/whitepapers/?resource=true-cost-of-enterprise-mobility&adgroup=MES

Twelve months ago mobile commerce was a minor revenue-generating side of the business, but today it makes up nearly 30 percent of the revenues enjoyed by e-commerce companies and one that's seeing more and more investment pouring in.  Read Original Content

A report from WorldPay predicts mobile payments will reach $117 billion worldwide by 2017, a major increase from the $18 billion recorded in 2012.  Read Original Content
Royal Bank is updating its mobile application to incorporate an augmented reality element. The augmented reality app is meant to help customers find the nearest Royal Bank ATM or bank branch. The AR function provides a live streetscape that uses icons to guide the customer to the nearest location, including the distance to get there.  Read Original Content

According to a new InMobi report, there will be a 15 percent increase in mobile commerce in 2014, with 83 percent of respondents planning to conduct mobile commerce in the next 12 months.  Read Original Content

Four out of ten smartphone owners have bought something direct from their mobile phone spending an average of £199 each in 2013, according to Cheil Worldwide.  Read Original Content

Nearly 30 percent of consumers worldwide consider trust as the single largest obstacle to using mobile to purchase goods and services, according to a study by MEF, carried out in association with AVG Technologies. However, only nine percent of these users claim to have actually had a negative experience.  Read Original Content

Mobile commerce has witnessed incredible development for the last few years. Radware research indicates mobile shopping sales in 2013 hit $25 billion. However, what’s striking is 79 percent of large online retail store still do not have mobile optimized site or mobile app, according to Culturelabel.com.  Read Original Content

A revolution is taking place in the way consumers shop online, with overall mobile sales doubling over the last year to $60 billion in value, and the tablet exploding on the scene as the payment device of choice, according to Javelin Strategy and Research.  Read Original Content

Mobile commerce continues to be the bright spot for eBay as both Marketplaces and PayPal achieved record mobile results in 2013, each exceeding $20 billion in mobile volume. Total mobile commerce volume grew 88 percent, with eBay reaching $22 billion and PayPal hitting $27 billion in 2013.  Read Original Content

Voice-based mobile authentication provider Voicekey has been awarded the second phase of a small business m-commerce contract by the U.K. government.  These contracts are being promoted by the U.K. government as a way to stimulate the development of innovative m-commerce products that prevent fraud and increase accessibility for all.  Read Original Content

By the end of the year, BI Intelligence predicts tablets with account for 50 percent of the total value of U.S. retail sales made through mobile devices. Within the next few years, tablets may begin to outpace smartphones in terms of mobile sales.  Read Original Content

Oracle has announced plans to acquire BlueKai, a leading cloud-based big data platform that enables companies to personalize online, offline and mobile marketing campaigns at targeted audiences.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Mobile Expert Interview: Moshe BenBassat CEO of ClickSoftware
Mobility is Good for Humanity - MWC 2014
For All Who Missed the Mobile World Congress in 2014
Mobile Expert Interview: Christy Wyatt CEO/President Good Technology
Smart Machines, Code Halos and Digital Transformation
If You Can't Support Strategic Enterprise Mobility - An Extinction Event Draweth Nigh
Kevin Benedict Interviews Digital Transformation Expert: Jitin Agarwal on Managing Digital Assets and Code Halos

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

*************************************************************
Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mobile Expert Interview: Moshe BenBassat CEO of ClickSoftware

I surprised Moshe BenBassat at the Mobile World Congress 2014 with an ambush interview, but we have known each other for many years so he agreed to it.  In this interview we talk about artificial intelligence, ClickSoftware's latest acquisition and developments in the enterprise mobility market.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN43jSvK1ao&list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw&feature=share


ATTENTION!  Cognizant is hosting a lunch and learn in Santa Clara, CA on February 27th from 12-2 PM on the subject of Beyond Digital Asset Management: An IT Roadmap for Next Generation Digital Marketing.  Forrester Analyst Anjali Yakkundi will be sharing from her research there as well. If you would like to attend, here are more details - http://app.certain.com/profile/web/index.cfm?PKWebId=0x5873675f2e.

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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation 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 February 23, 2014

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

Fifty-two percent of adult smartphone and tablet owners use their mobile health apps more now than they did when they first downloaded them, according to a recent survey of 1,000 U.S. adults by Wakefield Research, commissioned by Citrix. Read Original Content

EXUSMED™, a corporation offering affordable mobile health care solutions for both patients and providers, will launch a pilot program in early 2014 that will have more than 800 participating physicians providing care to approximately 1,500 patients throughout Southern California. Read Original Content

How do mhealth apps distinguish between questions that require an urgent response and others that are simply routine questions that are part of the recovery process? MedWhat’s app for iOS and Android operating systems uses semantic search technology — a process of understanding the actual meaning of words, concepts and attributes, and providing an answer.  Read Original Content

The True Cost of Mobility - Companies are under tremendous pressure to develop and deploy mobile apps for their business systems, yet the traditional approach to mobile app development typically costs $250K+ and takes 6+ months for a single app. Today IT professionals are exploring platforms that radically reduce costs and time-to-market for their mobile initiatives, especially around complex applications such as SAP, Oracle, or custom applications. Download the whitepaper - https://www.capriza.com/resources/whitepapers/?resource=true-cost-of-enterprise-mobility&adgroup=MES

With Apple hiring a slate of experts in the field of mobile medical sensors in recent months, it’s impossible to discount the strong suggestion that the iWatch will deliver a number of mHealth capabilities. The iWatch, which is expected to use optoelectronics to monitor both blood oxygen levels and heart rate, may reach consumers before the end of this year.  Read Original Content

According to the latest Citrix Mobile Analytics Report, the top 10 most popular mobile health apps by subscriber usage are related to fitness and running, weight loss and nutrition and women's health. A little more than half are using their mobile health apps more now, as compared to when it was first downloaded.  Read Original Content

CloudPrime’s new mobile health app allows HIPAA secure file sharing of patient data that promises to bring security to an insecure world. CloudPrime has developed QuickDrop: an app that provides secure transmission of any size and file type (including documents, texts, video and photos) to and from mobile devices.  Read Original Content

A new Voalte platform is designed for Android phones to improve communication between nurse-led care teams and to ensure that patient care doesn’t suffer when there are shift changes and patients get handed off to the next shift of nurses. The phone’s 2D bar code is intended to be a response to the practice of scanning medications and patients’ ID bands to reduce medical errors.  Read Original Content

Home is not only where the heart is, but also where the telehealth market is focused, based on a recently published Frost & Sullivan survey.  The home, including remote patient monitoring, is the area of biggest impact and opportunity in the telehealth market, driving interest from major device makers and startups alike.  Read Original Content

A new device which lets doctors monitor a patient's heart problems through email will be launched next week. Small metal electrodes will be stuck on a patient's arms, legs and chest. These will be connected by wires to an ECG machine which records electrical impulses coming from the patient's body.  Read Original Content

Heart patients being cared for by Danville Regional Home Health Services now have access to advanced Bluetooth technology. Using the new Patient Information Logistics Solution System, heart patients can send important and vital health information — via a secure and confidential connection — to Danville Regional Home Health nurses.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

For All Who Missed the Mobile World Congress in 2014
Mobile Expert Interview: Christy Wyatt CEO/President Good Technology
Smart Machines, Code Halos and Digital Transformation
If You Can't Support Strategic Enterprise Mobility - An Extinction Event Draweth Nigh
Kevin Benedict Interviews Digital Transformation Expert: Jitin Agarwal on Managing Digital Assets and Code Halos

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

*************************************************************
Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

M2M News Weekly – Week of February 23, 2014

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

According to Cisco around 27 million machine-to-machine devices will be connected to mobile networks across Australia by 2018, driven largely by wearable computers, intelligent transportation systems, and smart city applications. Read Original Content

In a unique effort to eliminate roaming costs for M2M users in the US and Canada, T-Mobile has announced their new eSIM. Users of the eSIM won't have to worry about expensive roaming fees, as they'll see local data rates even when they cross the border. Read Original Content

The increasing deployment of machine-to-machine technologies is spurring growth in the M2M test equipment market, which is forecast by Frost & Sullivan to reach $981.1 million in 2020, more than triple the revenues generated in 2013. Read Original Content

The True Cost of Mobility - Companies are under tremendous pressure to develop and deploy mobile apps for their business systems, yet the traditional approach to mobile app development typically costs $250K+ and takes 6+ months for a single app. Today IT professionals are exploring platforms that radically reduce costs and time-to-market for their mobile initiatives, especially around complex applications such as SAP, Oracle, or custom applications. Download the whitepaper - https://www.capriza.com/resources/whitepapers/?resource=true-cost-of-enterprise-mobility&adgroup=MES

According to the GSMA, the number of global M2M connections reached 195 million in 2013, having grown by nearly 40 percent between 2010 and 2013, and accounted for 2.8 percent of all global mobile connections at the end of 2013 – up from 1.4 percent in 2010. Read Original Content

Machine-to-Machine service revenues will reach $20 billion globally in 2015 as players across the industry focus on simplifying the process of rolling M2M out for the end-user. That's according to a new report from Juniper Research, which says monetization opportunities offered by M2M services differ significantly according to the industry to which they are being applied. Read Original Content
AT&T and IBM have announced a new global alliance agreement to develop solutions that help support the “Internet of Things.” The companies will combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies with privacy in mind to gain more insights on data collected from machines in a variety of industries. Read Original Content

The number of cellular M2M connections in the retail industry reached 18.4 million worldwide in 2013, according to a new research report from Berg Insight. Read Original Content

OEM Technology Solutions, a railway technology specialist has inked a deal with M2M specialist Digi International this week that will see the two partner on deploying an M2M platform as a service in the cloud to link railway condition monitoring information on one global platform. Read Original Content

IDC estimates there will be an installed base of around 212 billion “things” by 2020. Read Original Content

TechNavio's analysts forecast the M2M market in India to grow at an annual rate of 33.81 percent over the period 2012-2016. The new income opportunities generated through the adoption of M2M technology constitute one of the key factors for this market growth. Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Smart Machines, Code Halos and Digital Transformation
If You Can't Support Strategic Enterprise Mobility - An Extinction Event Draweth Nigh
Kevin Benedict Interviews Digital Transformation Expert: Jitin Agarwal on Managing Digital Assets and Code Halos
Mobile Expert Interview: Mayank Mehta
Mobile Technology, Roman Roads and Legionaries - Director's Cut
My Themes in 2014 are Real-Time, Speed and Insight

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

*************************************************************
Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobility is Good for Humanity - MWC 2014

Enterprise mobility is changing the world and transforming the way business is done today.  It is also changing politics, societies, education and cultures.  In this short video, recorded in Barcelona before the start of the Mobile World Congress 2014, I discuss a few of the ways mobility is good for humanity.  Enjoy!

P.S. You may notice several video clips this week that feature me wearing sunglasses.  It is not a fashion statement.  You would not benefit from any fashion statement received from me.  I had a "Bob Costa" eye thing going on for a few days.

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv-I8AJKBic&feature=share&list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw

*************************************************************
Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Monday, February 24, 2014

For All Who Missed the Mobile World Congress in 2014

I compiled this silly video of Day #1 for all of you that did not get to attend the Mobile World Congress in 2014. You can sit back in the comfort of your homes and offices and make fun of us Barcelona lemmings.

You may also see several clips this week that feature me wearing sunglasses.  That is not a fashion statement.  You would not benefit from any fashion statement received from me.  I had a "Bob Costa" eye thing going on for a few days.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-sHwqzgFH8&feature=share&list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw


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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
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Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobile Expert Interview: Christy Wyatt CEO/President Good Technology

It has been a business day #1 here at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona!  My feet are killing me!  I started MWC 2014 interviewing the CEO and President of Good Technology, Christy Wyatt.  In this interview Christy shares her insights and opinions are where the market for mobile device management and mobile security is heading, plus information on their new cloud based products and planned acquisitions. Enjoy!

Video Link:  http://youtu.be/UkzT6GpB_fQ



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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation 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 February 23, 2014

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.

Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

Pera Technology has developed an accurate and cost-efficient method for monitoring sheep movements, which could greatly improve food-chain tracking. The Melton Mowbray-based company developed the Radio Frequency Identification ear tag through its ROSEI project, aimed at farmers who are reliant on single farm subsidies. Read Original Content

ABI Research forecasts the number of service vehicles equipped with telematics solutions will increase to around 25 million vehicles on a global basis by the end of 2019 representing a penetration exceeding 30 percent. Read Original Content

According to Research and Markets, the number of fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in North America was 3.3 million in Q4 of 2012. Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 15.6 percent, this number is expected to reach 6.8 million by 2017. Read Original Content

The True Cost of Mobility - Companies are under tremendous pressure to develop and deploy mobile apps for their business systems, yet the traditional approach to mobile app development typically costs $250K+ and takes 6+ months for a single app. Today IT professionals are exploring platforms that radically reduce costs and time-to-market for their mobile initiatives, especially around complex applications such as SAP, Oracle, or custom applications. Download the whitepaper - https://www.capriza.com/resources/whitepapers/?resource=true-cost-of-enterprise-mobility&adgroup=MES

According to new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global smart grid investment grew to $14.9 billion in 2013, up from $14.2 billion in 2012, and being led by China, who finished the year as the world’s largest smart grid market. Read Original Content

Due to expected infrastructure development prior to the FIFA World Cup, Brazil's smart meter market revenue will increase more than tenfold, from $36 million in 2013 to $432 million by 2020, at an impressive compound annual growth rate of 43 percent, forecasts research and consulting firm The Authors. Read Original Content
Smart meter revenues will grow to $7.4 billion (£4.5 billion) in the next four years from $5.2 billion in 2012, according to a report from Telefonica published late last week. Read Original Content

Kit Check, the leader in hospital pharmacy kit processing automation, today announced its cloud software solution for pharmacy kits has tracked its one-millionth medication with RFID. Read Original Content

Handheld has released its latest rugged computer, the Nautiz 4, is designed for data collection in tough environments such as warehousing, logistics, transportation, utility, field service, security and public safety. Read Original Content

Rand McNally announced the company's mobile fleet management solutions now include E-Logs compliant with the Hours of Service regulations specific to the passenger-carrier market. Read Original Content

Canada’s Casino Rama has implemented InvoTech Systems’ Uniform System to track and maintain the asset value of the casino resort’s 15,000 uniforms.
The hotel operations estimates that the casino saves 15 hours a day in labor with InvoTech. Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Smart Machines, Code Halos and Digital Transformation
If You Can't Support Strategic Enterprise Mobility - An Extinction Event Draweth Nigh
Kevin Benedict Interviews Digital Transformation Expert: Jitin Agarwal on Managing Digital Assets and Code Halos
Mobile Expert Interview: Mayank Mehta
Mobile Technology, Roman Roads and Legionaries - Director's Cut
My Themes in 2014 are Real-Time, Speed and Insight

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of February 23, 2014

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016.

Also read Field Mobility News Weekly
Also read M2M News Weekly
Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly
Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly
Also read Mobile Health News Weekly
Also read Mobility News Weekly

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

Reeling from continued losses, phone manufacturing firm HTC of Taiwan is looking to expand its range of less expensive products.  The company is attempting to reverse a two-year slump in sales, which is matched by an 80 percent drop in its share price.  Read Original Content

Following a long string of complaints from Chinese mobile phone vendors that it owns too high a market share in the country’s smartphone chip market, U.S. based Qualcomm Inc. is under an anti-monopoly investigation from China’s National Development and Reform Commission.  Read Original Content

According to reports, China’s Huawei Technologies will unveil its new smartwatch plus a new smartphone and two new tablets at the Mobile World Congress in Spain later this month.  Read Original Content

The True Cost of Mobility - Companies are under tremendous pressure to develop and deploy mobile apps for their business systems, yet the traditional approach to mobile app development typically costs $250K+ and takes 6+ months for a single app. Today IT professionals are exploring platforms that radically reduce costs and time-to-market for their mobile initiatives, especially around complex applications such as SAP, Oracle, or custom applications. Download the whitepaper - https://www.capriza.com/resources/whitepapers/?resource=true-cost-of-enterprise-mobility&adgroup=MES

Cisco predicts that mobile data traffic in New Zealand will grow four times as fast as fixed IP traffic, accounting for 12 percent of fixed and mobile data traffic by 2018, up from three percent in 2013.  Read Original Content

As more retailers in India begin focusing on mobile commerce, the e-commerce market in the country is predicted to reach $70 billion by 2020.  India’s e-commerce business grew by 80 percent in 2013.  Read Original Content

Thailand-based e-commerce services provider aCommerce has completed a study into mobile buying behavior in Southeast Asia.  Key findings include:  Most mobile purchases came from Apple devices at 70 percent of purchases; and the most views on smartphones came from Samsung models at 46 percent of views.  Read Original Content

Panasonic India recently entered the feature phone market, launching two new mobile phones designed “to deliver an affordable mobile experience to its consumers”.  Read Original Content

Seeking to capitalize on growing mobile payments, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has created a payment company.  Read Original Content

Best Development Company, or BDC, announced the ranking of the top ten enterprise mobility app development companies in India for January 2014.  Read Original Content

By the end of 2013, Tibet had 2.65 million registered mobile phone users, nearly 89 percent of the total population of the region.  Read Original Content

A new study into the mobile habits of Australian small businesses from Intuit reveals that small businesses are saving as much as nine weeks a year in time savings and an average eight percent increase in revenue using mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Officers with the South Australian police force will soon be equipped with mobile fingerprint scanners, enabling them to use public 3G and 4G mobile networks to access a reference database.  The scanners consist of a small fingerprint capture unit connected via Bluetooth to an Android smartphone.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Smart Machines, Code Halos and Digital Transformation
If You Can't Support Strategic Enterprise Mobility - An Extinction Event Draweth Nigh
Kevin Benedict Interviews Digital Transformation Expert: Jitin Agarwal on Managing Digital Assets and Code Halos
Mobile Expert Interview: Mayank Mehta
Mobile Technology, Roman Roads and Legionaries - Director's Cut
My Themes in 2014 are Real-Time, Speed and Insight

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

*************************************************************
Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Smart Machines, Code Halos and Digital Transformation

I am excited to share a guest blog article today from my colleague Rob Brown who works at The Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant.  In this article he shares his insights on the future of smart machines, analytics and code halos.

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Gartner’s Tom Austin presented a webinar titled “The Emerging Era of Smart Machines Changes Everything” recently (www.gartner.com).  The scenario he paints canvasses where automation and robotics will be taking business processes – not to mention society and employment – in relatively short order.  

As we've been saying – seemingly forever – in this industry, efficiency gains through automation are fundamental to the future of Business Process Services (where “the platform becomes the process”, etc.).  But the explosive information yield against complex algorithms (“Analytics”) that comes from automation are where the REAL action and value lie; as a result, analytics is now the biggest buzzword in the IT services industry, for better or worse.

In so many respects, Gartner’s Smart Machines scenario harmonizes perfectly with our Cognizant Code Halos thinking, and I especially like its exploration of the marriage of automation and analytics (“Smart Machines”: can be platforms, devices, and literally anthropomorphic, C3PO-type robots).    Collectively, Gartner’s work segments flavors of automation into “Movers” (autonomous vehicles, like the Google Car), “Sages” (information-based helpers), and “Doers” (machine-focused helpers).  Cutting edge endeavors like Google Deep Neural Net, IBM’s Watson, and Microsoft’s Research Elevator showcase where the confluence of automation/ analytics are headed.

Why is this happening now?  Gartner notes these forces are accelerating due to better hardware and algorithms.  As an example, Gartner cites the thinking of Ted Horvitz’s work in Artificial Intelligence here, in aerospace, healthcare, and learning (via TedTalks) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpoVh9xwdD4.

In our Code Halos work, we’re also emphasizing both these attributes (automation to “make processes cheaper, make processes smarter”), but also highlighting UX and interfaces, e.g., “make processes beautiful”.    It is in the mix of these forces that makes Code Halos (and “Smart Machines”) resonate so powerfully.  Layering analytics and “meaning making” on top of the resulting data is where the future lies.

What are the consequences?  What really struck a chord for me was some of the data that Tom presented on the impact on employment as business processes and functions are disrupted.  The “dark side” view is presented in the form of Frey and Osborne’s work at Oxford (Per Frey and Osborne: “About 47% of total U.S. employment is at risk over the next decade or two”).

Arresting to be sure – but is it time to prepare for the Human Zoo just yet?

Per Gartner, what Frey and Osborne’s work doesn’t take into account is that net-new jobs will be created as a result of these trends, and also that current jobs of today will actually be enhanced by the transformation automation through technology brings (in keeping with the “Song of Hope” theme we see in work on Code Halos).   While Gartner’s models DO see a scenario of ~17 percent of “routine”, repeatable tasks being truly disrupted by 2020, they also show that 49% of jobs are patently unaffected, and the remainder actually being ENHANCED by the confluence of automation and analytics.   So, lots to think about there – especially how routine, repeatable business processes will be transformed.

So what’s next? In the short-term, Tom advises keeping on the lookout/engaging with Digital Personal Assistants in the next 2-3 years.  In doing so, he also recommended reviewing a rather compelling video from Apple on the subject, circa early 1990s, showing just how far we’ve come, and still have to go... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bjve67p33E

Robert H. Brown
Global Director, BPS Strategy
Cognizant Center for the Future of Work

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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 16, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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

Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

The US Army is testing a "smart rifle" technology designed to improve the accuracy of shots. The technology allows the user to place a virtual tag on a target seen through the weapon's scope. If the trigger is pressed, it fires only if the gun is correctly lined up.  Read Original Content

New data from Nielsen shows two-thirds (64 percent) of social media users say they log on to social sites at least once a day. And approximately half of all smartphone owners visit social networks on their devices daily.  Read Original Content

Google has acquired SlickLogin - an Israeli start-up behind the technology that allows websites to verify a user's identity by using sound waves.  It works by playing a uniquely generated, nearly-silent sound through computer speakers, which is picked up by an app on the user's smartphone.  Read Original Content

The True Cost of Mobility - Companies are under tremendous pressure to develop and deploy mobile apps for their business systems, yet the traditional approach to mobile app development typically costs $250K+ and takes 6+ months for a single app. Today IT professionals are exploring platforms that radically reduce costs and time-to-market for their mobile initiatives, especially around complex applications such as SAP, Oracle, or custom applications. Download the whitepaper - https://www.capriza.com/resources/whitepapers/?resource=true-cost-of-enterprise-mobility&adgroup=MES

Global smartphone AP suppliers will see their shipments to China grow only 13.5 percent on year and drop 3.1 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2014. Shipments will total 91.8 million in the first quarter, according to data from a recently published data service report from Digitimes Research.  Read Original Content

According to a Pew report, smartphone users made up 39 percent of Chileans, 31 percent of Venezuelans, and 34 percent of Argentines.  Read Original Content
Intel is reportedly preparing to launch two new lines of mobile processors at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, to be held in Barcelona. According to a leaked road plan, Intel will launch a new Atom series for smartphones, codenamed Merrifield, and an update to the Bay Trail tablet platform codenamed Bay Trail-T.  Read Original Content

China's smartphone market, currently the largest in the world, is expected to get even bigger this year, with its 4G long-term evolution market expected to grow more than five times in the coming months.  Read Original Content

According to an ITWeb, EOH and Kofax Mobile Survey, security issues ranked as the main obstacle for organizations planning to implement mobile technologies; followed closely by cost of mobile technology implementation at 21.67 percent.  Read Original Content

On Saturday Apple opened its first store in Brazil, one of the world's fastest-growing smartphone markets and a region that is crucially important to the company.  Read Original Content

Samsung’s push into the enterprise mobility market has received a boost after it reportedly secured an order for 7,000 devices from the US Army and is apparently close to another order for several thousand devices from the US National Security Agency.  Read Original Content

Rakuten, Japan's largest e-commerce company, said it would buy Cyprus-based application maker Viber Media for $900 million, as it expands an overseas empire that includes Canadian e-reader company Kobo.  Read Original Content

Research commissioned by the EU suggests European mobile app developers will earn as much as €63 billion (£51.8bn) in revenue by 2018, when the sector will employ almost five million people. Currently, app developers in Europe generate €17.5 billion (£14.4bn) in combined revenue.  Read Original Content

Perfecto Mobile released the first MobileCloud™ Device Statistics Report, which found customers testing applications dedicated more testing hours to iOS apps vs. Android apps. Read Original Content

Boeing has now delivered its first B747-8 aircraft that will be completely line fitted with the in flight AeroMobile mobile technology service that will then be expanded across many more. Lufthansa has also stated it will be rolling out the mobile technology throughout all of its long haul fleet before the end of this year. Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

If You Can't Support Strategic Enterprise Mobility - An Extinction Event Draweth Nigh
Kevin Benedict Interviews Digital Transformation Expert: Jitin Agarwal on Managing Digital Assets and Code Halos
Mobile Expert Interview: Mayank Mehta
Mobile Technology, Roman Roads and Legionaries - Director's Cut
My Themes in 2014 are Real-Time, Speed and Insight
Mobile Expert Interviews: Feedhenry's CEO Cathal McGloin
Bracing for Change with Enterprise Mobility

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization
Managing BYOD and Legacy Systems
The Secret to Enterprise Mobile Application Adoption
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

*************************************************************
Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.