Monday, March 31, 2014

Digital Transformation Expert Interview: Author Paul Roehrig

I love Google+ Hangouts.  They enable me to catch up with busy, world traveling digital and mobile experts anywhere in the world and record interviews with them.  Today, I have the privilege of sharing an interview that I recorded last week with author Paul Roehrig who is also the Co-Director of the Center for the Future of Work here at Cognizant.  Paul's new and important book that will be published by Wiley in April is titled "Code Halos - How the Digital Lives of People, Things and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business."  There is also an accompanying iPad app "Code Halos" available now for free here.

Viewers may have caught the interview I published with Paul's co-author on the book Ben Pring last week.  In this interview we cover a different set of strategy discussions.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10RYDcvbJng&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
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies

***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 March 30, 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!

Nearly 50 million “non-trucking” commercial fleet vehicles will be equipped with telematics technology by the end of 2019, according to the latest study from ABI Research. Read Original Content

According to Sandle Research the global fleet management system market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25.94 percent over the period 2013-2018. Read Original Content

TouchStar, a multinational provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, has announced the release of its new cloud-based telematics solutions – iTrack and intelliTrack – for GPS fleet tracking and driver behavior management. Read Original Content

Catavolt is the most secure way to rapidly build mobile apps that work with all enterprise systems and all mobile devices. IT departments rest easy with Catavolt’s industry-leading “No Data at Rest” security platform, and a no-coding app creation approach that efficiently addresses the backlog of business requests for mobile apps. Business users receive apps that are custom-tailored to their business process, and a high-performance, native user experience that fully utilizes the devices they carry today. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Catavolt.

Commonwealth Edison Company seeks to accelerate the timetable for installing smart meters. The Illinois Commerce Commission has directed the utility to complete installation of more than four million smart meters by 2018, instead of the currently scheduled 2021. Read Original Content

New research by Markets and Markets projects that the global Micro Server IC Market is projected to cross $3.1 billion by 2018, growing at a very high CAGR from 2013 to 2018. Read Original Content
The RFID market, which includes tags, readers, software and services, for passive and active RFID - will grow from $7.88 billion in 2013 to $9.2 billion in 2014, according to research conducted by IDTechEx. Read Original Content

Fleet tracking provider Navman Wireless USA has announced a new web-based telematics portal designed to streamline management of mixed heavy equipment fleets by consolidating machine data from all OEM and Navman Wireless-tracked assets into a single interface. Read Original Content

TechNavio's analysts forecast the global smart grid cyber security market to grow at a CAGR of 29.43 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increase in the occurrence of cyber threats which in turn is forcing the implementation of strong security measures. Read Original Content

Smart grid investment worldwide is estimated to amount to about $200 billion by 2015 and emergence of smart grids is currently facilitating the growth of the Global Renewable Energy market in the Military sector. Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

IoT and M2M Cloud Controlled Programmable Hardware
Top 10 Mobile Expert Interviews from Mobile World Congress 2014
Must Read Code Halos - The Book
Internet of Things Platforms and IoT Strategies
Mobile Expert Interview: Ved Sen on Enterprise Mobility in Europe
Enterprise Mobility, Digital Transformation and Work Spaces

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

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
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
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
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies

***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, March 30, 2014

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 30, 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!

Serving as an affordable introduction to Android apps, Nokia has launched Nokia X in Malaysia.
The device features the free Here Maps, Nokia MixRadio, and free cloud storage from Microsoft using OneDrive.  Read Original Content

Bank of America Merrill Lynch sponsored an investors' conference in Taiwan March 17-21 that focused on mobile technologies including 4G infrastructure, cloud computing, wearable devices and affordable smartphones.  The “Taiwan, Technology and Beyond Conference” was expected to draw participation from 175 businesses.  Read Original Content

A recent report from Chinese analytics company Umeng reveals 35 percent of tablets and smartphones purchased in China cost less than $149, 22 percent between $150 and $329, and 16 percent ranged in price between $330 and $499.  The report also shows the vast majority of smartphones and tablets sold are Android devices.  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

Chinese mobile app store Sky-mobi Limited has formed a partnership with the Wo Store of China Unicom to provide customized software services at China Unicom's network of stores in the country.  Read Original Content

Omnicom Media Group APAC’s Mark Halliday states, “We are beginning to realize the potential of mobile in this region and it really won’t be long before Asia becomes the mentor for the rest of the world in the art of mobile communications.”  His article, “Asia - Approaching Adolescence in Mobile”, is featured in ClickZ.  Read Original Content
Software firm Swatantra Malayalam Computing recently released Indic Keyboard, a free and open source Indian language input keyboard application for Android mobile devices, enabling users to type in 15 Indic languages.  Read Original Content

Technology analyst firm Telsyte estimates the “population penetration” of media tablets in Australia has reached 40 percent - nearly 9.4 million Australians now have access to a tablet, and that number is expected to reach 22 million by 2018.  Read Original Content

BlinkMobile Interactive, partnering with Vodafone New Zealand, will provide its Enterprise Mobility Platform to the Auckland Council, enabling the government authority to mobilize information and services on a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.  Read Original Content

South Korean tech giant LG has begun the rollout of its LG G Pro 2 “phablet” across the Asia Pacific region.  The device will initially be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, The Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia.  Read Original Content

Doctors from India’s Sankara Eye Hospital have designed a portable mobile-phone ophthalmoscope that can capture high-quality photographs of the retina to help detect eye problems, the first of its kind in India.  Read Original Content

Sofware firm Citrix and management consulting company Zinnov conducted research with 65 organizations across India.  The research report reveals Indian companies recognize the “compelling need for enterprise mobility adoption due to factors such as IT consumerization and increased mobile device proliferation”.  Read Original Content

A survey conducted by Australia’s Commonwealth Bank and reported in the Australian Financial Review finds that mobile phone payments are growing by 58.5 percent per year.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Digital Transformation Expert Interview: Author Ben Pring on Code Halos
IoT and M2M Cloud Controlled Programmable Hardware
Top 10 Mobile Expert Interviews from Mobile World Congress 2014
Must Read Code Halos - The Book
Internet of Things Platforms and IoT Strategies
Mobile Expert Interview: Ved Sen on Enterprise Mobility in Europe

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

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
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
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
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies

***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.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Digital Transformation Expert Interview: Author Ben Pring on Code Halos

I had the privilege of interviewing Ben Pring the co-author of the book Code Halos - How the Digital Lives of People, Things and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business this week!  In addition to the book, there is also a free companion Code Halos iPad app available for download.  As well as writing books, Ben Pring is also the Co-Director of the Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant.  Wiley will be publishing the book nationwide in 2 weeks.  It is available now for pre-order. Enjoy!

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2uhEPxOMEg&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
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies

***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, March 27, 2014

IoT and M2M Cloud Controlled Programmable Hardware

My friend and Cognizant colleague the ever opinionated Peter Rogers shares more of insights into the world of IoT (Internet of Things) geekdom and how it really works under-the-covers.
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Facebook invested more cash this week when they acquired one of my favourite Kickstarter projects Oculus VR for a seemingly ridiculous $2b. The VR (virtual reality) headset was the best in class technology (in its price range) and had just added a head-tracking software solution to reduce motion sickness. Of course it wasn't just the VR headset that Facebook acquired, but the CTO of Oculus VR, who is no other than the legendary game creator John Carmack.

There is every indication that Facebook will let Oculus VR do their own thing but I do worry about the lack of support from game developers, so John Carmack needs to rally the forces. We all agree there is money in wearable technologies in 2014, right? I actually classed virtual reality headsets as my favourite form of wearable technology, but I am a gamer at heart and spent a lot of time playing VR games in the local arcades as a teenager/adult. With the problems of motion sickness being alleviated and fast refresh rates then we can all look forward to recreating scenes from Disclosure very soon and it proves this is happening now.

IFTTT

I was recently looking into IFTTT (if this then that) which is a service that lets you create powerful connections of Internet services. Channels are the basic representation of online services (Facebook, LinkedIn, Evernote, etc.). Triggers are actions that place on a channel, such as “I check in on Foursquare” or “I am tagged in a ridiculous picture of the office party on Facebook”. Actions are the tasks to perform such as ‘send me a text message to warm me of photos I am tagged in on Facebook”.  Recipes are therefore the final ‘if this than that’ statement which combines triggers on channels with actions to perform. You can have personal recipes, one example of such being a text message warning system for photos that you are tagged in on Facebook within days of an office party.

I didn’t realise until recently that some of the non-enterprise MBaaS (mobile backend as a service) systems offer a similar IFTTT construct. If we look at Firebase which is probably more of a real-time connectivity platform than a MBaaS, but has come into the spotlight after a strong partnership with Famo.us. Firebase offers hooks to inject conflict resolution logic into the proceedings. Likewise, Telerik  allows you to inject custom JavaScript code to be executed before/after CRUD (create/read/update/delete) operations on data items. This offers a simpler alternative than a Node/GAE service tier and with the merging of API Gateways and Enterprise MBaaS on the horizon (a topic for a later Blog) then I have a strong feeling we will see this level of configuration-programmatic control in the near future, especially in the wearable space.

Tessel

Tessel start with asking a great question, “How do you teach web developers about hardware?” and it is a question I have long been pondering from a resourcing perspective. The answer they give is fantastic, “You don’t. You teach hardware about web developers”. You use familiar web development language such as JavaScript and Node to make programming hardware a much higher level construct.

Tessel is a micro-controller that runs Embedded JavaScript. The guys at Tessel seem to think that JavaScript is the perfect embedded language and I am inclined to agree. Tessel are targeting the affordable embedded processor range of Cortex-M0 to Cortex-M4 which are the lower end of the performance spectrum but come in at the $4@1k range. The options are to either run a JavaScript VM (which comes in at around 10Mb of memory) or run a Lua VM (which is highly portable and comes in at around 30K). I was curious what Embedded JavaScript actually was and I guess we will see quite a few definitions of cut down versions of the ECMAScript but Tessel have a unique take on all this. Originally on a local computer there would be a JavaScript file and a g-zipped Lua file which was then sent to a Tessel micro-controller which ran a Lua interpreter. To improve performance they have now moved to having a JavaScript file on the local computer and then on the actual Tessel they will compile JavaScript to Lua bytecode and run this through a LuaJIT (just in time compiler) based custom RTOS.

I remember all of the MEAPs (mobile enterprise application platforms) used to support Lua and soon everyone quickly moved away to the more familiar JavaScript language. Corona was the first to see an exodus of game developers due to the closed nature of the solution. Now in the MCAP space everyone is moving away from JavaScript VMs to cross-transpiled / cross-compiled JavaScript solutions (Hyperloop, Cocoon, Intel XDK). This means you get to write in JavaScript but you end up with native code which is a win-win – unless you hate JavaScript. The future is that it will become feasible to embed in every product a micro-controller powerful enough to run a high level language but for now JavaScript (or Embedded JavaScript as it will be called) seems to be the language of choice.

Firmata

I later discovered trailr which allows you to build and deploy Arduino ‘environment-aware’ sketches over WebSockets. This basically means that you can effectively reprogram the hardware by sending an environment configuration over the air. This led me onto Firmata, which is a generic protocol for communicating with microcontrollers from software on a host computer. It is intended to work with any host computer software package. Basically, this firmware establishes a protocol for talking to the Arduino from the host software. The aim is to allow people to completely control the Arduino from software on the host computer. Firmata is therefore a simple Arduino sketch that allows you to control all of the pins on the micro-controller dynamically without loading a new program on the board every time you want to do something.

SkyNet and Cloud Programmable Hardware

I have to mention SkyNet once again after they amazed me by lighting up their office with Phillips Hue light bulbs that change colour (red or green) as their stock price fluctuates (using the Yahoo Stock Market API). You can see the video here at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNiHQXmawys. SkyNet have firmware that allows an Arduino to automatically connect to SkyNet and await Firmata instructions. SkyNet then becomes the compute cloud for controlling devices and collecting sensor data without CPUs or custom device apps.

As Chris from SkyNet says, “You could literally duct-tape an Arduino, MicroArduino (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/microduino/microduino-arduino-in-your-pocket-small-stackable), Spark device (https://www.spark.io/), or RFduino (http://www.rfduino.com/) to a light pole with a small rechargeable battery and solar cell.  It connects to SkyNet allowing you to stream sensor data from connected sensors or you could turn on pins for lights, relays, motors, etc. via SkyNet messages. SkyNet messages could be sent from people all around the world.”

I must admit that I find the whole concept of Cloud controlled programmable hardware very exciting.


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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
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies

***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 March 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!

Gartner, Inc. forecasts that a thirty fold increase in Internet-connected physical devices by 2020 will significantly alter supply chain leader information access and cyber-risk exposure.  Read Original Content

Billboard reports Apple is considering a multi-pronged strategy that may include an iTunes app for Google’s Android.  Google has always had apps for iOS but Apple has limited its apps to its own devices.  The strategy made sense when Apple was far in the lead.  Read Original Content

A recent Time Mobility poll revealed 84 percent of people worldwide claimed they could not go one day without their phone in hand.  Read Original Content

Catavolt is the most secure way to rapidly build mobile apps that work with all enterprise systems and all mobile devices. IT departments rest easy with Catavolt’s industry-leading “No Data at Rest” security platform, and a no-coding app creation approach that efficiently addresses the backlog of business requests for mobile apps. Business users receive apps that are custom-tailored to their business process, and a high-performance, native user experience that fully utilizes the devices they carry today. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Catavolt.

U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to U.S. national security, two newspapers reported.  Read Original Content

Competition in the smartphone market has heightened with the re-entrance of a French mobile phone manufacturer targeting youth and middle-income earners in Kenya.  Infinix Mobility in partnership with Safaricom has introduced a sleek high-end smartphone in its retail outlets countrywide.  Read Original Content
Chinese mobile manufacturer Huawei has confirmed rumors it is working on a dual OS smartphone and that the device will be launched in the U.S. market in the second quarter of 2014.  Read Original Content

A local social media venture recently launched a mobile app that allows its users to send and receive messages embedded with photos and playable song lyrics.  Read Original Content

A new report shows smartphone manufacturers such as Nokia, HTC, LG and Sony made very little money selling smartphones over the last six years, while Apple and Samsung collectively accounted for nearly 88 percent of all profits earned in the smartphone market in that period.  Read Original Content

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the Global Smartphones Market 2014-2018 report to their offerings. The analysts forecast the global smartphone market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.3 percent over the period 2013-2018.  Read Original Content

HTC is updating its flagship HTC One smartphone by giving it a larger screen, better software and a camera that's easier to use.  The new phone will have a screen measuring five inches diagonally, up from 4.7 inches in last year's model.  Read Original Content

Enterprise mobility market is expected to touch $1.8 billion by 2017 as more and more firms are turning towards mobility apps for enhancing productivity at the workplace and strengthening business processes.  Read Original Content

Huawei’s enterprise unit has launched the FusionCube for high-end HANA systems and will also work with SAP on products for areas such as enterprise mobility.  An important part of this push is working with SAP on offering hardware for enterprises that want to run their own HANA (High-Performance Analytic Appliance) installations.  Read Original Content

China's ZTE swung back into profit in 2013 due to the boom in 4G technology and partnerships with international operators.  The Shenzhen-based firm, which makes mobile phones and telecoms equipment, posted a net profit of 1.36 billion yuan (£133 million).  Read Original Content

According to Nielsen's Connected Life Report, 70 percent of consumers are already aware of "wearables," and about one in six (15 percent) of them currently use wearable devices--such as smart watches and fitness bands--in their daily lives.  Read Original Content

LG announced the Smart Lamp, an LED light bulb that can be controlled by Android and iOS smartphones. The bulb offers a number of different functions and promises to change how we think about lighting.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Top 10 Mobile Expert Interviews from Mobile World Congress 2014
Must Read Code Halos - The Book
Internet of Things Platforms and IoT Strategies
Mobile Expert Interview: Ved Sen on Enterprise Mobility in Europe
Enterprise Mobility, Digital Transformation and Work Spaces
The Internet of Things - Under the Covers
The Impact of Digital Transformation and Mobility on Learning and Publishing

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

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
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
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
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies

***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, March 26, 2014

Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly – Week of March 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!

According to James Kavanagh, national security adviser at Microsoft, a recent report showed ''more than 90 percent of the top 500 Android apps created privacy and security risks.'' Read Original Content

The Australian security-as-a-service market climbed 17.2 percent this year and was driven by increasing Cloud adoption, according to new research from analyst firm, Frost & Sullivan. Read Original Content

The Brazilian federal government and the GSM association, through its seven associated carriers in the Brazilian market, have signed an MoU in Barcelona to increase mobile security in the digital landscape. 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

MarketsandMarkets expects the global Endpoint Security Market is estimated to be $10.03 billion in 2014 and is expected to grow to $14.53 billion by 2019. This represents an estimated compound annual growth rate of 7.7 percent from 2013 to 2019. Read Original Content

According to ABI Research, the mobile security management products, which was estimated at $560 million in 2013 and is expected to nearly double in size to $1 billion a year by 2015. Read Original Content
A gaping hole in Amazon.com's mobile application, now fixed, allowed hackers to have an unlimited number of attempts guessing a person's password, according to security vendor FireEye. Read Original Content

Chinese cyber criminals are increasingly targeting smartphone users through underground products and services, a report by security firm Trend Micro reveals. Read Original Content

Communication, social media and news mobile apps are now considered to be among the “riskiest” of 34 Android app categories analyzed in the latest Marble Security Labs’ Mobile App Threat Report. Read Original Content

TechNavio's analysts forecast the global content security gateway market to grow at a CAGR of 4.3 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing adoption of mobile devices. Read Original Content

Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, has uncovered a new massive attack on Android users, using an elaborate ploy on Facebook encouraging people to download a series of apps. Panda Security has contacted Facebook to warn of this malicious advertising campaign on the popular social network. Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Top 10 Mobile Expert Interviews from Mobile World Congress 2014
Must Read Code Halos - The Book
Internet of Things Platforms and IoT Strategies
Mobile Expert Interview: Ved Sen on Enterprise Mobility in Europe
Enterprise Mobility, Digital Transformation and Work Spaces
The Internet of Things - Under the Covers
The Impact of Digital Transformation and Mobility on Learning and Publishing

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

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
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
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
Join the Google+ Community Mobile Enterprise Strategies

***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 March 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!

According to a new TNS report, approximately 32 percent of mobile consumers in the United Kingdom participate in mobile commerce on a monthly basis. Comparatively, only eight percent of mobile consumers in France do so.  Read Original Content

Wendy's has updated its My Wendy's app for iOS devices with the ability to take mobile payments at most of its 5,800 locations in the United States, reports The Associated Press.  Read Original Content

Since introducing mobile payment features in 2011, Starbucks has seen mobile payments increasing to 14 percent of its in-store transactions in the U.S., up from more than 11 percent in January 2014.  Read Original Content

Catavolt is the most secure way to rapidly build mobile apps that work with all enterprise systems and all mobile devices. IT departments rest easy with Catavolt’s industry-leading “No Data at Rest” security platform, and a no-coding app creation approach that efficiently addresses the backlog of business requests for mobile apps. Business users receive apps that are custom-tailored to their business process, and a high-performance, native user experience that fully utilizes the devices they carry today. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Catavolt.

Newly released research from eMarketer has forecast mobile marketing ad spending will break the £2 billion mark this year, and will have reached £9 billion by 2017 across all digital media.  Read Original Content

Expanding its mobile commerce initiatives, MasterCard Inc. announced its intention to acquire a globally leading mobile-device payment technology developer – C-SAM Inc.  Read Original Content
Burger King is now expanding further by moving into the mobile commerce sphere with a new smartphone app. This mcommerce strategy will be introduced in April and should be rolled out into all American Burger King locations (7000+).  Read Original Content

Findings published recently by Nielsen showed 40 percent of tablet owners use their device to purchase a physical item, compared to 32 percent of smartphone owners.  Read Original Content

Smartphones and other mobile devices such as tablets are changing the ways people shop, and purchases made from these devices are growing fast. In the run-up to Christmas 2013, shopping via mobile devices jumped 140 percent in the UK, according to IMRG.  Read Original Content

A recent survey by consulting firm Bain & Company has found that overall users of mobile payments spend nearly twice as much through digital channels than those not buying on mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Boku Inc. and Sunhill technologies, a leader in European parking and mobile ticketing services, have announced a partnership.  Boku and Sunhill customers looking for a simple, secure mechanism to pay for parking will now enjoy a mobile transaction where their parking payment is billed directly to their mobile phone bill.  Read Original Content

A recent report from a major consultancy into the prospects for NFC suggests it offers huge potential for mobile payments, but adds this comes with high risk and uncertainty.  Read Original Content

Fifty-six percent of UK smartphone users admitted multiple steps to making a payment put them off using the solution, revealed Oxygen8.  Read Original Content

InstaMed has launched a new app - InstaMed Go - that allows providers to accept payments bedside rather than sending patients to another department to pay for their stay. The app is not only useful for large hospitals, it can be utilized in emergency rooms, home offices, and small practices as well.  Read Original Content

E-Complish has released a new payment system called E-Complish Text2Pay, a mobile text-based service that allows users to accept a wide variety of payment types through SMS text messaging.  Read Original Content

In its latest research, online advertising platform Marin Software forecasts mobile devices will comprise 50 percent of all paid search clicks by December 2015 at the current rate of growth.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Internet of Things Platforms and IoT Strategies
Mobile Expert Interview: Ved Sen on Enterprise Mobility in Europe
Enterprise Mobility, Digital Transformation and Work Spaces
The Internet of Things - Under the Covers
The Impact of Digital Transformation and Mobility on Learning and Publishing
Mobile Expert Interviews: Microsoft's Rob Tiffany

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

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
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
Solving The Mobile Developer Scarcity Problem
The True Cost of Mobility

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Kevin Benedict
Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation 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 digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Top 10 Mobile Expert Interviews from Mobile World Congress 2014

In case you missed any or all of these interviews with mobile experts at the Mobile World Congress 2014 a few weeks back, here they all are in one list for your viewing pleasure:
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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.

Must Read Code Halos - The Book

Amazon beating Borders, Netflix beating Blockbuster, Apple beating Kodak, and the rise of companies like Google, LinkedIn, and Pandora are not isolated or random events. Today's outliers in revenue growth and value creation are winning with a new set of rules. They are dominating by managing the information that surrounds people, organizations, processes, and products.  They are employing a "Code Halo" strategy.

Code Halo is the name for all the relevant data that surrounds customers, prospects, employees, products, organizations, etc.  The data that if collected, analyzed for meaning, and used to customize an experience adds tremendous value.

We are seeing "Code Halo" strategies being deployed everywhere.  In fact, Google's new semantic search capabilities are using it as demonstrated by this excerpt from the book Google Semantic Search by David Amerland, "Search programming [now] looks at what we have typed in search, looks at our personal search history, and tries to guess our intent behind what we are looking for."

The underlying principle of a Code Halo strategy is this - there is value in personalizing or customizing an experience, rather than providing generic experiences.  When you visit a website that has no knowledge of you and simply shows you the generic company website - it is a generic experience.  There is no value added.  When you go to a website like Amazon, and the site greets you by name and shows your history and recommends different products based on your past preferences and what others with similar tastes to you have bought - that is a Code Halo enabled site with exceptional value added.

What does an IT environment look like that is Code Halo enabled?  What does the IT architecture look like?  What does a marketing strategy look like that is Code Halo enabled?  How do companies treat employees when the company is employing a Code Halo strategy?  These are all great questions that need answered.

My colleagues at Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work, Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring have just completed a new book on Code Halo strategies that will be released by Wiley in April. I have read it and recommend it. You can read more about it here http://www.unevenlydistributed.com/codehalos/book.

Every company in every industry and market needs to ponder the impact of Code Halo strategies on their business.  Code Halos are an integral part of a digital transformation and are changing the face of business.  Companies that don't "get it" won't survive long.

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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.

M2M News Weekly – Week of March 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
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Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here!

Analysts forecast the global M2M market in the retail industry to grow at a CAGR of 34.14 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing use of electronic payment. Read Original Content

According to a report by Research and Markets, the global connected health M2M services market to grow at a CAGR of 30.08 percent over the period 2013-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is an increase in aging population. Read Original Content

A study by Markets and Markets reports the global M2M satellite communication market is expected to grow from $2,983.4 million in 2014 to $4,763.4 million by 2019, at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 9.8 percent from 2014 to 2019. 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

Gartner Research predicts the IoT's market size at 26 billion units installed by 2020, and that's not even counting PCs, tablets, and smartphones. That's a thirty fold increase over 2009, and it's research firm says it will generate more than $300 billion in incremental revenue. Read Original Content

According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from public cellular communications nodes for smart grid applications will grow from $75.4 million annually in 2013 to $348.3 million in 2018. Read Original Content

According to Saudi Arabia Electric Smart Meters Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019, the market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 10.12 percent during 2014-2019 in revenue terms. Read Original Content

According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide vendor revenue from nanogrids will grow from $37.8 billion annually in 2014 to $59.5 billion in 2023. Read Original Content

A huge increase in the number of devices making up the Internet of Things will have a significant impact on how the supply chain will operate, according to a report by analyst firm Gartner. Read Original Content

Wireless sensor network technologies such as ZigBee, WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave and EnOcean will enable 50 million smart homes and buildings worldwide by 2018, according to recent research by ON World. Read Original Content

Gartner predicts machine-to-machine technologies will grow to 26 billion installed devices and contribute more than $300 billion in revenue worldwide by 2020. Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Internet of Things Platforms and IoT Strategies
Mobile Expert Interview: Ved Sen on Enterprise Mobility in Europe
Enterprise Mobility, Digital Transformation and Work Spaces
The Internet of Things - Under the Covers
The Impact of Digital Transformation and Mobility on Learning and Publishing
Mobile Expert Interviews: Microsoft's Rob Tiffany

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

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
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
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.

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of March 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!

Graham Dodge’s website and mobile app, Sickweather, produces localized maps of sickness outbreaks by tapping into the chatter on social media. In real time, it tracks everything from flu to pink eye and from strep throat to chickenpox.  Read Original Content

Vodafone and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca have teamed up to provide mobile health services for improving treatment of cardiovascular conditions.  The two companies will create mobile and Internet-based services to support patients, including helping them stick with treatment plans.  Read Original Content

iDoc24 has expanded the focus of its teledermatology platform to include children’s skin problems.  First Derm users send photos of affected areas of skin to a licensed dermatologist through the app. The images are reviewed and assessed within 24 hours of submission.  Read Original Content

Catavolt is the most secure way to rapidly build mobile apps that work with all enterprise systems and all mobile devices. IT departments rest easy with Catavolt’s industry-leading “No Data at Rest” security platform, and a no-coding app creation approach that efficiently addresses the backlog of business requests for mobile apps. Business users receive apps that are custom-tailored to their business process, and a high-performance, native user experience that fully utilizes the devices they carry today. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Catavolt.

This week, 9to5Mac published details about Apple’s long-rumored foray into health and fitness tracking. Healthbook reportedly monitors a wide array of vital stats, from nutrition, physical and weight metrics, blood pressure, blood sugar, hydration, and oxygen saturation.  Read Original Content Content

Weak computer skills, poorly designed user interfaces and the lack of a compelling reason to use mHealth tools are prime reasons the elderly are not embracing mobile healthcare technologies, reveals a new University of Waterloo study.  Read Original Content
Mobile monitoring of diabetic employees can save more than $3,000 a year in healthcare costs, half of the average annual medical insurance cost for workers diagnosed with diabetes, according to recently published TouchEndocrinology.com research.  Read Original Content

A new mhealth study, conducted by Megan Ranney, focused on adolescent females checked into the emergency department. The study explored the optimal language, structure and regularity of text message intervention, as well as the feasibility of such a program.  Read Original Content

Medgate has launched the new 360 Degrees Healthmanager mobile health app in Switzerland, in partnership with Swisscom. The app provides users with access to medical care at any time and wherever they are. It offers around-the-clock access to a doctor, as well as tools to help users to manage their health.  Read Original Content

ZMQ Software aims to apply the skills of India’s fast growing technology and healthcare sectors to the high maternal and infant mortality rates in India. The information is sent through visual and sound-based reminders from the company’s server to the user’s mobile phone, bypassing the Internet.  Read Original Content

Capitalizing on the penetration and massive current and future growth of Android - based smartphone and tablet devices throughout Africa, Mobilium Global is proud to announce the launch of its Smart Health application in seven African countries in March 2014.  Read Original Content

Recent Articles by Kevin Benedict

Internet of Things Platforms and IoT Strategies
Mobile Expert Interview: Ved Sen on Enterprise Mobility in Europe
Enterprise Mobility, Digital Transformation and Work Spaces
The Internet of Things - Under the Covers
The Impact of Digital Transformation and Mobility on Learning and Publishing
Mobile Expert Interviews: Microsoft's Rob Tiffany

Webinars of Note (Recorded)

BYOD Security Battle: No Data at Rest vs. Containers
Cloud Middleware: The Key to Scalable Enterprise Mobility
Lean Manufacturing and Mobile Tech: On-Site Opportunities
Rapidly extend any enterprise application to mobile devices without coding, APIs, or integration.
Retail and Mobile Tech: In-Store Opportunities
Top 5 Mobile Apps for Sales Success

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
Secure BYOD Apps in a Mobile World
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.