Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Kevin Benedict's Holiday News Weekly - Part 2

Welcome to the Holiday Editions of
~ Mobile Commerce News Weekly ~
~ Mobile Health News Weekly ~
~ Mobility News Weekly ~

Welcome to this special Holiday edition of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile commerce, mobile health and enterprise mobility.  I have aggregated the information, included the original links and a synopsis of each article. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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


A new report forecasts global revenue from smart meters will increase over the next decade from $5.1 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2023. The data from Navigant Research examined the worldwide market opportunities for smart electric meters. Read Original Content

The global smart energy meter market is expected to grow at a combined annual growth rate of 8.1 percent from 2015-2019, according to a new report from research firm TechNavio. Read Original Content

The China Smart Meter Industry Report, 2014-2018 market research says the advancing smart grid construction in China spurred the constant growth of smart meter demand. By the end of 2013, 370 million smart meters had been accumulatively installed in China, and the figure is expected to hit 500 million in 2015. Read Original Content

B2M Solutions’ mobile software delivers valuable insight and actionable analytics for enterprise customers. Business leaders and managers within the mission critical, rugged mobile enterprise now have operational views of key business and technology analytics affecting performance and productivity. B2M software is developed with specific functionality to help organizations identify and unblock mobility problems as soon as, or even before, they occur, allowing customers to sustain critical business processes and gain competitive advantages. To Lean more visit www.B2M-Solutions.com.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by B2M Solutions

The two-way smart water meter business was worth $575 million at the end of 2013. The market will expand to $1.1 billion in 2019. By 2020, smart devices will make up 29 percent of total revenue for water meters, compared to 18 percent last year. Read Original Content

A new report forecasts global revenue from smart meters will increase over the next decade from $5.1 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2023. The data from Navigant Research examined the worldwide market opportunities for smart electric meters. Read Original Content


The global smart city market will be valued at $1.565 trillion in 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan. Over 26 global cities are expected to be smart cities in 2025, with more than 50 percent of these smart cities from Europe and North America. Read Original Content

The number of Internet connections will grow from nine billion devices in 2014 to 100 billion by 2020, according to market research firm Radiant Insights of San Francisco. Read Original Content

The industrial wireless sensor network market (IWSN) is forecast by TechNavio to increase at a healthy 14.4 percent compound annual growth rate through 2016. Read Original Content

The Defense Department has taken another step toward wider use of mobile devices with the approval of security credentials for Android, Apple and Microsoft devices used by vendors and other DOD partners. Read Original Content

New research forecast the Mobile Security market in Japan to grow at a combined annual growth rate of 38.5 percent over the period 2014-2019. Read Original Content

A recent report by ABI Research forecasts revenues in the commercial fleet telematics market will increase from $7.25 billion in 2012 to $26.8 billion in 2018. The bulk of this growth will be in the United States, but Asia – including the Middle East – comes in close second. Read Original Content

M2M Communications forecasts the IoT and M2M market will grow at almost 30 percent per year over the next five years to nearly $1 trillion in 2019. Read Original Content

For now the U.S. is the clear leader in terms of M2M, and accounted for 35 million connections, or 19 percent of all global M2M connections at the end of 2013, the GSMA reported. Read Original Content

According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets, the Fleet Management Market is expected to grow from $12.06 billion in 2014 to $35.35 billion by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 24 percent from 2014 to 2019. Read Original Content

Latest Articles on http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com

An Interview with World Traveler and BI Expert Mico Yuk

Robotics and Business Process Services - The Interview
Interview with Digital Marketing Expert Will Reese
The State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration: Challenges and Opportunities
Is Email Destroying Productivity? Hear from Expert Jack C. Crawford
Kevin Benedict Interviews Social Media Expert Gerry Moran
Kevin Benedict Interviews Digital Transformation Expert Ved Sen

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization


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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
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.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Misusing Mobile Apps in the Enterprise

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As the definition of productive work-time evolves from physically being on a production line or in an office, to anywhere and anytime you are contributing to the goals of your employer, there also needs to be an evolution into new ways of valuing and managing time.

I recently watched, with great interest, a passenger sitting next to me on a plane answering dozens of emails in the course of a few minutes. At the rate of the responses flying off of the laptop next to me, I suspected the emails were not on topics like complex legal briefs, new government policies, innovative business plans or scientific experiments.  I genuinely felt sorry for this person.  It seemed a shame to me, a waste of brainpower to have some very capable communicator (typist at least) answering mass volumes of simple emails when there are great-unsolved issues begging for mental energy and committed time like great public works, innovations, inventions, health and scientific breakthroughs.  These accomplishments require thinking-time, not mindless busy work.

If the passenger’s massive digital stack of messages were the accumulation of days worth of communications and then efficiently dispatched during travel thus freeing up quality thinking-time, then I am a fan of the process I witnessed.  However, if that digital stack represented a typical day, then something is wrong.  We are wasting thinking-time, and that is a travesty.

The human brain has a great capacity to love, inspire, invent, improve, design and solve.  Why would we insert this amazing organ into a mindless process?  We can develop code for that.

Today, mobile devices and apps are NOT being used effectively.  We are using them to reduce and restrict thinking time - thinking that could be dedicated to solving problems, improving humanity, developing relationships and advancing the good.  An effective and efficient use of mobile devices and apps would be to use them to expand thinking-time, by reducing outside interferences and mindless busy work.

Just about anything of substance and value requires thinking-time.  Are companies valuing thinking-time as they should, or are they reducing thinking-time by packing more mindless busy work, data collection and reporting into a day via mobile apps?  I think it is time for each of us to be a bit more critical of the way technologies are being applied.  Are we thinking too small, or not at all?



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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
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.

Kevin Benedict's Holiday News Weekly - Part 1

Welcome to the Holiday Editions of
~ Mobile Commerce News Weekly ~
~ Mobile Health News Weekly ~
~ Mobility News Weekly ~

Welcome to this special Holiday edition of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile commerce, mobile health and enterprise mobility.  I have aggregated the information, included the original links and a synopsis of each article. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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

According to the mHealth App Developer Economics 2014 report, there are now 100,000 apps dedicated to mobile health, a number that has doubled over the last two years. The study shows the global health and fitness mobile app market is worth about $4 billion, but is poised to increase to $26 billion by 2017.  Read Original Content

Swiss remote cardiac monitoring company LifeWatch has received FDA clearance for LifeWatch Vital Signs Patch, the company’s adhesive patch for remote patient monitoring. The device is a disposable adhesive strip, which contains sensors to monitor ECG, heart rate, respiration rate, temperature, saturation, and movement.  Read Original Content


The Department of Health and Human Services has released an outline of how the federal government aims to expand electronic health information sharing in the next five years, in part by deploying mobile and sensor technology to extend health IT networks.  Read Original Content


B2M Solutions’ mobile software delivers valuable insight and actionable analytics for enterprise customers. Business leaders and managers within the mission critical, rugged mobile enterprise now have operational views of key business and technology analytics affecting performance and productivity. B2M software is developed with specific functionality to help organizations identify and unblock mobility problems as soon as, or even before, they occur, allowing customers to sustain critical business processes and gain competitive advantages. To Lean more visit www.B2M-Solutions.com.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by B2M Solutions


ORCAS, a mobile health research and development company, has announced a partnership with mHealth Technologies, developers of health and wellness technology for overseas markets, to deliver a mobile platform for the Turkish marketplace.  Read Original Content


The Global Telehealth Market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.88 percent from 2015-2019, thanks to demand for high-quality healthcare and remote patient monitoring, according to research firm TechNavio.  Read Original Content



Online retail association IMRG and information services group Experian have predicted online sales in the UK will reach more than £636 million on Christmas Day, and £748 million on Boxing Day, with a peak of £519,000 being spent per minute across 167 million retail sites on the second day.  Read Original Content


Sales made via mobile devices nearly doubled in Brazil during the 2014 Christmas season, local e-commerce consultancy E-bit reported.  The number of purchases made via tablets and smartphones grew 96 percent between November 15 and December 24, accounting for 8.8 percent of total online sales, according to data from the consultancy.  Read Original Content


Shopping online through smartphones is expected to be a game changer shortly and industry experts like Amazon India Vice President believe m-commerce could contribute up to 70 percent of their total revenues.  Read Original Content


Mozido, a mobile commerce firm, has taken up a significant stake in CorFire, another mobile commerce firm that specializes in point-of-sale systems. The agreement between the two companies will change Mozido’s name to Mozido CorFire Inc.  Read Original Content


Over $130 billion will be spent via NFC-enabled mobile handsets by 2020, equating to 254 million mobile users making five payments a month with an average value of just under $9, according to Strategy Analytics.  Read Original Content


Imaging giant Kodak is about to enter the smartphone market when it launches its new Android smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas in January.

The mobile device is a joint effort between Eastman Kodak Company and British mobile phone and consumer electronics company Bullitt Group Ltd.  Read Original Content

Smartphone shipments in China this year are expected to have increased 20 percent year-on-year to reach 420 million units, said IDC. Next year, growth is expected to plunge to 7.8 percent or 450 million units, making it the first time since 2009 that shipment numbers will show less than 10 percent.  Read Original Content


Huwaei Technologies is reaping the benefits of copying Xiaomi's online-only strategy. The company has recorded 20 million units sold in just one year for their low-priced Honor brand according to Reuters.  Read Original Content


India is the fastest-growing country in the Asia-Pacific region for smartphone sales, but 4G is currently just a fraction of the market. Almost all of the more than 23 million smartphones it added in the three months ended September 30 were those compatible only with 3G networks.  Read Original Content


Aiming to grab its own share of the booming smartphone market, Microsoft has recently announced the availability of the Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM, the first Microsoft branded smartphone, in Kenya.  Read Original Content


Latest Articles on http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com

An Interview with World Traveler and BI Expert Mico Yuk

Robotics and Business Process Services - The Interview
Interview with Digital Marketing Expert Will Reese
The State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration: Challenges and Opportunities
Is Email Destroying Productivity? Hear from Expert Jack C. Crawford
Kevin Benedict Interviews Social Media Expert Gerry Moran
Kevin Benedict Interviews Digital Transformation Expert Ved Sen

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization


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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
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.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

An Interview with World Traveler and BI Expert Mico Yuk

I was thrilled to catch business intelligence expert Mico Yuk at her home office in Atlanta, GA., as she travels so frequently.  She is the founder of BI Dashboard Formula.  In this interview we discuss the state of business intelligence and the impact of real-time and SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) on BI.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://youtu.be/Fa_jX4-zMSo?list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw

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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
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.

Kevin Benedict's Christmas News Weekly - Part 2

Welcome to the Christmas Editions of
~ Mobile Commerce News Weekly ~
~ Mobile Health News Weekly ~
~ Mobility News Weekly ~

Welcome to this special Christmas edition of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile commerce, mobile health and enterprise mobility.  I have aggregated the information, included the original links and a synopsis of each article. Enjoy and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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

The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator has landed its third major health partnership in as many weeks to develop startups in and after the three-month, mentor-led program.  The Sprint Accelerator announced an agreement with the University of Kansas Medical Center that will augment the startups' mobile health technologies.  Read Original Content

First Opinion, a mobile health startup using doctors who are mostly stay-at-home moms to respond to medical queries by text message has raised $6 million. First Opinion co-founder and CEO McKay Thomas said the platform was designed to eliminate the needless visits to a physician, which it reckoned accounts for seven out of 10 office visits.  Read Original Content

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina invested $4 million in Durham mobile health startup TouchCare. TouchCare's mobile app remotely connects patients and their own health care providers via smartphones or tablets for video appointments.  Read Original Content

B2M Solutions’ mobile software delivers valuable insight and actionable analytics for enterprise customers. Business leaders and managers within the mission critical, rugged mobile enterprise now have operational views of key business and technology analytics affecting performance and productivity. B2M software is developed with specific functionality to help organizations identify and unblock mobility problems as soon as, or even before, they occur, allowing customers to sustain critical business processes and gain competitive advantages. To Lean more visit www.B2M-Solutions.com.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by B2M Solutions

Remote patient monitoring has been instrumental in cutting 30-day readmissions for patients with congestive heart failure at Sharp HealthCare, says a new case study from the Center for Technology and Aging.  The use of telehealth helped to decrease the 30-day unplanned return rate from 20.7 percent in a control group to just 10 percent.  Read Original Content

A new report by Berg Insight shows three million patients worldwide are connected to some form of remote monitoring device at home and monitored by a professional caregiver. In four years, it projects that figure to top 19 million.  Read Original Content


Mozido, a provider of cloud-based mobile payments, is expanding its global reach by acquiring majority ownership in U.S.-based mobile commerce company CorFire.  With this acquisition, the company will gain a two-billion user reach, as well as power of one of the most successful closed-loop mobile wallet apps in the Dunkin’ Mobile App.  Read Original Content

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced it has filed a lawsuit against Sprint, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States. The lawsuit accuses the company of illegally processing mobile payment charges through a third party.  Read Original Content

According to a survey by Deloitte, 31 percent of consumers with NFC-enabled mobile devices have used their device to make a payment in the past month.  Read Original Content

From Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, mobile sales grew by 27.2 percent, suggesting more people opted to spend money through their mobile devices rather than visit physical stores, according to IBM’s latest Digital Analytics Benchmark report. Read Original Content

Starbucks will no longer accept Square’s mobile payments, a move that has stunned many in the electronic payments world while satisfying countless consumers who say the mobile payment tech never worked as well as it should have.  Read Original Content

Microsoft now supports carrier billing for Windows Phone app purchases in the top emerging markets, a key component of its strategy to reach the "next 5 billion" smartphone users.  Read Original Content

Boeing is reportedly teaming up with BlackBerry to make a self-destructing smartphone designed for use by U.S. defense and homeland security employees and contractors.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user.  Read Original Content

Motorola Mobility says it is looking to start selling smartphones again in China next year. It will also target other emerging mobile markets such as India and Brazil, the company said in a report by China Daily, which noted the smartphone maker had exited the Chinese market more than a year ago.  Read Original Content

Apple iPads and iPhones will soon be available on monthly installments as IBM begins selling them to enterprises in India along with its own software bundle.  Read Original Content

Latest Articles on http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com

Robotics and Business Process Services - The Interview

Interview with Digital Marketing Expert Will Reese
The State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration: Challenges and Opportunities
Is Email Destroying Productivity? Hear from Expert Jack C. Crawford
Kevin Benedict Interviews Social Media Expert Gerry Moran
Kevin Benedict Interviews Digital Transformation Expert Ved Sen

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization


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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
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.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Kevin Benedict's Christmas News Weekly - Part 1

Welcome to the Christmas Editions of
~ Connected Globe News Weekly ~
~ Field Mobility News Weekly ~
~ Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly ~

Welcome to this special Christmas edition of the most interesting news and articles related to connected devices, field mobility and mobile cyber security.  I have aggregated the information, included the original links and a synopsis of each article. Enjoy and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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

Mind Commerce, a leading research firm in this segment, has recently published the seventh edition of its End-to-End M2M report, expecting total revenue from the M2M segment to grow by three-folds from US $37.9 billion in 2013 to US $102.3 billion in 2019. Read Original Content

Australian operator Telstra has signed a partnership agreement with electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors. Telstra will provide machine-to-machine connectivity for Tesla’s Model S car in Australia. Read Original Content

According to a new report from the research firm Berg Insight, shipments of connected wearables reached 19 million in 2014, up from 5.9 million devices in the previous year. Read Original Content

B2M Solutions’ mobile software delivers valuable insight and actionable analytics for enterprise customers. Business leaders and managers within the mission critical, rugged mobile enterprise now have operational views of key business and technology analytics affecting performance and productivity. B2M software is developed with specific functionality to help organizations identify and unblock mobility problems as soon as, or even before, they occur, allowing customers to sustain critical business processes and gain competitive advantages. To Lean more visit www.B2M-Solutions.com.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by B2M Solutions

According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets, The global market for Industrial Wireless Service Network is expected to reach $944.92 million by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 12.96 percent from 2014 to 2020. Read Original Content

Internet of Things security (distributed firewalls) and the industrial control system market will surpass $675 million by 2018, according to Infonetics Research. Read Original Content



TechNavio's analysts forecast the GIS market in the APAC region to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.76 percent over the period 2013-2018. Read Original Content

According to Research and Markets, global market size for precision farming will grow to over $6.34 billion by 2022 at an estimated compound annual growth rate of of 13.09 percent from 2015 to 2022. Read Original Content

The global market for RFID technologies was valued at roughly $9.7 billion in 2013 and increased to nearly $11.1 billion in 2014. By 2019 this market should approach $24 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 16.7 percent for the five-year period, 2014 to 2019. Read Original Content

A recent report by ABI Research forecasts revenues in the commercial fleet telematics market will increase from $7.25 billion in 2012 to $26.8 billion in 2018. Read Original Content

Berg Insight said the number of active commercial fleet management systems deployed in Europe was 3.65 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. At a compound annual growth rate of 14.2 percent, that number should hit 7.10 million by 2018, the Swedish research firm said. Read Original Content

BlackBerry and Boeing are working together on a new super secure smartphone. The announcement came at an earnings call at which BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, revealed scant details about the collaboration. Read Original Content

According to estimates from online security firm Kaspersky Lab, there has been one billion more cyber-attacks on machines they protect in 2014 when compared to last year – a huge increase on the frequency of attacks. Read Original Content

Blackphone has announced that it is adding its own app store, with a collection of curated apps that it says complement its privacy-oriented Android smartphone. Read Original Content

Fifteen million mobile devices are infected with malware, and most of those run Android, according to a new report by Alcatel-Lucent's Kindsight Security Labs. Read Original Content

Google Android users face a large amount of mobile malware attacks, with 97 percent of mobile malware designed specifically to compromise Android devices. Read Original Content

Latest Articles on http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com

Robotics and Business Process Services - The Interview

Interview with Digital Marketing Expert Will Reese
The State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration: Challenges and Opportunities
Is Email Destroying Productivity? Hear from Expert Jack C. Crawford
Kevin Benedict Interviews Social Media Expert Gerry Moran
Kevin Benedict Interviews Digital Transformation Expert Ved Sen

Whitepapers of Note

Don't Get SMACked - How Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud are Reshaping the Enterprise
Making BYOD Work for Your Organization



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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
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.

Robotics and Business Process Services - The Interview

Last week I learned much and will share some of it here today.  Although I have worked with Cognizant for over 2 years, I have not had many opportunities to actually meet large numbers of my colleagues.  I have been traveling the world speaking at conferences, teaching and writing.  That was solved last week, however, in Orlando where I was able to meet many colleagues that I had previously only communicated with over conference calls and video chats.

One of those colleagues from the Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant, Rob Brown, is an expert in business process services.  He shared with me the advances robotics are making in the area of business processes.  Not the kind of metal, walking and talking robots we see in movies, but robots that assist humans in their jobs every day.  In this interview Rob Brown explains it.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://youtu.be/18Iy0eOe_pQ?list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw




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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
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, December 19, 2014

Interview with Digital Marketing Expert Will Reese

Marketing strategies have changed so much over the past few years because of smartphones, mobile apps, big data and high speed Internet.  In this interview with Cadient Groups' Chief Innovation Officer, Will Reese, we talk about the impact of these changes.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://youtu.be/WUJs0nwTstA


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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
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.

The State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration: Challenges and Opportunities

Today we are honored with a guest post from mobile expert Yaacov Cohen, the CEO of harmon.ie.  In this article Yaacov reviews the findings of a recent report titled State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration and shares his thoughts on what the findings mean to businesses. I have interviewed him in the past and you can watch that interview here.  Enjoy!

Analyst firm Strategy Analytics predicts that the mobile enterprise business application market will nearly double from $31B in 2012 to $61B by 2018. As we invest more time and energy in mobile, the question remains: are enterprises ready to take on the challenge of providing workers with true mobile collaboration capabilities? To answer this question, we commissioned the first extensive mobile collaboration study engaging over 1,400 Business and IT users. The results demonstrate why merely giving workers the ability to send emails, share files or exchange instant messages no longer cuts it, and what barriers we must overcome to enable enterprise-wide mobile collaboration and productivity.

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In short, our research shows that mobile workers are still struggling to access critical business information as it has become distributed across cloud services and enterprise applications. There is an immediate need for alignment between IT and Business to determine a joint approach to overcome challenges and unlock the mobile opportunities in front of us. With that in mind, I’ve compiled key report takeaways across departments that reveal some of the gains and apparent shortcomings in the quest to realize a truly mobile enterprise.

The Focus is Still on Personal Productivity

The first challenge is that right now, companies are still working towards supporting personal mobile productivity rather than true team collaboration and productivity.

Today’s companies mostly enable their employees to conduct the basics of personal productivity: accessing email, company calendars and contact directories via mobile devices. 96 percent of IT and 80 percent of Business respondents state that employees in their company are able to access email from a mobile device. Business applications affording true enterprise-wide mobile collaboration saw significantly lower numbers, such as 53 percent of IT and 40 percent of Business respondents claiming to have access to Office applications on the go. While these numbers will improve, they show a major discrepancy between employees’ access to tools that boost their own productivity versus tools that aid the team as a whole.

Awareness and Adoption Not Yet Seeing Eye-to-Eye

The need for alignment between IT and Business comes starkly into focus based on our findings about awareness of mobile device policies within an organization. 83 percent of IT respondents claimed they had a policy in place, while only 46 percent of Business users reported knowledge of any mobile policy.
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When coupled with the findings from the previous takeaway about ubiquitous personal productivity tools (mobile email, calendar and contact directory access), the conclusion is clear: if you build it, they won’t necessarily come. If this awareness problem is to be overcome, IT must take on the role of a strategic advisor who enables mobile enterprise collaboration and supports the business to onboard and train employees on critical mobile collaboration capabilities.

Maturity Still Lacking, Outlook Positive

In comparison to the high number of companies providing personal productivity tools to workers, only one-third of companies are currently giving employees access to external collaboration tools that support key business activities like financial forecasting and reporting, project management and real-time collaboration on documents. Furthermore, the results show availability of mobile collaboration tools doesn’t necessarily translate into actual awareness or usage as there is consistently about a 20+ percent gap in what collaboration tools IT claims to offer versus what Business has knowledge of.

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Despite this immaturity, half of IT respondents feel that 2015 will be the “Year of Mobile Enterprise Productivity” which is many more than those predicting a “Year of Enterprise Disappointment.” This positive outlook tells us that while the current state of mobile enterprise collaboration is still immature, those keyed into the space are optimistic about its year on year growth.

SharePoint and Office 365 Lead the Platform Pack, But Other Microsoft Tools Fall Behind

Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 are the leading enterprise collaboration platforms on desktop and mobile devices, with 44 percent of all respondents reporting access. However, other Microsoft collaboration tools like Lync and Yammer fell much further down the rankings to #4 and #8 respectively. From this we can draw that while some of Microsoft’s products lead the pack, the company as a whole does not yet offer a universal collaboration platform.

This also shows that a one-size-fits-all approach to mobile enterprise collaboration either doesn’t exist yet or is not the answer to most companies’ problems. Vendor lock-in often frightens companies away from going all in on one ecosystem. True mobile collaboration and productivity may not be possible until we see more services that aggregate cloud solutions or notifications together to give workers a useful and important contextual snapshot of what is going on in their company be it in Salesforce, SharePoint, Yammer, SAP or whatever collaboration tools are in place.
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Not Yet Mature, But Gaining Ground

In the end, to realize the true value of a mobile enterprise, collaboration needs to move substantially beyond where we are today. Enterprises must design collaboration initiatives to incorporate multi-modal, real-time collaboration in order to streamline projects that directly aid the completion of critical business processes. This collaboration experience must not only be seamless, but also must consistently surface the most relevant information at the right time, whichever service it comes from. If these major hurdles can be overcome, enterprise productivity will see significant gains because employees and teams will be able to work together efficiently to ‘get the job done,’ – which at the end of the day is what really matters.

For more in-depth information, please see the full State of Mobile Enterprise Collaboration Report. I’d like to hear your thoughts on how you view the current state of collaboration in the mobile enterprise, and how you’re tackling mobile collaboration in your company. Connect with me at on Twitter at @YaacovC.

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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Is Email Destroying Productivity? Hear from Expert Jack C. Crawford

"You can't scale, in a digital economy, without enterprise collaboration." ~ Jack C. Crawford
This week I had the chance to meet with and interview Cognizant's Senior Director of Customer Experience Jack C. Crawford.  In this interview we talk about all the ways digital transformation is impacting the way people and businesses interact and communicate with each other.  Enjoy!

Video Link: http://youtu.be/vhe1iiyjz7s?list=UUGizQCw2Zbs3eTLwp7icoqw


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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work 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.

Mobility News Weekly - Week of December 14, 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.

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IDC expects the Asia-Pacific mobility market to continue experiencing strong growth in 2015 as mobile takes center stage for business growth in both the consumer and enterprise markets, said Ian Song, research manager for Enterprise Mobility, IDC Asia/Pacific.  Read Original Content

Thanks to record sales in emerging markets and the popularity of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, overall smartphones sales to end users grew 20.3 percent to reach 301 million units during the third quarter, market research company Gartner said.  Read Original Content

During the third quarter, Samsung sold 73.2 million smartphones worldwide, giving the company 24.4 percent market share, research firm Gartner reported.  Read Original Content

B2M Solutions’ mobile software delivers valuable insight and actionable analytics for enterprise customers. Business leaders and managers within the mission critical, rugged mobile enterprise now have operational views of key business and technology analytics affecting performance and productivity. B2M software is developed with specific functionality to help organizations identify and unblock mobility problems as soon as, or even before, they occur, allowing customers to sustain critical business processes and gain competitive advantages. To Lean more visit www.B2M-Solutions.com.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by B2M Solutions

Motorola Mobility plans to bring affordable 4G smartphones in 2015 to India, one of its priority markets along with Brazil, which the third world's largest smartphone maker says will be critical for its global charge to become market leader.  Read Original Content

The court order that banned Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi from selling its phones in India has halted its breakneck expansion into the world's fastest growing major smartphone market and could be just the start of a string of patent challenges.  Read Original Content


Earlier this year, Apple and IBM announced a partnership to help companies build better mobile apps.  The partnership offered services that ranged from procuring and managing devices to actual application development.  Read Original Content

ReportsnReports.com forecasts the worldwide Telehealth industry will grow at a 18.88 percent compound annual growth rate during 2014-2019 and states that the focus on mobile and healthcare IT will drive this growth.  Read Original Content

The market for 4G smartphones in China will almost quadruple from 90 million units this year to 350 million next year, Coolpad Taiwan has forecast.  Read Original Content

Acer Inc expects its smartphone sales in Taiwan to double next year, after growing an estimated more than 60 percent this year, a company executive said.  Read Original Content

Samsung Electronics plans to combine its two U.S. sales units into one in order to more efficiently address the market. The shakeup is part of a broader reorganization, especially for the company's mobile business.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict
Writer, Speaker, Senior Analyst
Digital Transformation, EBA, Center for the Future of Work Cognizant
View my profile on LinkedIn
Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com
Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict
Subscribe to Kevin'sYouTube Channel
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.