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I am learning a great deal from some of the most experienced mobility gurus in the business this week at the M6 MobilityXchange in San Diego. Yesterday we discussed all kinds of new developments taking place in enterprise mobility. Following are some of my notes from day #1. I am le...
Is there no end to what mobile apps can do? Last week, several of us sat quietly on a weathered dock extended out and over a forested pond in the foothills of SW Washington. We watched the birds and other wildlife enjoying the spring sunshine. Suddenly we spotted an unidentified bir...
I had the privilege this week at the M6 Mobility Xchange of getting to know mobility guru and expert Jack Gold. In this interview we talk about his views on wearables, the Internet of Things, enterprise mobility and mobile strategies. Enjoy!
One of my most interesting achievements in life is having the first downloadable mobile game ever rejected. I was running an internal games team back in the days of the emergence of J2ME and we were actually running custom built MIDP 2.0 emulators (that I had to build myself) on top of...
The CLBeaconRegion class enables notifications when the iPhone detects that the range of an iBeacon has changed and this can be used to launch your App even if it was not running. The class also enables the construction of a Virtual Beacon whereby the iPhone itself uses the iBeacon BLE...
One of the main challenges for eLearning systems is having a great mobile user experience, and this is largely due to the in-browser nature dictated by SCORM. "SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model. Sharable Content Object indicates that SCORM is all about creatin...
My friend Suhas Uliyar is now the VP of Mobile Strategy Product Management at Oracle, and he is eager to get the word out that Oracle mobility is real and here today. While SAP jumped big time into enterprise mobility in 2010 with the $5.8 billion acquisition of Sybase, Oracle has been...
The banks of the future, will not look like the banks of today. I have met with the business and IT strategy teams of many banks around the world over the past 12 months. These discussions have been some of the most interesting as there is a sense of urgency. The banking and financi...
Data ownership and privacy are two big issues that we all need to be thinking about these days. Mobile, telematics and IoT technologies have reached the point that it is very easy and cost effective to track the location of just about anything. What personal information are you willin...
The words location based services (LBS) immediately brings to mind mobile marketing apps and other location based sales and marketing services based upon GPS coordinates. If we have an enterprise IT perspective we may think of fleet management, asset management and equipment tracking....
Companies are quickly finding new and innovative ways to recognize value by integrating real time mapping applications into their business processes. Real-time mapping is the GIS process of tracking changes on the earth’s surface and displaying that information on a computer screen. Th...
The New Finance Meet-up group is currently running a 6 part series over a period of 6 months to determine what could disrupt the Insurance industry. In the most recent meet-up the focus was on how the quantified-self could disrupt the insurance industry. I came away from the meet-up wi...
VisionMobile recently published one of the best reports on apps for vehicles that I have read. It is frustrating with how difficult it is to actually get an app approved for use in a car. Here are some of the unique challenges: Safety first considerations (like driver distraction) Lo...
GIS technology is being used in the healthcare industry today for patient care and preventative medicine among other things. Hospitals and other organizations, with GIS and big data resources now have the ability to collect geographic information from their patients and study trends in...
Recently Google acquired the home automation company Nest. Nest is a company that sells IoT (Internet of Things) enabled devices that allow homeowners to control the temperature of their homes through their smartphones, plus it sends notifications if it detects dangerous levels of smok...
There has been a lot of media attention on Heartbleed and as always that means a lot of bizarre and often conflicting advice. I sat down (for a very long time) to find the truth of the matter and bring it together in one single article for those involved in enterprise mobility. "The ...
Something new, this way comes! Over the past couple of years, in increasing frequency, companies I am working with on digital and mobile strategies are asking advice on how to set-up an environment that encourages internal innovation. Some have set-up innovation contests (think Somep...
Over the last six months I met with a wide range of customers and prospects in order to understand how they understand enterprise mobility, and especially to learn whether they see it as a business opportunity or just another piece of technology. It's no secret that the past few years ...
HTML5 is still one of the most discussed topics amongst us technical types. The key challenge, however, has remained unanswered for a long time. How do you effectively wrap HTML5 for use in native mobile applications? Unfortunately I do not have a universal answer, but I do have a s...
I had the privilege today of interviewing mobility expert and Managing Director for Magic Software UK, Dave Akka. In this interview we dig deep into mobile platform and mobile app development strategies. Enjoy!
Over the last six months I met with a wide range of customers and prospects in order to understand how they understand enterprise mobility, and especially to learn whether they see it as a business opportunity or just another piece of technology. It’s no secret that the past few years ...
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.
Companies in many different industries are realizing that applications of GIS (geospatial information systems) can provide competitive and strategic advantages, productivity increases and efficiencies in operations. GIS, when combined with mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, lapt...
We have all been there. Sitting in a stuffy conference room white-boarding and sharing innovative ideas only to be shut-down by the words, "Our IT environment won't support that." I remember during my time as an IT manager hearing those words over and over. We were encouraged to be i...
IBM has recently invested $1.1 billion USD into Location Based Services (LBS) and Application Programming Interface (APIs). The investment was in the development of BlueMix, a cloud-based service, that when combined with Pitney Bowes' API programs, allow businesses to collect data on ...
I believe the trends away from mainframes to the Cloud will have a large impact on enterprise mobility architecture. If we believe that going forward, enterprise mobility architectures will be closely tied to the Cloud, then we need to take a serious look at architectural design. I ha...
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.
I have spent the last 14 years working on enterprise mobility projects, researching and writing about them. In the year 2000, mobility was used mostly in warehouses, grocery stores, utilities and in field service roles. We sold mobile development projects to businesses so they could ...
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 specifi...
During the past decade GIS (Geospatial Information Systems) has grown from a term representing simple navigational devices and GPS handsets to something much more complex and useful. In the past ten years the GIS market has steadily grown in numbers of applications, use cases, industry...
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 ac...
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 ma...
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 downloa...
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.
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-D...
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-D...
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 ...
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 red...
There seems to be two main groups of thought as to when wearable technology will become mainstream. The first group are those that believe that wearable technology is here today and are engaging both hobbyists and future entrepreneurs in building all parts of the ecosystem now. These p...
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.