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Companies don't want enterprise mobility. They want increased sales, lower expenses, better products, improved customer service and more profits. They want to be a survivor during this period of massive digital transformations. What do I mean by digital transformation? I mean the f...
One of the mega-trends I write often about is the merging of the physical with the digital and the resulting impact on businesses. A key element of this trend is the association of geospatial or location data with events, tasks, projects, processes, assets and resources. I asked my c...
If a massive herd of elephants were charging at you from 20 meters away, would taking a small step forwards or backwards improve your safety? NO! In many situations it seems that is how companies are approaching mobile strategies. They are staring massive marketplace transformation i...
Today's competitive marketplace requires companies to collect more data, analyze more data and utilize more data to improve customer interactions and engagements. Mobile devices are exceptionally designed to assist in this effort. Apple's iPhone comes with an inventory of sensors. I l...
My good friend J.D. Axford, a civil engineer and hero of all ducks for his wetlands work, sent me a very interesting (if you are into GPS tracking, GIS, mobile technology, artificial intelligence, accelerometers, etc.) article he wrote on how the physical is meeting the digital in the ...
I want to introduce you to a long time friend of mine J.D. Axford. He is a civil engineer with all kinds of acronyms after his name (P.E., CESCL, etc.), who has worked for most of his career in the Northwest of the USA in and around water and mud. He is a hero among the duck populati...
One of my first jobs after I graduated from Portland State University was to work at Dale Carnegie and Associates. I helped sell and teach all kinds of professional development classes on public speaking, management and sales. I still remember one of the rules we taught in the Human ...
I am fascinated by the notion of the physical world converging with the digital world and the benefits that become possible as a result. Not in the context of a humanoid weeding my garden, although that would be nice, but in the context of making better business decisions based on mor...
Recent surveys point to the fact that companies are viewing enterprise mobility in an increasingly strategic manner. They see compelling mobile apps as the front lines of marketing, sales and customer service. They are providing executives and managers with business intelligence apps...
Mobile apps for the enterprise can offer significant value on their own, but when integrated together into a network (network centric operations) with many other applications, the IoT (internet of things) and other data collection technologies, this network of applications can offer ex...
In recent years the focus of enterprise mobility has been on device support, UX and the novelty of spinning wheels, swiping screens and supporting various keyboard designs in mobile UIs. I believe the novelty of this will soon wear off with the introduction of more standards, policies...
Some of the most technologically advanced organizations in the world today are utilizing strategies based on the concept of the Network Centric Organization. These strategies, methodologies and concepts are important for just about any organization that is geographically dispersed and...
This weekend I was clever. That is newsworthy because it doesn't happen very often. Our son is stationed at a military base that did not receive TV coverage of the Boise State football game on Saturday night. It must have been the government shut-down. I can't think of any other re...
In the recent survey I conducted titled "State of Enterprise Mobility 2013" I asked the question, "Does your company view mobile solutions as tactical (LOB or process specific) or strategic (critical to the success of the company)?" Over 220 participants answered the question with 71....
In the recent survey "State of Enterprise Mobility 2013" I asked the question, "How many wireless devices do you use daily?" An incredible 69 percent use three or more wireless devices daily. I myself use three - my MacBook Pro, iPad mini and iPhone. I use my iPad mostly for reading ...
AlwaysOn is proud to announce the Power Players in Technology Business Media list, honoring the technology journalists (and Bloggers) who are keeping the Global Silicon Valley connected and informed. Cognizant's Head SMAC Analyst, Kevin Benedict has been selected as a 2013 winner. The...
In this Google+ Hangout interview with mobility expert Chris Willis, we discuss current enterprise mobility trends, Verivo's strategies, evolving mobile platforms and business models. Enjoy!
Hillsong United, is a global musical powerhouse headquartered in Sydney, Australia. While I was in Sydney recently I was able to attend a musical program led by Hillsong's Taya Smith. Taya Smith is the singer of the popular christian worship song Oceans. Last week, our daughter sang...
Does having a library close to your home erode your brain's ability to remember? Unlikely right? But many people continue to believe that having information available nearby, such as in your pocket or purse does. I have heard people speculate that access to Wikipedia and other perso...
I am working on the "State of Enterprise Mobility 2013" survey report this week and wanted to share some of the interesting results. Here is the first question, "How important is B2E (business-to-employee) mobility to your company's success?" End users - 30% stated it has a large to ...
In the first segment of this series, we introduced some key concepts in a network centric operational strategy. In Part 2 we will explore these concepts in greater depth, add some context, and introduce some additional requirements and considerations for you to ponder. Let's now revi...
I have been writing about the Network Centric Operations approach to mobile field services for the past couple of years and plan to continue with even more enthusiasm. The mobile devices, mobile platforms, communication networks and integration frameworks exists today to revolutionize ...
The Industrial Internet refers to the world of connected sensors on people, equipment, machines, parts, assets, vehicles, inventory, etc. These items are connected by embedded wireless chips that monitor sensors and wirelessly send data to a server somewhere in the world. Here is an ...
Last month while in Sydney, Australia I participated in an interesting session taught by my colleague Ajoy Mallik on how to organize a continuous innovation program internally. Our client had asked us to help them develop this program. I learned a lot from Ajoy! Fast forward to toda...
I see digital transformation spinning off many different business trends and technology waves. Consumers want to consume media on mobile devices. This in turn drives tablet sales, as most media is easier to view on tablets. Tablets and other mobile devices encourage and promote the d...
Mobile is now the first screen of influence for many marketers while adults are spending more time on mobile media than newspapers and magazines. Timeline of Mobile Marketing Middle ages - Town criers are used to spread messages 1876 - First telephone introduced by Alexander Graha...
This morning I was reviewing the preliminary results of my "State of Enterprise Mobility 2013" survey. Over 210 people have now completed it. Thank You!!!!! The results are very interesting and point to many changes in perceptions and preferences year-over-year. Stay tuned here fo...
Mobile is now the first screen of influence for many marketers while adults are spending more time on mobile media than newspapers and magazines. Timeline of Mobile Marketing Middle ages - Town criers are used to spread messages 1876 - First telephone introduced by Alexand...
Three of my colleagues here at Cognizant, Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring, are writing a new book on the subjects of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud), digital and business transformations, and successful strategies for navigating through them. The concepts in this ...
It is true that enterprise mobility is about the eight Rs - getting the right information, to the right person, at the right time, in the right place, in the right amount, on the right device, in the right format so they can make right decisions, but there are even more benefits. Ente...
I took inventory of my personal SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) environment this morning while sitting in a coffee shop next to the Boise river. On Tuesday I recorded and published my first Google+ Hangout On Air. I interviewed mobility expert Bob Egan using our MacBook Pr...
In this article my colleague Peter Abatan, a Mobile Technology Consultant and banking expert with Cognizant,shares his insights into the digital transformation happening in the banking industry. This transformation reflects new and innovative business models, the rapid adoption of m...
Each of us are surrounded by our digital choices, preferences, activities, history and experiences that are captured as data and analyzed by the systems and websites we use. Why did Google, a company known for its search engine, develop a mobile operating system? They recognized the ...
For those that missed Part 1, Peter Abatan, my colleague at Cognizant and a banking industry and mobility expert, has been sharing his thoughts on trends in the banking industry. The following points come mostly from his email messages to me and his blog articles. He believes Interne...
The mega-trends of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) plus IoT (Internet of Things/Connected devices/M2M) are changing entire industries. I am being asked frequently now to meet with IT and business teams to review how SMAC and related trends are impacting various industries so...
Over the past few months I have noticed a change in the enterprise mobility space. Cloud mobility, once a distant vision, now seems to be a mainstream topic. I have seen a shift from companies believing it necessary to set-up their own internal mobile platforms, mobile infrastructure...
My colleague and Cognizant's Co-Director of theCenter for The Future of Work, Ben Pring shares in this guest post, his insights into the idea of "Code Halos" and the role they play in digital transformations and SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud). The concept of "Code Halos" i...
Do you value and treat your enterprise information like it is a strategic asset? Do you view your information logistics system (including your enterprise mobility system) as a competitive differentiator? Enterprise mobility is more than just a convenience for people on the move. It ...
In this article I want to revisit the subject of the 4th dimension as it relates to enterprise mobility and and its importance to many industries and business processes. First, let's review our definition of 3D and 4D. Three dimensional is made up of length, width and height in one c...
Healthcare is one of those industries that will be most impacted by SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) developments. It is information based. Information, as we all know, is easily digitized, analyzed, stored in the cloud, and shared via mobile devices. Here is a personal ex...