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In an article I published earlier this week, Digital Transformation, Code Halos, Analytics and Mobility, I provided an overview of the concept of Code Halo™. The idea is that nearly all organizations, brands, products and people are surrounded by a halo of data. Companies that recogn...
I had the privilege of speaking before a group of service sector leaders this week in Chicago, IL on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building. During this event I had the opportunity to speak with many field services professionals about their operations and strategies. Many of the...
A retailers' mantra throughout history has been location, location location. This is always important, but perhaps of less value than other innovations caused by digital transformations today. The ongoing digital transformation of many industries has created new competitive playing fi...
I had the good fortune to attend a session this morning atClickSoftware's ClickConnect Europe 2013 with Gartner's Research Director Dr. Richard M. Marshall. Here are some of the notes I took from the session: By 2017 Microsoft will sell as many mobile operating systems as Apple. Thi...
I had the privilege of having breakfast with Dr. Moshe BenBassat, Founder/CEO of ClickSoftware, on a deck overlooking the Mediterranean this morning. Over an English breakfast, Dr. BenBassat shared that back in 1985 his team had developed software tools to diagnose equipment for the m...
Yesterday at SAPPHIRE 2013 the SAP mobility team announced a new SAP Afaria in the Cloud edition that will be available for approximately $1.12 per month per device (read press release). Some vendors charge by user, rather than by device, but SAP says they want to know exactly how man...
This morning Cognizant, the company where I work as an analyst, reported their earnings. In the earnings call Cognizant CEO Francisco D'Souza stated, "This year we expect to deliver about $500 million in SMAC (social, mobile, analytics, cloud) related services." That is a significant...
This week I read an interesting article titled, Mobile Phone Data Redraws Bus Routes in Africa. Seems the MNO (mobile network operator) Orange released 2.5 billion phone records (anonymised data) from 5 million phones for an exercise on how Big Data could be used to improve lives. Th...
I teach a lot of SMAC strategies workshops (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) around the world. Conducting these involves a lot of travel. I have been pondering these last few days just how much my travel experience has changed over the past decade. I could continue. I research ...
I read the following question recently, "Are we acting strategically enough to matter?" I remember the question, because I believe it is so important for us all to answer. It is a question all IT and business people should be asking themselves! In this picture of charging elephants,...
A long time ago, before gray hairs appeared on my head, I was an IT manager. My title was B2B E-Commerce Manager for a computer manufacturer. I remember sitting in long meetings discussing how successful Dell Computer was with their just in time manufacturing and just in time supply ...
I have Google's Blogger app on my iPhone and iPad mini. I can write articles for publication from anywhere with an Internet connection, but are they read, are they shared? That is our subject for today. One of the biggest growth areas involving mobility is mobile marketing. If your...
I would invite anyone in an IT department buried in demand for mobile apps to first take a look at Google Enterprise, before trying to develop everything yourself. There are many mobile capabilities already available in the Google world which are free to individuals and available free...
In my research on companies that are transforming themselves by adopting an integrated SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) strategy, I came across a recent blog article by the CIO of Woolworths Limited, Dan Beecham. I will share some excerpts from it here. Woolworths is an Aus...
For readers not yet familiar with the acronym SMAC, it represents social, mobile, analytics and cloud. In this short video, Google demonstrates, through Google Enterprise, how companies can implement a SMAC strategy to improve the following: Improve meetings and collaboration Work b...
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. India’s government is rolling out RFID-based ...
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. India's IT service pr...
In this short video, recorded last week in San Ramon, CA, I ask Cognizant's Mobility Practice Leader, Jeff Wallace about his thoughts and opinions on the use of MEAPs (mobile enterprise application platforms) and MADPs (mobile application development platforms), their value and purpose...
Best selling author and innovation expert Daniel Burrus recently described what an evolved mobile strategy looks like in the article titled Does Your Organization Have a Mobile Strategy to Accelerate Growth? "When you think about mobility, don't just think about devices and apps and ho...
Best selling author and innovation expert Daniel Burrus recently described what an evolved mobile strategy looks like in the article titled Does Your Organization Have a Mobile Strategy to Accelerate Growth? "When you think about mobility, don't just think about devices and apps and ho...
Have you had a chance to review the full inventory of Google's solutions and apps lately? I have been working with many of them this week and am impressed with how Google is enabling enterprises to become true social businesses. It is very interesting how they are not just demonstratin...
Last week I watched a presentation recorded at GigaOm Structure: Data conference featuring Gus Hunt, CTO of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In his presentation, he identified SMAC (social, mobile, big data analytics, and cloud) as the culprit for the massive increase in availab...
How many advertisements for automobiles today promote the fact their cars are horseless carriages? None! Why? It is an assumption that your automobile will be horseless. The same is happening today with mobile apps. Who would develop a work order management or scheduling system tod...
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 Fi...
Kony Solutions on Wednesday announced they have acquired long time Australian based SAP mobility partner Sky Technologies. This appears to be a bold move by Kony Solutions to jump into the enterprise mobility market in general, and the SAP mobility market in particular. Kony Soluti...
In this 18 minute audio podcast, Srinivasan Subramanian from Unvired and I discuss all kinds of issues related to enterprise mobility, mobile strategies and cloud mobility.  The audio is not perfect, but the content is good.  Grab some popcorn, or jump on the treadmill and I ...
Earlier this week I wrote an article titled, "What Do Mobile Technology Vendors Really Think?", which covered technology vendors' responses to my "2012 Mid-Year Enterprise Mobility Survey."  This article is reviewing the answers from enterprise mobility consultants and comparing a...
The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and ma...
The answer, according to my wife, is no.  However, I am reading a book on how to write comedy.  I apologize in advance for any offense. Isn’t it sad to read about Research In Motion’s demise over the past couple of years? Morale is so bad in Waterloo, that psychol...
X-47B I read an interesting article this week titled I AM War Plane that was published in the August 2012 edition of the magazine Popular Science.  It was written by Clay Dillow and explored the new mobile technology that permits unmanned fighter planes to fly from speciali...
Working with SAP customers on the cloud has been a rich learning and myth busting experience in many ways. Contrary to popular belief, a number of SAP customers do have a strong affinity for deploying solutions via the cloud. So what are the insights from our first set of cloud custo...
In an article I read this morning, "Luis Cesar Verdi, President of SAP Brazil, told Computerworld UK that Brazil currently has 1.5 million end users for its mobile applications, but plans to increase this rapidly to 20 million by 2015.  To achieve this, Verdi plans to target the g...
This week in an interview with me, SAP's Head of Mobility, Sanjay Poonen predicted that by 2015, 50% of enterprise mobility applications would be HTML5 based. In another interview I conducted this week with Sencha's CEO, Michael Mullany, he predicted that by 2014, 50% of enterprise mo...
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of spending time on the phone with Sanjay Poonen discussing SAP's intent to acquire Syclo, and other SAP related mobile strategies. Sanjay's current titles are President and Corporate Office, Technology and Innovation Products, Head of Mobile Di...
I was a long time partner of Sybase and valued their mobile middleware, which I embedded in my mobile business apps for years. The cautions I shared in 2010, were that Sybase did not have a library of mobile apps or a robust SDK at that time, and businesses still needed to figure out h...
My first thought when I received the news that SAP is acquiring Syclo, was, "Smart move SAP!" I respect the fact that SAP is willing to double down on enterprise mobility. I also respect the fact that SAP is willing to brave the inevitable criticism for having bought the same solution...
Enterprise mobility is not just about extending your office cubicle to the nearby Starbucks.  Nor is it just doing your same job, in the same manner from a remote location.  It is about doing a job in a different and better way.  A way that permits you to be at the p...
"In business, economics and other fields decisions will increasingly be based on data and analysis rather than on experience and intuition...we can start being a lot more scientific," predicts Professor Erik Brynjolfsson, from MIT's Sloan School of Management in a New York Times ar...
I am attending the SAPinsider Mobile2012 event in Las Vegas this week, and have had the honor of meeting and speaking with many people involved in SAP enterprise mobility.  These people were SAP partners and SAP employees.  One of the distinct impressions I got was that most ...
The Mobile Marketing News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile marketing that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Also read Enterprise Mobilit...