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Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly – September 2, 2010

Kevin's Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter that is 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 numbers and trends.

You can read archived versions of the newsletter here - http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/kevins-mobility-news-weekly.html.

The worldwide smartphone applications market grew more than $2.2 billion within the first quarter, according to a study by research2guidance. In 2009 the applications market had posted revenue of $1.7 billion. Mobile application download numbers reached a total of 3.8 billion in only six months, compared to 3.1 billion in 2009.



ClickSoftware is an SAP mobility partner and the leading provider of automated workforce management and optimization solutions for every size of service business. This newsletter is sponsored in part by ClickSoftware - http://www.clicksoftware.com/.


A new report from the Globe and Mail indicates that while Google’s rise in the smartphone world shook up the market, its Android operating system may have reached its peak.



Google unveiled a way for Web users in the U.S. to make calls through its Gmail email service, further pushing into the Internet-calling business and ratcheting up competition with similar services such as Skype.



In May Dr. Neal Sikka began a six month study examining how accurately emergency doctors and physician assistants at GWU Hospital could diagnose wounds from patient-generated cellphone images. "Mobile health" does not mean a clinic on wheels. It is an emerging field within telemedicine that comprises all aspects of care generated from or available on a portable mobile device such as a cellphone.



Apple's iPad will account for an overwhelming 74.1 percent of global tablet shipments this year, with the remaining 25.9 percent consisting of a mix of older PC-type tablet products and competitive slates, according to a study by iSuppli.



Motorola Inc. unveiled a new smartphone version of its handsets that feature a popular Chinese handwriting technology, in hopes that the company can make a comeback in China, where it was once the market leader.



Sony Ericsson Chief Executive Bert Nordberg said Tuesday that he expects smartphone use in China to expand to half of all mobile phone users in the country within five years, as the company joins other global handset makers in shifting its focus to higher end devices.



Samsung says they've sold one million T-Mobile Vibrants and AT&T Captivates in less than a month and a half in the US.



Microsoft will spend about $400 million to promote the launch of its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system according to Deutsche Bank analyst Jonathan Goldberg, adding his forecast doesn't include the millions the software giant has already committed to pay its handset manufacturer partners to offset non-recurring engineering costs.



Mobile content revenues in the U.S. will increase from less than $1.15 billion in 2009 to over $3.53 billion in 2014, a compound annual growth rate of nearly 20 percent, according to a new forecast issued by digital intelligence firm eMarketer.



AT&T Mobility readjusted its schedule to begin offering services in a number of markets it had acquired from Verizon Wireless earlier this year. The carrier said it was moving up the launch dates in markets in South Dakota, North Dakota, Alabama, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado from the originally announced “mid-2011” to “the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011.”



Syclo announced it is rolling out major enhancements to its Agentry mobile enterprise application platform. Agentry is the backbone of Syclo’s mobile solution framework as it provides both the tooling and infrastructure that enterprises need to develop, test, deploy and manage high availability mobile applications.



T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that the company has been awarded a three year blanket purchase agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Under the terms of the agreement, the EPA and its 17,000 employees will have access to a full range of T-Mobile products and services.



The middle-aged Internet (ARPANET first went live more than 40 years ago) could easily slide into complacency, but the National Science Foundation might be staving this off with four multimillion dollar grants that the agency has recently awarded. The Future Internet Architecture research projects are expected to re-think the network from the ground up, taking into account emerging security concerns, the demand for greater bandwidth and the growth of mobile devices.



You are tasked with managing a team you cannot see. You are accountable for the safety of your employees in locations you have never been. Your success is based upon your team’s ability to overcome all kinds of technical challenges in remote and distant job sites. You are responsible for your team following company standards, processes and industry best practices without any supervision. You must expertly balance their schedules, qualifications and workloads to maximize customer satisfaction and profitability from a distance.



I recently registered for SAP's TechEd 2010 Las Vegas. I am excited about it this year - the year of mobility! SAP's 2010 focus is - on premise, on demand and on device - MOBILE device that is. I will be teaching a session on The Future of Enterprise Mobility. I have seen the conference agenda and it is packed full of sessions on mobility. I hope to see all of you there!



Nearly a year ago, on August 27, 2009, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called to order his first meeting as the head of the new five member panel. Inside the FCC's low slung but expansive meeting room in Southwest Washington, D.C., the commission voted to open a series of inquiries into the wireless industry.



Companies could increase their annual revenue an average of $2.01 billion by improving employee productivity through making their data just 10 percent more usable and accessible.



Recent articles from Kevin Benedict’s blog Enterprise Mobility Strategies for SAP and Others:

Education and SAP Enterprise Mobility
Apple Stores and Motorola No More
Systems Integrators and SAP Enterprise Mobility

Recommended Webinar:

I participated in the webinar, 10 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting and Implementing a Mobility Solution this week. It can be viewed here, http://www.clicksoftware.com/96ec7ed7-023c-4260-a063-a7d5c320dd23/knowledge-center-on-demand-webinars-registration.htm?mgs1=06a52axCfU.

Recommended Whitepaper:

Networked Field Services - http://www.clicksoftware.com/1c7060c0-1296-4c54-90d6-8f83c5c5ecf0/knowledge-center-white-papers-registration.htm

Kevin Benedict, SAP Mentor, SAP Top Contributor, Mobile and M2M Industry Analyst
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Disclosure: I am an independent mobility consultant, mobility analyst, writer and Web 2.0 marketing professional. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.


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Kevin Benedict serves as the Senior Vice President, Solutions Strategy, at Regalix, a Silicon Valley based company, focused on bringing the best strategies, digital technologies, processes and people together to deliver improved customer experiences, journeys and success through the combination of intelligent solutions, analytics, automation and services. He is a popular writer, speaker and futurist, and in the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries. He has over 32 years of experience working with strategic enterprise IT solutions and business processes, and he is also a veteran executive working with both solution and services companies. He has written dozens of technology and strategy reports, over a thousand articles, interviewed hundreds of technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries.