Without surprise it was the mobility week recently. With Mobile World 2012 just closing, this has been a week of announcements and research publications. As eWeek tries to summarize it, here are 10 hot mobile Trends to watch at Mobile World Congress 2011:
- Bigger is better: it seems larger display are more desirable this year
- Android Galore: without Apple around, Android was everywhere leaving Windows on the side for next year
- Microsoft needs Nokia—desperately
- Dual- and quad-core processors are everything
- Fresh new designs aren’t needed? No revolutionary designs introduced.
- The “converged” device matters: smartphone bridging the gap with tablets
- There’s no changing carriers: disappointed if you wanted to hear some breaking news from Carriers though customer relations are in pain.
- Companies think there’s room for other operating systems: Mozilla announced its own mobile OS, Samsung did the same with Bada, running after Android and iOS.
- iPad 3 fear reigns supreme: anticipated announcement on March 7, even Google had to admit via Andy Rubin that they’re behind iOS.
- The enterprise is an afterthought: Mobile World Congress is all about consumers. To be analyzed with CIO client strategy in the enterprise.
$GOOG Google Play replaces #Android Market, new source for apps, books, movies and music (funny video 1’30)engt.co/zYiIaf
The announcement of the iPad HD, capturing all the buzz, is showing once again how much Apple is running the show. It looks like the entire industry is positioning itself regarding Apple and the impact of “The Barber Of Infinite Loop” on once the center of all attention Microsoft could be serious. Thus I encourage you to take a look at this Ray Ozzie interview video, the once Bill Gates visionary successor at Microsoft, who is starting a new venture and tells it very directly PC doesn’t mean desktop PC anymore but Personal Computing in a variety of form factor. What a thrilling industry!
Apple’s new iPad announcement: The numbers to know | ZDNet zd.net/ACGsNH
Video Q&A: Ray Ozzie, Bill Gates successor as $MSFT visionary on startups, Microsoft, … states world is over the PC bit.ly/y4WY1s
The Barber Of Infinite Loop: How The #iPad Could Give Microsoft A Serious Revenue Haircut – $MSFT productivity apps tcrn.ch/wrrKC7
Celebrating more than 4 Billion mobile devices in the world cannot let us stay still in our views of the mobile Internet. It has dramatically changed the consumer behavior but is also making its way in the enterprise. It has many consequences for us marketers, application developers and executives in charge or impacting enterprise information system.
According to a very interesting Morgan Stanley research – The Mobile Internet Report – issued in December 2009, some early signs are attesting of a massive disruption ahead:
- Material wealth creation / destruction should surpass earlier computing cycles. The mobile Internet cycle, the 5th cycle in 50 years, is just starting.
- The mobile Internet is ramping faster than desktop Internet did, and we believe more users may connect to the Internet via mobile devices than desktop PCs within 5 years.
- Five IP-based products / services are growing /converging and providing the underpinnings for dramatic growth in mobile Internet usage – 3G adoption + social networking + video + VoIP + impressive mobile devices
Enterprises in the U.S. are already taking advantage of this revolution to solve business problems and meet goals in reducing time and cost, improving customer experience or including consumers directly in business processes. Information Week states:
“General Motors is looking to a new iPhone application to change how and even where people sell cars. A national chain of rehabilitation facilities sees smartphones combining with cloud computing to improve patient care and employee productivity. A heart hospital is using BlackBerrys for nothing less than real-time alerts of patient distress, including images of bedside monitors. And around Los Angeles County, law enforcement officers are using BlackBerrys for such tasks as taking and searching fingerprints.” in a very interesting recent article.
In the complete research, you’ll find interesting figures about more than 500 businesses such as this one
Get Ready, include mobility in your plans.
What a pleasure to see these two great leaders on stage again. How could one imagine Scott would love to go on stage with Sam Palmisano 😉
Many have been asking me about the underlying strategy of Sun’s acquisition by Oracle, Scott gives it a clue: free advertising for winning the America’s cup and cutting travel expenses on Java One Japan by doing it in Larry’s garden.
We do not know what’s next, but what is appearing more clearly is that the Oracle/Sun combination is bound to become another IT giant that can compete head to head with HP and IBM. As Scott would typically say: go kick some butts gang!
Good luck to them, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.
Tectonic forces displacing enterprise applications boundaries are very diverse, I don’t pretend to be exhaustive here, but I’d like to highlight the ones having in my opinion a significant impact:
- Ubiquitous good quality (bandwidth) web access – check broadband stats – encouraging employees mobility
- Web crazy expansion (5.5M new users per week, 1.3B Internet users in Dec 2007) and more specifically mobile web expansion (3.2B mobile devices and among them 1.2B with a modern web browsing user experience) and explosive e-commerce growth – check IDC stats : 50% internet users will buy on line this year – favouring extended enterprise process development
- Users are educated at home on web based applications, noticeably on web 2.0 applications (Social Networking, Blogs, Wikis, …) and are increasingly accepting the Cloud Computing model relevance by using it (personal e-mail, Instant messaging, social bookmarking, photo & video sharing, e-banking, ….) – preparing for webtop and web 2.0 introduction in the enterprise (check “moving from deskltop to webtop” post)
- SOA and Mashup emergence as a distributed application architecture
- Transactional processes automation maturity – very typical of the ERP supported ones – will privilege productivity gains and transaction costs reduction (referring to Ronald Coase « The law of the firm ») in automating collaborative processes and exception management, paving the way to ERP/Web 2.0 integration
This nice cocktail augmented with a solid number of “ Y Generation ” employees — born between 1982 and 1994 – having grown with the natural use of SMS, instant messaging and social networking on the Web and which will be enterprise leaders in the next ten years – prepares the company with its change towards Enterprise 2.0 (first defined by Andy McAfee) characterized by the use of the Web 2.0 collaborative applications within the enterprise to harness collective intelligence.