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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. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Apple sold 51 million iPhones during the last three months of 2013, up from 47.8 million a year earlier. But Wall Street analysts were expecting closer to 57 million iPhones, after Apple launched its new iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones in China simultaneously with the United States and Western Europe for the first time this fall. Re... (more)

New Social Media Marketing & Sales Channel

At the National Retail Federation (NRF) show being held today, First Insight, a company that is revolutionizing the way retailers make business decisions by connecting them to the voice of the consumer, unveiled the newest version of Virtual Customer Viewpoint (VCV). VCV is a solution that allows merchants and designers to improve product selections, forecast future item's sales, assess price points, and evaluate the strength and applicability of attributes of particular products. "First Insight is a company that encourages large groups of consumers to share their current thinking through online interactive forums, giving retailers the power to know better which products are going to be popular with consumers before they make their purchasing decisions. Even more valuable, consumers themselves are telling them," said Greg Petro, CEO of First Insight. VCV leverages... (more)

The Ten Attributes of the Magnetic Sales Professional

Google “what it takes to be a successful salesperson” and one will get 121,000 different perspectives on what it takes to be one. However, in today’s competitive landscape what companies are truly looking for is, the rare individuals who can overachieve the sales and revenue goals, retain and increase the share of wallet of the existing client base and have the ability to drive new business in the unsold prospect arena. Sales Organizations want Magnetic Sales Professionals not simply, successful sales associates. They want individuals who will create a positive legacy and at the same time provide sales results without comprising profits. The attributes of this rare sales specimen are wider, deeper and broader than the average or sales all star which include: I. Leadership - Magnetic Sales Professionals view themselves as business franchisees, their territories as a ... (more)

Telco Cloud Services – Cloud Service Innovation Platform

Our Telco Cloud Services initiative is a product innovation program for telcos and web hosting companies, intended to develop a Cloud solutions portfolio for them to adopt based on best practices developed from real-world projects. As the Cisco white paper highlights, the primary value of Cloud computing to telcos is that it offers a platform for product innovation, and so our objective is exactly this, to link a Cloud Services Roadmap to the development of a Cloud Service Innovation Platform. To achieve this I was inspired by the UK Governments concept of “Forward Commitment Procurement“, utilizing Government spending as the source of innovation, and have spent the last year intensively reviewing the procurement RFPs of the Canadian Government, using them as the requirements specifications to define the Cloud Services Roadmap. Cloud Services Roadmap The overall en... (more)

Mobile Marketing, Business Analytics and Code Halos

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 recognize the value of code halos will develop new business models and IT systems to utilize these code halos to better engage with customers and prospects, deliver more relevant content and employ precision marketing and support campaigns based upon known interests and desires. Today I want to explore the role of mobile marketing and how it relates to code halos.  First, let's review the four basic elements of a "logistics of information" system that can derive value from code halos: There must be effective data collection strategies - Often in the form of mobile apps, loyalty programs and on... (more)

Where the Physical Meets the Digital in Field Services and Asset Management

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 management decisions based on more efficient data collection and reporting.  The term digital transformation is often used to describe this convergence. Think of growing the best possible garden full of award winning fruits and vegetables.  The garden may consist of some physical things like dirt, seeds, containers, plants and tools, but the key to success is the information about the garden.  The information about the soil, types of plants or seeds, appropriate time to plant and harvest, weeding and watering schedules, the best fertilizers to use based upon the soil conditions etc.  This information can be... (more)

Solstice Mobile Named to Inc. 500/5000 List for Fifth Consecutive Year

CHICAGO, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Solstice Mobile, the country's leading digital innovation and mobile solutions boutique, announced that it was ranked in Inc Magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private US companies for the fifth consecutive year. This key corporate milestone comes on the heels of a host of other significant awards including Fortune's Inner City 100, Crain's Top 15 Job Creators and Built In's 6 Best Companies For New Developers.  The firm's Founder and CEO, J Schwan, was also recently named a 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Midwest Finalist and included in the Techweek 100 list for the second straight year. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138623 This exciting Inc. 5000 ranking can be contributed to a 129% increase in revenue from 2011 to 2013, and continued momentum through 2014 with the addition of several n... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

IE will include Porn Mode

Microsoft versus Adobe. Silverlight versus Flash. Microsoft selling Avenue A. AMD selling TV chip business. IE will include Porn Mode. Microsoft looking at HD online video services. Cows line up North and south. Why? Mac Clone company for sale. People do not want VOIP on airplanes. Everyone going to game conferences. Gold farming worth [...] ... (more)

I Like Ants - Grand Masters of Business Opportunity

Since this is my first blog post I thought it should be memorable and so I will share a secret passion of mine. I like ants, I really do. Compared to Avega I might even like ants a little bit more. Compared to my wife, well, she’ll always win big, but only because I know my priorities in life – not because of the ants. Fastest path Even though I’ve first read about ants five, ten, fifteen years ago, I still enthusiastically teach others about the beautiful fastest path algorithm that ants use to optimize their harvest – and sometimes I also do this against people's will (like when they get stuck with me in front of a white board). I think it’s the emergent behavior that arises from doing simple things tens of thousand times or more that still amazes me. And so, true to my heart, I will tell you about this beautiful simple algorithm; suppose you have to travel back an... (more)

AspectDSC Brings Real Time Global Commodities Data To iPhone

iPhone Developer iPhone users can now tap into real time global market data and prices for oil, gas, metals, agriculture and other commodities with the launch of an iPhone compatible version of AspectDSC - the Web-based information and decision support system for traders from Aspect Enterprise Solutions. AspectDSC (Decision Support Center) is the world's first wholly Web-based markets information resource and gives commodity traders, buyers, sellers, analysts and end users a trusted single source for news and prices - together with advanced analytics - to support minute-by-minute financial decisions. The iPhone move marks a significant expansion for the Aspect solution according to the company's CEO Steve Hughes. "AspectDSC has consistently remained a first choice for energy and commodity professionals wanting to do business on the move through their PDAs and smartpho... (more)