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The enterprise market is attractive for an increasing number of telecom operators: High margins, cross selling potential and the chance to build up long term business relationships. A variety of vertical applications are emerging. Cloud computing is changing the rules of the game. Telco and IT worlds are merging. Expectations and challenges are high, be it in technical or organisational aspects be it regarding the whole customer journey. Here we are trying to keep track of the discussion, with spotlights on different aspects of this market.


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M2M technology to drive mass adoption of driverless cars by 2040

M2M technology to drive mass adoption of driverless cars by 2040 | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication services are set to play a huge role in the role of transport according the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The institute anticipates that by the year 2040, driverless cars — operated using M2M technology — will account for up to 75 per cent of cars on the road worldwide.

Web giant Google became the first company in the world to obtain a licence for driverless cars, after the US state of Nevada passed a law in June 2011 to allow the operation of driverless cars in the state. Driverless cars operate through use of communicating sensors to ensure safe and efficient travel. Through vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication there may be no need for traffic lights and stop signs when all of the cars on the road are driverless.

“Intersections will be equipped with sensors, cameras and radars that can monitor and control traffic flow to help eliminate driver collisions and promote a more efficient flow of traffic. The cars will be operating automatically, thereby eliminating the need for traffic lights,” said Dr. Alberto Broggi, IEEE senior member and professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Parma in Italy.

Despite all of the benefits, driver and passenger acceptance are the largest barriers to widespread adoption of driverless cars.“Drivers and passengers are hesitant to believe in the technology enough to completely hand over total control,” said Jeffrey Miller, IEEE Member and associate professor in the Computer Systems Engineering department at University of Alaska Anchorage. “Car manufacturers have already started to incorporate automated features, including parallel parking assistance, automatic braking systems and drowsy driver protection, to help people slowly ease into utilising driverless technologies.

“Over the next 28 years, use of more automated technologies will spark a snowball effect of acceptance and driverless vehicles will dominate the road.”


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Machine-to-machine Market Remains Small

Machine-to-machine Market Remains Small | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Machine-to-machine service revenues represent 0.5 percent of total mobile operator service revenues at the moment, according to Informa Telecoms & Media.


That should not come as a surprise. Name one area of new services growth (other than mobile data access) that actually has “moved the revenue needle” for mobile service providers over the last few years. Cloud computing? Mobile advertising? Mobile payments or banking? Mobile apps? App stores?

Any new revenue opportunity large enough to be interesting for a tier-one service provider also is likely to be complex enough that the value chain is incomplete at first. That is perhaps one reason why much current success is being seen in “fleet tracking” apps, which are by no means “new.”

It simply is easier to sell a new M2M service by positioning it as a solution that works better or costs less than the older ways of doing things.

Even many “newer” emerging service markets, such as digital signage, also are examples of applying “new” M2M techniques to an older and existing business.

The volume of sales in the M2M market remains in the lower-value areas such as smart metering, Informa says. And smart metering isn’t “new,” either."

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French sovereign wealth funds invests in two local cloud computing providers

French sovereign wealth funds invests in two local cloud computing providers | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"The French government is so keen to encourage the development of cloud computing infrastructure in France that it is investing in two competing home-grown cloud providers through its sovereign wealth fund, the Caisse des Dépôts.

The two companies, Numergy and Cloudwatt, are each backed by a French mobile phone operator and a French IT vendor with strong government links, and both promise to keep their customers' data and applications secure -- in France.

That local link is a strong sales argument with European cloud customers, many of whom are wary of handing their data to companies under other legal jurisdictions, particularly to companies based in the U.S. that may be subject to the Patriot Act's provisions for government access to data.

The first of the new cloud providers, Numergy, is owned by French mobile phone operator SFR, servers and services vendor Bull, and the Caisse des Dépôts, and launched its service Wednesday using infrastructure belonging to its parent companies [...].


The other new cloud provider, Cloudwatt, launched Thursday with the backing of France Télécom-Orange, which owns 44.44 percent; defense IT contractor Thales Group (22.22 percent) and the Caisse des Dépôts (33.33 percent), for a total investment of ¬225 million (US$283 million), the same as for Numergy. The French government's stake in the new cloud companies goes beyond the direct holding of its sovereign wealth fund, though, as it also owns

direct or indirect minority stakes in the four other investors.Numergy's early launch caught Cloudwatt off balance: It has no product offering yet, and no management team, although the shareholders have nominated Patrick Starck, a former director of Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and CA Technologies, as chairman."

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Vinod Khosla: Technology Will Replace 80 Percent of Docs

Vinod Khosla: Technology Will Replace 80 Percent of Docs | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"I recently viewed health care through the lenses of a technology entrepreneur by attending the Health Innovation Summit hosted by Rock Health in San Francisco.


Not surprising, the most fascinating person, was the keynote speaker, Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems as well as a partner in a couple venture capital firms.


“Health care is like witchcraft and just based on tradition.”


Entrepreneurs need to develop technology that would stop doctors from practicing like “voodoo doctors” and be more like scientists.


Health care must be more data driven and about wellness, not sick care.


Eighty percent of doctors could be replaced by machines.


Is it possible technology entrepreneurs can disrupt health care? He challenged any doctor in the room to counter his points.


Was Kholsa serious that technology could make health care better by utilizing large data sets and computational power to clinch better and more precise diagnoses? Was he simply being provocative to hear other points of view to learn even more? Like many others in the conference, he believes that giving consumers more opportunities, access, and choice to information about themselves and their bodies would empower them to do the right thing. He held up an EKG attachment to the iPhone which was just one of many consumer directed products in the pipeline his company has invested in.


Kholsa is a very smart and successful entrepreneur. Does innovation mean the two guys in a garage who come up with a radical idea or is it possible that innovation is having people with different experiences and point of view looking at the same problem? Surely to make health care better, technology entrepreneurs must engage with doctors. All the speakers before and after Kholsa spoke about the incredible value and insight different stakeholders to bring to the table. The most vocal? The doctor entrepreneurs and those who worked with doctors to bring their ideas to market.


Kholsa’s criticism of the health care system is completely valid. Can we do better in being more reliable, consistent, and creating a system process and design that is comparable to highly reliable organizations and industries? Of course. Can we be more systematic and doing the right things every patient every time on areas where the science is known to level of the molecule? Yes. Care must be incredibly simple to access, extremely convenient and intensely personal."

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Creating The Masters of the Mobile Enterprise

Creating The Masters of the Mobile Enterprise | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Mobile is the new Enterprise and Mobile is Now!

This is a phrase that most businesses should now have heard many times over the last year and a half, or they are already living it daily by enabling their mobile workforce. Also we hear daily the terms of Consumerisation, BYOD and MDM. These are the foundations of Mobile in the Enterprise and a starting point of solid governance policies and the management & security of devices (along with corporate data)... But beyond this, is the ultimate goal of mobilising corporate systems, that ultimately empower the Information Workers. This can only be achieved via innovative mobile apps identified by your Mobile Innovation Council (MIC), which is in turn headed by your Chief Mobility Officer (CMoO)."

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The Numbers Behind Mobile App Growth

The Numbers Behind Mobile App Growth | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Mobile app world will grow expotentially in the next year. Just how much? This graphic tells it all."

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Seven operators join forces on M2M

Seven operators join forces on M2M | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Seven mobile operators across the world have teamed up to create an alliance to collaborate in the M2M space. KPN, NTT Docomo, Rogers, SingTel, Telefónica, Telstra and Vimpelcom have agreed to cooperate to address the complex and fragmented nature of the M2M market.

The operators will agree on standards and technologies to use in the M2M space and expect to offer better value propositions to connected device manufacturers in different markets and geographies.

The collaboration will develop a global product featuring a unique SIM, united web interface and centralised management of status and usage of M2M devices globally, via M2M specialist Jasper Wireless’s Control Centre.

The firms said they expect the alliance to result in cost reduction and an improved user experience. They added that their goal is to stimulate the sale of M2M communications across industries such as consumer electronics, automotive and energy."

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Operators cooperate on global M2M business initiatives

Operators cooperate on global M2M business initiatives | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"- Alliance to focus on development of seamless, globally accepted M2M solution, targeted at multinational customers with connected M2M devices


- Alliance members will also cooperate to develop the M2M market and enhance the customer experience


- The initiative is open to other operators


Seven world mobile operators, KPN, NTT Docomo Inc., Rogers Communications, SingTel, Telefónica, through its Telefónica Digital unit, Telstra and Vimpelcom have entered into a memorandum of understanding to form an alliance to support a single, global platform that multinational businesses will leverage to enable connected devices in multiple countries.

The goal of the global alliance is to create efficiencies for manufacturers and enhance the end user experience by enabling delivery of a global product with a single SIM, eliminating roaming costs in the countries of participating operators. The centralized management of SIM status and performance of M2M devices across the globe will be managed from a single web interface with Jasper Wireless' Control Center.

The objectives of the alliance are to develop and grow M2M business globally, simplify development of new business models, speed delivery of new product and services to market and help multinational business customers better manage and reduce operational costs.

It is expected that this initiative will increase the ability of all participating operators to significantly enhance the M2M value proposition fortheir respective customers in markets around the world.

The alliance members will continue to cooperate to develop the M2M market by enriching customer experiences to better meet the needs and expectations of global customers."

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Cloud Based Services Are the Answer for Mobile Device Management

Cloud Based Services Are the Answer for Mobile Device Management | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it
Mobile Device Management is Dead, Say Some


Cellular Phone Plan

Some well-known mobile app developers say that MDM is dead. This seems like a rather bold statement considering that it is still viewed as an emerging field with many opportunities. App developers argue that if inherently manageable applications can be built, MDM can be integrated in these apps. While this could work, it simply represents a movement of the function to another environment, not the elimination of it.

These developers are likely making such claims for marketing purposes, which is quite a smart move. Experts say, however, that major MDM market players still have many years of success ahead of them. Mobile OS and handset vendors differentiate their products using apps. The computer has taken on a new and more compact form and it is very popular with some people. Mobile apps have many fans, but their strategy is still unrefined. Even the historical roots of local code execution are not enough to refine the strategy of mobile applications.


The Future Look of Mobile Device Management

Rather than apps that include MDM, the most likely alternative is a cloud-based service. Enterprise level apps typically require access to a vast array of data. Downloading or synchronizing this data to mobile devices presents logistical issues. Though the cost of apps can be reduced by using value-priced app distribution tools, financial concerns still exist. These are addressed by implementing an app as a cloud service, writing it once and enabling it to be run from anywhere. Many localized apps are front-end presentations of Web services anyway.

The key to the success of this approach is HTML 5. The availability of 3.5 and 4G services and Wi-Fi are also important to the strategy because they make the cloud more accessible. Personal apps can remain local while enterprise apps will live in the cloud. Cloud-based strategies have already found followers in the form of IT managers, who are implementing them within non-mobile environments.

Over the short-term, a hybrid of app and cloud-based strategies will probably be the most popular solution. There is a strong push to implement mobility within organizations, spearheaded by user demand and cost benefits resulting from productivity improvements. Discussions regarding the preferred approach will be ongoing and take place in both formal and informal settings.

As for the outcome, the cloud appears to be the best solution and MDM companies are taking advantage of it. They offer cloud-based software that makes it easy for business leaders to control mobile device usage, policies, and costs from anywhere in the world at any time. Though it seems things could not get much easier, future technology may yield new solutions.
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M2M Communications Technology to Transform Business

M2M Communications Technology to Transform Business | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it
Political, technological and economic factors are coming together to make M2M more attractive than ever before. As new infrastructure replaces old, companies and governments have the opportunity to drastically alter their businesses by implementing a technology strategy that is not only more efficient, but enables new levels of service, efficiency and economy.

Two significant factors are leading the way to M2M adoption: First, the sensors, devices and components that enable M2M are getting smaller, cheaper and more power efficient; second, the networks required to collect and deliver the data generated by billions of devices are becoming ubiquitous.


What’s the Catch?

A number of factors threaten to stall M2M. Among those, security is the most critical. Business systems and data as well as personal privacy are all at risk. In the interest of reducing cost or time to market, security often gets overlooked. However, the business, not the M2M supplier, will feel the market damage from a security breach. Relying on external partners to deliver mission-critical services like M2M or cloud offerings makes secure procedures, components, software and networks absolutely essential.

Reliability, availability, scalability, interoperability and cost could derail an M2M initiative just as easily as security. These aren’t isolated requirements, but rather interdependent needs that businesses in every industry vertical will struggle with and M2M suppliers will have to solve.


This Will Be Big

As component costs continue to decline and businesses recognize the power of interconnected sensors, telemetry, control points, cameras and numerous other objects, executives must realize that reducing cost is not the only opportunity.

M2M is a transforming technology that enables businesses to reinvent, simplify and innovate in entirely new ways. M2M technology allows for the animation of nearly any object by enabling it to monitor, collect and send data from anywhere in the world. The possibilities are endless.
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Making Sense of Social Media and Mobile Computing in Financial Services

Making Sense of Social Media and Mobile Computing in Financial Services | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Mobile computing and social media have transformed how financial services firms interact with their customers. Financial services firms are promoting financial products to existing and prospective clients, solving customer queries, and hiring potential talent using social media channels such as LinkedIn and Facebook and handheld devices such as iPhones.
But, amidst all the benefits of social media and mobile computing, safeguarding customer data will always remain a challenge. Mobile computing used for trading or banking must be secure from malicious viruses and beings. Because social media is a public domain, firms must ensure careful communication with customers and vigilantly monitor customer complaints that can have a negative impact on the business.
Liability for data security rests firmly on the shoulders of financial services firms but social media and mobile computing are also an opportunity for firms to improve the customer experience. Those financial services organizations that have capitalized on these technologies have realized the benefits of quick interactions with their customers that translate into bottom-line results that go beyond profits in monetary terms but result in increased customer loyalty and decrease in customer turnover."

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Looking at Smart Grid Opportunities for Growth at Mid-Year 2012 ...

Looking at Smart Grid Opportunities for Growth at Mid-Year 2012 ... | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"A few weeks back, there were some trade press headlines suggesting (incorrectly) that the smart grid was approaching umpteen billion dollars. To put much faith in that fairy tale of a report summary would be dangerous and misleading, as others have also stated. The true global market for all segments of smart grid activity (not counting infrastructure) relating to transmission, distribution, and consumer premises activities (AMI, DR, and the like), currently amounts to about 5% of that rose-colored glass outlook, or about $10 billion USD in our considered view. This amount includes all spending for control center systems, automation programs for substations and distribution networks, smart devices to monitor transmission activities, demand response and advanced metering infrastructure. This amount also includes all relevant operational software required to manage the data acquisition and analysis of real-time and historical data.


...Some major utilities will continue to forge ahead. However, it is a rather small group of utilities that currently accounts for a very high proportion of smart grid spending, not just in North America, but globally. The majority of others are still either taking a “wait and see” attitude or hoping that their coffers will soon show more profitability that will enable those companies to make significant investments in one or multiple smart grid segments.


I am a believer that a lot of “wannabe” smart grid investments are being diverted, or will very soon have to be diverted, to better protecting utility IT and operational cyber assets, and this simply will take precedent over the requirements to upgrade equipment, smarten up field monitoring and control devices, revamp communications network architecture and re-energize the electric power grid itself."

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Enterprise Mobile Solutions Drive HR Services

Enterprise Mobile Solutions Drive HR Services | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it
"Mobility has helped employees tap their wasted moments and create greater profits for the business and themselves. CFOs and CTOs now also weigh business applications on their ability to integrate with mobile technology and apps before procurement. This has led to the entry of bundled mobile application suites that deliver core HR function services. Modern mobile HR apps can include features and functions such as:

Access to schedule view
Timecard entry
Barcode scanning
Interactive self-service capabilities
Talent management and recruitment
Social media collaboration
Mass communication delivery
Multimedia delivery
Text messaging
Just in time learning and communication
Two way communication for rewards, recognition, and engagement"
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Regional Telecommunications Service Providers are Preferred Enterprise Mobility Suppliers in Asia Pacific

Regional Telecommunications Service Providers are Preferred Enterprise Mobility Suppliers in Asia Pacific | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Businesses identify service providers (SPs) with a strong presence in major markets or with significant regional presence as their main providers for mobility services. SingTel, Tata Communications, and Telstra are among the leading providers of mobility services for MNC's and local businesses in Asia Pacific. These services include international roaming, remote access, mobile security services, FMC/mobile UC, cloud computing, managed mobility, and mobilizing data applications. The SPs also have sales and technical teams in all major markets in the region and are relatively successful in building their service availability through alliances and partnerships," said Gina Luk, Senior Analyst of Mobile Workforce Strategies(MWS) at Strategy Analytics.

"We also see NTT Communications, South Korea Telecom, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom as key players in the region winning significant MNC and local businesses expansion deals for mobility services, and their potential to leverage the expansion plans of businesses regionally and internationally is substantial ," added Andrew Brown, Director of Enterprise Research at Strategy Analytics."


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Neelie Kroes presents guidelines in bid to remove cross-border hurdles to cloud uptake

Neelie Kroes presents guidelines in bid to remove cross-border hurdles to cloud uptake | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Greater use of the internet to store and process data remotely, also called cloud computing, could boost the European Union's gross domestic product by 160 billion euros [$205.96 billion] annually by 2020, the EU's digital chief said Thursday.

"Without EU action, we will stay stuck in national fortresses and miss out on billions in economic gains," EU Commissioner for the digital agenda Neelie Kroes said when setting out the bloc's new strategy."We must achieve critical mass and a single set of rules across Europe... We must tackle the perceived risks of cloud computing head-on."

The strategy, which is a non legally-binding set of guidelines, aims to set standards for cloud computing and remove cross-border barriers such as tax issues and conflicting data protection rules. The commission will work with the support of the European Network Security Agency,or ENISA, and other relevant bodies to set up EU-wide voluntary certification schemes in the area of cloud computing."

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Everything Everywhere, Telefonica and Vodafone win EU approval for joint UK mobile commerce platform

Everything Everywhere, Telefonica and Vodafone win EU approval for joint UK mobile commerce platform | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Mobile operators, Everything Everywhere, Telefonica and Vodafone, have won approval from the European Commission to move ahead with a planned mobile commerce joint venture in the UK.

News of the venture surfaced in March this year, when it was reported that the platform would provide brands and businesses with access to the companies 37 million mobile subscribers via a number of targeted services relating to marketing and payments."

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RIM Unveils BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 for Mobile Management

RIM Unveils BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 for Mobile Management | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it
Research In Motion (RIM) has annoucned a new platform directed towards its business customer base - the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10).

BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 represents a consolidation of RIM's enterprise mobility management (EMM) product portfolio, which includes our mobile device management (MDM), security, infrastructure, and app management products. It has been designed to prepare organizations for the future of mobile diversity, as well as integrate with their existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) deployment. From a single unified web-based console, BES 10 will manage the following devices:

- BlackBerry 7 OS and prior smartphones
- BlackBerry 10 devices
- BlackBerry PlayBook tablets
- iOS and Android smartphones and tablets


BES 10 is a management solution for all BlackBerry platform devices, as well as iOS and Android devices. BES 10 will launch with the first BlackBerry 10 devices in Q1 of calendar year 2013."

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Orange remains dominant global Ethernet player

Orange remains dominant global Ethernet player | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Orange Business Services, the business services arm of France Telecom (NYSE: FTE), continues to dominate the global Ethernet services market in terms of port shares, as seen in Vertical Systems Group's mid-2012 global provider Ethernet Leaderboard.

The French service provider's ongoing dedication to building out fiber and its global network in key markets including both Asia Pacific and Latin America have helped it maintain its dominance in the global Ethernet market. Complementing its own network buildouts, the service provider continues to work with various External-Network to Network Interconnection (E-NNI) service partners in all of the regions where it provides service.

Coming right behind Orange Business were both Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Colt (Nasdaq: COLT), which continued to hold onto their No. 2 and 3 rankings on the global Leaderboard."

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India's massive power blackout: Could smart grids help?

India's massive power blackout: Could smart grids help? | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"The last two days of India's blackout news have certainly framed the question those of us involved in the smart grid industry have been asking...

Could smart grids help?

Here are some of the answers we've seen among the hundreds of news reports on India's blackout.

Eric Niiler, writing in Discovery News, explored the Indian blackout and the storm-related blackouts that affected Maryland, West Virginia and D.C. recently (where many were without power for a week). His article does a good job of portraying what the challenges and payoffs are.

Adam Lesser, writing for GigaOM, called the blackout a "wake up call" and issued a brief but telling series of arguments for smart grid technologies and initiatives.

A news story in The Hindu notes that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) said it is time to implement smart grid initiatives.

Dhamodaran Ramakrishnan, director of Smarter Planet Solutions for IBM India/South Asia, commented in a blog that half of the electricity distributed in India is lost, mostly because of bad infrastructure. In his blog in India Onward, he makes a case for smart grid as the solution for India's power problems and says electric utilities and policy makers have begun taking smart grid technologies seriously. But others have said it will take years for the full impact of smart grids to be felt in the country.

Katie Fehrenbacher, also writing in GigaOM, said that while the blackout is a major problem it's also a perfect opportunity for next-generation energy technologies and the companies that provide them.

India is trying but is a long road away from solving its electricity infrastructure problems. It's an unfortunate coincidence that just last month India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced that the country had exceeded its milestone of 1 gigawatt of grid-connected solar power."

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When Will Mobile Devices Be Good For Work?

When Will Mobile Devices Be Good For Work? | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"At the New Design Paradigms for Getting Work Done in the Real World panel, Devindra Hardawar, national editor and lead mobile writer at Venturebeat, led the discussion on the state of productivity on tablets and smartphones. Speaking on the panel were Dan McCall, cofounder and chief product officer of Taptera; Sam Lawrence, CEO and cofounder of Crushpath; and Jay Zaveri, VP of product and marketing at CloudOn.


McCall said that employees struggle with switching from what they are used to--their desktop's folder structure--to the non-folder structure of the iPad. He also said that inter-app relationships are an issue as well.

But it's more than just apps not talking to each other. We still need to get used to touching the iPad, rather than typing on a keyboard and using a mouse. CloudOn's Zaveri said productivity is stuck in the last century. The workforce is changing from a single person working on a computer to lots of people working on a distributed system.

CloudOn focuses on helping employees share Microsoft documents on mobile phones. When Zaveri talked about turning Microsoft Office into a program that is accessible on the tablet, Crushpath's Lawrence responded with, "Well, you can't just turn something that was made for a desktop and try to recreate the desktop on the tablet."


"We need to be more imaginative than that," Lawrence said. "Productivity apps are boring as hell."

What if work software was as cool as your kids' gaming apps? "We need to make work software like that… that's what the entrepreneurial spirit is about," Lawrence said. "It should be something we get addicted to, so we can be more productive."

Lawrence, the former chief marketing officer of Jive Software, is now focused on re-inventing the modern sales force. He thinks salespeople should be able to use technology and their mobility to close the deal from lead to close.

"Deals don't happen in a database. Salespeople shouldn't spend all their time recording what happened in the past. We need to transition from a database world into an activity-based world," Lawrence said.


So what's causing the BYOD movement? The executives are pressing the IT guys to allow iPads and smartphones in the workplace. When an executive demands having the financial reports on his iPad, how can the IT department ignore that?

The cloud has certainly removed a lot of the friction for companies, McCall said. Zaveri agreed, but said, "It's about getting over old fears. Getting comfortable with data sitting in the cloud." For example, while the banks have opened up their systems a great deal, some regulators have come in and shut them down.
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Core business apps and M2M to grow by 37% and 41%, drive enterprise mobility

Core business apps and M2M to grow by 37% and 41%, drive enterprise mobility | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it
CHENNAI: The current landscape of enterprise mobility in India is dominated by mobile e-mail market. However, future growth engines are core business applications and mobile-to-mobile (M2M) markets. The mobile e-mail market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15% by 2017. Core business applications are estimated to grow at a CAGR of 37%, and M2M services at 41% by 2017.

"In the next few years, an important mega trend we expect is that IT Infrastructure would be around 80% wireless on a single integrated platform,"said Thejaswi Parameshwaran, program manager (Information and Communications Technology Practice) at Frost & Sullivan, South Asia and Middle East. He was speaking at the Enterprise Mobility Summit 2012, hosted by Frost & Sullivan.

By 2020, an estimated 80 billion connected devices will exist, and telecommunications would move from a consumer-centric role to a smart-enabler role. "An increasing demand for anywhere, anytime access to data and need for interconnected mobile solutions have led to CIOs and organizations adopting mobility solutions,"" said Sunil Lalvani, Director - Enterprise Sales, Research In Motion India."

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Deutsche Telekom teams up with MasterCard on mobile wallet

Deutsche Telekom teams up with MasterCard on mobile wallet | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"German operator Deutsche Telekom has signed a European partnership deal with payment provider MasterCard to enable consumers to use their mobile phones as an electronic wallet.

The two firms will initiate a trial with NFC sticker tags and cards in Poland and Germany this year, with a SIM-based mobile wallet service to be launched in the first half of next year. The m-wallet will also be open to other issuing banks and partners.

Ann Cairns, president for international markets at MasterCard Worldwide, spoke of MasterCard’s focus on facilitating mobile payments, recognising it to be an important channel for the future growth of the firm.

“The payment space continues to be ripe for innovation, particularly at a time when we’re seeing an accelerating movement away from cash – driven by technology,” she said.

Cairns said that MasterCard has long been an advocate of open technology,, which is why yhe mobile wallet service is open to other issuing banks and partners.

Eden Zoller, principal analyst at Ovum, explained that the drive behind Deutsche Telekom’s mobile payments strategy is to create a comprehensive framework that will address many of the challenges in what is currently an incomplete ecosystem."

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The enterprise needs a better network to the cloud

The enterprise needs a better network to the cloud | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Let’s imagine a company with a 200 Mbps data connection to the world, which needs to make a server platform change. To do so without shutting down the business in the process, IT staff would like to temporarily move the applications on this server to the public cloud. Let’s assume the total data to transfer would be about 10 terabytes to make this migration happen. However, transferring 10 TB of data over a typical 200 Mbps network connection would take nearly a week, assuming full bandwidth utilization, no re-transmissions and 80 percent utilization. Clearly this company is not going to be able to run this simple workload job over this network service.

This issue is quite debilitating for IT organizations, and is something service providers like Verizon have been hearing about from their enterprise customers. In fact, the company just opened a new innovation center dedicated to finding solutions that improve the integration of networks and data center infrastructure.To make this work, enterprises require new cloud network connectivity options for efficient operations—an intelligent Network-as-a-Service model that uses software defined networking to dynamically provide performance as dictated by the application. In the cloud world, demands on capacity and connectivity are fluid — entirely dependent on businesses’ specific requirements at any given time. The network supporting this environment needs to be as elastic, programmable and, in a sense, “virtualized,” as storage and servers are today."

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M2M connections to hit 2 billion in 10 years

M2M connections to hit 2 billion in 10 years | B2B Telecom Clients | Scoop.it

"Revenues generated from M2M connectivity to reach $50 billion-plus by 2021, Analysys Mason reports.


Mobile operators in developed markets are offering mobile connectivity at attractive prices, and most M2M solutions have fairly low bandwidth requirements,″ noted Hilton. ″As a result, more and more enterprises are choosing mobile M2M rather than fixed-line M2M.″


By 2021 just 7% of all M2M connections worldwide will be over fixed networks, down from just under 20% in 2011. The vast majority of fixed-line M2M solutions are in developed countries, due to the lack of fixed infrastructure in emerging markets.


The utility sector will account for 61% of M2M connections in 2021. The automotive and transport sector will have the highest share of connectivity-related revenue by that date with 43%, driven by the growing adoption of connected car solutions, Analysys Mason believes."

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