Archive for April, 2006

Enabling Technology: Week of 4/23/06

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

The Law of Mobility talks about value increasing with mobility. The impact of this law is being felt because the cost of adding mobility into products is falling, making it a no-brainer for mobility to be built into everything. Here are examples of technology advances enabling this to happen:

Smartphones vs. PDAs: The Law of Mobility in action

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

According to a recent report by IDC, shipments for handheld devices (i.e. non-phone PDAs) continued a nine-quarter trend of year over year declines, dropping 22.3% to 1.5 million devices shipped worldwide in the first quarter of this year.

Contrasting this with increasing adoption of smartphones (PDAs with mobile phone service built in) demonstrates how highly consumers value mobility. ABI Research projects that shipments of smartphones will double in 2006 to 123 million units (that would imply that first quarter 2006 shipments should be at least 15 million, ten times PDA shipments).

Considering that smartphones typically cost twice as much as PDAs with similar functionality (e.g. the Palm Treo 650 costs $680 before rebates at BestBuy, while the Palm T/X high-end PDA only costs $309), clearly the Law plays out not just in market success, but also in premium pricing.

Managing the Danger: Week of 4/23/06

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

In order to be winners in the new mobile era, businesses will not only need to capture the power of mobility, but also manage the danger. Highlighted below are recent examples of the danger of mobiliity and how some firms are beginning to manage it:

Capturing the Power: Week of 4/23/06

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Mobility is a wonderful thing. As mobility gets built into all products and services, businesses need to learn how to both capture the power of mobility and manage the dangers introduced through mobility. Here are some examples of how the power of mobility is being applied to create competitive advantage:

Converged Products: Week of 4/23/06

Friday, April 28th, 2006

The most convenient way that mobility is getting built into products is through the convergence of capabilities that previously existed as standalone products into the cellphone. That way, those products are now with you and available for your use whenever you need them wherever you go.

Enabling Technology: Week of 4/16/06

Monday, April 24th, 2006

The Law of Mobility talks about value increasing with mobility. The impact of this law is being felt because the cost of adding mobility into products is falling, making it a no-brainer for mobility to be built into everything. Here are examples of technology advances enabling this to happen:

Mobile Music: Springy Edition

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Spring screams of new life and optimism that just begs rolling down the windows, cranking up the stereo and going mobile. I hope there’s something new here for your springtime playlist:

Managing the Danger: Week of 4/16/06

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

In order to be winners in the new mobile era, businesses will not only need to capture the power of mobility, but also manage the danger. Highlighted below are recent examples of the danger of mobiliity and how some firms are beginning to manage it:

The Return of Text

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

Lately, I’m just as likely to read my e-mail on my mobile device as I am at my desktop.  That’s fine – that’s the power of mobility.  The problem is that many of the e-mails I receive are graphically formated and unfortunately, the Mobile Outlook on my device doesn’t gracefully support graphical messages, making these messages virtually unreadable.

This observation takes me back to the boom days of the Internet.  Maybe you can remember when folks started trying to make their e-mail newsletters more attractive using HTML formatting.  If you remember those days, you can probably remember there were lots of challenges.  Many e-mail clients didn’t support formatted messages, or maybe not in standardized ways.  AOL users were particularly encumbered, which created real problems for newsletter publishers since AOL represented the largest population of Internet users.

If, like me, you were actually wrestling to effectively send out messages that neither had to revert to the lowest common denominator of text nor exclude graphically challenged readers, then these memories are not fond.  You may recall needing to give your subscribers options of whether to receive formatted or text messages.  Or you may recall trying to send multi-part messages with alternative text versions embedded along with the graphical versions. 

You probably also remember rejoicing the day when finally it seemed that the whole world had moved on to e-mail clients capable of properly presenting graphical messages.

Well guess what.  As mobile e-mail becomes an increasing part of our lives, we may just need to return to those dark days of supporting text-based messages.

Hopefully, e-mail client vendors will recognize this problem and quickly add in full support for formatted messages.  Meanwhile, it may be time to brush-up on your multi-part message skills…

Capturing the Power: Week of 4/16/06

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

Mobility is a wonderful thing. As mobility gets built into all products and services, businesses need to learn how to both capture the power of mobility and manage the dangers introduced through mobility. Here are some examples of how the power of mobility is being applied to create competitive advantage: