Archive for September, 2006

Mobility Revolution – Is It Here Yet?

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

This week I participated in the CIO Bootcamp at Interop.

Before getting up to speak, I couldn’t help but notice that nearly everyone in the room had a mobile device of some kind and were using it during breaks (actual or imagined) to check their e-mail. Some would say that the Mobility Revolution is at hand. We all know that mobility is a requirement for our lives and our jobs and if you don’t have a mobile phone and mobile e-mail, then obviously you are behind the times.

So, here’s my analogy…

Think back to 1994. This was before the Netscape IPO. It was before AT&T had introduced flat-rate dialup Internet. It was before Windows 95 bundled an IP stack and Internet Explorer into the operating system. In 1994, it was unusual to have an e-mail address on your business card. If you did, you clearly were an early adopter of the Internet.

Now, fast forward to December 1995. All the things I mentioned above had now happened. By December 1995, everyone knew they had to be on the Internet. If you DIDN’T have your e-mail address on your card you were clearly a technology laggard.

But… Had the Internet Revolution really happened?

From a consumer perspective, realize that Yahoo was only incorporated in April 1995. Amazon didn’t even come into existence until July 1995. eBay launched Labor Day weekend in 1995. The Google guys didn’t develop BackRub until 1996. So, we were all still just beginning to get a glimpse of how the Internet would change our lives.

On the business side, things lagged significantly. As one indication, IBM didn’t launch their eBusiness campaign until 1997. Over the years, this campaign did a good job of introducing, in a credible way, how businesses could leverage the Internet and IP-based technologies to revolutionize how they operate their companies and how they compete in the marketplace.

To provide perspective, I started my talk this week by asking what would happen if the IT executives in the room took out all the PCs in their business. Could they figure out a way to still operate the business? Probably not. There’s no way to go back to a pre-PC world. What would happen if they took all the IP networks and the Internet out of their business. Could they come up with a fall-back plan to keep the company going? I seriously doubt it. The Internet Revolution has happened and has radically changed everything about how we do business.

What about mobile devices. If they all went away, most companies in most of their operations could figure out how to get by. Sure, we’d be miserable, but we’d survive. It’s December 1995 transformed into the mobile world.  We know mobility is important, but it isn’t yet fully integrated into how we do business.
But it will be.

Power up!

Enabling Technology: Week of 9/10/06

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

The Law of Mobility talks about value increasing with mobility. The impact of this law is being felt because the barriers to building mobility in are being obliterated week after week. Here are examples of technology advances enabling this to happen:

Full list here.

Indicators: Week of 9/10/06

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

More and more, the world around us reflects the growing assumption of the law of mobility. Each week we will track indicators of Mobility’s growing importance in our businesses, our lives, and our society:

Full list here.

Capturing the Power: Week of 9/10/06

Saturday, September 16th, 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:

Managing the Danger: Week of 9/10/06

Saturday, September 16th, 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 mobility and how some firms are beginning to manage it:

The complete list is here.

Converged Products: Week of 9/10/06

Friday, September 15th, 2006

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

Enabling Technology: Week of 9/3/06

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

The Law of Mobility talks about value increasing with mobility. The impact of this law is being felt because the barriers to building mobility in are being obliterated week after week. Here are examples of technology advances enabling this to happen:

Full list here.

Indicators: Week of 9/3/06

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

More and more, the world around us reflects the growing assumption of the law of mobility. Each week we will track indicators of Mobility’s growing importance in our businesses, our lives, and our society:

Full list here.

Capturing the Power: Week of 9/3/06

Saturday, September 9th, 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:

    Complete list here.

Managing the Danger: Week of 9/3/06

Saturday, September 9th, 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 mobility and how some firms are beginning to manage it:

The complete list is here.