Archive for October, 2006

Capturing the Power: Week of 10/15/06

Wednesday, October 18th, 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 10/15/06

Wednesday, October 18th, 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.

LBS World Forum: Context Matters!

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Yesterday I participated in the LBS World Forum in Los Angeles. Some interesting topics came up that I’m sure to address here in the coming days/weeks. A quick shout-out to Jonathan and Roland for giving me some new Power of Mobility thoughts to chew on.

But I also wanted to repeat to this broader audience the statement that started my talk yesterday. I was excited to be with the LBS community yesterday because I believe they are foundational to the launching of the Mobility Revolution. If you go back to the two previous technology revolutions – the PC revolution was sparked by the killer app (VisiCalc) that made real and tangible the power of the PC over previous ways of doing business – the Internet revolution was sparked by the 3Cs (dynamic content, commerce, and community) that made real and tangible the power of the Internet to those who began to adopt it.

With mobility, I believe that context will make real and tangible the unique power of mobility. Where am I? Who am I with? What am I doing? How’s my schedule for the rest of the day? Who am I meeting with later today? Where am I going next? What’s the weather here? What’s the weather there? All of these factors already impact how we connect with information and connect with people. However, today the burden of making these connections falls to the individual user and the ease of adjusting how I connect varies dramatically across applications. Some of us are blessed with great assistants (thanks Deanna) who can take on some of this work, but more often than not we simply don’t have time to deal with it and end up either missing critical connections or becoming inefficient by defaulting to a “standard mode” that doesn’t well suit our current situation.

The power of mobility will become apparent, and will radically redefine how we live, work, and play, as our converged devices work cross-application to factor context into everything we do. Location Based Services (the LBS in “LBS World Forum”) are the first working examples of what this means.

As a quick example, consider the #TAXI service from CellWand, a Toronto-based company. #TAXI does something very common and very simple. By entering the short code, you call a taxi. However, the service is powerful because it takes into account the current context. It uses your location information (with your permission) to identify the taxi companies that are best able to serve you where you are and it uses telephone network context to quickly find a cab company that is ready to take your call (avoiding frustrating busy signals).

So hopefully you can start to see why I was excited to be with the LBS World Forum group yesterday. The experts gathered in that room are the very ones who are transforming mobility from convenience to the kind of power that can spark a revolution!

Power Up!

Converged Products: Week of 10/15/06

Monday, October 16th, 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.

Complete list here.

Enabling Technology: Week of 10/08/06

Friday, October 13th, 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 10/08/06

Thursday, October 12th, 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 10/08/06

Wednesday, October 11th, 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 10/08/06

Tuesday, October 10th, 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 10/08/06

Monday, October 9th, 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.

Complete list here.

SPOT Not

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

I received an e-mail this week from Microsoft with the subject “Your new Smart Watch is on us.”

Microsoft and its manufacturing partners have recently introduced the second generation of SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology) products. Being the gadget freak I am, I bought a first generation SPOT watch. This makes me an obvious candidate for the 2nd generation products.

It’s a really cool concept – bandwidth built into a watch so that where ever you go, you can receive headlines, sports scores, weather reports, etc. In other words, Microsoft’s concept is perfectly aligned with the Law of Mobility – this should be a high value product because mobility is built in – more valuable than a watch because of the connectivity, more valuable than a newspaper subscription because its with you all the time.

However, when my one year subscription to the Microsoft Direct service ran out, I didn’t renew it, cutting off the flow of information to my bulky, geeky watch. Why would I give up on such a mobility-validating product?

And why am I going to pass on Microsoft’s offer to send me an expensive watch?

Bottom line, I don’t need it. Since I have my cellphone with me all the time, and since I can easily access headlines, sports scores, weather updates, traffic updates, and virtually everything else offered by the SPOT watch, why would I pay yet another service fee to Microsoft to access that information?

In fact, Microsoft may have really missed it by betting on the watch as the SPOT delivery vehicle. In addition to all the SPOT information, the cellphone is even making the wrist watch obsolete.

Microsoft has now moved beyond the wrist watch. I’m excited about Microsoft blazing the trail in building mobility into everyday items, but I doubt that the FM, one-way, limited capacity SPOT model will win out in the face of the coming 4G model, but time will tell!