Archive for March, 2007

Enabling Technology: Week of 3/18/07

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

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 3/18/07

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

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 3/18/07

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Bonus: Jonathan Grubb has some great advice for folks wanting to capture the power of mobility with their web-based products: 8 ways to mobilize your web product.

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

Motorola? Palm?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Palm’s the news this week.  I don’t have any inside scoop on this story, but I think Om did a good job analyzing the strategic implications.

Just in case he’s right and Motorola ends up being the big winner, I can’t pass up the chance to remind everyone what I said way back in November:

“Which brings us to some pure, unfounded speculation. Given Motorola’s aggressive buying spree, it’s natural to ask what’s next. How about Palm? Palm’s stock has been trading down this year, making it affordable and maybe even attractive. Palm’s products are a great complement to both Moto’s consumer portfolio and Symbol’s more hard working devices. And the combination of Good and Treo has been a pretty popular combination in the market.”

Even if Motorola loses out in this week’s bidding, obviously the logic in that posting still holds and Motorola has good reason to be actively considering picking up Palm.

Managing the Danger: Week of 3/18/07

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

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 3/18/07

Monday, March 19th, 2007

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 3/11/07

Friday, March 16th, 2007

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 3/11/07

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

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 3/11/07

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

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

Google gets it!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

No, this isn’t about a gPhone, or whatever you want to call it. I don’t know anything about Google’s plans in that space.

But, I do know that Google filed a patent last October that is very obtusely worded around text entry, but that really indicates that Google understands that context is what’s going to unlock tremendous new power in the mobility era.

I tried reading the patent filing, but found this post at Mad4MobilePhones much more coherent.

Here are some of the most relevant quotes from that post:

“The patent filing details an application that can predict what a user is searching for or the words they are typing in a text message by taking into account the users location, previous searching / messaging history and even the time of day.”

“This patent is truly groundbreaking in what the application could do. Imagine that you are planning a night out in London. At 6pm Google could predict you are looking for a restaurant and, given your history of looking for directions to Chinese restaurants every week, would select an array of suitable places for you to eat.”

“At 9pm you would turn your phone on again and Google would know you wanted bars near the restaurant. At 11pm Google again predicts you need a list of local taxi firms.”

Exactly! This is the power of mobility!