Archive for May, 2007

Indicators: Week of 5/27/07

Thursday, May 31st, 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.

The Inventions – hints

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Last week I shared with you six “laws” that I use in the book to explain why six inventions have had such a dramatic impact on society and business. I asked you to guess which inventions go with the laws.

I haven’t yet gotten a response with all six inventions correctly guessed, so let me provide one more set of hints.

These are not necessarily in the same order as the laws (I don’t want to make it too easy), but these are indicators of the impact of each of the six inventions:

  1. Thanks to this invention, a task involving London and Bombay was reduced from 10 weeks to four minutes.
  2. Within 3 years, the revenues from this one invention for just one company were enough for that product division to have been ranked #74 in the Fortune 500.
  3. This invention directly led to one product growing from being an insignificant export to becoming 39 percent of exports over a mere 60 year span.
  4. In one year, three companies that today are household names came into existence because this invention changed the rules of competition across industries.
  5. Prior to this invention, most people had no reason to know or care the calendar year in which they were born.
  6. It took 21 years for the first billion people to start using this invention. It only took three years for the second billion people to start using it.

Send your guesses to

Beyond the Phone: May 2007

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Converging products into a cellphone is one way that mobility is getting built into every product, but it’s not the only way. Every month, I’ll focus on devices that are integrating the power of mobility into products themselves in ways that create new value for the customer. Power up!

Capturing the Power: Week of 5/27/07

Wednesday, May 30th, 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

The Power of Mobility book – now available for pre-order on Amazon

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

As a first time author, every milestone is exciting, so please forgive me for reporting on every inch of movement towards The Power of Mobility’s release.

The book is now available for pre-order from Amazon (and so naturally Borders).

If you want a peek into the publishing process, here’s what’s happened so far (through my eyes – I’m sure it looks very different from the perspective of all the folks working hard at Wiley).

  • Last summer and fall, my agent shared a proposal for the book with the largest publishers of business books.
  • In the fall, we collected offers and talked to the publishers who were interested.
  • Obviously, we selected John Wiley & Sons. Wiley has a long tradition of success, is one of the world’s largest publishers of both business and technology books, but most importantly, my rapport with the editor and publisher was strong.
  • We worked through the complexities of a contract involving Wiley, myself, and my employer.
  • At the beginning of April, I submitted the final manuscript to Wiley.
  • Wiley began copyediting the manuscript – fixing my typos, grammar errors, spelling errors, and breaches of the rules laid out in the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • At the beginning of May, Wiley returned the edited manuscript to me for the “check of edits.”
  • Over the next few weeks, I read the book again (it still seems like a pretty good read!) checking to make sure the edits didn’t change the meaning of what I’d originally written.
  • On Friday, I returned the “CoE” to Wiley with any corrections.
  • As I understand it, the next step is for the book to be typeset. I’ll get one last look at it before it goes to the printer.
  • In September, all will be revealed!

Business Models: May 2007

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

As the Mobility Era matures, obviously a key question will be “how to make money?”. There are plenty of opinions on the best answer to this question. The below is very inclusive and I provide no editorial functions, so don’t take from my selections, ordering, headlines, etc. any indications of the interests or plans of my employer (if you do, you’ll undoubtedly be disappointed when they don’t play out):

Managing the Danger: Week of 5/27/07

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Bonus: Jason Langridge shares his top 10 security concerns for Windows Mobile.

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.

Recent Research: May 2007

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Research is good. Free highlights from expensive research reports are great. Here are some recent headlines:

Converged Products: Week of 5/27/07

Monday, May 28th, 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.

Telco 2.0

Friday, May 25th, 2007

In contrast with the very technology-oriented discussion in which I participated early this week as part of Light Reading’s Telecom 2.0 event, I recently had a very service-oriented discussion with Martin Geddes of Telco 2.0. That discussion became an interview of sorts published this week on the Telco 2.0 blog.

Here’s the lead-in to give you a sense, but click through if you want to read the full discussion.

We recently had the pleasure of talking to Russ McGuire, Director of Corporate Strategy for Sprint Nextel. Russ is a fellow blogger, and also is an industry authority on pretty much any issue you choose to discuss. We asked him how how Sprint Nextel is looking at the market through a Telco 2.0 lens. He directed us to the Sprint Advanced Wireless Solutions (SAWS) as an example of applying a platform and partnership approach to the corporate market. We liked it for several reasons: customer needs focused, opening up core IT and network functions to 3rd party enterprise applications, organisational change to support delivery, and a proactive approach to partnership. Who cares about being a dumb pipe if you’re making your money from your customer support and IT capabilities?

Russ has kindly taken the time to answer some questions on the programme and share the lessons with Telco 2.0 blog readers.

Thanks Martin!