Archive for December, 2007

Big Bell Dogma: December 2007

Monday, December 31st, 2007

As we work to build mobility into every product, service, and process, our greatest inhibitor is the mindset represented by those who defend the tethering of products and processes to specific places. This mindset is fueled by the investments that have been made that establish power in the companies, departments, and individuals that stand in the way of mobilizing our lives and our businesses. These investments are not always in hard assets, but often are investments of time and experience to establish intellectual and relational assets. We should expect our assault on these ways to be defended to the death. Here are recent examples:

Complete list here.

(For more context, read the Mobile Declaration of Independence.)

Now playing: Red Mountain Church – Love Me to the End

Beyond the Phone: December 2007

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Bonus: BusinessWeek says “Open Networks Could Spark a Gadget Boom

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!

Now playing: Sara Groves – I Saw What I Saw

Recent Research: December 2007

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

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

Now playing: Andrew Osenga – Santa Barbara

Business Models: December 2007

Friday, December 28th, 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):

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Indicators: Week of 12/23/07

Thursday, December 27th, 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.

Now playing: Red Mountain Church – With Melting Heart and Weeping Eyes

2008 Predictions

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

A year ago I took my first crack at predicting the coming year in mobility.? It seemed so easy back then and seems so hard heading into 2008, but I’ll take my best shot and hope I can best my 70% score from last year.? As always, these predictions do not reflect any non-public information that I have as part of my job, so don’t try to read anything into this other than Russ’ guesses and hopes for the coming year.? My focus is on the U.S., so I apologize in advance to my more globally-minded readers.

In searching for ten things that might actually be meaningful and possible over the next 12 months, I applied some structure that I thought was worth representing as I shared this list, thus the category headers:


  1. A top 4 mobile operator (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) will launch a disruptive offer that causes others to react.
  2. One of the 7 best known mobile operators (VZ,T,S,T-Mo, Alltel, Leap, MetroPCS) will be acquired or merged into another company.


  3. At least one non-traditional player will be a 700MHz winner.
  4. Mobile WiMax launches will generate meaningful critical and popular success.

    Consumer Adoption

  5. The inital launch of Android-based phones will generate iPhone-like mania.
  6. However, by the end of 2008, less than 1 million Android-based phones will have been sold in the U.S.

    Business Adoption

  7. Enterprise customers and IT vendors (e.g. systems integrators) will embrace mobile Linux (including Android).
  8. Businesses will significantly increase adoption of line-of-business mobile applications


  9. Law of Mobility blog traffic will double December 2008 over December 2007.
  10. Total sales of The Power of Mobility will reach 20,000 by year end 2008.

Capturing the Power: Week of 12/23/07

Wednesday, December 26th, 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

Now playing: John Waller – Still Calls Me Son

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

May the Joy of Christmas fill your hearts this festive day!

Thank you to everyone for your support throughout the year!

From the ESV translation of the Bible (Luke 2):

The Birth of Jesus Christ

2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when [1] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, [2] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, ?Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.? 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,


14 ?Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!? [3]

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ?Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.? 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Managing the Danger: Week of 12/23/07

Tuesday, December 25th, 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:

Full list here.

Now playing: T-Bone Burnett – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (with Sam Phillips)

Converged Products: Week of 12/23/07

Monday, December 24th, 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.

Now playing: Tuck Andress – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen