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I have received criticism concerning this weekly summary of market numbers and news related to enterprise mobility.  As I wish to add value to SCN, I do not want to publish any content that is not valued by the readers, so I need your vote on whether to stop sharing my weekly research with SCN, or continue sharing it.  What say you?  Please let me know!  Please comment with YES if it is valued, NO if it is not.  Thanks!

Now for the news:

Mobile operators could be set to reach ‘End of Profit’ in a little over two years, as the costs of building and running their networks exceed the revenues that they are generating, according to a recent forecast.


Worldwide mobile data traffic is due to increase 26-fold to 75 exabytes annually, says networking giant Cisco.


Morgan Stanley recently surveyed 50 enterprise CIOs about current and future tablet deployments and came back with some pretty astonishing findings:  21 percent of them are already purchasing tablets for employees and 51 percent expect to begin doing so in the coming year.


Enterprise mobility is the biggest single trend across tech industry investment and innovation, even outpacing the cloud-computing trend, states a recent Forrester report.


Apple’s iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, are increasingly being bought for use in companies.  They now account for 65 percent of all devices activated for enterprise use after discounting activations of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry enterprise phones, according to a report by Good Technology.


SAP has announced its induction to the Wholesale Application Community, a global alliance of major organizations in the telecommunications industry that is committed to creating a unified and open platform for the market of mobile applications.  SAP provides one of the core solutions for WAC powering all developer settlement activities.


SAP has announced that it has added a new feature pack to its Business that adds support for Apple’s iPad and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry. This update allows for more customization, support for mobile devices and integration into on-premises installations.


More than four billion people around the world now use cell phones, and for 450 million of those people the Web is a fully mobile experience.  The ways information technologies are deployed are also changing, as new developments such as virtualization and cloud computing reallocate technology costs and usage patterns.


Packaged mobile apps will soon replace custom built ones as the predominant deployment model inside the enterprise.  This will not only slash the cost and time needed for organizations to roll out mobile apps, but will also kick start a new phase of rapid growth for enterprise mobility.


In the fourth quarter of 2010, smartphones accounted for 22.2 percent of the quarter’s 452 million sales in mobile devices.  Worldwide mobile device sales to end-users totaled 1.6 billion units in 2010, a 31.8 percent increase from 2009.


Google announced on its blog that so called two-factor authentication via cell phone is now available for all users logging into Google apps like Gmail and Google Docs, not just the business accounts that gained the feature last September.


After the desktop stalwarts of Windows 7 and Mac OS, the world’s third most popular platform for web browsing turns out to be Apple’s iOS.  The software that makes iPhones, iPod touches and iPads tick has been identified by Net Applications as responsible for over two percent of the global traffic data analyzed in the web statistician’s latest report.


Think mobile data demand is big today, with 94 million smartphones shipped this year and five billion mobile subscribers?  Well, Cisco says it’s going to get a lot bigger by 2015, with worldwide mobile data traffic set to increase 26-fold between 2010 and 2015, reaching 6.3 exabytes per month.


Demand for global mobile data bandwidth soared 73 percent in the back half of 2010, fueling a near 200 percent rise in usage over the course of the year, research by Allot Communications shows.


According to Gartner’s latest mobile sales numbers, the rise of Android hasn’t been quite as meteoric as you might think — even with 888.8 percent growth in 2010.


I look forward to counting your votes and acting accordingly!

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  1. Former Member
    … I don’t need the weekly linkfarm which I am already reading at dedicated portals elsewhere.

    But I would be more than happy if you would share your personal day-to-day experience and insight into real-world projects as a consultant in the mobile area.

    kind regards, anton

  2. Martin Lang
    Hey Kevin,
    I have to admit, I have not always checked your Mobility News Weekly, however I checked some of them and have at times found relevant and valuable info.
    I certainly appreciate all the research you are doing on the topic and you sharing it with the community, would be sad to see you stop that.
    Personally one thing that would help me most to consume your Mobility News better would be a bit more structure, maybe as simple as some headers, structuring the news into e.g.
    Hardware/Software/Carrier/Consumer/Enterprise/Security or other similar groupings as applicable. Of course for some this might be challenging as their might be an overlap, but I would think for most it might be relatively easy to do that and it would certainly be much easier to consume the news most relevant and valuable to me as the reader.
    Of course if you can provide your perspective on some of the items, that would be even “awesomer”, but I do understand that this was not the purpose of the Mobility News Weekly, it’s more of a sharing of current News based on your research. For your perspective on certain specific items you anyway do lots of other blogging or video blogging etc. which is greatly appreciated!
  3. Former Member
    I’ve been no stranger to this conversation over the years, on many occasion I raised the question of “Blog it or Wiki it” and I’ve often had a unique position of being able to see 100% of the blog content coming in as opposed to just what has been published over the years and I’ve noticed many things….

    SDN is now SCN and of the solid half million (probably more) blog subscribers (that was monthly) don’t all care about the same content as each other. I think Kevin putting the question forward when his content was called into question by a handful was the right approach and it seems that based on the comments the majority (myself included) want to see his weekly summary continue – some suggestions arose about him putting more focus on one item or the other and putting a bit more “meat” into it to that I would say “Kevin if you have the time and the inclination please do so” however if not then I’ll still continue to read.

    Had the majority said “no” then I would also accept that and still continue to read his summary on his own blog instead of a place I like to visit daily.

    Keep it up Kevin!

    1. Matthias Steiner
      Hi Craig,

      true words. In fact, I think most if not all(!) of us would like to see Kevin’s undisputed expertise to remain on SCN.

      I understood his disclaimer for this week’s post as an encouragement to provide suggestions for alternative/additional ways to serve his followers. As I stated, he’s committed to excellence. I for one would be grateful to get such 360° feedback on how to improve – it clearly indicates interest in him and his content.

      Not sure if Kevin’s time allows for it, yet it sounded like some of the people around would be thrilled to tap a little deeper…

      Craig, as you’ve been deeply involved in the mobile space and as such you benefit from the content as-is already, I guess.

      Guess it comes down to the target audience and expectations, even personal taste.

      It’s up to Kevin to take this feedback and do as it pleases him. He may gain a few more regulars if he provide additional info – if not, his royal fan base will continue to follow him.

    2. Former Member

      You said we have about a solid of half million (probably more) blog subscribers…

      So…wouldn’t it make sense to establish a limit of what’s the voice of the community on this topic? I mean…is 50 people saying yes enough? 100 people? We’re talking about 500,000 or more…of course not all of them are going to be interested in this and going to reply…but having only 8 yes responses it’s for sure not an indication that things are going well…

      In this case…then I could start my own Scripting Languages News Weekly…and nope…I’m not trying to be sarcastic here…but I have 3 more blogs, besides my own SCN Blogging space…one I use it for things in Spanish, second I use for things that are not exactly SCN material and third I used for my SCN and Technologies based comics…I got a lot of people who follow my blogs…but it doesn’t mean I’m going to port that content into SCN…

      My recommendation…Kevin should start a blog on Blogger/WordPress, write a blog saying “Here’s my new Mobility News blog…if you want to follow, subscribe using your favorite RSS Reader”…I think that would be a great option…


      1. Former Member
        Well Blag, actually Kevin does that and has that already – now for those numbers those are “total” readers (these are also very old numbers so they are probably higher) but now the question for you – how many of them are “mobile” and therefore should those who are “mobile” have not a higher say than those who are not? It is after all “mobile” content. So if there are 100 “mobile” readers and “50” respond “yes” and “50” “no” then it’s the author’s choice – if though only 3 respond “no” then you seem to have an answer.

        It’s obvious from your POV that you don’t like the content, yet myself and others do so is it not wiser for you to “ignore” this weekly post then?

        Granted if a majority of “mobile” readers say “no” then OK but where does one draw the line?

        Oh and if you did create a “scripting” weekly I would be one of the first to read it and provided the links you were sharing were actually “good” I would support your continued efforts – I am after all a “scripter” reader too.

        I think we all have to first understand that the “voice of the community” is not necessarily “SCN” but rather the “mobile readers of SCN”…

        1. Former Member
          sorry Craig, but this is kind of ridculous.

          who is a mobile reader? isn’t today anyone in this industry a mobile reader? most of us are interested personally, many are involved as enterprise users of mobility solutions, a growing number if not a lot of us are involved in drafting, deciding on, developing, selling and rolling out mobile solutions.

          do you want to say, that he who writes a blog tagged mobile is to decide whom of his readers is mobile and who is not?

          or do you decide as newly appointed mobility evangelist?

          if so, please tell me someone if I am mobile or not, so in case I am not, I refrain from further disturbing your circles (and return all my gadgets to the dealers and cancel professional appointments on mobility topics).

          1. Former Member
            A bit uncalled for Anton, sounds almost like you are getting personal…

            My point is, that a topic area does not necessarily include all 2 million or half million or what users but rather the topic area has a targeted audience and that audience should decide shouldn’t it? My point was simply that perhaps the guidelines should apply per topic area and not perhaps to SCN as a whole?

            And this was as the conversation had turned to  what’s “blog content on SCN” supposed to be.

            My only stake here is my interest in the content and the majority of the replies so far say they want it (some would like to see enhancement) and I’d rather see the conversation stick to this topic (meaning this weekly update) BUT if it’s going to broaden to a whole blog topic on SCN then I’d also prefer to see guidelines for that topic and not a general blanket across all of SCN.

            of course I guess it’s also a small point unless either SCN makes a decision or Kevin decides one way or the other…

            1. Former Member
              nothing personal intended Craig.
              All I wanted to say is that there is no mobile reader. Everyone who reads this blogs has an equal right to have an opinion on it. Maybe there are some special topic areas where there are specialized readers but certainly not for a broad topic like mobile but even there I don’t think that the bloggers of that area decide who are ‘valid’ readers an who are not.
              1. Gregory Misiorek
                are you guys talking about the same topic? i think Kevin is targeting mobile producers (not consumers/users) that are definitely minority in that fast spreading technology.

                i have tried wiki’s in the past, but somehow/somewhere lost my publishing rights and never pressed for getting them back, but i don’t really care if i get a lot of comments as mine is a very narrow audience. what i care more about is that my content will be there in the future, but i like the story telling aspect of blogs, something wiki is not really suited for.

                my 2 cents/3 Groschen @greg_not_so (no tweet)

  4. Mark Finnern
    Hi Kevin,

    I like this condensed version of SAP Enterprise relevant mobile news.

    It would be even better if there would be some Kevin Benedikt insights in there too. The “What surprised me this week was: xxx” “I called around to find out more and my sources tell me …”
    “In summary my recommendation for SAP and it’s customers is …”

    Ty it back to your excellent Enterprise Mobility 2011 Analysis earlier this year: Enterprise Mobility 2011: An Analysis and you have a killer post that people look forward to. Oh, this is interesting, can’t wait to find out on Friday what Kevin thinks.

    In summary the collection of SAP enterprise mobile news links are important, what would make it really relevant is to bring in you analysis and summary, what does it mean for SAP and its customers and partners.

    Good luck, Mark.

  5. John Moy
    Hi Kevin,

    Here is my suggestion on your dilemma. And it relates entirely to how I would prefer to consume your content, and may not apply to others.

    Firstly, you bring tremendous industry experience in mobility to the SAP community so I would want to see you continue to contribute your knowledge and findings.  Please continue to do so!

    Here are my suggestions (and why) …

    (i)  I would MUCH prefer to see the individual items listed in your blogs published via your Twitter feed (rather than a weekly tweet that is titled ‘Mobility News Weekly …’).  Why?  Primarily for practical reasons.  I (and many others interested in mobility) consume your content via a mobile device, often when on public transport or during lunch breaks etc.  But often we have poor network connections.  The great thing is that most Twitter clients cache the last timeline on the device so I can read through the tweets and flag anything (with web links) to read immediately or to read later (if the network connection is poor).  I would love to be able to see your individual links listed on my twitter timeline, so that from the descriptions I can decide which ones to flag and read later.  Instead too often when I see your ‘Mobility News Weekly ..’ title it is not compelling enough for me to flag for later reading, when I have other specific mobility links in my timeline.  Instead I need to remind myself to go directly to your blog site (bypassing SCN) to review your posts, but I am sure I miss some.  If you posted them in Twitter I would be much less likely to miss them.  When it comes down to it this is actually a usability thing for me.  Posting the granular tweets on Twitter (where they can be cached when I have a good network connection) lets me see the content more quickly, and when consuming this content via brittle networks this can make all the difference.

    (ii)  For SCN, my suggestion would be to shift to a monthly summarization where you perhaps reflect on the developments in mobility for the month and how they might affect the SAP ecosystem, including the most relevant links for the SAP community (not all of them!).  With a monthly blog, you would have time to add your own analysis, thoughts and opinions (only 12 a year!).  You can refer people who want the full experience to follow your RSS feed, Twitter feed, or go to your blog site.  One potential argument against this is that the world of mobility is moving so fast that a month can be a long time.  But all things considered, I as a consumer of your content would prefer a monthly summarization blog on SCN, augmented with live granular Twitter / RSS feeds.

    That’s just my personal suggestion, tailored to my own circumstances!  Keep up the great work, and look forward to meeting you at Mastering SAP in Sydney!



  6. Former Member
    Hi Kevin
    this (SNC) is a controlled network, serving corporative interests. It does not matter if people from the community votes positively for your content, if owners of the control don’t like it, you should not publish it.
    SCN is not a democracy, welcome to the real world.

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