Rob Tiffany Named one of the Top 50 Influential Mobile Industry Personalities to Watch Out For

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In ContractIQ’s analysis of the most important executives in the mobile space, Rob was ranked among the top 50 most influential mobile thinkers & doers.

This list of mobile leaders is mind-blowing and I’m honored to be among them. Here’s a short sampling of some of the other executives who made the list:

Benedict Evans

 

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Partner at Andreessen Horowitz a16z

Sundar Pichai

 

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CEO at Google

Eddy Cue

 

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SVP at Apple

John Legere

 

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CEO at T-Mobile

Travis Kalanick

 

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CEO at Uber

Brendan Iribe

 

Brendan Iribe

CEO at Oculus Rift

Ma Huateng

 

Ma Huateng

CEO at Tencent

Steve Mollenkopf

 

Steve Mollenkopf

CEO at Qualcomm

Evan Spiegal

 

Evan Spiegal

CEO at Snapchat

Lie Jun

 

Lie Jun

CEO at Xiaomi

 

Check it out at: https://contractiq.com/influentials-mobile-50-2015

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Enterprise Mobility on STL Tech Talk CodeCast

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I was thrilled to join Gus Emery (@n_f_e) and JJ Hammond (@jjhammondmusic) for a lively discussion of the past and future of Microsoft enterprise mobility on CodeCast Episode 12 of @STLTechTalk.

These guys are doing great work in the developer community! Go check out their site!

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//build/ : Wrap a Mobile API around your Enterprise and take Data Offline with NoSQL on Windows Phones and Tablets

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For those of you who couldn’t make it to San Francisco, here’s my session on Wrapping a Mobile API around your Enterprise and taking Data Offline with NoSQL on Windows Phones and Tablets from //build/.

Enterprise mobility is a top priority for Chief Information Officers who must empower employees and reach customers by moving data from backend systems out to apps on mobile devices. This data must flow over inefficient wireless data networks, be consumable by any mobile device, and scale to support millions of users while delivering exceptional performance. Since wireless coverage is inconsistent, apps must store this data offline so users can be productive in the absence of connectivity.

In this video you’ll learn how to build fast and scalable REST + JSON APIs using the ASP.NET Web API while employing techniques such as data sharding and in-memory caching. On the device, you’ll learn how your apps can work with offline data via in-memory NoSQL tables that use LINQ to support the same CRUD operations as relational databases. You’ll walk away from this session with the ability to deliver flexible server solutions that work on-premise or in Azure and device solutions that work with Windows Phones and Tablets.

Download the two Visual Studio projects and associated source code from GitHub:
https://github.com/robtiffany/build-2014-mobile-api

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HTC One (M8)

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I spent some time with HTC’s flagship Android phone, the HTC One (M8), on launch day and I have to say I’m really impressed.

The larger, 5 inch, 1080p screen and all-aluminum body is truly a sight to behold.  The build quality has no equal in the smartphone space and the same was true last year with the M7.  With its quad-core, Snapdragon 801 chipset and 2 GB of RAM, the M8 was super-responsive and the KitKat OS never lagged no matter how many apps and web pages I loaded.  Those of you that like to take pictures will love how it allows you to refocus after you taken the picture.  It pulls off this feat by utilizing a second lens to perform depth-sensing operations.  The camera snaps pictures blazingly fast and the sensor lets in more light which makes it perfect for low-light settings.  With Selfies being all the rage these days, HTC stepped up to the plate for a 5 megapixel front-facing camera.

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I’m really digging the optional Dot View case.  With the case closed, you can see things like the time, temperature and current weather.  You can also receive notifications for things like SMS, the phone, email, and calendar.  It’s a very innovative way to protect your phone while increasing its utility.

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It’s fair to say that I’ve barely scratched the surface of the few features found in the 2014 model of the HTC One.  The high-end Android market is extremely competitive and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will be launching soon.  In the brushed aluminum vs. plastic competition, the new HTC wins hands-down.  I just returned from Mobile World Congress and all I saw was an endless sea of rectangular, identical Android phones.  Like the first HTC-designed device I ever used, the Compaq iPaq, this new smartphone is a refreshing departure from the rest of the pack.

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Mobile World Congress in Pictures

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While Winter rages on in most of the northern hemisphere, Mobile World Congress brings us Springtime in lovely Barcelona.

Hola from sunny Barcelona!  Mobile World Congress 2014 is bigger than ever with over 85,000 attendees.  With mobility firmly in control as the world’s largest megatrend in both consumer and enterprise technology, MWC14 has cemented itself as the most important global conference.  Once the domain of network equipment manufacturers, handset makers, and mobile operators, this event now attracts entrepreneurs and executives from virtually every major company.

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Having Mark Zuckerberg on hand for the keynote to kick things off definitely tells me something has changed.  Most of his keynote focused on having mobile operators work with Internet.org to deliver free bandwidth to connect the 2/3rds of the world that aren’t connected.  I won’t dwell on the $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition except to say that there’s never been a better time to be a mobile developer.

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This first announcements of the event came from Microsoft where we added to our existing lineup of partners (HTC, Huawei, Nokia and Samsung).  New hardware partners include: Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, LG, Longcheer and ZTE.  This expands Windows Phone’s reach to 56% of the global smartphone markets.  Just as important was our announcement to lower of bill of materials (BOM) costs of Windows Phone hardware by supporting Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 and 400 series chipsets and soft keys.  This allows Windows Phones to penetrate more price-sensitive markets and go after the next billion smartphone users.  Along the way, we further enhance our adoption by supporting dual SIM phones and supporting all major cellular technologies, including LTE (TDD/FDD), HSPA+, EVDO and TD-SCMA.

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Targeting emerging markets, Nokia announced the X family of low-cost Android smartphones.  Positioned below the Windows Phone Lumia range, these devices swap out Google services for Microsoft services including things like OneDrive, Outlook.com, Here maps, and Skype.  With the announcements made by Microsoft the previous day to lower Windows Phone hardware BOM costs, this new line of devices may find themselves bumping into the low end of the Lumia line.  They definitely have apps on their side with reports that they’ll run 75% of Google Play apps out of the box.  Speaking of low-cost, the Nokia Lumia 520 won the Global Mobile Award for Best Low Cost Smartphone at MWC this year.

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Via its Unpacked event, Samsung launched the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, Gear Neo, and Gear Fit health band.  The Galaxy S5 looks a lot like the GS4 with a dimpled back cover, finger scanner, heart rate monitor, and an upgraded camera.  I suppose it’s the same kind of “yawner” upgrade that Apple gets away with each year with the iPhone.  Of all their new wearables, the sleek, Gear Fit stole the show with a colorful, curved display reminiscent of the Nike Fuel Band.

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On the enterprise side of the house, Samsung has made updates to their KNOX technologies.  KNOX 2.0 takes advantage of the multiuser capabilities of Android KitKat to provide dual/multi persona container capabilities without requiring app wrapping.  This means that just about any app in the Google Play store should work unmodified which eliminates the “hassle factor” of app wrapping to run a particular container.  Speaking of containers, KNOX 2.0 will now work with 3rd party containers such as Good’s secure container, Fixmo’s SafeZone and MobileIron’s AppConnect.  Last but not least, Samsung also launched KNOX EMM and Marketplace which support mobile device management, Identity and Access Management, and apps from the cloud with Galaxy and iOS devices.

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Lots of folks liked to hang out in the Sustainability Garden to take a break under the bubble.

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Almost everyone found themselves grabbing a snack and talking to other attendees in the various Networking Gardens.

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In other news, Samsung is taking over the world via the clever use of footballers.

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AppMachine facilitates rapid, multiplatform development of native apps via their web apps and Lego blocks.  Very impressed with their demo!

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Embarcadero keeps Delphi development relevant across mobile devices.  Let’s hear it for Object Pascal and the enduring legacy of Anders Hejlsberg!

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kwamecorp is an agency doing very cool mobile design and development work around the world.  They also fund startups that they think will drive positive change in the world.

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MicroStrategy has a mobile app platform that allows you to turn any business function into a mobile app without writing any code.

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The W3C is here to remind us that HTML5 is the only open, multiplatform development technology that isn’t controlled by any one company.  I’m a fan!

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vserv.mobi is one of many mobile advertising platform companies present in the App Planet hall in Fira Gran Via.

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This just looks cool.

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Globo demonstrated their secure container solution for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 for me.  Their container included an Exchange Active Sync client and remote file access.

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Nice to see Washington State representing all our great local technology companies.

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The beautiful HTC One snagged the Global Mobile Award for Best Smartphone at MWC this year.  They also launched the mid-range Desire 610.

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SAP is charging into the world of enterprise mobility with the one-two punch of Afaria for device management and SAP Mobile Platform to build apps across all mobile operating systems.  They also announced a new partnership with Xamarin to allow Microsoft Visual Studio developers to link to SAP’s Mobile Platform.  Merging Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) and Syclo Agentry platform and implementing OData represents their MEAP/MADP roadmap.

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Panasonic is the real deal when it comes to enterprise mobility solutions.  I was excited to see them launch the Toughpad FZ-E1 running Windows Embedded 8 Handheld.  If you can build Windows Phone apps, you can build apps for their new rugged handheld.  Get after it!

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I found a company trying to cash in on the likenesses of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and some other guy.

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fitbit is one of the wearable fitness pioneers, but you’d never know it if you judged them by the size of their booth at this giant, mobile beauty pageant.

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SOTI touted their MobiControl Android+ technology to enable, optimize and secure Android for the enterprise.

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Sophos talked-up IDC’s research note that found the 25% of SMB organizations currently utilize Sophos Mobile Control as their MDM solution to govern and manage their mobile devices.

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Who doesn’t love GoPro?  I need to head back to Whistler.

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Citrix announced XenMobile for Samsung KNOX and claims the most KNOX-certified apps.

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Huawei launched the MediaPad X1 tablet with a 7-inch screen and cellular connectivity, which means it also serves as a giant smartphone.  They also introduced TalkBand wearables that pair with the X1 via Bluetooth to provide fitness data.

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LG launched the G Pro 2 phablet as well the G2 Mini.  LG’s Knock Code is an interesting security feature that allows you to tap the phone on the correct quadrant of the display to unlock it.

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Sony had a giant booth that seemed like a spaceship.  The launched their flagship Xperia Z2 smartphone and Xperia Z2 tablet.

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Sony also released their SmartBand fitness and tracker wearable that works with their new smartphone.

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The world’s top PC company introduced 3 new Android smartphones as well as a new 10-inch Yoga Tablet that gets 18 hours of battery life.

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Bill is doing a great job of demonstrating Microsoft’s 3 screen strategy across Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone.

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ZTE launched their ultra slim Grand Memo II LTE phablet with a 6 inch screen.  Additionally, they showed-off their ZTE Open C built in partnership with Mozilla and Telefonica.  It looks like they’re covering the high-end with Android and the low-end with Firefox OS.  They also talked about their smart city solution, ZTE iCity.

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Qualcomm chipsets power more mobile devices found at MWC than anyone else.

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John Chambers, the chairman and CEO of Cisco, claimed the Internet of Things space has the potential to generate $19 trillion worth of profit and economic benefits over the next decade.  That’s a lot of cash.

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Newly-acquired AirWatch had a massive booth and really emphasized their Secure Content Locker (MCM) technology this year.

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This small version of Oracle’s Americas Cup sailboat was the coolest thing at their booth.

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A $25 Firefox OS reference design was the talk of MWC.  I played with their HTML5 mobile operating system running on Alcatel and ZTE phones and they’ve definitely come a long way since last year.

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I actually kinda like Asus’ new ZenUI for the ZenFone.  Gotta differentiate from other Android handset makers somehow.

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What are my broad takeaways from this event?

  • There’s lots of unimaginative Android rectangles for sale that are undifferentiated from competitors
  • There’s a flood of fitness wearables taking advantage of Bluetooth LE
  • Lots of new players entering an already crowded EMM space
  • The device I saw people using most often was a Moleskine + Pen
  • Reaching out to the next billion people with low cost phones and connectivity is trending

See you next year!

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A Quick Look at the iPhone 5C/S Event

Here’s a quick rundown of the iPhone 5C and 5S launch from my Twitter liveblog:

Where Apple is leading:

  • The 5S is running on a new, 64 bit A7 processor with a 64 bit version of iOS7.
  • The 5S is twice as fast as the iPhone 5 and supports Open GL/ES for games with desktop-level graphics performance.

Where Apple is playing catchup:

  • The CoreMotion API is a good idea and I had a unified Motion API on Windows Phone “Mango” a couple of years ago.
  • Using the Touch ID fingerprint reader to login to the device and make iTunes purchases is a good idea and I had a fingerprint reader on my Compaq iPAQ over a decade ago.
  • Using a bigger sensor, aperature, and pixels for the new camera helps them catch up to the innovations found in the HTC One but they’re still light years away from the innovations found in the Nokia Lumia 1020.
  • Purchasers of new iOS devices get all iWorks apps for free just like purchasers of Windows Phones have always gotten Microsoft Office for free.
  • As mentioned everywhere on the Internet, the iOS7 UI tries to cobble together the best of Windows Phone and Android Jelly  Bean while eliminating skeuomorphism.
  • The colorful polycarbonate iPhone 5C devices mimic the colorful polycarbonate Nokia Lumia devices.

Where Apple missed:

  • At $549, the iPhone 5C isn’t even close to being inexpensive enough to make a dent in the developing world the way Android & Nokia has.  When I can buy a Nokia Lumia 520 Windows Phone at Walmart off-contract for only $124, the value prop for the $549 iPhone 5C evaporates.  Apple shares have tanked as shareholders didn’t get the low cost device they demanded to boost the iPhone’s declining market share.
  • No improvement in battery life.

Is the iPhone 5S a decent upgrade to the iPhone 5?  Absolutely.  Is it the mind-blowing example of design and technology that we’ve come to expect from Apple?  Absolutely not.

– Rob

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Rob Tiffany Named one of the Top 10 Mobility Influencers on Twitter You Can’t Afford to Miss

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I’m honored to be among ten mobility influencers including mobile enterprise analysts, consultants & journalists whose Tweets you don’t want to miss.

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This distinguished list of colleagues includes:

  • Benjamin Robbins, with 30,000 followers, tops our list as one of the few chosen for Top 50 Mobile Influencers on Twitter. The co-founder of Palador, a Seattle-based enterprise mobility consulting firm, combines an informative and conversational approach to discussing enterprise mobility, often showing rather than telling his audience what the best strategies are.
  • Rob Tiffany is a technology strategist at Microsoft and mobile evangelist. A frequent speaker at technology conferences around the world, Tiffany focuses his Twitter feed on the planning and design of enterprise mobility strategies.
  • Matt Rosoff is the editorial director of CITEworld, an IDG enterprise publication focused on consumer technology. Taking his strong background and wit to Twitter, Rosoff shares his insights, strong opinions and sharp questions on everything from mobile to tech to raviolis.
  • Maribel Lopez is the founder of Lopez Research known for her ‘adapt and evolve‘ approach to enterprise mobility. Lopez is highly involved on Twitter, offering deep industry knowledge and insights gained from her years of research on the massive shifts in communications technologies.
  • Bob Egan is the CEO of Sepharim Group and thought-leader on the use of enterprise mobility. He has 30 years of experience in product innovation, technology management and strategic planning.
  • Philippe Winthrop is vice president of marketing at VeliQ.com by day and self-described “enterprise mobility pundit and enthusiast by night.” He has a keen eye for new trends and a knack for commentary that’s both insightful and humorous.
  • Hyoun Park is a principal analyst at Nuclear Research, takes his specialization in investigative research on big data, business analytics and enterprise mobility to Twitter, sharing with his followers valuable information and discussion around these topics.
  • Kevin Benedict is an analyst at Cognizant and owner of the Strategic Enterprise Mobility Group on LinkedIn. With more than 22 years of experience in enterprise software, Benedict has firsthand knowledge of the industry: he built his own mobile enterprise software company.
  • Chris Silva is an industry analyst at Altimeter Group with more than a decade of experience the research industry. Silva helps end-user organizations understand how to effectively manage their mobile strategies.
  • Brian Katz doesn’t mince words. His straightforward, passionate approach to enterprise mobility is the product of a decade’s worth of experience as head of mobility engineering at pharmaceutical company Sanofi.

Check it out at: http://visagemobile.com/mobilityblog/2013/05/08/9-mobility-influencers-on-twitter-you-cant-afford-to-miss

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The Future of Enterprise Mobility – Live from the Mobile World Congress

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Learn about the future of Enterprise Mobility from me, Benjamin Robbins: Principal at Palador, Vishy Gopalakrishna: VP at SAP, and Ben Smith: Head of Mobile Product at Tribal Labs.

We’re broadcasting live from Barcelona; the Mobile Capital of the World.

https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/288/67769

 

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