In Onalytica’s 2016 analysis and ranking of individuals and brands in the Machine to Machine space, Rob was ranked a top 100 M2M influencer. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, Machine to Machine (M2M) refers to the direct communication between devices using a variety of communications channels, including wired and wireless. Many of you will think this is the same or similar to the Internet of Things and you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. I started my career in the M2M space connecting unintelligent vending machines to primitive wireless networks to derive value from remotely monitoring them. Needless to say, a lot has changed since then.        

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In Onalytica’s 2016 analysis and ranking of individuals and brands in the Machine to Machine space, Rob was ranked a top 100 M2M influencer. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, Machine to Machine (M2M) refers to the direct communication between devices using a variety of communications channels, including wired and wireless. Many of you will think this is the same or similar to the Internet of Things and you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. I started my career in the M2M space connecting unintelligent vending machines to primitive wireless networks to derive value from remotely monitoring them. Needless to say, a lot has changed since then.        

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Use Femtocells + mobile broadband routers to extend wireless to customers & employees without coverage in buildings or at remote work sites. It goes without saying that not all organizations are the same. They don’t all reside in offices in downtown skyscrapers or on corporate campuses. The way employees work and how customers are served varies greatly. It’s important your mobile strategy reflects these differences. Let’s talk about employees that don’t work in your Wi-Fi saturated office. Just because your workforce has corporate-liable or personally-liable mobile devices, doesn’t mean they have the wireless coverage to make them work. In the construction business, you have a group of employees performing tasks outside

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Use Femtocells + mobile broadband routers to extend wireless to customers & employees without coverage in buildings or at remote work sites. It goes without saying that not all organizations are the same. They don’t all reside in offices in downtown skyscrapers or on corporate campuses. The way employees work and how customers are served varies greatly. It’s important your mobile strategy reflects these differences. Let’s talk about employees that don’t work in your Wi-Fi saturated office. Just because your workforce has corporate-liable or personally-liable mobile devices, doesn’t mean they have the wireless coverage to make them work. In the construction business, you have a group of employees performing tasks outside

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Create a corporate mobile center of excellence to create processes, establish governance & develop a matrix of supported devices. Your transformation must begin with your people! Despite the growing maturity of mobile technologies in the enterprise, most organizations have been unable to put the governance in place needed to make mobility work well for employees and employers alike. When BYOD users don’t know the rules for using their devices at work, it’s the same as having no rules at all. The most important step you can take is to create a mobile center of excellence (COE) comprised of employees from most of your different business units and IT. This team will

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Create a corporate mobile center of excellence to create processes, establish governance & develop a matrix of supported devices. Your transformation must begin with your people! Despite the growing maturity of mobile technologies in the enterprise, most organizations have been unable to put the governance in place needed to make mobility work well for employees and employers alike. When BYOD users don’t know the rules for using their devices at work, it’s the same as having no rules at all. The most important step you can take is to create a mobile center of excellence (COE) comprised of employees from most of your different business units and IT. This team will

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There are a lot of newcomers to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) space lately. Many of them love to speak authoritatively and often use vending machines as their favorite example use case to illustrate the value of IoT. When you see me use vending machines in a similar fashion, it’s not because of an article I read, a slide deck I copied, or a bandwagon I jumped on. It’s because I actually built this stuff twenty years ago with a group of visionaries and the best engineers I’ve ever worked with in my career.   We didn’t wait until vending machines became intelligent and wireless technologies

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There are a lot of newcomers to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) space lately. Many of them love to speak authoritatively and often use vending machines as their favorite example use case to illustrate the value of IoT. When you see me use vending machines in a similar fashion, it’s not because of an article I read, a slide deck I copied, or a bandwagon I jumped on. It’s because I actually built this stuff twenty years ago with a group of visionaries and the best engineers I’ve ever worked with in my career.   We didn’t wait until vending machines became intelligent and wireless technologies

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Join me in Las Vegas for the Enterprise Mobility Exchange at Caesars Palace on October 27-28.   I’ll be discussing the current state of enterprise mobility as well as future trends that definitely need to be on your radar.  I’ll also be talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon and how sensors, beacons, and real-time telemetry can not only improve productivity but positively impact the bottom line of your organization.  Joined by mobile analysts and executives, you’ll get a chance to learn from some of the top mobile thought leaders in world. Come meet me in Vegas!   Sharing my knowledge and helping others never stops, so connect with me on my blog at http://robtiffany.com , follow

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Join me in Las Vegas for the Enterprise Mobility Exchange at Caesars Palace on October 27-28.   I’ll be discussing the current state of enterprise mobility as well as future trends that definitely need to be on your radar.  I’ll also be talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon and how sensors, beacons, and real-time telemetry can not only improve productivity but positively impact the bottom line of your organization.  Joined by mobile analysts and executives, you’ll get a chance to learn from some of the top mobile thought leaders in world. Come meet me in Vegas!   Sharing my knowledge and helping others never stops, so connect with me on my blog at http://robtiffany.com , follow

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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. 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

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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. 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

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Mobile World Congress has wrapped up and most of us are back home after spending four days at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. Between delivering presentations, walking miles of expo halls, and participating in dozens of meetings, the event is both exciting and tiring.  This conference used to be the sole domain of mobile operators, wireless equipment manufacturers, and handset makers.  Something has changed…   Mobile is no longer this fringe technology that lives on the outskirts of mainstream computing and communications technology.  It is now the primary technology used by consumers and corporations to get things done and stay productive and connected.  With 72,000 people in attendance, this is now one of

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Mobile World Congress has wrapped up and most of us are back home after spending four days at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. Between delivering presentations, walking miles of expo halls, and participating in dozens of meetings, the event is both exciting and tiring.  This conference used to be the sole domain of mobile operators, wireless equipment manufacturers, and handset makers.  Something has changed…   Mobile is no longer this fringe technology that lives on the outskirts of mainstream computing and communications technology.  It is now the primary technology used by consumers and corporations to get things done and stay productive and connected.  With 72,000 people in attendance, this is now one of

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HETL (Human Extract, Transform, and Load) Definition:  When an employee in the field captures data with a pen or pencil & paper, drives back to the office at the end of the workday, and manually transcribes the data into a back-end computer system. You’re probably thinking this is an antiquated phenomenon that disappeared decades ago with the advent of mobile devices and wireless data networks.  I’m here to tell you that this productivity killer is alive and well in 2012!  Large and small companies all over the world are still wasting time, fuel, money, and accuracy of data.  They’re also misappropriating valuable resources by turning field personnel into data-entry clerks like you used to see in the

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HETL (Human Extract, Transform, and Load) Definition:  When an employee in the field captures data with a pen or pencil & paper, drives back to the office at the end of the workday, and manually transcribes the data into a back-end computer system. You’re probably thinking this is an antiquated phenomenon that disappeared decades ago with the advent of mobile devices and wireless data networks.  I’m here to tell you that this productivity killer is alive and well in 2012!  Large and small companies all over the world are still wasting time, fuel, money, and accuracy of data.  They’re also misappropriating valuable resources by turning field personnel into data-entry clerks like you used to see in the

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Like the PC’s domination over Macs in decades past, low-cost devices for the masses will win the global smartphone war.  It won’t even be close. Most of the world population has to buy their device first, without the luxury of carrier subsidies.  This means devices with a lower hardware and software BOM cost will have the advantage over ones that absolutely depend on carrier subsidies for their very survival.  I’m not talking smartphones that are cheaper because they lack the features and functionality of higher-end device.  If you step back and look across most of today’s smartphone platforms like the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Symbian, and Bada, you’ll notice that they all have

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Like the PC’s domination over Macs in decades past, low-cost devices for the masses will win the global smartphone war.  It won’t even be close. Most of the world population has to buy their device first, without the luxury of carrier subsidies.  This means devices with a lower hardware and software BOM cost will have the advantage over ones that absolutely depend on carrier subsidies for their very survival.  I’m not talking smartphones that are cheaper because they lack the features and functionality of higher-end device.  If you step back and look across most of today’s smartphone platforms like the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Symbian, and Bada, you’ll notice that they all have

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By the year 2015, companies will need 300% more Wi-Fi access points to provide the same level of bandwidth, access, and throughput as we have today.

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By the year 2015, companies will need 300% more Wi-Fi access points to provide the same level of bandwidth, access, and throughput as we have today.

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Microsoft has brought the power to synchronize data with either SQL Server on-premise or SQL Azure in the cloud to the world of mobility. The profound effects of the Consumerization of IT (CoIT) is blurring the lines between consumers and the enterprise.  The fact that virtually every type of mobile device is now a candidate to make employees productive means that cross-platform, enabling technologies are a must. If you’ve ever synched the music on your iPhone with iTunes, the calendar on your Android device with Gmail, or the Outlook email on your Windows Phone with Exchange, then you understand the importance of sync.  In my experience architecting and building enterprise mobile apps

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Microsoft has brought the power to synchronize data with either SQL Server on-premise or SQL Azure in the cloud to the world of mobility. The profound effects of the Consumerization of IT (CoIT) is blurring the lines between consumers and the enterprise.  The fact that virtually every type of mobile device is now a candidate to make employees productive means that cross-platform, enabling technologies are a must. If you’ve ever synched the music on your iPhone with iTunes, the calendar on your Android device with Gmail, or the Outlook email on your Windows Phone with Exchange, then you understand the importance of sync.  In my experience architecting and building enterprise mobile apps

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Looking back over the last 6 months of this series of articles, you’ve created wireless-efficient WCF REST + JSON Web Services in Azure to download data from SQL Azure tables to Windows Phone. You’ve maintained in-memory collections of objects in your own local NoSQL object cache.  You’ve used LINQ to query those collections and bind results to various Silverlight UI elements.  You’ve even serialized those collections to Isolated Storage using memory-efficient JSON.  So what’s left to do? Oh yeah, I guess you might want to know how to upload an object full to data back to a WCF Web Service in Azure.  In order to keep this article simple and to-the-point,

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Looking back over the last 6 months of this series of articles, you’ve created wireless-efficient WCF REST + JSON Web Services in Azure to download data from SQL Azure tables to Windows Phone. You’ve maintained in-memory collections of objects in your own local NoSQL object cache.  You’ve used LINQ to query those collections and bind results to various Silverlight UI elements.  You’ve even serialized those collections to Isolated Storage using memory-efficient JSON.  So what’s left to do? Oh yeah, I guess you might want to know how to upload an object full to data back to a WCF Web Service in Azure.  In order to keep this article simple and to-the-point,

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<what is the mobile web? /> It’s growing faster than the desktop web Faster growth than desktop web during 1990’s There’s been a 2000% increase in mobile websites since 2008 The mobile web is: The mobile web is not: The mobile web is glanceable info for people on the go The desktop web is for people who aren’t going anywhere The mobile web can reach half the planet The desktop web reaches ~1 billion users The mobile web browser is the #1 app used on most phones The mobile web browser consumes 13% of user face time The mobile web browser accounts for 50% of all phone data traffic There are

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<what is the mobile web? /> It’s growing faster than the desktop web Faster growth than desktop web during 1990’s There’s been a 2000% increase in mobile websites since 2008 The mobile web is: The mobile web is not: The mobile web is glanceable info for people on the go The desktop web is for people who aren’t going anywhere The mobile web can reach half the planet The desktop web reaches ~1 billion users The mobile web browser is the #1 app used on most phones The mobile web browser consumes 13% of user face time The mobile web browser accounts for 50% of all phone data traffic There are

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In my last two articles, I showed you how to build WCF REST services using Visual Studio 2010 that can reside on-premise in Windows Server 2008 or in the Cloud in Windows Azure.  Furthermore, I demonstrated pulling data from a table in SQL Server/SQL Azure.  I serialized .NET Objects using lightweight JSON to speed data transfers over even the slowest wireless data networks.  Now it’s time to call that REST service from Windows Phone 7. Launch VS2010 and open the solution you created to build the WCF Service Web Role in Azure last time.  Right-click on the solution and add a Windows Phone Application project.  Change the name to ContosoPhone. Part

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In my last two articles, I showed you how to build WCF REST services using Visual Studio 2010 that can reside on-premise in Windows Server 2008 or in the Cloud in Windows Azure.  Furthermore, I demonstrated pulling data from a table in SQL Server/SQL Azure.  I serialized .NET Objects using lightweight JSON to speed data transfers over even the slowest wireless data networks.  Now it’s time to call that REST service from Windows Phone 7. Launch VS2010 and open the solution you created to build the WCF Service Web Role in Azure last time.  Right-click on the solution and add a Windows Phone Application project.  Change the name to ContosoPhone. Part

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Five years after Ray Ozzie penned The Internet Services Disruption, he reflects on Microsoft’s move to the cloud. While he’s most proud of Windows Azure and SQL Azure, he also gives our competitors their due by mentioning that they have out-executed us when it comes to mobile experiences.  He harps on the subject of how complexity kills and then challenges us to close our eyes and form a realistic picture of what a post-PC world might actually look like. Ray goes on to state that those who can envision a plausible future that’s brighter than today will earn the opportunity to lead.  His ultimate dream is to move us toward a

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Five years after Ray Ozzie penned The Internet Services Disruption, he reflects on Microsoft’s move to the cloud. While he’s most proud of Windows Azure and SQL Azure, he also gives our competitors their due by mentioning that they have out-executed us when it comes to mobile experiences.  He harps on the subject of how complexity kills and then challenges us to close our eyes and form a realistic picture of what a post-PC world might actually look like. Ray goes on to state that those who can envision a plausible future that’s brighter than today will earn the opportunity to lead.  His ultimate dream is to move us toward a

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