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John Myers

Hey all-

Welcome to my blog. The fine folks at the BeyeNETWORK™ have provided me with this forum to offer opinion and insight into the worlds of telcommunications (telecom) and business activity monitoring (BAM). But as with any blog, I am sure that we (yes we... since blogging is a "team sport"...) will explore other tangents that intersect the concepts of telecom and BAM.

In this world of "Crossfire" intellectual engagement (i.e. I yell louder therefore I win the argument), I will try to offer my opinion in a constructive manner. If I truly dislike a concept, I will do my best to offer an alternative as opposed to simply attempting to prove my point by disproving someone else's. I ask that people who post to this blog follow in my lead.

Let the games begin....

About the author >

John Myers, a senior analyst in the business intelligence (BI) practice at  Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). In this role, John delivers comprehensive coverage of the business intelligence and data warehouse industry with a focus on database management, data integration, data visualization, and process management solutions. Prior to joining EMA, John spent over ten years working with business analytics implementations associated with the telecommunications industry.

John may be contacted by email at JMyers@enterprisemanagement.com.

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December 2009 Archives

How do you make $$ via phone app development?  So do a lot of the application developers looking to find some of the "Gold in Them Thar Hills" on iPhone App Store and Android Marketplace.

For the iPhone developer, there’s a clear method to make $$.  However, what isn’t necessarily clear is the process that Apple goes through to approve an app.  It appears that while Apple is a benevolent dictatorship… It still is a dictatorship with strong, but a sometimes strange grip ( ie see the ill fated Pepsi app for Amp… )

Despite the “big bucket of does” that the Droid promises, the Android development community isn’t the happiest group in the world.  It appears that, while the Android Marketplace is more ‘friendly’ from an approval process than the App Store, the experience isn’t all that it is cracked up to be and the revenues aren’t really there at this point in time.

My Take…

While these are core issues for smart-phone app developers, this is still the initial stages of these marketplaces.  Both of them will improve and standardize with time.  This is going to a great market place for content, applications and innovation for years to come.

What do you think of these marketplaces?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (JohnLMyers44) me directly.

Posted December 18, 2009 11:27 AM
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So… at the end of every year; you usually get several things:

  1. Lots of end of year reviews
  2. Lots of next year predictions
  3. Wall Street analysts with time on their hands trying to figure out future corporate acquisitions

The two recent “guess-timates” that I have enjoyed are:

While I am not necessarily against either acquisition, I have a feeling that Qwest might be a little to big a fish for a smaller telecom to acquire ( …see Qwest’s original acquisition of USWest…) and that analysts speculating on what Google should do in 2009 is similar to what they thought Google should do with wireless spectrum.

Do you think that we’ll continued consolidation among the smaller Tier 1/larger Tier 2 carriers?

Or is this an example of analysts looking for ways to play “match-maker”?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (JohnLMyers44) me directly.

Posted December 16, 2009 9:47 AM
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David Twiddy has some good analysis on the current state of GPS navigation functionality.

In Twiddy’s piece, smart-phones with GPS are providing a great threat to the marketplace created by TomTom, Garmin and others.  However, the stand alone devices are starting to push back with mobile data service links to wireless networks and a better price to value ratio than some of the smart-phones can provide.

The question then becomes…

Can smart-phones with products like Network In Motion’s Navigator or Goggle's new turn-by-turn offering win out or will the stand-alone offerings be the core to GPS and Location Based Services?

My current opinion on this is that monthly costs of on-deck offerings in the current economic environment will force many to the stand-alone offerings from TomTom and Garmin.  This will come from the fact that the navigators are less expensive and some of the smart-phone based offerings have usability issues ( ie my iphone usually burns too much battery along the way AND gives bad directions to get to the exact location… ).

Posted December 14, 2009 12:49 PM
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In my opinion, the MVNO model has lots of promise… However in the dog-eat-dog world of telecommunications, there are very few barriers to entry to protect innovative MVNO business models from the carriers who provide access to the network.

This has been proven by exit of the MVNO marketplace by organizations like Disney ( …and if there is an organization who understands marketing and intellectual property better than Disney and ESPN, i am not sure it exists… ) and Virgin.

However it is entirely possible that telecom service providers, who’s main strength is voice, have met an opportunity that they do not understand, or at least do not understand enough currently, to capitalize upon and are prepared to allow MVNO to take the initial risks – Mobile Data Services.

With a heavy accent on hardware and content, Mobile Data Service MVNO opportunities are growing.  ABI Research in a recent research report puts the numbers at 1.5 non handset devices ( … think e-Readers like Kindle and GPS mapping devices… ) and 505m customers by 2014.



How long do think that telecom service providers will “allow” MVNOs for data services to take the lead? Or is this a bridge to far for telecom service providers to master?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (JohnLMyers44) me directly.

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Posted December 11, 2009 9:23 AM
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The end of smartphone innovation as we know it… ?

Galen Gruman has an excellent piece on the parallels between smartphone development and PC/laptop development.  Gruman lays out the possibility that as smartphones standardize on hardware components, much like PCs did, the rapid pace of innovations that we have been seen over the past three years will soon slow to a trickle…. just as the innovations in  PCs and laptops.

Although I don’t completely agree that smartphone innovation will stagnate, I do see the evidence that unless iPhones and other smartphones come up with additional innovations we will see incremental improvements to the touch screen devices that have become so popular.

What do you think of the potential new innovations for smartphone? Can telecom service providers enable that innovation or do Apple, Google, Nokia, Motorola and HTC have that ‘responsibility’?

Post your comments below or email (John.Myers@BlueBuffaloGroup.com) / twitter (JohnLMyers44) me directly.

Posted December 9, 2009 1:08 PM
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