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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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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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