Friday, 22 February 2013

New white paper from Machina Research on M2M and Big Data

Jim Morrish referred to it in his recent blogpost and it's now here. Machina Research has just published a White Paper entitled: Big Data in M2M: Tipping Points and Subnets of Things.

Now, this wasn't just an attempt to crowbar two of telecoms hottest areas into one white paper. In reality a huge amount of value will be created in M2M through the analysis of data. There are two big questions for me: Firstly, how do we go from where we are today to this all-singing-all-dancing, IoT-enabled network of connected devices? And secondly, how do mobile operators capture some of the value created? These are just two of the questions that we tackle in the white paper.

I would write more about it, but I wouldn't do it justice. There's some really innovative thinking in there, looking at subnets of things (you heard it here first, and if you hear other people talking about it you should direct them to Jim) and the tipping points associated. Do yourself a favour and read it!

Right, I'm off to Mobile World Congress now. See you on the other side...

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Mobile World Congress comes around again and it's about handsets? Really?

I was checking out some pre-Mobile World Congress coverage the other day. I won't say who by. It involved a gaggle of analysts all talking excitedly about handsets: form factor, screens, blah blah blah. And they were only talking about handsets. This set me thinking. Has MWC really come down to this? Handsets. And that's it.

MWC is an event that is ostensibly run for the benefit of mobile network operators, being organised by their trade body, the GSM Association. And the biggest (in many cases only) talking point is the biggest source of the leaching of value out of the sector, i.e. those $500 smart phones. I realise, of course, that handsets are important, but there are a million and one things that operators and others are doing that are innovative and worthy of discussion.

If I were a mobile operator doing great work developing new products and services and all the analysts (and the seekers/aggregators of analyst opinions) were focusing on handsets I might wonder why I bother and particularly why my tradeshow had become hijacked to that extent.