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M2M, Social and Enterprise Mobility Strategies and Trends

Just about every 2013 analyst report I have read this month identifies social, mobile, the Internet of Things and analytics as the big trends.  These trends, often called SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud), are dramatically changing the way businesses operate.  Here is a description of the wide ranging impact of some of these, "Machine-to-machine-to-human connectivity will have a profound impact on the consumer and home experience, as well as transportation systems, retail, industrial supply chains, energy grids, security and public safety," writes Malcolm Frank, EVP of Strategy and Marketing at Cognizant Technology Services.

One of the many challenges SMAC presents is that it can dramatically increase the amount of data your enterprise needs to manage.  This challenge has motivated the folks from Gartner to highlight business intelligence and analytics as the current number-one priority for corporate IT.
I am a firm believer that company's need to have an overall strategy when trying to absorb all of these new ideas, innovations and technologies.  One very good place to start is to have a Network Centric Operational view in order to effectively manage and embrace these trends.  Here is how Wikipedia describes it - Network Centric Operations seek to translate an information advantage, enabled in part by information technology, into a competitive advantage through the robust networking [read mobile and social technologies] of well informed geographically dispersed groups.  This networking—combined with changes in technology, organization, processes, and people—may allow new forms of organizational behavior.

I believe the "new forms" of organizational behavior are being accelerated by social collaboration among the mobile, connected and well informed.

Specifically, the theory [Network Centric Operations] contains the following four tenets in its hypotheses:
  1. A robustly networked organization improves information sharing.
  2. Information sharing enhances the quality of information and shared situational awareness.
  3. Shared situational awareness enables collaboration and self-synchronization, and enhances sustainability and speed of decision making and execution.
  4. These three points dramatically increase operational effectiveness.
Over the past year I have traveled the world sharing mobile and SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) strategies and have had dozens of discussions with executive teams.  As a result of these discussions, I have come to appreciate the value of having a concept/strategy in place first to serve as a conceptual framework for how to understand the ways new technologies can and should be used to further business goals.
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Kevin Benedict, Head Analyst for SMAC, Cognizant
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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict serves as the Senior Vice President, Solutions Strategy, at Regalix, a Silicon Valley based company, focused on bringing the best strategies, digital technologies, processes and people together to deliver improved customer experiences, journeys and success through the combination of intelligent solutions, analytics, automation and services. He is a popular writer, speaker and futurist, and in the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries. He has over 32 years of experience working with strategic enterprise IT solutions and business processes, and he is also a veteran executive working with both solution and services companies. He has written dozens of technology and strategy reports, over a thousand articles, interviewed hundreds of technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries.

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