Google’s move will impact Secure Element makers

Google, a mobile platform maker (of Android), starts to de-emphasize carrier-based NFC. As per IDC’s report (Aug 2013), Android accounts for 79% of the Smartphone shipments as on 2Q2013. iOS (through iPhones) accounts for another 13% of the Smartphone shipments. If Google manages to establish the Host-Card-Emulation standard as an alternative to the secure-element(SE) based NFC transactions, SE-makers have a steep climb ahead to compensate for lost revenue from SE sales. Read more about Google’s move. Google says Goodbye to carrier based NFC systems, with HCE How will SE-makers react to this dynamic?

The product manager vs the product owner

An interesting read about the worlds of Product Owners & Product Managers on Pragmatic Marketing. The article has quite an interesting start, read on to find more… The Mythical Product Owner Product Managers must quickly adapt to the Agile methodology, or face becoming sidelined. It is critical to understand the relationship between traditional and new roles within a delivery organization, particularly between the Product Manager and the Product Owner. Barbara Nelson said in The Politics of Agile, “When product managers weren’t looking, the developers went agile.” Indeed, many Product Managers were taken by surprise at the speed of Agile’s adoption. And...

Wireless charging for mobile phones…

This article, here raised a few questions in my mind. Companies, public connect with wireless smartphone chargers More wireless charging solutions for mobile phone! So how will this impact adjacent industries? Imagine mobile-phone based applications that swiftly eat through the mobile phone battery-life. For instance mobile apps/services based on multimedia ( like – video playback, video-on-demand, camera apps), location-based-services (read – GPS & internet services), augmented reality services etc. Such solution providers must look at partnering with wireless charging eco-system providers. Wouldn’t wireless charging enable consumers recharge their phone-batteries & reduce adoption barriers for the said application categories?

mPOS: Addressing new customer segments! A case of blue-ocean strategy!

In an attempt to better understand and apply the blue-ocean strategy, I decided to test the framework on a rapidly evolving market – the payment’s industry. The solutions in the payments industry can be broadly classified into categories: those addressing emerging economies and those addressing developed economies. It naturally follows that the value propositions of the payments solutions in these two segments are quite apart and hence the associated value networks differ as well. Here, I take a look at the developed economy market and specifically into a trend that has attracted several firms – mobile point of sale (mPOS). In its...

Product Manager: The messenger of the market!

I came across this presentation on the Pragmatic Marketing website about a year back and thought of sharing this on the blog here. The author, Steve Johnson, presents an extremely interesting articulation of the Product Management role in technology companies – “A product manager is a messenger of the market”. He also presents interesting insights into the role of product managers accelerating the adoption of agile methodologies. A must read for those interested in career options in product management.

A case for new market entry – is this the right diversification?

I choose again to write this post about DxOLabs! My passion for photography keeps bringing me back here. DxOLabs – a company with interesting products (B2B and B2C)! They have three existing lines of businesses with good synergy. I had tried once before to visualize their business model & suggest two possible opportunities in this previous post (Business Model Canvas – validating a reading – DxOLabs.com). I write again about DxOLabs (hereon referred to as DxO) as I noticed a job post on their website – which particularly drew my attention – “Product Manager – Consumer Devices”. A snapshot of...

Internet of Things & Business Model Innovation – via HBR

In a world networked with people & things – value creation has gone beyond the traditional approach. Even a pure products/manufacturing company can rethink its business model – enabling value creation through non-traditional service offerings. Here is an interesting read from the ‘HBR Blog Network’ about the internet of things and the potential impact it can create on business models. How the Internet of Things Changes Everything