Ask Why?

For meaningful user experience, product manager must ask “why?”

A conversation during an interview for a Product Manager Imagine a conversation between the Head of Product (HoP) and a candidate interviewing for a product manager position in his team. HoP: You need a build a feature which allows users to do <a specific task with the product>. How would you go about it? Candidate: First figure how the user […]

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, […]

HP puts NFC in Enterprise printers – like I said last year

Earlier today I came across this article on NFCWorld.com – “HP puts NFC in Enterprise Printers“ Not so long ago, I did an assessment for enterprise printer makers on this blog and had proposed a product strategy to map innovation cycles between printers and contact-less technologies. Happy to see it was in line with what dominant printer makers are […]

Apple patent reignites iPhone NFC hopes (via NFCworld)

“A newly published patent application shows that Apple has been working on ways to combine the fingerprint verification technology it acquired in July 2012 with NFC — and may also be eyeing a variation of NFC that uses “body coupled communications” Read more at NFCWorld.com …

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]