26 Oct 2020

5G has been a topic that is widely discussed globally. However, do we really understand its capabilities and potential? It is time to take a look into how 5G can match the demand generated by Industry 4.0 and drive new processes across businesses.

18 Mar 2020

When you think about Daimler, you most likely think about Mercedes Benz automobiles, but the company is much more than that. Daimler Mobility Services is helping Smart Cities with everything from Autonomous Vehicles to their move to the sharing economy.

In this episode, we speak to David Goh, GM for Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific for Daimler Mobility Services.

Show notes:

1:00 An intro to Daimler Mobility Services

2:35 Daimler Mobility Services has a different target market than your traditional line of businesses – how have you had to adapt your go-to-market to reach this new customer base?

3:30 The role of collaboration – how DMS partners with its traditional competitors (e.g. BMW) to create their offering for the sharing economy

7:00 What role does DMS play in the Smart Cities space?

8:30 The State of Autonomous Vehicles – what is holding the industry back from reaching its potential?

10:00 Which Smart Cities in Asia are leading the way?

11:55 What would have to happen over the next 5 years for the Smart Cities and Urban Mobility markets to become more successful – and how is DMS helping the market reach that outcome?

13:00 So what could go wrong? What could hinder innovation and evolution of the Smart Cities and Urban Mobility markets?

14:20 How can we minimise the risk of a hacked Autonomous Vehicle?

15:40 How has what you have learned about innovation in other roles helped you in your current role with DMS?

16:50 Which cities in Asia do you see driving the most innovation?

19:00 Are there any new solutions you have seen recently that have mad you go “WOW” –  and what has failed to live up to expectations?

21:20 Tell us something about yourself we won’t have expected?

22:30 You have lived and worked all over the world – but let’s say you have to settle in one location for the rest of your work career – where would it be?

27 Oct 2019

Which Smartphones lived up to the hype in 2019? In this episode, I sat down with Asia’s top device analyst, IDC’s Bryan Ma, to discuss…

  • His view on the latest flagship launches from Google, Apple, Samsung & Huawei
  • The impact the China v US trade war will have on Huawei
  • Whether we actually need foldable phones
  • How much is too much for a smartphone
  • Punk music, skateboarding, karaoke and much more…

Show Notes & Timestamps:

02:30  How did a skatepunk foodie from California end out as Asia’s top device analyst?

05:00 Bryan’s take on the Google Pixel 4 launch (loves the AI camera)

07:10 …the Apple iPhone 11 Pro (loves the 3 lenses)

09:00 …Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 (he’s worried their mainstream products are becoming “rather plain”)

10:50 ….Huawei Mate Pro (likes the Leica lens & sensors) – and what will the impact of the China v US trade war have on Huawei’s future?

14:55 What camera functionality will drive future smartphone sales – the lens (e.g. Huawei w/ Leica) or the AI?

16:20 Why the hell would anyone want a foldable phone?

19:50 What is going to drive the next wave of differentiation in smartphones? (today it’s the camera, but the future is all about display technology)

27:50 How much is too much for a smartphone?

30:00 What’s the best phone to buy if I want…

  • The best phone
  • Best battery life

33:30 Which manufacturer has the best opportunity to gain market share in the next 24 months? His answer may surprise you! 

39:15 Wearables – i had made a prediction that said early adopters would be the only adopters for smartwatches – was I correct? Has the market taken off?

43:30  Let’s go old school – what was your favourite smartphone pre-iOS and Android?

46:15 What mistakes did the old industry leaders (e.g.Blackberry, Nokia, Palm) make when they were on top of the market that led to their downfall?

Enough of the serious questions, let’s have some fun! 

50:00 What’s your most embarrassing moment you have had on TV?

51:45 You get to live you life all over again – what would you want to be next time?

  • Device analyst
  • Punk singer
  • Karaoke singer
  • Skateboarder
  • Professional eater

53:00 What is Bryan’s favourite…

  • Punk band
  • Karaoke song (seriously, he said “Earth Wind & Fire”)
  • City for karaoke
  • Drink while doing karaoke (Baijo – it’s rocket fuel)
  • Post-karaoke food

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07 Mar 2018 1

In this edition of the IoT Watch List, I will examine how the business and operating model behind Omate’s partnership with Tata Communications has the potential to deliver wide reaching impact across the IoT ecosystem and transform the go-to-market strategy for hardware vendors. This is great news for hardware vendors and “brands” that can leverage it, but could be bad news for mobile network operators (MNOs).

23 Jul 2015

It’s that time of the year again where we at IDC Asia/Pacific dig through the results of our annual Enterprise Mobility survey. This year we expanded the sample size to over 3,500 companies across 13 countries in Asia. While there will be more detailed reports to follow, including the 2015 Enterprise Mobility MaturityScape Benchmarks for APeJ and country Benchmarks for Australia, China and India, I thought I would share the Top 3 Emerging Trends. To quote Bob Dylan, the times, they are a changin’…

Trend 1: Here Come the Tablets – The most interesting result from the survey! We asked the respondents to rank their 2015 mobility initiatives and APeJ’s #1 ranked initiative is deploying iOS or Android tablets and the #4 ranked initiative is deploying Windows 8 tablets (sorry Microsoft, Windows 10 wasn’t launched yet). For iOS and Android tablets, the driver is mobilising the business process, and for Windows 8 it’s all about laptop replacement. This proves customer demand exists; however we are not seeing vendors pushing the tablet/business process message as much as they should to address this emerging opportunity.

Trend 2: Vendors Beware! The Year of the Switch – When customers begin their mobility journey, they have limited budget and resources, lack clearly defined roadmaps and strategies, and tend to select vendors that meet only their early stage mobility requirements, regardless of whether it is the best long-term solution. In the developed markets of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, much of the initial vendor selection would have been two years ago – and now we can see the results of those selections and it doesn’t look good for the incumbent vendors. In Australia and Singapore, over 50% of the customers surveyed say they have either “reached the limit” or are “dissatisfied” with their current vendors and are looking to switch, with New Zealand close behind at 45%. Vendors need to adjust their go-to-market and customer retention strategies to address this worrying trend.

Trend 3: It’s all about the Apps – For years, enterprises have focused too much on the mobile devices and not on mobilising the business process. If you focus solely on the device, whether through company-issues smartphones or via BYOD, it is a cost to your organization. To drive a positive ROI, enterprises must mobilise the processes that support their internal operations and customer interactions as this can deliver tangible business benefits (increase revenues, decrease costs, streamline operations). The survey results show that enterprises now understand this, with the Top 5 Mobility Initiatives being:

  1. Deploy iOS/Android tablets
  2. Launch horizontal applications (e.g. CRM, SFA, business intelligence
  3. Increase company-issues smartphones
  4. Deploy Windows 8 tablets
  5. Launch line of business applications (e.g. workflow management)

Each of these initiatives will support the mobilisation of the enterprise, including the renewed focus on company-issued smartphones which demonstrates that enterprises have realised the complexity of trying to get applications to work effectively on the dozens or hundreds of device variants brought into the organization through BYOD.

The good news is the market is maturing and Enterprise Mobility is no longer just a side project – it is fast becoming central to driving business strategy.

There will be much more to come, but if you want to discuss any of these trends or our upcoming research, please feel free to reach out to me.