CTIA 2013, the largest mobile trade show in North America, will be held in Las Vegas May 20-23. Spring CTIA’s trade show floor covers mobile from end to end.
In my latest Connected World Magazine column, I take a look at how the M2M market has evolved from an enterprise-focused, 100-million unit market to a segment that will eventually include trillions of connected devices. In the article, titled “M2M, How Do I Love Thee?” I show how market forecasts have expanded from millions, to billions, to trillions as the impact of connecting everyday objects influences the market’s expectations for growth in the M2M sector.
Showrooming. Everybody’s heard of it by now—conniving shoppers checking out a product in a retail store, then buying it online later for less. Best Buy’s 2012 stock price tumble was largely blamed on showrooming, while other retailers including Target, ToysRUs and PetSmart also felt showrooming’s effect on their bottom lines. But this emphasis on showrooming is misplaced, in my view, and I’m not alone.
Laurie Lamberth moderated a panel session at the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley’s Mobile Forum: M2M event on May 2, 2013. Laurie’s panel focused on enterprise vertical markets and enterprise applications for M2M — the territory where mobile M2M got its start in the early 2000’s. Now, a over a decade later, it was a pleasure to share the stage with this group of seasoned M2M professionals to provide their insights on how M2M has evolved over the past decade, what’s hot in M2M now, and what even hotter trends lie just over the horizon.
Mobile Focus: M2M is a daylong conference that explored the rapidly emerging “M2M” or “machine-to-machine” segment of the wireless industry, and reflect’s the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley’s continuing commitment to provide meaningful technology and networking events for the global Silicon Valley.