More than a decade ago when mobile infrastructure companies, service providers, and device makers started working on Location Based Services (LBS), analysts predicted LBS as "the next big thing” in the mobile services market. Operators had expected to increase their average revenue per user (ARPU) by deploying location services. Network infrastructure vendors made significant investments on increasing the accuracy of a user’s location using various technologies like GPS, AGPS, and cell-IDs. And, application vendors and device makers were pretty excited about the possibilities of LBS. But, "the next big thing” never happened.
I recently read an excerpt from a Gartner report that the number of technicians with wireless access to a formal packaged field service management (FSM) solution in large enterprises will increase from 25 percent in 2010 to 50 percent by 2012. This got me thinking about workforce management systems in general, and its lower-rung place on the totem pole of telecom spending.
Every now and then, the business world presents us with a lab experiment that we can observe in realtime. Netflix's announcement that it is splitting off its DVD-by-mail business from its streaming business is just such an experiment. The DVD business will now go by the name Qwikster, and the streaming business will stay under the Netflix brand. It is Clayton Christensen's innovator's dilemma incarnate, and Netflix is very publicly trying to solve it. Like its 60% price increase did earlier this year, this move is understandably causing consternation amongst some customers. It's a bold move, one that will cost them in the near term, but Netflix I'm sure has done the calculus and is looking at the endgame 5-10 years out, not 5-10 months.
Bringing disparate healthcare solutions together could be the catalyst to drive adoption to a scale that can translate into large scale healthcare transformation.
Most mobile health (mHealth) initiatives typically focus on singluar solutions—simple mobile apps, cloud-based data management solutions, new consumer medical devices, virtual clinics, remote management, and many more that get added every day. Very few really look at getting them all to work together. And yet, that’s what needs to happen; we must manage the connectivity. Until we do, many singluar initiatives will stay at the periphery of the healthcare ecosystem.
Aricent recently hosted two webinars about the top ten challenges when doing testing for LTE EPC. A lot of good questions were asked by attendees, and we are sharing them here along with the answers from our panel of experts: Srimanta Kumar Purohit, Tauseef Hasan, and R. Ezhirpavai. We hope they are informative for those of you seeking to better understand the nuances of LTE EPC testing.