>But, as time / technology demands, its time to move on --- & most
> >companies are trying to scale their preliminary menu driven functions
> >into full-fledged applications. The masters of quality, & process
> >movement in the world, Japan, is no way going to leave this space
I think it's fair to say that Japan is in no better position than anybody
else to take a lead in this market. They may not even be able to capitalize
on the advanced stage of consumer mobile Internet services.
Reason is, mobile enterprise is a completely different ballgame. There is no
coincidence that the US is in the forefront of this market - not because an
advanced wireless market (beacuse it is not), but its the most advanced
e-business and enterprise application market. For the same reason, Japan is
less likely to lead the charge here. The fixed internet apps market is not
particularly advanced, and until they get that one sorted out, it does not
make huge sense to add mobile functionality (at least not from a
productivity or ROI perspective).
Once they do, the carriers need to be able to offer the usual MS Office, ERP
from SAP and supply-chain stuff. It will be wireless-enablement of existing
enterprise apps and processes that will drive this market. And they need
systems integrators with vertical industry expertise to sell and implement
the whole thing at the enterprise. A new interesting 'ecosystem' will
evolve, I'm sure. DoCoMo is already elaborating with the likes of IBM, SAP,
PeopleSoft and has announced they want an SI partner, so things are moving
in Japan too...
At the moment (in Japan and elsewhere), it's very much a 'wait and see'
attitude among enterprises when it comes to mobile solutions.
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Received on Mon May 27 03:29:15 2002