Launching OpenMIE Workshop

Are you based in London? Join our first-of-its-kind workshop on ecosystem business models (November 14-15) – register now and get a First-Mover ticket (30% off).

This 2-day workshop is designed to help you:

– understand the rules of the game of ecosystems
– understand the business model patterns of leading companies like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook
– use these patterns to compete and win in your rapidly changing market
– be part of the cutting edge discussion on the future of digital business models

Get in touch with us if you want more info.


[Report] The EU App Economy: 530,000 jobs and rising

The rise of app ecosystems has put the US in the front seat of the mobile industry, a place once held by Europe with its strong pedigree in mobile technology. However, Europe continues to be a major force in mobile app ecosystems, with its contribution to the global app economy being second only to the US. With competition from high-growth markets rising, Europe needs to become a global hub for mobile startups in order to maintain this position.

European App Economy

The economic crisis that has plagued Europe for the past few years, has had and continues to have a major impact on the labour market, particularly in the South. Unemployment rates in Southern Europe exceed 25% with youth unemployment surpassing 50%.

Yet, the app economy has been expanding rapidly; as indicated in our latest report, the European App Economy 2014 commissioned by ACT4apps and co-authored with Plum Consulting, Europe is a major force in the global app ecosystem and is directly responsible for over 500,000 jobs in the EU28 region. The report was hailed as a “wake-up call” for the EU by European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes, who is responsible for the EU digital agenda. Continue reading [Report] The EU App Economy: 530,000 jobs and rising

5+1 ways to attract Internet of Things developers

With so much buzz around the Internet of Things, many are wondering what will be the platform on which the IoT ecosystem will be built. Stijn Schuermans reviews several interesting developments in IoT hardware modules that make getting ‘Things’ done a breeze, and adds some question marks with the widespread focus on devices.

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Five years ago, at the onset of the smartphone revolution, no-one predicted a significant latent demand for apps such as flashlights or “Draw Something”. And who would have thought that a game like Angry Birds could create billions of dollars in value; not just for the publisher, Rovio, but also for Apple as the platform owner?
Continue reading 5+1 ways to attract Internet of Things developers

[Report] Enterprise App Developer Atlas

Presenting our latest report, the Enterpise App Developer Atlas. This is a map of the developer journey, featuring 481 developer tools across 27 tool sectors.

The enterprise app developer’s journey is a complex endeavour that must balance corporate security, legacy integration, custom cross platform coding, and emerging API Program business models. This Atlas is the ultimate guide for enterprise app developers who need to mobilise corporate assets across multiple platforms, deploy, test and market their app. The Enterprise App Developer Atlas helps developers make the right tool choices in order to reduce costs, increase revenues and capture new markets. The market is split into six distinct stages: integrate, develop, deploy, measure, market & monetise.

The image below presents a selection of the top-ranking tools for each market sector. For the full listings, [purchase_link id=”4190″ text=”download the full pdf” style=”link”].

To get a full size poster of this report mailed to you, courtesy of Intel, visit this page

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Microsoft + Nokia: the marriage of two broken business models

Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices division is the new beginning for both Microsoft and Nokia. But how does it make sense when both Nokia’s legacy OEM and Microsoft’s mobile software licensing business models are broken? VisionMobile Strategy Director Michael Vakulenko takes a long-term perspective of the acquisition through a business model lens.

Nokia and Microsoft

Most of the analysis on the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia comments on the reasons for the acquisition, whether it’s a good or a bad strategy or attempts to predict how Microsoft products will evolve. The key question however is what is the likely future for the new Microsoft? Continue reading Microsoft + Nokia: the marriage of two broken business models