Gartner, Inc. December 5 announced its third annual Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25. The rankings identify organizations that use their supply chains to improve the patient care experience,. Cardinal Health moved up to the number one ranking this year with its “complex combination of connected businesses,” combining the strengths of a medical distributor with that of a pharmaceutical wholesaler, and a large manufacturer. Sisters of Mercy Healthcare System, which is supported by its supply chain division ROi, moved up one spot from last year to take the number 2 spot this year. Becton Dickenson (BD) came in at number three, moving into the Top 5 for the first time in Gartner's ranking. Mayo Foundation moved up to the number four spot from eighth place in last year's ranking based on the strength of its quantitative metrics and a large increase in recognition from peers and the analyst community. Owens & Minor dropped from the number one spot to round out the top 5 ranking. Rounding out the Top Ten are: Johnson and Johnson at number six, Intermountain Healthcare at number seven, Abbott at number eight, Novartis at number nine, and Geisinger Health Systems at number 10. Gartner advises companies aspiring to a Top 25 ranking to seek out leaders and learn key value chain lessons from Top 25 organizations. The Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking is derived from two main analyses: quantitative measures and opinion. Quantitative measures provide a view into how companies have performed in the past. The opinion component offers an eye to supply chain leadership and demonstrated value chain collaboration, which is a crucial characteristic of the supply chain ranking. These two components are combined into a total composite score. (Gartner Inc., 408-468-8312 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 408-468-8312 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, www.gartner.com.)
The Malaysian wireless broadband market is increasingly showing characteristics of a developed market, according to a report by Frost and Sullivan on Dec. 6. The rapid growth of smartphones saw the mobile broadband market enter a competition phase with the revival of Maxis and entry of YTL Communications. “Wireless broadband outpaced fixed broadband in 2009 and grew by 110% in 2010. However average revenue per user (ARPU) declined due to heavy promotions undertaken by all operators,” said Nitin Bhat, partner and head of consulting at Frost & Sullivan. “There is huge potential in data for the Malaysian market. Frost & Sullivan estimates overall Internet-accessing devices to be greater than 15 million by 2015, including both small screen and large screen users.” Other broadband market trends include increasing Net Adds for Fiber in the country, driven predominantly by Unifi service by TM. Mobile broadband growth rates are also coming down dramatically compared to 2009 and 2010. Frost & Sullivan estimates an Internet user base of 23-25 million by 2015 with 70% of them having access to a personal Internet connection. Non-voice (Messaging, VAS, Mobile Internet, WBB) wireless revenues are also expected to exceed wireless voice revenues in 2013. And cloud computing is set to become mainstream in Malaysia in 2012. (Frost & Sullivan, 877-463-7678, www.frost.com.)
Yankee Group announced Dec. 6 in its new report “2012 Mobility Predictions: A Year of Living Dangerously” that in 2012 mobility will face a year of uncertainty and global transition. According to the report in 2012 mobile users will utilize tablets, mobile content, mobile video and personal cloud services at unprecedented levels, but at the infrastructure level, the increased demand on limited resources will cause operators to look for new policy solutions to help them manage their networks. Industry leaders must prepare for a year fraught with uncertainty, instability and unexpected challenges. "The world is in transition and in the year ahead, mobile will be both the protagonist and subject of this instability," said Jason Armitage, senior analyst and co-author of the report. "The winners in this evolving landscape will be those players that can capitalize on the global mobile gold rush and treat each user as a unique customer." (Yankee Group, 617/598/7268, www.yankeegroup.com.)
The full report is available for free download at, http://web.yankeegroup.com/report2012PredictionsRegistration.html.
Netbiscuits has been awarded the 2011 European Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product innovation for its Mobile Cloud Platform, Frost & Sullivan announced Dec. 9,. Frost & Sullivan chose Netbiscuits based on its recent analysis of the mobile-apps deployment platform market. By leveraging the cloud, the platform promises to be more dynamic and viable, hence escalating business productivity and performance efficiency. Via the cloud, customers have a greater market reach and gain a significant competitive edge. Netbiscuits' Biscuits building blocks form the crux of the Mobile Cloud Platform. These core elements empower the platform to consolidate all pertinent content from user interface layout and screen display type to other relevant features such as media, advertising, payment, social networking, maps and geo-positioning into one unified format. Hence, it performs rapid content integration and facilitates mobile sites and hybrid app development in a very effective and efficient manner. “At a time when the proliferation of mobile devices has rendered the mobile environment extremely fragmented, the Netbiscuits Mobile Cloud Platform provides an attractive development environment and efficient publishing platform,” said Zeff Ibrahim, research analyst of the technical insight division of Frost & Sullivan. “The mobile sites and apps built on it are highly customized, personalized and deliver optimal mobile browsing experience.” Another key highlight of the solution is the scalability proficiency it offers to developers. Moreover, the solution supports enhanced reliability due to its underlying cloud-based framework. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence for the innovative element of its product, for leveraging leading edge technologies in its product and for the product's valued added features/benefits. (Netbiscuits, 703-435-9008, www.netbiscuits.com; Frost & Sullivan, 877-463-7678, www.frost.com.)
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