Mobile Monday Detroit to meet on mobile commerce, banking: The next meeting of Mobile Monday Detroit will focus on mobile commerce and mobile banking. Forrester Research indicates that mobile commerce is expected to reach $10 billion by the end of 2012, and will experience annual compound growth at the rate of 39 percent over the next five years. Recent studies are filled with statistics that indicate significant growth in all areas of mobile commerce. Again from Forrester, in the past six months, “mCommerce” has grown by 25 percent, faster than any other mobile channel. Ten percent of banking customers use mobile to check balances or transfer funds and more than two billion tickets were sold via mobile over the past year. However, there are challenges — some retailers are still slow to embrace the technology, and concerns about mobile security are still a big issue. To bring southeast Michigan into the conversation about mobile commerce, Mobile Monday Detroit is focusing its July 11 meeting on the topic. Speakers for the event include: Thomas Beals, president and founder of MBO, Bryan Yohe, data sales account manager at Verizon Wireless and Jeff Alderman, director of online marketing for North American Bancard. Huly’s Mobile Monday Detroit event, sponsored by Compuware and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, takes place at Compuware headquarters in Detroit on July 11 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is free to attend, but registration is required at http://meetup.com/Mobile-Monday-Detroit. Parking validation is available for those who park in the Compuware deck directly behind the building, and refreshments will be served.
New Horizons To Host Cisco Network On Wheels: New Horizons Computer Learning Centers announced today that it will host the Cisco Solution Showcase, featuring the Cisco Network On Wheels (NOW) Van, on July 19 in Livonia. The Cisco NOW Van is fitted with the latest in borderless networks, video, physical and network security, unified communications and collaboration, and many other advanced solutions. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Cisco NOW Van and experience a live demonstration on how these technologies can provide unique solutions and savings for organizations. The Cisco Solution Showcase also includes presentations by Cisco partners, such as Skyline Advanced Technology Services, SMS proTECH and New Horizons. Presentation topics include a unified communications demonstration, the benefits of certification and cross-certification opportunities, and sessions where attendees can ask a Cisco certified professional questions regarding the technologies they experienced on the Cisco NOW Van and how those technologies can be implemented within their organizations. The Cisco Solution Showcase will take place at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers’ location at 14115 Farmington Road, Livonia, Michigan. Check-in and open tours on the Cisco NOW Van start at 8 a.m. with the event concluding at 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to register early as seating is limited. Lunch will be provided and those who attend at least two of the sessions will be eligible to win a variety of prizes, including an iPad2 and Apple TV. For more information about the event visit www.newhorizons.com/LocalWeb/Michigan/Detroit/Cisco-Now-Van.aspx. To register, call (734) 525-1501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.