IT Technical Summit Beijing: Young professionals lead the way
The IBM Software Technical Summit in China, which was held earlier last month in Beijing, was heavily geared toward the IT practitioners. This was easily observed from the participant demographics. At the conference, I was more likely to run into a young IT professional wearing casual outfits than a business suit. I admit, the choice of clothing was partly due to the artistic DNA of this city, which is the cultural center of China and nurtures more musicians than any other place in the country. But the point is, if you are an IT practitioner who cares about the latest technologies, this was the place to be.
There were four focus areas on the conference agenda: cloud computing, mobile development, big data, and agile practices. The conference lasted for two days with general sessions and every morning and break out sessions in the afternoons. Each breakout session discussed deep technical areas in each of the four tracks, including hands-on labs that gave attendees a chance to experience the latest technologies and IBM products.
For the mobile track, in which I delivered two presentations on IBM Worklight technologies, it's no surprise that most sessions enjoyed full-house attendance. Starting with the IMPACT conference in Las Vegas in April, where the IBM mobile foundation offerings were announced, to the Innovate conference in Orlando in June, mobile development has been a hot topic among IBM customers and business partners. Unlike some of the previous advancements in technologies, where visionary companies like IBM pioneered a technology and found themselves having to spend time explaining why it would help customers, the mobile phenomenon is completely customer-led. Customers already understand why mobile is important, and they look to IBM for solutions to the challenges they are facing. Such trends can be easily observed in the China market. From the customer visits to talking to the conference participants, I found that many customers and business partners were already well into the game. They would come to us with specific requirements, discussing a particular challenge they have run in to.
Two recurring themes emerged from the few days of interacting with my Chinese colleagues and having fun in this exciting space:
The two-day conference was already over before you know it. But the technical discussions between the IT practitioners and solution providers like IBM will continue. Together we'll build a smarter world where software is at the heart of innovation and progress.
This video captured and energy and the theme of the conference, the building drumbeat of IT and the importance of developers in today's technical world.
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About the author
Jim Zhang is the architect for IBM Worklight Studio, he has been involved in the IBM Mobile Foundation development since its inception. After the Worklight acquisition, Jim helped transforming the original Worklight Studio into a full-featured, end-to-end mobile development IDE. Before this Jim was the architect for Rational Application Developer's Web 2.0 and Dojo tooling. The exciting world of open web development has always been Jim's passion and his tooling designs are helping IBM customers around the world build high quality enterprise applications using the latest web technologies.