Day 0 - Travel woes, and the power of mobile...
I was unable to get a decent flight to impact, however I was all set for a flight from RDU at 7:20 with a connection in Dallas on the way, arriving in Vegas at 11:20PM local time. I knew things were not going as planned as soon as I got my first message on my smart phone - my flight was delayed by 15 minutes...so far so good, I had a 1 hour layover, now I had 45 minutes. Still plenty of time to jump between flights. By the time I check in, I don't do online check in - haven't figured out why I should. The flight is now delayed by 40 minutes - down to 20 minutes - any delay and I will miss my connection. Oh and did I mention, it is the last flight out of Dallas to Vegas? So the kind agent at RDU, I wish I had her name, reroutes me thru Chicago. I now have 30 minutes, to get thru security .... Long lines... And get on board a totally sold out flight. I get on board, last of ten people... Call my wife and let her know, send an email to my parents. And ... off I go... Now I have a two hour layover in Chicago....
The rest of the flight are relaxing, even get a nice upgrade when I check into the hotel. - What does this have to do with mobile? I get to keep eveyone informed, I send emails and even end up watching a movie on the plan via my mobile tablet. Day 1 - IBM Impact
I ended up not getting to bed until almost 1:30am local time, which means I am now dead tired... but the day started off with Walter Issacson talking technology, innovation, collaboration, and of course Mobile!
He set the tone for the rest of the opening keynotes. I felt that his finding the narrative of a story an amazing ability which is important in defining new innovations, and those people who make them.
The funny part was that I found his story of Ben Franklin and Einstein, how they let curiosity drive them through out their life. Continuing to innovate and improve on their ideas, striving to improve upon their ideas is something that all great companies and innovators do.
After he spoke, Marie Wieck came to the stage and told the crowd about all the great new things from IBM, of course the highlight to me was the IBM Mobile Foundation. With 80% of the worlds transactions going thru WebSphere software, IBM is more than ready for mobile.
The first session I went to today was about how Visa Europe has been developing their Mobile Payments capabilities with IBM. Ron Turner - The Development Manager took the crowd thru how they use WSSR as the foundation for VPP - Visa Personal Payments. This allows people to send payments to each others visa cards. The exciting part of this session for me was that they will be providing this app to all the athletes at the 2012 Olympic village. They can use their mobile devices instead of having to carry cash. The safety and security of this type of payment processing, I feel, is the future of payment systems. We similar offerings by small companies like Bump and Square in the US. Exciting Times!
As a developer I do have tell one joke he did in his presentation. The agenda was number 0..7, as soon as he showed the slides I let out a little laugh. He then stated - Yes it's been a few years since I've coded, but I couldn't resist the joke.
Of course while they see the challenges of multiple operating systems and security...they use secure tunneling for communication and security. They also focus on standards such as iOS 853 standard.
Given my desire to see developers focus on DevOps and the whole transition of code from development to production, it was great to hear him recognize and talk about the non-functional requirements. These are all about designing the application to run in production, addressing scale, speed, and serviceability.
I spent most to the day after this walking the show floor. During this I ran into Craig Becker, an IBM STSM (Senior Technical Staff Member) who has been working to create a Mobile Enterprise Timekeeping Proof of Concept for use within IBM. This app, leveraging the IBM Mobile Foundations, Cast Iron, and Whirlwind (an IBM internal mobile app deployment portal), was a great example of some of the things that small teams are doing, leveraging the power of mobile. This app integrates via Cast Iron to an IBM internal SAP instance to allow for people to do time reporting for billing purposes. The biggest lesson that I heard here was the focus on User Experience. The team ran the UX and the backend system development in parallel, ultimately meeting in the middle thru messaging.
Can't wait for tomorrow. I will be doing a Lightening talk on DevOps and Mobile.