Dispatches from Barcelona - Day 3 - Mobile World Congress 2012
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There was perhaps a bit more excitement at Mobile World Congress today than most of us anticipated. Just as the conference was wrapping up for the day, a huge protest occurred just outside the main entrance and the event was locked down by police and event organizers. No one from the conference was injured or terribly inconvenienced, but we all had to take alternative exits from the venue in order to avoid the civil unrest.
That bit of global news aside, today was also the day of the MWC App Developer Conference ( IBM Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise ). That's where the REAL excitement was! It was "standing room only" in the App Planet auditorium for more than 4 hours as a series of IBM speakers laid out the big picture for Enterprise Mobility as IBM sees it.
Of course, a big highlight was the session on Worklight that went into details about the platform and what you can build for mobile apps using its capabilities. There were so many great questions from the audience (and great answers from Miku Jha) that it almost looked like the presenters wouldn't be allowed to end the session. Very clearly IBM has hit a solid sweet spot with a solution for which the market is searching.
Other highlights of the App Developer Conference included a thought-provoking panel session on mobile security issues and Bob Sutor's keynote presentation about where the mobile application market is heading and the considerations enterprises need to bear in mind as they create their own strategies for mobile channels for their business.