I hope to see lots of you in the sessions that form the mobile track and at other sessions during the week that focus on mobile topics.
The Mobile Frontier
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Here is a video clip where I talk about our Mobile Application Development track at the Innovate 2012 conference. I'm joined in the video by Matt Pomroy from Ascendant Technology who has some great observations on mobile trends and topics.
LiveStream Video on the Mobile Application Development track
I hope to see lots of you in the sessions that form the mobile track and at other sessions during the week that focus on mobile topics.
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Day one of the Impact 2012 conference was chocked full of mobile content. If you missed some of it, here are some videos that cover a few of the mobile related activities:
Roving Reporter: Charles Rankin & Leigh Williamson
Day Two is equally full of mobile topics. There is a Hands-On Lab scheduled for the afternoon @1:30PM in Murano 3303 (session TDW-1367A).
There is also a repeat of the overview presentation on the IBM Mobile Platform at 3:15pm in Palazzo O (TDW-1219B) for those of you who missed to session yesterday.
At 4:45pm there are two great sessions of mobile application development: TDW-1280A and TDW-1405A, up in the Marcello area (Marcello 4405 and 4401A). I am going to have a hard time choosing which one to attend!
I hope you all are able to keep up with the mobile topics you want. There is so much going on at Impact 2012 that the challenge to keep your head from spinning!
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Monday at the Impact 2012 conference is shaping up to be a very busy day for devotees of IBM's mobile enterprise strategy. Almost every hour of the day contains at least one session related to mobile application development and some times of the day have multiple mobile sessions. Mobile looks like it will be a topic included in each of the keynote sessions throughout the week and the mini-main tent sessions appear to include the topic as well. There are lots of choices throughout the day today, but here are a couple that I think may be of interest:
TDW-1219A Overview of the IBM Mobile Platform (R) 10:45am - 12:00pm @ Palazzo N
TDW-1365A Building Mobile Applications with IBM Mobile Platform and Tools 2:00pm - 3:15pm @ Marcello 4403
TDW-2043A Modern Mobile Web Design with Maqetta and Dojo 3:45pm - 5pm @ Marcello 4403
And for those of you who can attend the Inner Circle sessions, I'll be presenting the roadmap for mobile development looking ahead in a session from 5:15pm - 6:30pm.
Besides all of the mobile sessions (and there are more than I listed above), there are several demo pedestals in the Solution Center that are showcasing various aspects of mobile application development and delivery. Time to load up a third cup of coffee and enjoy !!
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Testing is a huge challenge for mobile application development. Testing for mobile applications represents a quantum leap in complexity and cost over more traditional applications. Unlike traditional PC and Web applications, the range of potentially supported mobile devices and release levels is staggering. It is quite common to see test matrices for mobile projects that contain hundreds and even thousands of permutations of device, mobile OS level, network carrier, locale, and device orientation combinations.
The majority of mobile apps are multi-tier architecture, with the code running on the device itself being the “front-end” client to data and services supplied by more traditional middle-tier and data center “back-ends”. Effective and comprehensive testing of mobile apps requires that all tiers of the application be addressed, not only the code on the mobile device. The set up and availability of test versions of the middle tier and back-end services can present very large cost and complexity challenges for the testing of mobile applications.
There are multiple approaches to mobile testing:
To learn more about the challenges and various testing approaches read Leigh Williamson’s discussion with Dan Rowinski, ReadWriteWeb: SquashingBugs: The Many Layered Approach to Mobile App Testing.
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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.
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Day 2 at Mobile World Congress included sessions on Mobile in the Growth Markets and the future of Mobile Application Development.
If there was any doubt about the impact that mobile communications has had on developing countries, the presentations by today's speakers put that off the table. After food, the next dollar spent in many developing markets is for communications. And today, in these markets, if you don't have access the internet, you are considered illiterate. The interesting thing about growth markets and mobile is that the majority of population are young - establishing patterns that will persist for decades to come. Youth is driving the growth.
Another dimension where growth markets are showing the way forward is: "Data will replace voice" (as source of growth and revenue)
And social networking - an every day activity by the young audience in emerging markets - is a main driver for data growth.
While mobile communications is a "game changer" for the developed economies, in the emerging markets it is a "life changer", opening up opportunities for health care, education, and government services to be enabled on a massive scale.
The way business is done in these economies is changing, out of necessity. While there are only 85,000 bank branches in India, there are 2.5 million phone recharge outlets! How can these not turn into effective banking centers as people use their mobile charge balance as a form of currency?
Some of the predictions for the next year included that very inexpensive smart phones must become a reality. When this happens, the data traffic generated from emerging markets will explode. Could models of the emerging markets lead the way for the next generation of mobile in the developed markets? I would not be surprised to see it happen within the next 5 years.
The session on mobile application development was full of thought provoking and disruptive ideas. One that lingers in my mind is the concern about how we may be looking in the rear-view mirror as we think about mobile apps and what they should be. Why do we, as the end users, have to find them and install them? Why can't they "find us"? And provide an unobtrusive hint that they can offer some information or service of value, within the context of who I am, where I am, and what I am doing?
Combine that idea with growth markets and social networking... and watch the network lines melt !
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Even before the first day at Mobile World Congress 2012, a slew of new Android phones have been announced by multiple vendors. And not just one Android model, but multiple by the same vendor as part of the same announcement. But more interesting to me that the individual new phone model announcements is the way in which some vendors are planning to "flow" the end user experience between different devices. For example, Sony is now looking to connect the end user experience of TV, laptop, and mobile device (Android based solution) into a seamless flow where you never leave the "application" even as you transition from location to location, and computing device to device.
And this contributes to an even broader theme this year: A "mobile world" that involves much more than just phones.... connecting a wide range of objects in everyday use into a smooth grid of intelligent appliances that support the individual end user at every turn. One dramatic example of this is that Ford will unveil a new "mobile connected car" model that essentially turns the automobile into the ultimate "mobile device". It is "mobile" without any doubt, and now it is connected via cellular data network to all kinds of apps that make the car more intelligent and more valuable to the owner (including smart emergency procedures that call for help even if the driver is incapacitated).
The connected (and empowered) consumer is also a big theme at the conference today. Everywhere you see evidence that it is the end user that is calling the shots at the moment, demanding (and getting) what we want, when we want it, how we want it. This is the market-driven economy taken to its ultimate conclusion and it is really exciting to see it play out here at Mobile World Congress 2012.
More updates coming after Day 2 tomorrow !
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Mobile World Congress 2012 begins in just a couple of hours and it promises to be the biggest and most exciting conference yet! The transportation workers called off their planned strike and all 65,000 conference attendees should be able to get to the venue with no more than the usual difficulty.
A quick glance at the event schedule shows a packed agenda for this week. And if the level of activity outside the Fira yesterday is any indication, there will be lots to listen for in the way of announcements and exciting mobile news.
IBM has a 2-story pavilion - really a full size house, including front porch - built strategically right next to the main restaurant. Nobody is going to miss our presence at this conference! Inside the pavilion there are some really impressive display arrangements, highlighting how IBM delivers value for mobile software in several dimensions.
Our participation in the MWC App Developer Conference on Wednesday afternoon builds on the January announcement of the IBM Mobile Enterprise strategy and acquisition of Worklight - App Developer Conference IBM Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise (Session Date: 29 February 2012, 13:30 – 19:00).
This year I will be keeping a close watch for signs of strength from some of the new entrants into the mobile industry evolution. I am really enjoying the Kindle Fire that I got last Christmas, so I wonder what Amazon has planned for MWC. And already I am seeing huge ads for Microsoft WIndows Phone plastered all over the hotel directly across the traffic circle from the Main Entrance to MWC. One thing is for sure: there are going to be some surprises and some exciting news produced during the course of this week in Barcelona !
I'll post more blog entries as the event unfolds...
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Today is a really exciting day in the annals of IBM mobile solution history. IBM announced today that they have agreed to acquire Worklight and the Worklight Mobile Application Platform (IBM Advances Mobile Capabilities with Acquisition of Worklight). Those of you who follow this blog may remember an entry from last year where I talked about Worklight and how they were advancing the state of the art for cross-platform enterprise mobile apps (The Mobile Frontier: When will HTML5 be ready for prime time?). So it should be no surprise that I’m a big fan and could not be more excited about this investment by IBM in a great solution.
But there is more to it than just a simple MEAP vendor acquisition. As part of today’s announcement, IBM is declaring a comprehensive IBM Mobile Enterprise strategy that covers every aspect of the delivery of mobile business applications (The IBM Mobile Enterprise). Across the various parts of IBM Software there exist all of the components necessary to build and manage world-class mobile solutions. But up until this point, all of the pieces haven’t been combined into a single simple solution. IBM is using the Worklight acquisition as a catalyst to bring together pieces available from all of the different domains of our software labs to assemble a total solution for mobile apps.
What other company besides IBM has all the necessary pieces to bring together? I am thrilled to be part of the work on the development tools and methodology for this mobile solution, especially since there is such a strong commitment by the whole company to this project. There aren’t that many times in a career when you get those “tingly” sensations that are telling you that you’re on to something big. But today is definitely one of those times for me!
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As our planet gets smarter, our phones get smarter too. With the increasing popularity of platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and others that offer endless possibilities for building powerful mobile applications, developing applications for these platforms has become a herculean task. Mobile developers, just like the traditional desktop/web developers, have to go through requirement gathering and modeling, development in a geographically distributed team, testing, developing cross-platform apps, deploying and maintaining the apps through the lifecycle, etc.
Ayushman Jain: Committer, Eclipse Java Development Tools, IBM
Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2011