They day started with a great set of presentations during the keynote. Mastercard showed off a video that really shows the power of mobile, the internet, and future payment systems. The connective and personal nature of mobile devices will fundamentally change how customers and businesses interact. I thought that the visualization of the ability to try on clothes was really cool...tying it to social information to inform you that someone you know has the same outfit - Priceless.
IBM Sr. Vice President Steve Mills then took the stage. He is always incredible, he know the technology, the business, and his passion comes across in how he presents. He was able to tie everything together, and show the trends of how important transaction processes continues to be. Oh, and by the way, once you go into China everything adds one or two zeros to the metrics you may be focusing in. As a developer, this means that scale and performance are so much more important.
I started my career in technology in Healthcare, so seeing the Ottawa Hospital team come up and talk about how they are using iPads to extend the electronic patient record to something that allows the Physician to focus on patient care. Actually more than that, it allows the physician to communicate in plain language, showing the patient all the information that is tracked in the hospital system. On top of that, the ability to use instant messaging, which may not seem like a revolution to all the SMS and IM users out there, instead of the overhead "Paging Dr. Jones" means that the emergency not only knows when the Doctor will be there, but that the Doctor will have seen all the pertinent information before seeing the patient. Additionally they are able to use iPads and mobile apps to ensure that all parts of the patient's care team is in sync and in agreement. What a great demo!
While there was an incredible demo of some new social aspects and capabilities of WebSphere Business Process Manager, I was excited when Bob Sutor took the stage to talk about IBM Mobile Foundations! This is why I am here, to see what is available, and to talk to customers. Mobile will transform the business and we are here with new capabilities across the IBM Mobile Foundation. I am sure that Leigh and Will are going deep on this topic in their posts, so I won't try to describe in in technical detail. What I will say is that when the CEO from BodyMedia came to the stage and took everyone thru the quantification of your daily activity for health reasons - this level of data and analytics to change behavior is what the personal nature of mobile devices are allowing.
The rest of today I spent talking with customers. A common thread has been that they need to address multiple platforms, they need to be able to extend their existing capabilities and offerings to Mobile devices, and they see that the IBM Mobile Foundation will help them. This is exciting!