Mobility Points to Ponder: Voices from Interop
From security to app dev, attendees join forces to piece mobility together.
Interop 2013 New York’s mobility track this week addressed a smattering of enterprise-centric topics ranging from device trends to future speculation about the role of sensors and wearable technology. Most attendees indicated they were still struggling to a degree with mobility management, agreeing that it is currently difficult to get everything you need in a tidy, one-stop-shop package from a single vendor.
Security, of course, remains top of mind. Yankee Group survey results of a U.S. poll of 2,000 IT respondents that were presented at one conference session indicated that the top three priorities for this year, in order of importance, are to solve issues related to: 1) mobile security; 2) cloud services and 3) mobile cloud services.
Many attendees agreed that “mobility,” per se, is no longer a “thing” in and of itself – that it pervades the IT foundation in the same way that security does. As such, point products will soon need to give way to systems-integrated capabilities.
What follows are a few snippets of conversation and presentations overheard at Interop that might give you food for thought – or at least make you smile.
“Seems like all the [pre-launch] talk about the iPhone 5S this summer was about color choices. Have we gone from innovation to fashion? – Galen Grumman (pictured), Executive Editor, InfoWorld and “Mobile Edge” Columnist, on the state of mobile hardware innovation
“Just stop trying to secure devices. And stop trying to secure the perimeter of the network - it’s over, just give up, it’s impossible.” - Michael Davies, Chairman, Endeavour Partners; Professor, M.I.T.; Professor, London Business School
“There’s not a lot of accountability for mobile in IT.” – Chris Hazelton, Research Director for Mobile and Wireless, 451 Research
“Does device hardware have to be the only [user] interface? What about if we had cards that we can plug into a [shell] device to give it the personality we want [work or personal]?” – Craig Mathias, Principal, Farpoint Group
“The trend is to better measure patient care or [providers] won’t get reimbursed under the new health care reform laws.” – Matt Gafencu, Manager, Mobile Health, CareFusion, Inc., on using wireless sensors and apps to measure care results and improvements in the medical field.
“HTML5 or cross-platform [mobile development] framework? We had that debate. We went HTML5 because it was quicker to market and didn’t require special skills.” - Suhit Gupta, Chief Technology Officer and Principal, Mapt Technologies
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