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3 Posts authored by: Kevin Lollock

Are you ready for what’s NOW as well as what could be NEXT? Reminds me of a Bob Dylan ballad...

 

Come gather 'round people

Wherever you roam

And admit that the waters

Around you have grown

And accept it that soon

You'll be drenched to the bone

For the times they are a-changin'

 

 

The times, they are indeed a-changin'. Who would've thought that in the last few years the mobile computer experience would change so drastically. Who would've thought Android would take the market by storm in such a way as to sway an entire industry to adopt new ways of doing things? New UI, New UX, new expectations of how a mobile computer is supposed to behave in the hands of a user... All this stuff we take for granted today is so vastly different than it was a short time ago. Then again, when you really think about it, this shift is almost identical to something we saw about 12-13 years ago when the Enterprise Mobile Computing market started to trend away from DOS-based devices to the devices that supported the beginnings of WindowsCE, PocketPC, and Palm (remember when Palm OS was really cool?). Times were a-changin' back then - times are a-changin now.

 

What drove all that back then?

 

Why did an industry change from DOS as an OS to go to PPC, Palm, WindowsCE, and WindowsMobile?

 

Basically, it's the same thing that's driving us now. The answer my friends is CONSUMER INFLUENCE – the influence of the cool consumer gadget in the hands of folks like you and me who just love to figure out how to take the ‘new shiny thing’ and use it to help make our work life just a little bit better. My friend and colleague @Bruce Willins has a better way of mashing Consumer Influence together to create the term CONFLUENCE - as in the coming together of the consumer side of experience with the needs of the Enterprise. Pretty clever, huh?

 

Anyways, here’s the sticking point: this undertow of change still remains as the constant. There’s always going to be the next ‘better’, the next ‘new shiny’, the next ‘great idea’ that someone is going to pull in from their experience as a consumer and make it work in the Enterprise. We’re simply at yet another inflection point – a point of change where this confluence is moving us to the big “What’s Next”.

 

Consider these interesting facts to put this discussion into perspective:

 

85% Global Mobile Device Market Share is Android based

http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/07/31/android-reached-record-85-smartphone-market-share-q2-2014-report/

 

52% North America Mobile Device Market is Android based

https://www.comscore.com/Insights/Market-Rankings/comScore-Reports-March-2014-US-Smartphone-Subscriber-Market-Share

 

Right now, MSI is placing bets on Android as a way to deliver on the platform expectations driven by the changing times, yet still maintaining a very close eye on Microsoft and what they’re doing with WE8.1H (as well as their new shiny stuff too) – not to mention some far-horizon things going on around the industry. In fact, out of the many iterations of new Enterprise mobile devices coming from Motorola Solutions this year, more than half of them were based on Android, with the remainder still supporting legacy WinMo and CE7. Still vigilant on What's Next moving forward.

 

From a developer standpoint, times are a-changin' as well. We thirst for additional knowledge about the big "What's Next". We’ve had quite an uptick in interest from the dev community on getting to know what some of these platform directions mean to them. From a developer standpoint, 48% of attendees that have registered for AppForum2014 so far are also attending the Android Bootcamp pre-day session whereas, 30% of have registered for RhoMobile Bootcamp pre-day session – all in order to be better prepared to code for the big “What’s Next”

 

This AppForum is a great opportunity to learn more about the many changes happening in the Enterprise Mobile Computing market and what it means to you.  Don't miss out! This is a developer event focused on application programmers that want to explore how to use the latest/greatest programming tools and utilities that support the latest/greatest line of Enterprise Class mobile computers coming from MSI. Tell your friends and coworkers that develop applications for Motorola Solutions' devices that this is the event to attend to be ready for developing apps on the latest platforms!

 

Registration is limited, times are a-runnin' out - so register today!: http://www.motorolasolutions.com/appforum2014

Military academies use strenuous tasks as part of a program of rigorous physical training and initiation to "build character". App Developers give it up at Hack-a-Thon events—public challenges in which participants impress their peers with feats of coding skill and daring by creating amazing applications.

 

Have you ever been to a Hack-a-Thon? If you touch the IT world in any way (and who doesn’t these days) it’s the kind of a thing that you need to see at least once in your life. Challengers know each other by name or reputation, they gear up in advance to ensure they’re on top of their creative game, and they look forward to their opponents’ peak performance with a sharply honed competitive edge.

 

Developers come to a Hack-a-Thon to strut their stuff. It’s expected behavior. But this is show-and-tell of a very different order, where developers put their new ideas, true skills, and thought processes on display. They dig deep to leverage all of their skills to bring an application forward, and what they end up creating often bends the mind. That’s because a Hack-a-Thon is all about the experience of being able to freely share new ideas without judgment. That’s part of the expected behavior too. If you’re coming to Schaumburg, IL for AppForum2014, you’re in luck, because you’ll finally get the opportunity to participate in a Hack-a-Thon first hand.

 

At the AppForum2014 Hack-a-Thon, Motorola Solutions is inviting developers to use their coding skills to create an enterprise-class business or consumer application. Participants will have access to an array of data sources: open, public, or private data sets that they can define in the cloud. They will also have a choice of using native language with our EMDK (that can enable features on Motorola Enterprise Mobile Computers) or using the RhoMobile suite to create a cross-platform application that runs on any device. Participants may compete by themselves or in a group, but only five brains are allowed on a single team. Experts will be on hand to assist. And yes, there will be prizes. I’m talking about expensive prizes that are worthy of a serious competition. At the AppForum2014 Hack-a-Thon, the top 15 developers with the most points will claim their very own Elite Edition AR.Drone2.0. Watch this YouTube video to check out some shots of the drone in action. 

 

This 12-hour overnight collaborative shin-dig gets started at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 9 and rolls right on through to Wednesday, September 10 at 7:00 am. (Be sure to reserve your hotel room with this schedule in mind.) All challengers will then have 10 minutes between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. to present their application to our panel of judges. The judges will score and vote on the most innovative application build for one—or more—of Motorola’s mobile computing devices in the target-market categories of Retail, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Education, Warehouse, Logistics, and Public Safety. Winners will be announced during the last general session of AppForum2014.

 

If you’ve never been to a Hack-a-Thon, now is your chance. Even if you’re not the competitive type, come over just to hang out and watch. You can get a charge from the energy in the room while you watch genius at work. Sign up for AppForum2014 and the Hack-a-Thon today. Registrations are approaching triple digits, so be sure to reserve your space without delay.

DID YOU KNOW:

  • 85% Global Mobile Device Market Share is Android based
  • 52% North America Mobile Device Market is Android based
  • 70% of the new Mobile Computing Products that came from MSI this year are ANDROID BASED
  • 45% of Attendees registered for the AppForum are attending the Android Bootcamp pre-day session
  • 30% of Attendees registered for the AppForum are attending the RhoMobile Bootcamp pre-day session
  • 100% of ALL AppForum Attendees will be ready for the Future of MSI Enterprise Application Development.

 

Don't miss out! This is a developer event focused on application programmers that want to explore how to use the latest/greatest programming tools and utilities that support the latest/greatest line of Android based mobile computers coming from Motorola Solutions Enterprise Business. Tell your friends and coworkers that develop applications for Motorola Solutions' devices that this is the event to attend to be ready for developing apps on the latest platforms!

 

Registration is limited, so register today!: www.motorolasolutions.com/appforum2014

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