July 25, 2012

DevCon5 in New York Recap

It’s hard for me to describe the changes that are currently taking place right in front of our faces in the HTML5 market. Two that come to mind include a genuine interest in Microsoft (News Alert) Windows 8 and all the tools that are being put forward to support a truly mobile Internet.

In my experience at our events, sometimes the speakers talk past one another.  For example, we have the folks that like me are thinking that the entire Internet has become mobile.

According to Josh Clark of GlobalMoxie, 28 percent of U.S. citizens see their smart phone as their primary connection to the Internet.  That is a very different vision than the folks who talk about the app market as a standalone environment.

However, the gold rush is on for app stores and this week’s panel at DevCon 5 with Charles Mason of, Dave Kaneda, and Bill Walker of Mozilla (NewsAlert), made it clear that app stores have room for improvement in how relationships are managed for developers and consumers; particularly in the fact that reviews and complaints can’t be defended or corrected.

Independent of these general themes was a lot of training.  Peter Lubbers took us through some of the more interesting aspects of HTML5, with Peter Moskovits teaching us about WebSockets and Steve Fulton explaining the power of Canvas. For the support solutions, Marc Grabanski took us through JQuery and Andrew Lunny took us into PhoneGap.  

In talking with our players it was clear that the attendees were getting the benefit of an advanced team’s experience.  Again and again we ended up mentioning new initiatives that were expanding the tools or masking the issues of differentiation.

And yet, it’s clear that while the browser is unifying, the devices are looking for differentiation.  

It’s also clear that we are not all singing Kumbaya; we have very strong differences of opinion and obstacles that we face.  

For the enterprise developer the migration to mobile can be quite painful and we are past the stage where the IT folks can put a Spartan app up on the Web and declare the mission completed.  

We are at a point where workforce automation is coming of age and that lends itself to implementation like Viewbiquity’s (NewsAlert) cloud computing services.  Tom Safron demoed his tools and we discussed the fact that sensors were out numbering us on the Web.  The mobile Internet is giving rise to field automation and for that the store model may still be used as distribution and configuration management functions.  Being forced to place these apps in the consumer store just to deal with the BYOD realities is probably not going to last much longer.

Of all the things that were apparent, the one that stated most dramatically, was no one is conceding the market.  All the players see a blue ocean of opportunity and expect that the next six months will be filled with opportunities.  

So if you think the story is about a single company, you clearly have to get your bag into the Web.

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Edited by Stefanie Mosca


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