Mobility Summit | TBD | New York, NY, USA

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Keynote Presentation

Visionary speaker presents to entire audience on key issues, challenges and business opportunities

Keynote Presentations give attending delegates the opportunity to hear from leading voices in the industry. These presentations feature relevant topics and issues aligned with the speaker's experience and expertise, selected by the speaker in concert with the summit's Content Committee." title="Keynote Presentations give attending delegates the opportunity to hear from leading voices in the industry. These presentations feature relevant topics and issues aligned with the speaker's experience and expertise, selected by the speaker in concert with the summit's Content Committee.

Executive Visions

Panel moderated by Master of Ceremonies and headed by four executives discussing critical business topics

Executive Visions sessions are panel discussions that enable in-depth exchanges on critical business topics. Led by a moderator, these sessions encourage attending executives to address industry challenges and gain insight through interaction with expert panel members." title="Executive Visions sessions are panel discussions that enable in-depth exchanges on critical business topics. Led by a moderator, these sessions encourage attending executives to address industry challenges and gain insight through interaction with expert panel members.

Thought Leadership

Solution provider-led session giving high-level overview of opportunities

Led by an executive from the vendor community, Thought Leadership sessions provide comprehensive overviews of current business concerns, offering strategies and solutions for success. This is a unique opportunity to access the perspective of a leading member of the vendor community." title="Led by an executive from the vendor community, Thought Leadership sessions provide comprehensive overviews of current business concerns, offering strategies and solutions for success. This is a unique opportunity to access the perspective of a leading member of the vendor community.

Think Tank

End user-led session in boardroom style, focusing on best practices

Think Tanks are interactive sessions that place delegates in lively discussion and debate. Sessions admit only 15-20 participants at a time to ensure an intimate environment in which delegates can engage each other and have their voices heard." title="Think Tanks are interactive sessions that place delegates in lively discussion and debate. Sessions admit only 15-20 participants at a time to ensure an intimate environment in which delegates can engage each other and have their voices heard.

Roundtable

Interactive session led by a moderator, focused on industry issue

Led by an industry analyst, expert or a member of the vendor community, Roundtables are open-forum sessions with strategic guidance. Attending delegates gather to collaborate on common issues and challenges within a format that allows them to get things done." title="Led by an industry analyst, expert or a member of the vendor community, Roundtables are open-forum sessions with strategic guidance. Attending delegates gather to collaborate on common issues and challenges within a format that allows them to get things done.

Case Study

Overview of recent project successes and failures

Case Studies allow attending executives to hear compelling stories about implementations and projects, emphasizing best practices and lessons learned. Presentations are immediately followed by Q&A sessions." title="Case Studies allow attending executives to hear compelling stories about implementations and projects, emphasizing best practices and lessons learned. Presentations are immediately followed by Q&A sessions.

Focus Group

Discussion of business drivers within a particular industry area

Focus Groups allow executives to discuss business drivers within particular industry areas. These sessions allow attendees to isolate specific issues and work through them. Presentations last 15-20 minutes and are followed by Q&A sessions." title="Focus Groups allow executives to discuss business drivers within particular industry areas. These sessions allow attendees to isolate specific issues and work through them. Presentations last 15-20 minutes and are followed by Q&A sessions.

Analyst Q&A Session

Moderator-led coverage of the latest industry research

Q&A sessions cover the latest industry research, allowing attendees to gain insight on topics of interest through questions directed to a leading industry analyst." title="Q&A sessions cover the latest industry research, allowing attendees to gain insight on topics of interest through questions directed to a leading industry analyst.

Vendor Showcase

Several brief, pointed overviews of the newest solutions and services

Taking the form of three 10-minute elevator pitches by attending vendors, these sessions provide a concise and pointed overview of the latest solutions and services aligned with attendee needs and preferences." title="Taking the form of three 10-minute elevator pitches by attending vendors, these sessions provide a concise and pointed overview of the latest solutions and services aligned with attendee needs and preferences.

Executive Exchange

Pre-determined, one-on-one interaction revolving around solutions of interest

Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction between executives and vendors. This is an opportunity for both parties to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on mutual interest." title="Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction between executives and vendors. This is an opportunity for both parties to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on mutual interest.

Open Forum Luncheon

Informal discussions on pre-determined topics

Led by a moderator, Open Forum Luncheons offer attendees informal, yet focused discussions on current industry topics and trends over lunch." title="Led by a moderator, Open Forum Luncheons offer attendees informal, yet focused discussions on current industry topics and trends over lunch.

Networking Session

Unique activities at once relaxing, enjoyable and productive

Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable and relaxing activities with an environment conducive to in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow attendees to wind down between sessions and one-on-one meetings, while still furthering discussions and being productive." title="Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable and relaxing activities with an environment conducive to in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow attendees to wind down between sessions and one-on-one meetings, while still furthering discussions and being productive.

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Mobility Summit

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

 

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Welcome Address and Opening Remarks

 

8:10 am - 8:50 am

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Keynote Presentation

Mobility and the Internet of Things

In many ways mobile devices are the original IoT device since they offer both the ability to capture sensory information (through accelerometers and GPS trackers) while providing always on, always available connectedness. And while “true” IoT is more focused on low power, low complexity devices feeding information to centralized aggregators, and executing commands based on feedback from those aggregators, existing mobile devices will continue to have a significant role to play by acting as localized personalized aggregators and information conduits keyed to the needs and wants of specific individuals. These devices can become the storing house of information collected from us (such as health information) and about us (such as personnel preferences), and the tool that acts as the conduit of all outbound and inbound communications flows from other smart devices. Indeed, as IoT becomes more pervasive, the role of personal mobile computing devices only becomes more important.

Takeaways:

  • Those looking to invest in public facing IoT deployments should plan now to make use of personal devices as a communications conduit
  • Open programming and communications standards that allow IoT devices to communicate with multi-platform mobile devices will be the key to success
  • As IoT technologies become more pervasive, and interact more consistently with personal mobile devices, privacy issues will come even further to the fore – businesses should prepare for these issues before they even arise.
 

8:55 am - 9:25 am

Executive Exchange

 

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Think Tank

Big Data and Analytics at the Scale of Mobility

The explosive growth of data volume and data variety that have characterized this new Big Data era are set to head in a steeper upward trajectory as enterprises collectively begin to exploit the massive data flows that are coming out of mobile devices. As the volume of mobile devices eclipses that of human beings on the planet, just imagine the data volume that can be captured when every device and every individual is streaming a constant set of contextual “status” information. Data growth by itself however is only a small portion of the story, as to have value this data must be analysed in essentially real-time in order to create actionable outcomes.

Takeaways:

  • Big Data today may be big, but every single one of the “v’s” that compose it (Volume, Variety, Velocity, Veracity and Value) is set to increase exponentially as a result of wholesale mobility adoption
  • The ability to analyse, interpret, and find meaning in this vast sea of data will be single biggest differentiator in enterprise success
  • Enterprises will have to walk a fine line when it comes to privacy of the information they collect to ensure the continued ability to do so

Call for Speakers

 

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Executive Exchange

 

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Thought Leadership

Trends in Mobile Application Development

When it comes to developing mobile apps there are three clear directions that an enterprise can take – they can develop mobile web apps, they can develop native apps, or they can develop cross-platform apps. All three have pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses such that there is no definitive “right” or “wrong” answers, but there are certainly some developing best practices that need to be taken into account by any organization planning the rollout (or investigating the unsuccessful rollout) of enterprise mobile applications. Knowing the capabilities of the various development techniques, as well as the use case of the app is essential to making the right choice in development methodology.

Takeaways:

  • Mobile web apps are often the easiest to implement, leveraging web developed web dev skills but generally offer the least satisfying end user experience
  • Native apps may feel like the Cadillac solution, offering the richest experience but come with significant cost (money and time) implications
  • Cross-platform apps allow for a dedicated per platform feel without the effort of developing for each device individually but this can lead to lowest common denominator design compromises
 

10:05 am - 10:20 am

Morning Networking Coffee Break

 

10:25 am - 10:55 am

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Making Mobile Apps Enterprise Apps with Clean Integration

Application integration is a challenging task no matter what the platform being used. Finding a way to have various enterprise applications communicate and work together cleanly and efficiently requires dedication and focus. Mobile apps stand on the precipices of disrupting everything that enterprises have done so far to manage application integration by throwing new platforms, new communication methodologies, new coding languages and new APIs into the mix. As mobile apps increasingly become the primary enterprise apps as opposed to simplified extensions of existing ones, CIOs and IT departments will need to look at application integration with fresh eyes to ensure that both utmost performance and rock solid operability continues to be offered across the entire integrated application suite.

Takeaways:

  • Application integration is a complex challenge at the best of times; the introduction of an increasing number of enterprise mobile apps will only complicate things further
  • Application integration is the key to efficient application, and therefore business, operations and so cannot simply be ignored or pushed to the back burner
  • Businesses that do not tightly integrate enterprise mobile apps with core enterprise applications run significant risks
 

11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Executive Boardroom

Mobile Data Quality

Data quality has long been one of the most challenging issues that IT organizations and the enterprises that are hoe to them have had to deal with. Everyone knows that these data quality issues exist, but the cost and complication of addressing them has pushed them to the back burner. We stand however at a precipice, one that has been brought on us by mobile computing – as more devices enter the hands of more users, more data is being created and consumed, making the data quality issue more pressing, more relevant, and more urgent to solve. IT leaders can no longer ignore data quality issues for the good of their companies and the good of their careers and need to bring this issue to the fore and get it resolved before the avalanche sweeps them under.

Takeaways:

  • Data quality is hard and unappealing and so in many case it is simply not done, or not done effectively
  • Enterprises have been scuffling by with poor data quality capabilities and may be convinced that the situation is manageable
  • Even though data volumes have grown quickly over the last few years, mobility is set to give data volume a near vertical growth curve which will compound and highlight this fundamental issue
 

11:35 am - 12:05 pm

Executive Exchange

 

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Think Tank

Indoor Location Tracking and the Power of the Beacon

While smartphones and tablets are inherently mobile devices, invariably the humans that use them do so indoors, and while these devices have tremendous connectivity capabilities, in many case those indoor spaces block cell signals and the ability to track the device, and ultimately, its user. As businesses more and more are seeking to deliver customized, personalized experiences, knowing where each individual with whom you wish to interact with becomes a serious impediment to achieving that goal. Beacons, however, offer real promise in not only being able to track indoor location to a very granular degree, but to go one step further and initiate a personalized interaction that enhances both user experience and operational efficiency, truly a win-win then.

Takeaways:

  • Beacons are a low-cost micro-location based piece of technology that allow for short-range two-way communications
  • Beacons will be instrumental in delivering the personalized experience end users demand because they allow for persistent user identification and tracking
  • Beacons can also be used as a conduit to deliver that experience directly, sending information to devices, rather than just receiving it from them

Call for Speakers

 

12:10 pm - 12:55 pm

Networking Luncheon

 

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Executive Boardroom

Implementing WiFi Clouds

For businesses to be able to leverage mobility as a communications and interaction medium with customers and potential customers, it must ensure continuous connectivity for their targets. While cellular connectivity is generally excellent in most parts of the country, relying on it means relying on someone else’s infrastructure to provide the connectivity, and someone else’s willingness to pay for the connectivity. Since neither of these can ever be counted on, enterprises must make the dive into providing that connectivity for themselves and build comprehensive wifi clouds that encompass any facilities where they wish to engage with customers and prospects. Wifi networks of this scale require a level of network engineering not commonly seen, while further introducing bandwidth and scalability issues, not to mention those related to security and privacy.

Takeaways:

  • Mobile devices must be networked to extract maximum value, but given size and distribution, reliance of third party networks is unfeasible and unlikely
  • Broad based and redundant wifi clouds will be needed within traditional facilities, but most especially in non-traditional ones
  • Enterprises will have to rethink how they approach wifi networking given device density, device locality, and device connectivity
 

1:35 pm - 2:05 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

To Android or Not to Android, THAT, is the Question

Android represents the most common and most popular mobile device operating system and any businesses developing for an external audience absolutely must ensure that Android is a supported platform in the capabilities it offers. However, Android is also the most unsecure platform with as much as 95% of all mobile malware inexistence targeting that platform and so businesses that allow mobility within their organization must very carefully consider that threat before they allow Android devices to connect. Rationalizing that dichotomy of a device that will be common and popular amongst the workforce yet at the same time represents a dire threat to enterprise security is an issue that every CIO and CISO must address.

Takeaways:

  • Android isn’t adoption isn’t going anywhere but up and enterprise mobility programs must be prepared for almost omnipresent Android devices
  • Android’s security issues are legendary however, and in an era of heightened scrutiny on and need for enterprise security, how can IT leaders allow such unsecure devices
  • Balancing user satisfaction and organizational protection is a fine line that IT leaders must constantly walk
 

2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Multi-Platform Mobile Development

As enterprises take that deep dive into mobile computing, they move from simply allowing mobile devices into their environment towards leveraging those devices to fulfill roles and functions otherwise unaddressable by traditional devices. This means developing and deploying apps, but things aren’t as simple as “write once, publish many”. Leaving the issue of platform variability to the side, one of the biggest issues in app development is form factor differentiation and the clearest expression of that issue is the difference between smartphones and tablets. While Android co-founder Andy Rubin is on record as saying form factor should have no bearing, there is a strong body of evidence that says apps should be developed differently for different devices if the goal is the utmost usability and productivity. As IT leaders invest more heavily in mobile application development, this is an issue that requires significant deliberation to ensure development time and money is not squandered.

Takeaways:

  • Tablets are not simply Smartphones made bigger; they are unique devices with unique properties and unique capabilities
  • Users do not use tablets and smartphones to do the same things because they way they interact with them is different
  • Mobile development needs to determine if distinct tablet and smartphone apps are required by understanding use cases and device capabilities
 

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Afternoon Networking Coffee Break

 

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Executive Boardroom

Embracing Enterprise App Stores

Mobile devices are rapidly taking over the enterprise because the flexibility they offer radically outstrips that of the PC era computers that came before them. The device itself however, while offering the benefit of portability, is simply the conduit to that flexibility which is really provided by the apps that are used. In such an app-focused environment then, it is in every organization’s best interest to deploy an enterprise app store to help manage app usage, reduce app risk, control app expenditures, increase app value, and reduce administrative spend. Yet despite all these compelling reasons, less than half of all enterprises have one deployed. CIOs and IT leaders in charge of enterprise mobility deployments need to begin pushing app store deployments forwards now.

Takeaways:

  • App stores offering tremendous benefits when it comes to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of mobility deployments
  • Despite these benefits, only 44% of survey companies have deployed an enterprise app store
  • Enterprise app stores cannot be too constrained in app choice or users will simply visit public app stores to get the apps they want and need
 

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm

Executive Exchange

 

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Think Tank

Shop-Floor Computing and the Impact of Mobility

Shop floor computing is certainly nothing new – ruggedized PCs with specially protected keyboards and touch sensitive screens have been creeping into manufacturing facilities for decades in the name of improving productivity and enhancing efficiency. These ruggedized computers all suffer the same shortcoming however, that being that they are still tied to a single physical location. Thus, while workers may be able to stay on the shop floor to work with these systems rather than retreating to the office, they still aren’t able to be exactly where the work is occurring, or exactly where problems are cropping up. Mobile computing devices on the other hand allow ultimate freedom and flexibility and seek to truly deliver on the promise that shop floor computing has been making for years. IT leaders in manufacturing and other shop floor lead industries need to begin thinking about broad scale mobility adoption and the requisite decisions that accompany that shift.

Takeaways:

  • Shop floor computing has tremendous opportunity to provide efficiency benefits but is hampered by infrastructure limitations
  • Mobile computing overcomes the primary one those limitations but brings a new set of challenges with it
  • IT leaders need a comprehensive effort that encompasses not just devices, but applications and networking infrastructure to truly leverage the value

Call for Speakers

 

4:15 pm - 4:55 pm

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Executive Visions

Facilitating Technology-Enabled Business Transformation

The role of the modern CIO is more complex than it has ever been before, not just because the technology landscape has become more complex, but also because increasingly the CIO has had to become a business-focused executive, not just a technologist. Long have we talked about the CIO “getting a seat at the table” but modern businesses are now demanding that their technology impresario join them and leverage his deep and rich technical acumen to allow the organization as a whole to better position itself for market-place success. To be successful, CIOs need to invest in themselves, in their personnel, and in the right technologies to allow them to position the IT department to proactively address business needs as an innovator and driver, rather than order-taker and enabler.

Takeaways:

  • IT leadership can no longer be simply technology focused, but must instead take their visibility into business process and become business focused
  • A broader business-focus does not preclude maintaining technology excellence however and indeed may demand more of it than ever before
  • Success for CIOs will be measured not in how they can enable enterprise decisions, but in how they can drive growth
 

4:55 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

 

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Cocktail Reception