Alpha DevCon 2016 officially opened today with a Welcome from CEO Richard Rabins followed by a keynote by B2B strategist and former TechTarget editor Paul Gillin. Gillin discussed revolutionary technology, systems of intelligence, open source and standards. He talked about many technology innovations bubbling up from gaming technology and also discussed the importance of open source and standards in driving innovation.
Next, Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin and Hayat Communications Group Director of Systems Integration Nikos Kazantzis showed attendees a use case for mobile optimized forms in the field -- servicing cell towers -- and how users can now quickly add some advanced data driven forms capability with the latest version of Alpha Anywhere.
One of the most insightful discussions of the morning centered on a discussion of the future of business app development during the executive panel. Mobility leaders from such organizations as MedStar Health, DAIKIN, Nestle-Purina and debated the future of mobile apps, whether IT or LOB (line of business) should take the lead, whether web or mobile apps were best suited to meet enterprise needs and more. Size of development teams, methods of deployment and how to deal with shadow IT were some of the topics debated.
Jason Wong of Gartner tweets during the morning sessions:
Today's opening events culminate with a party tonight. The technical and case study sessions continue tomorrow, when we'll share our product roadmap and end the day with networking/birds of a feather celebration tomorrow night.
Thanks to all our customers who've joined us in Massachusetts this week. We're thrilled to have you here and look forward to engaging conversations and meetings all week.