This blog post is a follow up to a blog post from just a few days ago. (If you think web application development is taking a back seat to mobile development, think again.)
At Alpha we are completely intrigued and fascinated about mobile computing devices and especially interested in their use to help businesses be more productive and more competitive. As such the next version of Alpha will be a complete system for rapidly building serious data-driven business applications for mobile devices.
However instinctively we know that in a business setting, mobile devices are not going replace desktop and laptops. This view is echoed every day from conversations we have with customers and prospects. The fact that we are now in the "post pc" or "mobile plus" era means that the real world ecosystem of hardware now consists of both mobile devices (multiple sizes and brands) and the desktop/laptop. The implications for us are that we must ensure that future versions of Alpha will let developers use Alpha for both mobile and web application development.
It was interesting to note then that this week Forbes magazine ran an article on the resilience of the PC based on a recent IDC research report showing that in 2012, over 350 million PCs were sold (albeit 3.2% down from the previous year.) What was revealing in the data is the following quote from the article "But look at the numbers again. The 2012 total of 352.4 million comes to more than double the 168.9 million shipped in 2003 and more than three times the 113.5 million shipped in 1999. It’s even about 50 percent larger than the 239 million computers shipped in 2006. It’s like the auto market: shipments might shift yearly but growth will probably continue"