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Gartner Symposium 2015 was an event to remember. In case you missed it, we pulled together recaps with all the best insights from the opening Gartner Analyst Keynote, Ginni Rometty's and Ed Catmull's Mastermind Keynotes as well as enterprise mobility session recaps from Gartner analysts, Bryan Taylor and Terrence Cosgrove.



This morning Bryan Taylor, Gartner Research Director on the Mobile and Client Computing team, presented the session "How to Live Without Mobile Device Management (MDM)". During the session he addressed the growing trend of users refusing to have their mobile devices managed. Skimming discussion boards, it is clear that MDM is not positively received by end users and the most common reason is privacy concerns. Bryan explained that IT often runs into the following roadblocks when implementing mobile device management platforms:
  • Fear of users' privacy concerns
  • Cost
  • Limit of one MDM per device
  • Legal and HR concerns
  • User inconvenience factors
Despite things concerns, Bryan emphasizes the importance of securing corporate information and data on employee's devices. He stated that "80% of mobile professionals use at least 2 personal devices" and Gartner predicts that by 2018, 70% of these mobile professionals will do most of their work on personal devices. Mobile Application Management, which Gartner defines as platforms that provide secure browsers, app wrapping or SDK, app store and the ability to distribute apps, is an alternative solution to MDM. At Apperian we take mobile application management a level further by managing the app lifecycle and securing mobile apps. In the session, Bryan referred to Apperian as the premier vendor who can distribute mobile apps without MDM. If you're interested in learning more about how to secure mobile apps and data, click to download the Gartner Research paper, How to Live with Unmanaged Mobile Devices.



Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar FullSizeRenderAnimation Studios and President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, took the stage this morning for a keynote presentation. Ed is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, which was published in 2014. From a very young age, Ed had a dream of being an animator and enjoyed drawing but chose to study physics in college. He felt he didn't have enough skill and creativity to be an illustrator and didn't yet understand how being an illustrator could ever turn into being an animator. While starting a career in physics he soon learned what a great relationship there is between art and technology. Computer science and graphics provided that bridge for Ed to pursue his love for creativity despite his lack of illustrator skills. Ed pushes creativity beyond the boundaries of art, science and engineering, and believes that anyone can be creative in their jobs and in problem solving, when given the opportunity to do so. He has seen many companies unintentionally prohibit creativity with organizational and procedural structures they have put in place. To better encourage creativity, Ed feels managers should allow a degree of failure and forgiveness. In the early days of Pixar Ed put this idea in place and created the idea of a brain trust, which removes power structures and pulls together a team of peers who work well together to collaborate and solve a problem. Within the brain trust no bad ideas exist, failure is OK, and all perspectives are respected. Through this shared sense of ownership and desire for success, they are able to solve the problem in the best possible way. Ed sees two meanings of failure that exist, one positive and one negative. In a positive way failure is what we experience and learn from but in a negative way failure is used against us as proof that we are not smart or have failed. He feels we should embrace and allow failure in the positive sense, as a point to move forward from, explaining that many ideas in their first stage stink but that you must let the team figure that out on their own. There are some industries that pride themselves on zero errors and while that make sense for airlines, medicine and banks, when creativity is involved, that concept acts as a barrier and can prevent the team from finding the true gem that lies within. Ed explained that like we have seen in many of the Pixar movies, Steve Jobs followed a hero's journey of own. After taking a break from Apple he returned and understood this concept well and put in place enabling processes and groomed executives and managers to be accepting of creativity. Considering the success and Apple and Pixar, it seems as though the key to being a successful executive is to know when to get involved in the process as well as when to allow the team to run on its own.

Terrence Cosgrove on EMM

Terrence Cosgrove, Research Director with Gartner's Mobile and Client Computing research group, lead today's session, "Magic Quadrant & Critical Capabilities: Enterprise Mobility Management Suites". In the session he shared his thoughts on the EMM industry and trends he has seen evolve over the years. Terrence explained that EMM is really the glue that holds all systems together for companies and should not be seen strictly as a security measure. Gartner defines enterprise mobility management as having 4 parts:
  1. Mobile device management
  2. Mobile application management
  3. Content management
  4. Mobile identity management (gateways, managing certificates, user identity)
Terrence advised companies who are looking for an EMM vendor to identify mobile use cases and evaluate the EMM functions that are most critical to addressing those needs. He explained that the placement of a vendor in the EMM MQ is not an endorsement and that companies should not assume the vendor that is in the upper right corner is automatically the best fit. It really comes down to the right requirements for a specific organizations. In terms of trends, Terrence says focus is shifting toward mobile applications and enterprises building and utilizing an increasing number of apps. It is important to keep those apps and the type of apps in mind when choosing an EMM vendor to work with. Many of the traditional EMM vendors came from the MDM space and as a result their approach is decidedly more device centric. While device centricity may be important based on a particular organizations needs, that approach is not fit for all organizations. There are many providers for IT professionals to consider -- some broad in offerings and others specialized in particular areas of mobility. To ensure IT choses the right vendor for their EMM needs, they must focus on identifying goals and objectives before assuming one vendor can do it all.



Day 3 at Gartner Symposium started with a Mastermind Keynote featuring one of the 100 most powerful people in the world, Ginni Rometty, current Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM, a $145 billion company and partner of Apperian. Ginni explained that IBM is trying to reinvent themselves while also helping their customers reinvent and modernize themselves despite the fact that they might be decades old, or in the case of IBM, over 100 years old. She sees cloud technology, which is currently one of the highest growth areas for IBM, as a way for companies with immense numbers of assets to leapfrog their competitors by modernizing them with newer capabilities, ultimately bringing companies from one era to the next. Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 12 Ginni referenced 3 trends -- data, cloud and mobility -- along with security, which underlies all of those, as the driving factors in IBM's Go-To-Market strategy. She emphasized the value of big data and the insights that can be found within as the basis for a competitive advantage. Unleashing this value through analytics, coupling it with cloud, not for cost saving but rather as a way for companies to gain the agility and speed necessary for innovation. Ginni sees mobility come into play as a way for companies to reimagine the way they work, the way they interact with clients and each other, in a smarter way. One especially interesting statement that Ginni shared was that we live in an "API economy". She explained that we need to move to an environment where people and companies are composing systems, not just writing them. We believe this means that rather than programming and inventing internally, companies should start leveraging and piecing systems together to compose a system through partnering. This is exactly why we make our platform at Apperian available to organizations and partners to consume as a platform as a service via our APIs, rather than having to run the entire system as a stand-alone capability. The importance of big data and faster, more agile companies, that leverage mobility, is going to put more pressure on organizations to have people that derive insights from this data and build intelligence systems. Data science will have an increasingly important role in many functions throughout businesses in order to evolve applications. Ultimately, applications need to become more cognitive and predictive to the point where they are thinking, learning and capable of understanding us.

SHOW FLOORGartner claw

Have you made your way over to the Mobility and Wireless section of the show floor?! If not, head over to Apperian's booth #217 and try your luck with The Claw for a chance to win a mobile charger! We also have copies of the Gartner Research paper, "How to Live with Unmanaged Devices" hot off the press, data sheets explaining how Apperian enables you to reach 100% of your mobile users including the extended enterprise and the ultimate Mobile Application Management (MAM) Checklist.



The morning began with an impressive Gartner Analyst Keynote presentation featuring Global Head of Research, Peter Sondergaard, VP of Research, Mary Mesaglio, and distinguished analyst, Frank Buytendijk. Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 4.08.49 PM A major focus of the keynote was on algorithms, how they are evolving and helping IT organizations to think more about how to innovate through algorithms and intelligence systems. Gartner is referring to this as “beyond apps” because we today have people who interface with apps, but in the future lays algorithms in the cloud that are computing and making predictive decisions for an organization. Like Amazon and Netflix leverage algorithms to show items that will keep visitors shopping and present shows that will keep viewers watching, mobile apps are really just the front end and the real value innovation lays in the backend data and algorithms. Another piece of advice we noted in the keynote was for IT organizations to embrace extended communities of employees and business partners rather then resist them. Responsibility of IT budget and systems is shifting to other organizations and IT should acknowledge the impact this is having on their relationship with line of business and embrace this change. If they are successful in evolving their role, IT will be able to influence these decisions without have complete control, ultimately grow their number of resources rather loosing them.


This morning Brian Day and Mark Lorion caught up with Dennis Dailey of Mobile Health Times and talked about some of the interesting use cases we have seen and the many benefits of mobility in the healthcare industry. 66% of doctors now use tablets on a daily basis at their workplace and it is changing the way they interact with other doctors and their patients. IMG_8480 Mobile devices are being leveraged to collect data at the home and bedside which can be visualized for the patient, and ultimately monitored and transferred to the healthcare professional to expedite the decision making process. Nurses and staff can be notified of patient related alarms and critical test results in real-time via their smartphones and doctors can even conduct video consultations at any time. While security of such data had previously been a concern, it can now be ensured at the individual app level by applying robust policies like Data-at-Rest encryption and corporate authentication, allowing healthcare organizations to focus on more innovative ways to use mobile technology.


Gartner Symposium 2015 is here and we're reporting LIVE from Orlando! Before our mobile experts, Jonathan, Kate and Steve, headed off to the airport we asked them to jump on the “Life in the Mobile Enterprise (LiME)” podcast to tell us what they are looking forward to this week at the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and Senior IT executives. We will be liveblogging pictures, interviews, and session recaps to keep you in-the-know on #GartnerSYM, so make sure to keep checking in!


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