Oct 04, 2015
Gartner Symposium 2015 Recap
DAY 5 - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT MDM - SESSION RECAPThis 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
- Limit of one MDM per device
- Legal and HR concerns
- User inconvenience factors
DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7
ED CATMULL KEYNOTE RECAPEd Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation 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 EMMTerrence 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:
- Mobile device management
- Mobile application management
- Content management
- Mobile identity management (gateways, managing certificates, user identity)
DAY 3 - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6
MASTERMIND KEYNOTE RECAPDay 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. 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.
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.