2013/04/28 13:30 Gabi Zedik (IBM Research), “Mobile First: Future Directions in Mobile Development and Runtimes”

IBM Impact Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Following the GTO session by Steve Abrams, in the first track that IBM Research has run at the Impact conference

Mobile First isn’t just a name, it’s a way of thinking of mobile

Mobile has GPS, personalized

Unlike other technologies where think about processes first, have to put the person in the centre

New consumption patterns

  • Omnichannel:  physical, mobile,social, video and web
  • Context fusion: apps used to perform an single task, based on context (roe, mobile)
  • App-centric
  • Activity burst
  • Apps chained

Re-imaging businesses

  • Radical simplification: core objective, enable in one or two interactions, e.g. Instagram, Bump
  • Extreme personalization
  • Participative behavior
  • World-as-an-interface
  • Zero barrier to entry

Mobile First has disruptive impact on IT delivery infrastructure

  • “Systems of engagement”:  read about these on web
    • Engagement capabilities
    • Scalable delivery infrastructure
  • “Systems of record” are legacy systems

Challenge:  data used to live on the system of record, life was easy, would access from a fat client or browser

  • For mobile devices to work effectively, some of the data needs to move off systems of records, to be cached on the device in continuous client experience
  • Then need to synchronize data, make sure it’s secure

Mobile First Delivery Middleware is different from Traditional Web App Server

  • Functional requirements
  • Programming model attributes
  • Run-time deployment and management attributes: heteorgeneity in middleware stacks, number of programming languages

Emphasis on mobile developers, different from those in cloud

  • Need a higher level of abstraction, a layer above a cloud
  • Focus on building mobile application:  usability is important
  • Would like to configure a dashboard on server side, and access that
  • Care less about virtual machines, who started the service, they just want them there
  • Would like to avoid writing code on the server side (although sometimes do need to write)

Mobile Enteprise Application Platform Solution (MEAP) 2011-2012

  • Familiar Worklight diagram

Other companies more focused on mobile developers

  • Convergence: mobile enterprise platforms are converging with mobile infrastructure services

IBM Mobile Runtime Platform (with Systems of Engagement)

  • Mobile Industry  Platform and App Services
  • Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) — non-SQL, more JSON or SOAP, need a transformation
  • Foundational Services — different security models
  • Cloud runtimes and frameworks (PaaS Fabric)
  • Software Defined Environment

Research Runtime and Industry Services

Session 1169:  Space-Time Aware Services for the IBM Platform

  • Location is becoming central for what we do
  • Linking operational decision management becomes important
  • Link with uncertainty, work in a proactive event-driven way (so that if have situations, handle, or change)
  • Combine with visual analytics, to define investigative services

Spatial extension to Websphere eXtreme Scale

  • Important on how to represent data, structure in an efficient way so don’t have to go across all of the servers

Secure Mobile First Enterprise Data Services

  • Unlike a laptop that could be owned by an enterprise, mobile devices are much more exposed
  • Bringing device into enterprise, have to manage private and enterprise data, e.g. e-mail that requires authentication, and can’t be copied to the private side of the device


  • Have many mobile devices
  • Vision, would like seamless way of moving across devices and across people
  • e.g. start on desktop, them move to device on car (without sending it by e-mail) to start in the same point
  • Ability to synchronize across applications, across operating systems, across users, in a seamless experience
  • Challenge:  want to share across devices, operating systems, applications
  • For an application doing it across devices

Scalable enterprise mobile messaging service

  • A lot happens in RESTful APIs
  • Sometimes using messaging, delivering system to system with certain throughputs
  • Sometimes pub-sub mechanisms
  • MessagingSight to handle so many devices at throughput required

Want agility from development point of view

  • Looking at how to simply:  Rapdi App Development of Data-Centric Mobile Enterprise Apps, session 1211

Research Development Lifecycle Tools as a Service

  • Testing
  • Application security and certificatoin
  • NitroGen:  Rapid LOB app constructoin
  • Usability and accessibility
  • DevOPS:  delivered in an Enterprise App store

Mobile challenges and accessibility support are more important in devices, e.g. could have light outside, can’t hear in a noisy environment

Research projects:

  • Smarter mobile commerce:  customer context –> omnichannel interaction –> authentication and payment
  • Context inference engine
  • Presence zones, enabling in-store personalized services
  • ARISTO:  Actionable, personally tailored knowledge ad the decision point, e.g. augmented reality application that could sort, compare prices, filter out (as opposed to calling your wife)
  • Smarter mobility:  e.g. transportation, logistics

In Brazil lab:

  • Smart Board
  • Citizen Sensor: reporting on city problems when they encounter them
  • City Companion: helping tourists, the blind

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