QCON NY 2013

I had a speaking opportunity at QCON in Big Apple last week.


As usual Big Data and Mobility were the dominating topics in this conference. Surprisingly, there was a strong html5 presence as well. At least ten presentations (including mine) were based on html5 or other modern language themes, which means the momentum is shifting from native apps to html 5 fast. It is not about just plain vanilla JavaScript anymore.

One thing I can vouch for is that the development crowd seems to be getting younger and sharper on a daily basis.


One of the problems of mobile enablement is building cross-platform applications efficiently. If you are an IT shop or a third-party developer, just developing the greatest possible mobile app for one OS is not enough. According to the IDC report released recently (based on 1Q2013 shipments), Android OS rules the market with 75% market share, but iOS has loyal followers of 17.3%, followed by Windows at 3.2% and Blackberry OS at 2.9%. Either you can develop just for ¾ of the market (which is pretty good), or if you want to expand your market base, you need a cross-platform tool that can help you.

I was a little worried sitting in the presentation before mine as there were only about five people in the room. I was thinking maybe I will just make it a Q&A roundtable if the audience was going to be that small. When the session started the room was packed full with SRO (Standing Room Only) and very few dropouts for the entire session. While I want to think it was my charm that brought them in, the truth is that this topic is very hot. I want to thank everyone who attended and the very insightful questions in the end.

I will write a detailed blog on how to effortlessly build cross-platform mobile applications that are way better, faster, and much cheaper than native apps. But more importantly, I will show you how you can monetize and keep up with the market at a fraction of current developmental costs.

For those who are interested in what Intel is doing in this space, download my presentation here.Intel Qcon Preso FINAL.


About Andy Thurai
This blog is published by Andy Thurai, Program Director - API Economy, IoT, Connected cloud solutions with IBM. The views expressed here are my own and not of my employer. Please feel free to comment or engage in a stimulating conversation, but please keep it professional. I can be reached via the “Contact Me” page here. You can also find me on LinkedIn or on Twitter @AndyThurai

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