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SMBEB: Robert Scoble and Shel Israel on the Age of Context

Robert Scoble and Shel IsraelMy smartphone knows from my email that I’m due to fly out of an airport 20 miles away later today. When I open up my phone, it will tell me that the flight is on time and that the there’s no traffic on the route but I should leave 2 hours before the flight to get there in time, all without even having to click of a button.

Welcome to the Age of Context.

Well, actually the beginning of the Age of Context. As Shel Israel and Robert Scoble explained at the Social Media Breakfast, East Bay this week, we’re only still scratching the surface. During their presentation (based on their new book, titled, yep, ‘Age of Context‘) they took us on a journey showing the huge potential for technology to meaningfully impact our lives. When everything has a sensor, when we can real-time process vast arrays of data, when we have wearable intelligent devices, a whole world of opportunity opens up.

What struck me most about the the presentation was the link between this Internet of Things/wearable tech narrative and the concept of pinpoint marketing. Less ‘spray and pray’ marketing, as Scoble put it. We’re talking marketing tailored to me given the rich body of information known about me. Maybe even marketing isn’t the best term as from the individual viewpoint, I would just interact with an assistant that helps me through my life, perhaps occasionally offering useful products/services that I’d pay for.

In a follow-up conversation with the insightful Bill Flitter of, he did make the excellent point that in order for this to become a reality, we really need a platform where we’re happy to collate all this data. As we see in the smartphone app world, the model is one of task-specific computing via multiple providers. Each one understands a micro-piece of me. It’s pretty siloed. We’re missing a trusted, reliable, standardized platform. Maybe Google, Amazon or another major player will provide the glue. But we will need to collectively buy-in in order to make this a reality.

All thought-provoking stuff!

Check out the slides from the presentation:

We have also posted the recording of the presentation on the Age of Context on YouTube

You can see commentary on the event from this Twitter Timeline from Bryan Person.

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AT&T Developer Summit 2013: key takeaways

Our phones and tablets are really just the beginning of the mobile experience. The apps on these devices are connected. To us and our location. To our workplace. To the cloud and the heady world of available services and APIs that can be found there.

This is fundamentally what I took away from the AT&T Developer Summit which just concluded. Diving in a little further, here are my key takeaways:

Growth in M2M and connected devices

AT&T is partnering heavily with IBM business partner Axeda to offer developers a platform on which to integrate sensors that can interact with our mobile devices. Think monitoring the vitals of your home whilst you are away on travel. Or hacking a pair of brainwave-powered cat ears to intercept call when you are agitated.

Automotive, healthcare and finance are key industries

Our cars will get smarter. Rather than just having access to the Pandora app on your phone to play music, they will also be able to tell friends when you are stuck in traffic and access your calendar to plan the optimal travel route. Healthcare is being transformed. Patients can share their personal data with services that can monitor lifestyle and let the individual know the impact this will have on their health. The finance industry is already allowing more and more transactions to take place across mobile devices. Services of testing platforms like that of Keynote DeviceAnywhere helps banks ensure that they all users, regardless of device, have a consistent experience.

The enterprise space is set to mushroom

On the user side, the BYOD (bring your own device) movement gathers momentum. Meanwhile, mobile developers are now increasingly focusing their efforts on enterprise-level applications (see Ed Schmidt’s comments in this video).

Security represents a major issue

The large swaths of data that surrounds our mobile experience needs to be secured, whether that data is at rest (while being stored on the phone or up in the cloud) or in motion (being transmitted). This is particularly important in terms of the roadmap for enterprises, as the recent IBM Tech Trends report points out.  

Call management can transform the way we communicate

New services such as the AT&T APIs allow us to overcome some of the boundaries of synchronous communication. Speech can be delivered and consumed as text and vice versa. Applications can be designed to intercept, process and initiate phone calls.

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Hybrid applications and other trends in mobile technologies

A great discussion on mobile trends and challenges with Greg Truty, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for IBM Mobile Foundation, and Roland Barcia, IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO, Mobile and WebSphere Application Infrastructure, IBM Software Services for WebSphere.

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Mel Greer from Lockheed Martin talks Cloud computing in the defense sector

Mel Greer, Senior Fellow and Chief Strategist for Cloud Computing, Lockheed Martin, talks about how the US government is adopting a Cloud methodology across various departments.

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Business process management and mobility: Scott Francis explains the link

Scott Francis, CTO for BP3 and an IBM Champion speaks to Scott Laningham about business process management, how the transition of Lombardi into IBM has affected their business and the impact mobile devices are having on BPM.

Scott explains BP Mobility: their demo connecting business processes with mobile apps, and how Worklight has simplified deployment and security.

As Scott says, “Mobile changes the way you look at business processes and makes possible interactions that just weren’t possible previously.”

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