Given the pervasiveness of wireless networks, the proliferation of mobile devices, and the demand for mobility in all aspects of IT today, it's no wonder that mobile computing is now at the core of so many IT strategic plans. Just as everyday life without mobile devices would be limiting, enterprises and organizations that operate without optimizing their infrastructure, products, and services for mobility face a distinct disadvantage.
|Featured Mobility Sessions|
|Sessions will be announced late fall. Stay tuned on Twitter by following @Interop.|
|Featured Mobility Workshops|
|The Next-Gen WLAN: An Enterprise Roadmap
WiFi is now the prefereed access method for end users, partners, and customers. But new forces are propelling wireless networks into uncharted territory. This workshop provides a roadmap of emerging technologies and trends to help you navigate. We’ll start with 802.11ac. Phase one is here and phase two is on the horizon, and we’ll get you up to speed on what’s new and provide guidance on update strategies. But 11ac isn’t the only story. The “software-defined” movement is making its way to the wireless network, but is this just SDN-washing by vendors, or are there real benefits (and challenges) you should be prepared for? Efforts are underway to monetize WLAN investments, including social Wi-Fi, location-applications and beacons that aim to enhance the user experience (and perhaps wring a few more coins from pockets). We’ll examine these technologies to help you find the right approach for your business. Finally, the Internet of Things revolution is coming, and it will be wireless. IoT will touch every business, from healthcare to retail to manufacturing to facilities management and more. Wireless systems will need to support and protect more traffic, process more data, and monitor and manage more endpoints. Are you ready?
Instructor: Keith Parsons, Managing Director, Institute for Network Professionals
|The Mobile-Friendly Enterprise: From Apps To BYOD
Part One: Mobile Rules
The first half of the workshop will provide essential insights into how to build a mobile-friendly organization for customers, partners, and employees. We’ll discuss app development, including whether to build in-house or seek outside talent, how to support mobile apps, and how to transform legacy applications to be more mobile-friendly.
Part Two: BYOD In The Real World
BYOD seems like it IT's Kobayashi Maru: the ultimate no-win scenario. Users and executives want unlimited choice with devices and access, while IT has to protect corporate data and find some way to support a grab-bag of hardware and operating systems. Can IT really balance these competing demands, or are we being set up to fail? In fact, you can do BYOD right, but it requires some groundwork. In this workshop we'll cover the motivation behind BYOD, because it's important to understand why it becomes such a divisive issue in organizations.
Part 1 Instructor: TBA
Part 2 Instructor: Michele Chubirka, Senior Security Architect, Postmodern Security
|More workshops to come soon.|
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Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.