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Sam Gentile recently presented at Boston’s Code Camp II: http://samgentile.com/blog/archive/2004/10/17/12235.aspx. Most importantly he posted slides to the best Mobile Dev Presentation I have seen yet – even though I have only read the slides, most of them make a lot of sense and summarize important ground.

 

Very soon I may just email Sam and ask very politely if he will permit some of the material to be re-used in Atlanta’s first Mobile Dev SIG meeting.

 

Over the last couple of weeks I have been scouring the web for information on Mobile Development. There is a lot of interest, but the space seems littered with blogs of people who were once very enthusiastic, but suddenly went silent. Can one assume they found non-mobile related work, and feeding one’s family wins over love for small shiny devices?

 

My own view is that more large companies will soon start integrating mobile devices with their Enterprise systems. WeRock247 (http://www.learn247.net/werock247/) demonstrates the amalgamation of many Microsoft technologies to integrate many classic business problems. It does what many companies don’t yet achieve (certainly not seamlessly): taking the software to remote information workers such as warehouse pickers and delivery guys. I am leaning towards presenting their ideas at our Mobile SIG. There should be much excitement to come in this arena, take RFID (ignore privacy issues for now) - just think how it will improve supply chain management. Today tech firms are struggling with where to locate RFID readers and the timing of synchronizations; what if every employee carried a Mobile device that included such a reader? Using a little P2P magic (like FedEx/UPS do) and the central server should have a good real-time picture of where the company’s inventory is. Maybe I read too much SciFi as a child, but I’m on this bus.