Taking a Dive into Mobile Computing

By Joe Budelli posted 07-20-2011 11:44


Our CEO, Dean Tang, recently spoke at the Mobile Computing Summit, so I'd like to welcome him to the AIIM Community Blog to discuss ABBYY’s perceptions of the event.

Guest Post by Dean Tang, CEO, ABBYY USA

With the development in technology of smartphones, tablets, netbooks, and laptops, we have entered a time where enterprises are putting an emphasis on mobile computing. This is a time of rapid change and adoption, and because of the constant evolution, there is still uncertainty on the specific role of mobile computing in the enterprise. How can organizations using mobile computing effectively? How does an enterprise obtain and develop applications for mobile computers that are useful in their particular environment? How do large corporations manage hundreds of thousands of mobile devices? What about the security and privacy requirements? Where does storage and backup come into play? Which mobile platform should a business use?

Yes, there is a great deal of uncertainty when it comes to enterprise mobile computing. But where there is uncertainty, there is the opportunity to dive right in and learn. A new event was hosted in the Bay Area last month, which brought together marketing professionals, engineers, IT managers, and other core decision makers to discuss the key factors of mobile computing. Over the course of three days, The Mobile Computing Summit focused on the latest developments in mobile computing in the enterprise using mobile devices and supporting application programs. With an emphasis on the effective use and management of mobile devices, and the security issues surrounding them, the summit addressed the core questions of uncertainty that enterprises are facing today.

During the event, I presented in a technology session, amongst a group of other panelists. During the panel, I discussed one of my favorite subjects, mobile capture!  My talk covered the current trends in data capture, imaging, and mobile content management, and what opportunities are available for the enterprise. Mobile data capture technology allows users and enterprises to make relevant data available on the front lines enabling better service and driving down costs. In addition, mobile applications can use captured information to bridging the gap between consumers and the services they use. I took a deep dive into the world of possibilities that mobile data capture has to offer the enterprise, and even shared the Intuit SnapTax mobile application as an example of a unique use of our mobile data capture solution, which was a hit with the audience! Attendees were intrigued by the smartness of a mobile app, and the business model that Intuit has applied to reach their tech savvy users.

While the Mobile Computing Summit was not a capture specific industry event, it did allow us to reach a new audience, and spread the word about the possibilities of mobile data capture. Being that it was only in its first year, there is still room to grow and places to develop the conference. Next year, I think that the event should have a session focused on the "smartness" of mobile capture, as the technology provides a great benefit to enterprises by offering new services and streamlining information flow.

I see this event as a great starting point for enterprises across a variety of industries to begin to dive into mobile computing. Have you attended any events recently where you discussed the growth of mobile applications and computing in the enterprise? Where did you go and what did you learn?

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