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Sam Bridegroom  |  Posted Monday, November 15th, 2010 at 10:05:23 AM

About a week and a half ago, I had an epiphany of sorts.  For some reason, I tend to do a lot of thinking about things when I'm at a conference, listening to a podcast or watching a webinar.  It must be that while listening, I get a chance to just let my brain rest a little bit and absorb things, which causes me to just think about things.

I was watching a webinar on developing applications for the upcoming BlackBerry Playbook.  As I was watching, it became very apparent to me that I needed to be paying much more attention to the mobile development world.  I've been seeing the mobile side of things take shape while working for my customers, as their needs to provide mobile solutions have been increasing.  The need to develop for mobile computing is not a new thought by any means, I've just been very slow to jump into pool.

So as I continued to watch the webinar, it was becoming really obvious that for my own professional well-being I'd better start climbing into mobile development.  Soon.

As a result, I'm investing in some new things to take me down that mobile road.  The first was an iPad, because healthcare seems to be really taking a liking to the device (and I do a lot of work in healthcare).  There's a wide variety of applications already available, and lots of opportunity to come up with new ones.  I'm really glad I listened to my sister when she told me I'd regret getting rid of my MacBook Pro - since all of the development tools for iPad are only available for OS X.  I'm looking forward to the learning.

When the Playbook comes out, I'll be getting one of those devices as well. Not that I'm out to collect one of everything (although it won't exactly stink), but I think these two devices are going to be the players in the tablet space.  They're using competing technologies (HTML5 vs Adobe Flex/Flash/Air), both of which are going to be mainstream players (see my Flash Wars post).  I think it's going to be a good idea to be familiar with both.    

I do have to admit that having a couple of tablet devices around to play is kind of cool; I view it as one of the few tangible perks that my boss allows.  As I continue to integrate these devices into my work (and my personal life), I'll write more about my experiences.  In just the week or so of the iPad, I can see immense utility and possibility; I completely understand why they've gotten such rave reviews.  They're just plain ingenious devices.

The computing world is moving very quickly to the world of mobile devices - and if I don't at least get my feet wet in that world, something tells me I will deeply regret it somewhere down the road.

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1Abby Butts  11/15/2010 12:54:52 PM  Mobile is here to stay

As you and have discussed before, mobile devices are here to stay. I think in order to stay viable and relevant, whether you are a large or small organization, you have to always have one eye looking ahead to the future so you can stay on the right track.

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