CMS MythBuster Report @DevCon2011

I recently attended the DevCon5 conference in New York City. Although billed as an HTML5 Developers and Designers conference, it had very little to do with HTML5 specifically. Instead, there were a number of useful and informative sessions on a variety of new technologies transforming the intersection of web and mobile. While there I divided my time between learning more about specific technology and longer term strategic issues.

Here are some interesting, strategic takeaways with regards to mobile and the application ecosystem:

  • There will be 2 billion, web-connected mobile devices by 2015.
  • Key players, including Google, Blackberry and Microsoft, are betting ‘walled garden’ app ecosystems will not be the standard of packaging and delivery in 2015.
  • In fact, Blackberry, a platinum sponsor of the event, is quickly making great strides to ramp up their open-source capabilities.
  • ‘apps’ will be distributed via the browser across platforms with technology including HTML5, CSS3, WebCL, Canvas, Etc.

What does this mean to people making decisions about the future of their web CMS? Well, for one thing, if you’ve been struggling with the decision of whether to create a mobile optimized ‘m dot’ version of your website or a slick iPad app, the answer seems to be leaning towards neither.

Instead, consider bringing an existing front-end up to date with current HTML5 and CSS3 standards so content is universally available, regardless of what device it is accessed with. What can be accomplished in the browser today, by leveraging the best technology modern browsers have to offer, is nothing short of ‘magic’.

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Jake DiMare

Jake has spent the last 15 years helping organizations plan, design, develop, and implement effective online experiences with a strong focus on large scale web content management systems and integrated online marketing suites. Jake wrote for the CMS Myth during his time working at Connective DX (formerly ISITE Design). Google Plus Profile

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  1. Rob says:

    One reason will stop my organisation from adopting HTML5 for any web site development is the number of hits being generated by older desktop browsers that don’t support HTML5. This then limits our ability to utilise its benefits to have one “smart” site. We will probably end up with 2 sites – one that’s interesting and engaging and the “for desktop” site.

    • Jake DiMare Jake DiMare says:

      Excellent point Rob. We’ve thought about this as well quite a bit. I wonder if it isn’t part of our responsibility to push the state of the art forward so users have an incentive to upgrade those browsers…

  2. Rob says:

    It would be nice to be in that position, but the best we can do is degrade gracefully. People who rely on their sites for income or marketing purposes need to sell to as many visitors as they are fortunate enough to get. Sites that display badly tonsils users is just not acceptable.

    However, if the site’s purpose is to entertain, then sure, go bleeding edge. As always, just make sure you donut well and not for the sake if it.

    Love the blog – keep the posts coming.

  3. Rob says:

    Donut = do it

    Shouldn’t post from my phone. :)

  4. Rob says:

    tonsils = to some


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