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’.