Featured Mobility Workshops
The Next-Gen WLAN: An Enterprise Roadmap
WiFi is now the prefereed access method for end users, partners, and customers. But new forces are propelling wireless networks into uncharted territory. This workshop provides a roadmap of emerging technologies and trends to help you navigate. We’ll start with 802.11ac. Phase one is here and phase two is on the horizon, and we’ll get you up to speed on what’s new and provide guidance on update strategies. But 11ac isn’t the only story. The “software-defined” movement is making its way to the wireless network, but is this just SDN-washing by vendors, or are there real benefits (and challenges) you should be prepared for? Efforts are underway to monetize WLAN investments, including social Wi-Fi, location-applications and beacons that aim to enhance the user experience (and perhaps wring a few more coins from pockets). We’ll examine these technologies to help you find the right approach for your business. Finally, the Internet of Things revolution is coming, and it will be wireless. IoT will touch every business, from healthcare to retail to manufacturing to facilities management and more. Wireless systems will need to support and protect more traffic, process more data, and monitor and manage more endpoints. Are you ready?
Instructor: Keith Parsons, Managing Director, Institute for Network Professionals
The Mobile-Friendly Enterprise: From Apps to BYOD
Part One: Mobile Rules
The first half of the workshop will cover the most common questions and pitfalls that an organization experiences in building a mobile-friendly practice for new and legacy applications. The workshop will outline the main issues in the design, development, and deployment of a mobile application, and tools and techniques available to solve those issues. We'll discuss whether to build your own internal mobile development and design team or hire out. We'll also help you decide whether to build a native app, an HTML app, or a hybrid. And we'll address key decisions such as which platform to target initially, and whether you should develop for multiple OSs in parallel. Finally, we'll look at technologies that can reduce your time to market, including Backend as a Service (BassS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) options. These options may shave off months of development and let you test your application with stake holders faster.
Part Two: BYOD In The Real World
BYOD seems like it IT's Kobayashi Maru: the ultimate no-win scenario. Users and executives want unlimited choice with devices and access, while IT has to protect corporate data and find some way to support a grab-bag of hardware and operating systems. Can IT really balance these competing demands, or are we being set up to fail? In fact, you can do BYOD right, but it requires some groundwork. In this workshop we'll cover the motivation behind BYOD, because it's important to understand why it becomes such a divisive issue in organizations.
Part 1 Instructor: Ravi Singh, Vice President of Mobile Engineering, MarkITx
Part 2 Instructor: Michele Chubirka, Senior Security Architect, Postmodern Security