Attending talks on technology and the industry had evaded me during the past couple of years after I started going corporate. Blame it on the busy schedule and the evasive chance for opportunities for such things. The last talk I remember attending was the Google DevFest in UP Technohub last year where Google engineers introduced the amazing of HTML5 and WebKit.
Little did I expect that I would be attending a similar seminar a year later.
Last Thursday, Accenture, one of the biggest and most respected corporations in technology, outsourcing and consulting in the country and in the world, invited IT professionals to attend a forum on “Shaping the Future”. The event is to educate the participants with the different technologies and practice being used by Accenture in serving 94 of Fortune’s top 100 companies in the world. Among the technologies used were featured in bazaar type booths where guests and participants could get a firsthand glimpse on the technology tools Accenture employees use and the technology solutions and services they offer to clients. Accenture engineers who are experts in their respective fields were also there to give brief introductions on these technologies.
Though the tour on the booths was done on the early part of the event, the highlight of the event was the talk on “Emerging Mobile Ecosystems” by the Dr. Abel Sanchez of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Professional Education Program (MIT-PEP). Dr. Sanchez’s expertise lies on Java Script, Web and Mobile Technologies.
The early part of his talk focused on the statistics of how mobility has surpassed traditional office-setup. With the advent of smart phones becoming more affordable, more and more consumers have started accepting the use of smart phones as part of their daily routines. With competitors releasing new mobile products each quarter, each mobile phone’s specification is better than its predecessor. Some are even faster and more powerful than most personal computers. Mobile phones have already surpassed our modern age PCs.
Dr. Sanchez also discussed the developments in cloud computing. Though it’s not widely accepted and practiced yet, companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Google have started introducing cloud computing among its users and business customers. Google Apps and Microsoft 360 are just few of the revolutionary products in the cloud computing industry. With the introduction of cloud computing, computer software have become more accessible, reliable, cheaper and safer. Users don’t have to worry of losing their files and data since these are already stored in the cloud. Applications have also become more available to consumers with the introduction of application markets (App Store, Android Marketplace, etc.) by different companies. Users would just have pick and install the software that suits their needs.
The speaker closed the session with a short discussion on the capabilities of HTML5 and how browsers have evolved to become as powerful as they are today. He did a few demonstrations on who one could take advantage of the tools available in our present day browsers.
If I take everything Dr. Sanchez has discussed in his presentation, it would be the fact that technology is changing at a fast pace and mobile technology is at its frontier. In order to catch with its pace, we need to adopt that the pc and its applications are starting to get outdated and we need to embrace mobility with cloud computer. As a developer, we are challenged to create applications that adopt the current trends.
The invitation given by Accenture to Dr. Sanchez is part of Accenture’s partnership with MIT-PEP. Accenture has been working with the MIT-PEP in developing, maintaining and growing the Accenture Solutions Delivery Academy, a unique certification program for its employees that recognizes and strengthens critical application design, development and testing skills both within and beyond Accenture.
A similar event was also conducted by Accenture Philippines last July 28 at the University of the Philippines with college students as its audience.