July 24, 2012 // By: Solenne Lafeytaud
Syclo Mobile Conference
“The mobile revolution is now!” declared Syclo CEO and founder Rich Padula at the start of the Eighth Syclo Mobile Conference (SMC). Over 450 attendees were at the event, which took place in Chicago on July 11. The annual user conference brings together Syclo customers, partners, and experts to experience and learn about the company’s latest apps and technologies first-hand. This year, there was an additional focus – namely, the acquisition of Syclo by SAP in June 2012. Representatives from both companies took this opportunity to share their joint plans with customers and partners, gather feedback on SAP’s mobile strategy, and provide insight into the future of enterprise mobility.
The program began with a keynote speech by Rich Padula, Sanjay Poonen, President & Corporate Officer of Global Solutions and Head of the Mobile division at SAP, and James Cook, President of Business Solutions & Services at CSC. They got right to the point. “Mobile is the new desktop,” stated Poonen. By 2014, most mobile workers will be using their smartphone or tablet as their primary communications device.
That shift is simultaneously putting enterprise apps in the spotlight. As Padula says, “Phones are getting smarter, tablets are taking over, and it’s all about the apps.” Analysts predict that by 2016 the worldwide apps market will be $52 billion with 44 billion mobile app downloads. According to Padula, companies need to embrace the mobile revolution and adopt mobile technology within their own organizations.
These opening statements fairly summed up what the whole conference was all about. The mobile revolution is now, and Syclo and SAP are on the front lines.
Did you miss the conference? Watch the replays here.