The Age of the App is (Almost) Here

Christian Buckley

Christian is a 7-time Office Servers and Services MVP, internationally-recognized technology evangelist and collaboration expert, and the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • I think it’s wise to invest in mobile infrastructure and cloud services much more. I also say this while watching live coverage of Internet blackouts and duress in Egypt… Interesting timing…
    The Mac App Store and the iPhone App Store have been the best software purchase and update experiences I have ever had — bar none. Platform agnostic, I think that is a good direction to head…
    Getting developers to get paid well to build on the best, forthcoming platform is a tough task. I think that’s what drives some of the good innovation. I’d love to see the better platforms prevail, not just the most popular. (Betamax v VHS… HDDVD v Blu-ray…) It usually takes a surrender of some sort when there is healthy competition. It would be nice if the better technologies prevailed, but that’s not how it always works…

  • There is no question that there is currently a solid consumer platform for these simple apps — but this does not match the needs of the enterprise….not to mention that the way these apps are being created will not meet this model. We’re just not there yet.
    The transition period will be rich apps with functional mobile apps to quickly post/share data, and allow for simple inputs. The giant step will be when mobile apps can run alone (on their single task) or connect to each other (to complete more complex tasks), acting differently based on the other apps on your device (app awareness).
    That’s my dream, anyway… 🙂