The Movilizer Days 2016 were all about enterprise mobility, cloud-based collaboration and Industrial IoT. It was a historical year for Movilizer and the annual Movilizer Days topped it with hosting 800 participants, over 60 sessions and case studies, several panel discussions and as special highlight a 24h hackathon.
But the Movilizer Days are more than just a conference; they are a networking platform and experience centre for enterprise mobility: Visitors can talk to peers and discover how they implemented their mobile strategies in the field, meet in one-to-one meetings to find out how Movilizer can leverage their business and visit the exhibition stands of our partners.
It was impossible not to see the inspiring transformation Movilizer made in the acquisition year: The black and orange t-shirts turned into the red and white Honeywell colors - and so did the whole presentation. Attendance rates, event location and the increased product scope demonstrated that Movilizer grew to a major provider of cloud-based enterprise mobility. But the energy and unique Movilizer culture, as well as the enthusiasm about the product remained just as palpable as before.
The conference opened with an inspiring speech of Alberto Zamora, co-founder of Movilizer, who presented the strategic and technological milestones over the past years, as well as our new vision and focus under the Honeywell umbrella. He confirmed that Movilizer will concentrate on connected orchestration (cross-company) utilizing the Movilizer Cloud Platform and mass adoption using best practice UX, real-time analytics and cloud-only solutions. One of the highlights of the presentations was the lecture held by Richard Marshall, a Gartner analyst. Marshall spoke about the novelties and challenges of the industrial revolution, and how a company can conduct a transformation to an agile digital business with mobility as the central driver.
The audience was also impressed by the talks of Gerard van Kempen (General Electric) about IoT for manufacturing plants, Jonathan Dolp (CIO of US Bakeries) about "Moving at the speed of bread" and Eva Verhaege (The Belgian Post Services), who demonstrated how they use Movilizer to renew their business with added value services in times of declining distribution of physical mail.
The breakout sessions in the afternoon where divided into more specific topics, such as Service and Maintenance (Session A) and Logistics, Sales & Distribution (Session B). They included the most recent use cases and demonstrations of existing Movilizer customers and were completed by interactive panel discussions. A special session was reserved for new partner onboarding (Session C), giving insights into the partner program and sales cycle engagement, with existing partners that shared their experience.
The attendees found themselves back together in smaller groups during dinner at the evening event. They shared their new insights with each other and found time for more detailed explanations. Jazzy tunes from the live band, as well as fancy cocktails transformed the end of a fully packed first day to a more informal and relaxing sphere.
The second day opened with a powerful speech by John Waldron, CEO of Honeywell Safety & Productivity Solutions, elaborating the perfect synergies that emerge with Movilizer's acquisition and the new Honeywell strategy for the Connected Industry. Oliver Lesche, co-founder of Movilizer, gave advice on the difference between Consumer IoT and the Industrial IoT; and Taylor Smith, CEO of Honeywell Workflow Solutions, was showing how the entire logistics system will leverage on track and trace combined with mobility.
The highlights of this morning, however, were the hackathon presentations: After 24 hours, the six teams of 30 professionals impressed the audience with demonstrations of their innovative prototypes and left them amazed. "All of the sudden the light bulb goes on and the dots get connected - I get it," commented Garrick Fiala, Integration Leader Honeywell Movilizer. "This is what's compelling. For me, this makes the event worthwhile". It provided an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the art of the possible with cloud technology.
In the afternoon the breakout sessions focused on the Movilizer Technology & IoT, Track & Trace and Vocollect Voice Technology. Next to informative case studies of track & trace customers, the presentations included the new Movilizer UI and the Movilizer 2.5 launch, the IoT integration into Movilizer, as well as how Movilizer and Vocollect can be combined in logistics.
The Movilizer Days usually give a perspective and trend on the next year. Loaded with information and presentations as usual, but entering a new level with an enormous drive and backed up with extensive resources and network from Honeywell, we can really look forward to what 2017 will bring for Movilizer.