Apps for Mobile
Enterprises everywhere are struggling to figure out how to build and deploy enterprise mobile applications without overwhelming their IT budgets. Modern mobile apps need to enable users to engage with their work, wherever they may be. In this blog, we will be exploring the unique challenges and solutions of enterprise mobile app development, helping you to design, build and deploy great mobile apps.

Surfing the BYOD Wave - Resources

Are you joining our “Surfing the BYOD wave” webinar tomorrow?   In case it’s not on your calendar –

Weds, 19 February 11 AM EST/ 8 AM PST.  


Feel free to register now.   I’m looking forward to a lively session w/ HP Mobile Evangelist – David Moses, Google-Glass-Dog.jpgwhere we’ll look at how to take advantage of BYOD and deliver mobile solutions to your workforce.


One thing I wanted to include here is a list of a few resources that you might find helpful, when researching BYOD.


Mike Jennett’s almost famous BYOD recipe

Rick Barron’s BYOD or CYOD

Video Discussion “BYOD: Bring your own device or disaster?”

MDM vs MAM comparison

Brian Katz’ “FUN Principle” for BYOD

Economist Inteligence Unit – The Personalization challenge


I hope you can join the webinar, If not, the above links should help you in your BYOD research.



Join the mobile circus at Mobile World Congress

CircusTent02.jpgWhen you were a kid, did you ever imagine running away to join the circus?  You loved the excitement and the energy.  You dreamed of being a lion tamer, trapeze performer or perhaps one of the clowns.  (I think that was my dream…J )


Right now, we’re about five weeks away from a modern day circus of sorts – Mobile World Congress! This event brings over 60,000 people together into one place, which creates  an intense, focused and exhilarating environment—all focused on the future of mobility.


Are you going to MWC?  Do you want to go?  Keep reading  to learn where HP will be and how you can  have an opportunity to get a pass.

Enterprise mobile application development with HP Anywhere



HP Anywhere is an enterprise mobile application solution for developing, managing and consuming mobile applications. It’s a platform that provides a way to write a mobile application that can run across both Apple iOS and Google Android devices.

Based on the Apache Cordova framework, HP Anywhere uses open Web technologies such as HTML5 and JavaScript, as well as application containers designed to work with specific system calls found in iOS and Android.

Mobile update from day 1 at HP Discover in Barcelona

5238589026_6c168a85be_z.jpgI sure hope to see you this week at Barcelona at HP Discover.   Barcelona is beautiful and full of energy, I'm excited to be here and meeting so many of you.   However if you're not at the show, I'm going to have a few quick updates this week with things you would hear and see.   


Keep reading for a quick update

Mobile Apps – a live technical chat

5238589026_6c168a85be_z.jpgIf you want to get your questions answered about HP Anywhere and enterprise mobility, I’ve got a pretty good opportunity to share with you. 


In a couple of weeks,  at HP Discover in Barcelona, I’m going to be sitting down with two of the key architects behind HP Anywhere, and they will be ready to answer your questions.    I will be sitting down with  Yonatan Taragin, Chief Architect for the Mobile, Social and Analytics group in HP Software and Amit Erental is the Lead Functional Architect for HP Anywhere. Keep reading for the details:

HP Anywhere 10.10 launch is revolutionizing mobile app development

HP A 10.10 - offline.pngOur team’s been busy enhancing and extending the HP Anywhere platform, and we’re happy to announce that HP Anywhere 10.10 is now available. 



Keep reading to learn more about this update and how it can help you deliver an excellent mobile experience.

HP Anywhere – Wins MobITS IT Favorite Award

Mobits Award.jpgWe had a great week last week at Mobile Con 2013.  


We met with hundreds of people and companies that are building mobile apps, especially enterprise mobile apps.  


And guess what?   We even won a MobITs award!!!!


Keep reading to learn more about our adventures.

MobileCon 2013 - What to Do and See

What a weekend!  -- Check out this SUPER Cool video from our Hackathon!!!!




Time to move on to the next fun event and you don’t have to go very far. 

Try just an hour south of San Francisco in the lovely city of San Jose.   Why?


Keep reading and I'll tell you why.

HP Anywhere Hackathon--The day after

-HP Anywhere Hackathon – update #6 – The day after


For those of you following the hackathon… by all accounts, it was a great event.  I’ve been recovering today, and happily, I’ve heard from a number of you who shared your time, talent, energy and creativity that this was an event that you liked.    I heard that you liked the venue, the set up, the challenges and especially liked to see the commitment from the HP Anywhere R&D team.


Continue reading to find out the event results.

That’s a wrap

-Hackathon Logo.jpgHP Anywhere Hackathon – update #5 – After Action Report


1800hour Local.


WOW!!!   What a great mix of creative and innovative ideas.    On behalf of the judging team, we were blown away with the creativity and variety of solutions that the teams created.   We had 13 teams in the event, and as I suspected, the effort to pick the winners was very difficult. 


Here’s a few comments about the apps that we saw  (more will come soon  - with screenshots)… but I wanted to wrap up the weekend with this quick summary of the top 3 apps:


  1. Snap 2013-10-13 at 18.39.00.pngShine – Gamification of how people help each other.   Imagine having a mobile framework, where you could ask for help, give help and score points, badges and rewards for being helpful and cool.  From my perspective, this sort of app could really influence the culture in a work environment and encourage collaboration and sharing.
  2. Enterprise Check In.   Do you ever travel? Do you want to connect w/ coworkers who are on the road with you?   Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could find your co-workers at the conference next week?   Social, Mobile, Location, all in one enterprise app that let’s you manage your privacy, but share when you want to.     --- I want to install the app and use it now.  
  3. FileDrop – Imagine sharing files with a twist… Sharing files based on location… If you’re not at the right place.. you can’t get the file.  Cool idea.   Enterprises want to protect their data, with File Drop, your data stays where you want it.

I’ll blog more about the other apps and the experience later in the week, but I wanted to cap off the weekend with three key things.


  1. THANK YOU.  To the hackers who joined us in this great event.  Your creativity, innovation and great ideas was awesome.  You all blew me away, and I was totally energized by your talent and energy to create very cool stuff in a very short time…. Oh, and we had FUN too.
  2. To the crew at Parisoma, Angel Hack and Rapp who helped us plan and host this event.   Thank you.   You made it seem effortless, though we all know how much hard work went into the event.   You had plans and back up plans, that made the event an amazing success.
  3. To the Judges and Speakers who joined us to share their insight and expertise - Thank you.   You helped us bring a real, enterprise perspective to the event.
  4. To the extended HP Anywhere team – Thanks for making this such a fun, engaging and successful event.  Your commitment to engage and work w/ our hackers was nothing short of awesome. 


I’m exhausted and want to close with what I think Yoda might say.


“Inspired and honored, am I to have hacked with all of you.”


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Join us on Twitter @HPAnywhere, here at the Apps for Mobile Blog and of course at the HP Anywhere

Developer Zone!

Hackathon - CODE FREEZE

10236747313_5c29508bb8_z.jpg-HP Anywhere Hackathon – update #4


1330 Local.

Check in your code and get ready to demo.   The judges are all here and we were just treated to another great food truck.   Amazing how good the food can be from the back of a truck.   The hackers are all getting ready to present their ideas.   I’m sure we’ll have a very hard time picking the winners, as the rock star hackers have created cool, creative and innovative HP Anywhere mobile apps.


Stay tuned for the webcast – Starting in 15 minutes.  LIVESTREAM


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And if you want to know how calculate the fun we’re going to have… here’s how to write the function in JavaScript


Let me know if you have any questions about HP Anywhere or the Hackathon


Join us on Twitter @HPAnywhere, here at the Apps for Mobile Blog and of course at the HP Anywhere

Developer Zone!

Hacking in the morning

-HP Anywhere Hackathon – update #3Hackathon Logo.jpg


0815 Local. We’re in the final stretch.  It’s day two, and some teams worked until very, very late at night.  Many, if not all took a break to rest and recover  a few hours here or there, but their dedication and intensity was very impressive.     The reports from the floor are 8 of them worked through the night.  


The atmosphere is still full of energy and excitement, as the teams refine and revise their mobile apps to get ready for their live demos and judging.   I’m very sure that the judging will be very difficult, as there are some great ideas in the room.  


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Also.. here's some instructions for the hackers who may be reading...


Hey Hackers,


The end is near! Just in case you forgot the instructions from yesterday, here they are again! #HackStrong


Submitting your HACK:

1) Join your city's event on

2) Create a team profile. All team members should sign up and join your team.

3) Submit Hack by our coding FREEZE (1pm most locations).

4) Upload video (optional). We share this with media and investors; for internal use only,

this is not something you use when onstage.



  • Each team will demo for a total 3 minutes on stage.
  • Teams will have 2 minutes to pitch and 1 minute of Q/A from our judges.
  • Awards! Winners will be announced.


Pitch Advice:

  • Talk about your team's skill sets and the technology you used.
  • Talk about your passion.
  • Talk about the problem you are solving.
  • Demo your product that solves that problem.
  • Judges will judge you on the completeness of your hack and what they think you could do with it.


Judging Criteria:

  • Are you building something that no one has seen before (creative)?
  • Can you explain the value proposition in 2 sentences or less (simple)?
  • How impactful can this idea be on the vertical it’s built for (impactful)?


Today will be the conlusion of our Hackathon.. Hope to see you there.  If you can’t make it for the presentations and judging, we’ll have a live stream… starting at 2 PM PST.


And if you want to know how calculate the fun we’re going to have… here’s how to write the function in JavaScript


I’ll be blogging from the event during the day, so stay tuned for more updates and I promise to avoid lame attempts at rhythm and rhyme.

Hacking into the evening

HP Anywhere Hackathon – update #2


2145 local – It’s early in the evening and the teams continue to design and to code.    Thankfully the serious nerf battles have subsided, with only a few minor skirmishes. 

  There are seriously cool ideas running around the room.   Enterprise 4 Square, Games, Breaks and Context everywhere.  There are teams of 1 and teams of 4 or more.   I’m excited to see how they progress through the night and what we see in the morning.   But if the first 10 hours is any indication, we’re in for some very cool stuff tomorrow.   Here are some recent images from the teams working and coding new HP Anywhere apps to Hack the Enterprise.


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Tomorrow, starts our Hackathon.. Hope to see you there.  If you can’t make, it, we’ll have a live stream… HERE.


And if you want to know how calculate the fun we’re going to have… here’s how to write the function in JavaScript

A post from the hacking combat zone

An update while under fire from the HP Anywhere Hackathon.... Keep reading to see a real time update with photos.  photo 2.JPG

Twas the night before the hackathon

Hackathon Logo.jpgTwas the night before the Hackathon, when all through the room,

not a creature was stirring, not even a broom.

The banners were hung on the railings with care,

in hopes that developers soon would be there.


The designers were nestled all snug in their beds,

while visions of skeumorphism danced in their heads.

And AngelHack in their ‘cool duds, and I in my best,

had just settled our’selves down for a short night’s rest.


When out on the street there arose such a noise,

I stumbled from my bed, see what annoys

Off to the window I stumbled in too many motions,

finally found the curtains to open and see  the commotion.


The moon was so bright on the street so low,

it made everything grey and surreal down below.

When, what to my still foggy eyes should appear,

but a team of developers and designers in search of a beer.

With a quirky and quiet leader to boot,

I knew in a moment their scrummaster was a hoot.

Faster than tweets,

he whistled, and shouted, and called out!


"Now developer! now, designer! now, tester and hacker!

On, Coding! On, Committing! on, Sharing and Fixen!

To the top of the program! to the top of the design!

Now hack away! Hack  away! Hack away all!"


And then, with a glimmering smile, I saw alight

into a space for hacking and coworking alright.

Then I went in and joined them to see if they were okay,

only to learn that they were well, well on their way.


Busy coding and designing they were in a serious affair,

using context and collaboration in HP Anywhere.

A new idea here and some innovation there,

these ladies and gentlemen nowhere near despair.


Their eyes were intense, seriously focused and concrete,

solving their problems without skipping a beat,

Collaborating and coding without any waste,

their ideas to be presented to judges post haste.


At the end of the weekend the winners were found,

they inspired, created and shared something profound

Together, they each took away their own special prize,

new friends, new ideas and a new ways to improvise.


As they cleaned up and filed out the doors,

they looked back at the once busy floors,

And I heard them say to each other,

this HP Hackathon was such fun, perhaps could we have another?


Tomorrow, starts our Hackathon.. Hope to see you there.  If you can’t make, it, we’ll have a live stream… HERE.


And if you want to know how calculate the fun we’re going to have… here’s how to write the function in JavaScript


I’ll be blogging from the event during the day, so stay tuned for more updates and I promise to avoid lame attempts at rhythm and rhyme.


p.s.  Thanks to Clement Clarke Moore’s Twas the Night Before Christmas for the inspiration above.


Let me know if you have any questions about HP Anywhere or the Hackathon


Join us on Twitter @HPAnywhere, here at the Apps for Mobile Blog and of course at the HP Anywhere

Developer Zone

HP Anywhere Hackathon meetup replay

Hackathon Logo.jpgDid you miss the HP Anywhere hackathon meetup last night?   Don't worry. 


Keep reading for how you can get all the details that were presented at the meetup.

Also for developers, there is some great technical details about how to build apps on the HP Anywhere platform.  

Hanging out with the Hackathon team

A few days ago, I sat down with Kobi Eisenberg and Stephen Williams – both key thought leaders from the HP Anywhere team to talk about the upcoming HP Anywhere Hackathon.  ..  Here's a quick excerpt:

Tags: Hackathon

11 Reasons to Attend MobileCon 2013

Exhibit Floor.pngHave you made plans for Oct 16-18?   No?  


Well, then you should look at joining us at MobileCon 2013.   Keep reading for several reasons why… (There are actually more than 11…  :-)

Make “write once, run anywhere” a reality with mobile

Surfing Worker.pngDo you remember when Java was predicted to be the language that delivered on the promise of Write Once, Run Anywhere?


What happened? I recently read an interesting article about Write Once, Run Anywhere and how it is very hard to deliver. After reading this article, I didn’t feel like throwing in the towel. Instead, I was frustrated enough to decide that we should go back to the drawing board on WORA. Keep reading to see where I think we should make a few changes

Will this be the day you define your BYOD strategy?

Question Button.pngHave you considered what the real battle for BYOD is? There are multiple challenges surrounding BYOD, and you may be feeling like you are caught in a spider’s web.   




If your organization is struggling with the challenges of meeting the new and increasing demand for BYOD, keep reading for a few suggestions about how to solve this puzzle.

Imagine how mobile is shaping the future of the workplace

Do you remember 1983? That is when HP introduced the touch screen “HP 150”. It was one of the first touch screens in the market.


Taking a look back at our revolutionary spirit made me think about how technology has change for me personally. Keep reading to join me on this journey and to also find out how you can help us impact the future. 

Managing for BYOD – An manager’s challenge

iPhone Screens.png“If I don’t see you using your personal device, it will magically vanish.” Is this how your organization views BYOD? If it is, this is a dangerous place to operate.


Keep reading to find out some building blocks for a solid BYOD policy. 

Building for BYOD – An app developer’s challenge

DeveloperYou go to hackathons for fun  because you love to code at work, and hate the endless meetings that you have to attend instead of doing “real work”.  


Why can’t you just get to work and code?  Why don’t they just get it?

Sound familiar?  If you’re trying to code and deliver a solution on time, then you know what it’s like to work with these conditions.



But, there’s a big challenge facing you in the  BYOD marketplace… keep reading get one perspective on how to approach the problem.

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About the Author(s)
  • Eric Odell has over 15 years’ experience in enterprise technology as the head of product marketing for numerous B2B startups. His background includes mobile, email security & archiving, application lifecycle management, the cloud, and software development tools. His key expertise and research focuses on mobility and the user experience.
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  • Kobi Eisenberg is a Product Manager for HP Anywhere, a new mobile platform allowing to develop, manage and consume mobile apps. Kobi has a rich experience in software development and has held various roles as a developer, R&D manager and Architect. Kobi holds a BSc. in Bioinformatics and a Master in Business Administration.
  • Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for HP Professional Service and HP's ALM Evangelist for IT Experts Community. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.
  • Oded Klimer is a User Experience Manager & Strategist at HP. For more than a decade he has been Innovating, testing creating, and managing successful User Experiences with a wide variety of products for start-ups as well as fortune 500 companies. Oded holds an M.Sc. from the Technion, majoring in Human Factors Centered Design
  • Rick Barron is a Program Manager for various aspects of the PM team and HPSW UX/UI team; and working on UX projects associated with He has worked in high tech for 20+ years working in roles involving web design, usability studies, and mobile marketing. Rick has held roles at Motorola Mobility, Symantec and Sun Microsystems.
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