You know the expression “Time flies when you’re having fun?” That’s exactly how I feel today. In fact, I hate to admit it, but I actually didn’t realize what today was until my wife pointed it out to me yesterday. Two year ago today, the Enterprise Mobility Forum came out of stealth mode with the goal of becoming the Gold Standard for providing enterprise mobility enthusiasts a little spot on the Internet to commune, learn and share their experiences around enterprise mobility.
Last year, my thank you note shared a few metrics regarding our burgeoning community. Frankly, I thought we were in a great spot. I could never have imagined the growth we have experienced since then. In April 2011, our community included just over 1,700 members. Today, we are well over 4,000.
People are talking. People are connecting…and hopefully people are learning from each other on how to best navigate the highly turbulent waters better known as enterprise mobility.
As I was reading back on last year’s personal note, there was one paragraph that caught my eye that perfectly summarizes how I feel today:
Today’s missive is a thank you. Thank you to all the thought leaders in enterprise mobility who make their own contributions to this site. Thank you to all the enterprise mobility experts who have taken the time to share their views on enterprise mobility. Thank you to the amazing advisory board that helps us steer the EMF in the “right” direction. Thank you to all the enterprise mobility vendors that allow us to do what we do. Thank you to all our partners. Thank you to the EMF team that works its tail off to make this site work. Most importantly however, thank you to each and every member of the Enterprise Mobility Forum’s community. Without you, this site is NOTHING.
Those words still ring true to me today. This little corner of the Internet would not exist if the above paragraph weren’t as relevant today as it was a year ago.
Now, as I was looking back at what we were talking about one year ago, I was (not that) surprised to see that we are still talking today about very similar issues. A year ago, we were talking about:
- Consumer privacy and device tracking
- The impact of the cloud on enterprise mobility
- Mobile applications and app stores
- Security, governance, and compliance
I think it’s actually a good thing that we’re continuing on the same core themes. In many respects, I think we’ll keep on talking about these issues for the foreseeable future, because they are very complicated issues…and there’s no one right answer in terms of how to tackle these issues. This is what makes this space so much fun. What makes it even more fun (at least for me personally), is that I get to have this fun with you all.
So in closing, thanks again to each and everyone of you for making the Enterprise Mobility Forum what it is….THE gold standard for discussing best practices on enterprise mobility!!!