Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Kevin Burke, center, the Vice President of Rockbridge Sports Group asks a question to guest speaker Dan Homrich, the Southeast Vice President of Mobiquity who spoke with business leaders during the quarterly Partnership Gwinnett Technology Forum at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville Tuesday. Homrich discussion topic addressed the mobile app economy.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A man widely recognized as a top technology innovator told a crowd of nearly 100 Tuesday that through the power of mobile apps, the "tide has changed."
Dan Homrich, southeast vice president of mobile innovators Mobiquity Inc., told the group that "mobile has been around a long time, but it hasn't been fun until the last four or five years."
As a component of the Partnership Gwinnett Technology Forum, Homrich spoke on the topic of the Mobile App Economy, presented by Blue Wave Computing at Gwinnett Technical College's Busbee Center.
Homrich -- who during his career has developed and deployed mobile applications for the healthcare, retail, field services, utilities, warehousing and distribution industries -- explained the idea of mobile as "the end point of information for everything out of the back office."
"We are in the middle of the fifth wave of the technology revolution," Homrich said. "And now mobile has become something very personal. It's all about 'me' or 'you.'"
Driving the point home, Homrich asked how many in the group owned an iPhone or Blackberry. Everybody raised their hands.
Samir Abdullahi, project manager of information technology solutions with Partnership Gwinnett, said there are more than 700,000 apps in Apple and Google stores.
The most downloaded free app is Facebook, Abdullahi said. The most downloaded paid app: Angry Birds.
"With the increasing of apps, what does it mean for the future?" Abdullahi asked the group.
Homrich explained some of the ways in which mobile apps will impact them in years to come.
The company, Mobiquity evaluates trends and develops strategies and new business opportunities that aim to extend customers' existing assets and investments.
Prior to joining Mobiquity in 2009, Homrich started Smartsoft Mobile Solutions. Under his leadership, Smartsoft won business with global Fortune 100 companies including SAP, The Home Depot, Carrier, Honda, McKesson and Havertys.
Gwinnett Technology Forum provides technology professionals with an opportunity to interact and stay abreast of the technology issues, ideas and industry leaders impacting their business and customers.
According to its website, the forum also provides "an environment for stimulating and informative interchange that benefits service providers and non-technical business people responsible for making technology-related decisions."