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Technology buff talks apps at forum

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.

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.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Guest speaker Dan Homrich, the Southeast Vice President of Mobiquity talks to business leaders during the quarterly Partnership Gwinnett Technology Forum at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville Tuesday. Homrich discussion topic addressed the mobile app economy.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Guest speaker Dan Homrich, the Southeast Vice President of Mobiquity talks to with business leaders after his presentation during the quarterly Partnership Gwinnett Technology Forum at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville Tuesday. Homrich discussion topic addressed the mobile app economy.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Guest speaker Dan Homrich, the Southeast Vice President of Mobiquity talks to 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."

Comments

RiggaTony 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't know what an app or a facebook is, but my grandson tells me an Angry Bird is some kind of video game. How much of our tax money is going toward adults sitting around talking about video games and these all these computer whatsits? We spend way too much time as nation sitting around playing games and staring at screens. Children don't go outside and play anymore and they're all fat and helpless. I can't wait for this computer fad to be over. It's interesting how the Kenyan-in-Chief has nothing to say about all of this wasted time by America's youth. This problem has exploded since Obummer was "elected."

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Why_not 1 year, 4 months ago

Don't hold your breath for the computer "fad" to ever be over. We have only scratched the surface on technology.

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dan 1 year, 4 months ago

Haha are you really blaming the fact that people have mobile devices and play games with them on Obama? Some of the ol' timers need to hurry up pass along. They sure can be backwards and narrow-minded.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 4 months ago

Maybe we coulda throwed rocks at the moon from our cave homes instead of landing on it. Medical technological advances – bah humbug - better chicken soup and band-aids is all we need. Horses and buggies were good enough – who needs them there newfangled horseless carriages! Maybe adulting up with some responsible parenting a generation ago would have solved his problem better than holding the government (or free enterprise – he seemed to get those two confused) responsible.

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cjc3074 1 year, 4 months ago

People are just as afraid of technology as they were the automobile, the airplane, and the telephone! Should we all agree and just go back! Nope not happening!!

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Why_not 1 year, 4 months ago

I tend to believe that RiggaTony is merely trying to stir controversy. Surely, no one can be that ignorant. Well.....maybe they can.

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dan_m 1 year, 4 months ago

RiggaTony obviously has access to the internet from some kind of device and is probably sitting while using it and most likely starring at its screen.

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