Building mobile computing applications is becoming a more complex and daunting proposition with each passing day. Not only are there more devices to support than ever, many of those same applications also must run on PCs.
Looking to provide IT organizations with a simpler way to manage all that chaos, Sencha has rolled out Sencha Architect 3, a set of HTML5 templates that makes it a lot easier to deploy applications on multiple platforms using a single code base.
According to Jeff Hartley, vice president of products and services for Sencha, the templates come with reference designs and connectors for building applications that are commonly used across an enterprise. Those applications can be deployed to support touch screens or traditional desktop interfaces. Hartley says that instead of needing separate development teams for every platform, IT organizations can now more easily leverage one development team working off a common code base.
One of the issues that many organizations have today is that the same basic application can provide a dramatically different user experience depending on the device used, which introduces a whole range of issues involving everything from branding to end-user training and security.
Obviously, mobile computing is one of the hottest trends in enterprise computing today. But after a wave of what might be termed irrational exuberance, many IT organizations are now trying to apply a more structured approach to both the development and management of mobile computing applications. And of course, the first rule of thumb in IT management is that things that share a common code base are always a lot easier to manage.