Finding the Middle Ground for Mobile Computing

Michael Vizard

When it comes to mobile computing in the enterprise, there are two extreme camps these days. One side promotes the adoption of HTML5 as a way to centralize the development of applications across multiple mobile computing platforms. The other favors the development of applications that run natively on each mobile computing device so users can be sure to take advantage of every feature on that device. The folks at Rhomobile think that IT organizations shouldn't have to choose between these two extremes.

Rhomobile provides a Rhodes application development environment for creating applications using HTML5 that run on mobile computing applications. But rather than have those applications be deployed only on Web application servers, Rhomobile CEO Adam Blum says that IT organizations should deploy those applications locally on the mobile computing device and then rely on the company's RhoSync software to synchronize data across the local devices and any number of enterprise applications.


Blum says that IT organizations should generally focus on trying to manage the data and the applications running on mobile computing devices, rather than the devices themselves. To that end, Rhomobile has developed Rhohub, a hosted application service for managing applications developed using Rhodes. For Rhomobile, Blum says that Rhohub is an ends to a means because unless enterprise IT organizations have an easy way to manage mobile computing applications they won't fund the development of them.

What Blum is suggesting is that the debate over HTML5 versus native application development on mobile computing platforms is a dispute between large industry players that enterprise IT organizations may not want to get wrapped up in. The fact is, says Blum, IT organizations can enjoy all the benefits of HTML5 and centralized application management while still giving users access to all the features native to any mobile computing platform.

As it is with all new computing platforms, there are a lot of vendors jockeying for position. The secret to enterprise IT success is to not get caught up in it.

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