Mobile Computing Goes Mainstream Across the Enterprise
Survey finds that most are planning to implement mobile computing applications in 2011.
With the rise of mobile computing, an interesting phenomenon is starting to take place as it relates to user interfaces and the way applications are accessed. In the PC era, most applications were run simultaneously, but rarely integrated under a common user interface. This made it a little challenging to come up to speed on each application, and rarely was there much sharing of data between those applications.
But with the advent of mobile computing, corporate developers are taking advantage of the application development toolkits for mobile computing devices to start to unify the enterprise application experience.
Case in point is TBC Corp., a provider of tires for the automotive aftermarket. Rather than simply trying to extend an enterprise application out to a mobile computing device, John Capriotti, vice president of Web and e-commerce for TBC, says the company is taking the time to study how multiple applications are being used within the context of any given workflow.
In effect, this means the advent of a rich set of development environments for creating mobile applications is making it easier for IT organizations to build composite applications that provide a truly unique user experience that is tailored to the needs of their organization.
While the concept of a composite application has been around for a while, mobile computing devices are starting to change the way people expect to consume information in the post-PC era. The days when the user experience was dictated by the enterprise application vendor appear to be coming to a close in favor of a more custom "mashup" experience that should make it a whole lot easier to finally correlate the relevance between one set of data points in one application versus those in another.