Mobile Computing Goes Mainstream Across the Enterprise
Survey finds that most are planning to implement mobile computing applications in 2011.
While everybody in corporate America at this point recognizes the potential of mobile computing, bringing that potential to fruition will require a lot of application development work. After all, getting access to email on a mobile computing device is only mildly interesting compared to access to business-class applications from anywhere at anytime.
Recognizing this issue, SAP, in the wake of its acquisition of Sybase, is trying to accelerate the adoption of mobile computing applications in the enterprise with the release of a raft of business applications for health care, field sales, government and retail that leverage the Unwired mobile computing platform developed by Sybase.
Launched at the Sapphire NOW + TechEd conference today, the new applications address everything from patient care to field sales. According to Nick Brown, SAP senior vice president for mobile strategies, the idea is to make packaged applications available to companies that don't have the time or resources to build their own mobile applications on top of the Sybase Unwired platform.
Taking mobile computing to a higher level in the enterprise is becoming a critical business issue because the race is increasingly going to the swift. Instead of waiting to get back to the office to make and execute a business decision, executives want access to applications that they can use anywhere to access critical data. To that end, SAP has also decided to make these applications available via an SAP online store or on a device version of that store that will be available first for Apple iOS and then BlackBerry, Google Android and other devices, where the company hopes that more business executives will discover them.
Despite all the hype surrounding mobile computing, it's pretty clear that most organizations are still in the early stages of application adoption. But as that momentum increases, the value of those mobile computing devices is going to increase exponentially as real business-class applications become more widely available.