Mobile Computing Mania Comes to the Enterprise

Michael Vizard
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Mobile Computing Goes Mainstream Across the Enterprise

Survey finds that most are planning to implement mobile computing applications in 2011.

Just about every IT organization out there has mobile computing on its agenda for 2011. But when it comes to developing applications for smartphones and tablet PC platforms, a survey from Sybase, an SAP company, suggests that many of them may not fully appreciate what they are getting themselves involved in.

According to the survey, IT organizations not only intend to support multiple mobile computing platforms, they also intend to develop tons of mobile computing applications.

Daniel Ortega, senior director of product marketing for Sybase, says this situation could create a recipe for disaster as IT organizations struggle to cope with supporting mobile computing applications. And while there have been advances in HTML 5, Ortega says it's more than likely that most IT organizations will try to develop and support mobile computing applications that will run natively on each of these platforms.

Going into 2011, Ortega says IT organizations should take a step back to consider creating an overall mobile computing strategy that not only encompasses multiple platforms, but reduces the stress on the internal IT organization when it comes time to support those applications.

The simple fact of the matter is that we are still in the early days of mobile computing in the enterprise. And while end users are definitely clamoring for these applications, the hidden cost to the business could make these applications more trouble than they are actually currently worth in the business.

In other words, take a good, long look before you leap into mobile computing as an enterprise.

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