Time to Flee Frankenstein Frameworks for Mobile Computing

Michael Vizard

The mobile computing market for as far as anyone can see is going to be a fractured mess. For IT organizations, that’s problematic because they are probably going to be called upon to support two or more of these devices, and it’s next to impossible to determine which class of devices is going to be hot this time next year.

This creates a significant challenge because it means that applications created by the IT organization are going to need to run on multiple devices, each of which has its own user interface. In an ideal world, IT organizations would be able to create applications that make use of a common user interface that could be deployed on any mobile computing device.

That’s the goal for a Kendo multi-platform user interface from Telerik, a provider of application development tools, that creates a unified framework for building HTML5 and JavaScript mobile apps and sites. The latest release of Kendo adds a set of controls and widgets for creating iPad user interfaces along with a series of server-side wrappers to enable developers to incorporate and configure Kendo UI in an application.

Kendo UI

According to Todd Anglin, chief evangelist for Telerik, Kendo eliminates the need for organizations to support a “Frankenstein framework” made up of multiple user interfaces at a time when the average organization is already supporting 3.5 mobile computing platforms. With Kendo, that IT organization can create an application that is applicable to the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time possible, says Anglin.

From an IT perspective, there’s no getting away from the fact that mobile computing is going to make the job of managing IT more difficult in the years ahead, which is why steps IT organizations take today to mitigate that problem are going to make all the difference tomorrow.

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