Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mobile Enterprise Application Platform: Any Device…

When choosing a mobile enterprise application platform, the ability to deploy to any device is an important consideration. While you may only plan to deploy to one or two device types today (such as BlackBerry or Windows Mobile devices), you will want to choose a platform that can give you the opportunity to deploy to Android and iPhone devices later on. But the “any device” issue goes much deeper than this.

Your mobile enterprise application platform should support the native user interface capabilities of the target device. In other words, a BlackBerry application should look like a BlackBerry application and an iPhone app should look like an iPhone app. Too many of the solutions being used today such as Citrix and Terminal Server are reminiscent of screen scraper technologies that were used for putting green screen applications on a Windows device. The device changed but the interface was essentially the same. Users became dissatisfied when they realized they had basically the same old application interface but just running somewhere else.

With Magic Software’s mobile offering announced today, you will be able to develop using a single paradigm and yet deploy natively to each target device. This is a major differentiator and key benefit for both developers and end users. Without Magic Software’s Mobile Offering, you would need to program in .NET Compact and Windows Forms for Windows Mobile devices, Java J2ME for BlackBerry devices, Java J2SE for Android devices, and Objective C for Apple’s iPhone devices. Magic Software’s Mobile offering leverages metadata to allow you to develop in a single development paradigm and yet it is deployed natively to all of these devices and you have the ability to specify use of the native look and feel.

For more information, please click here to download Magic Software’s Mobile Offering Technology Overview.

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