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Donnerstag, 17. November 2011

Q&A vom Webinar: The Best Way to Mobilize your Business Applications




Am 8. November fand unser internationales Webinar "The Best Way to Mobilize your Business Applications" mit unserem Gastsprecher Jeffrey S. Hammond statt. Jeffrey S. Hammond, Principal Analyst bei Forrester Research Inc., ein weltweit anerkannter und renommierter Top-Experte für das Thema „Enterprise Mobility“, also für Strategien, wie Unternehmen die mobile Technologie für die Optimierung ihrer Geschäftsprozesse nutzen können, zeigte, wie Sie eine erfolgsversprechende Strategie für mobile Business Anwendungen erstellen können.
Anschließend wurde in einer Q&A Session auf die Fragen der Teilnehmer eingegangen. 
Aufgrund der massiven Teilnehmerzahl reichte die Zeit jedoch nicht, um alle Fragen zu beantworten. Wie versprochen, hier nun alle Fragen und Antworten - auf englisch.


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Question
Do you think tablets will overtake smartphones as the mobile devices most used for business apps?

Answer
(Jeffrey Hammond, Forrester)
Some organizations are preferring tablets over smartphones. It depends on the type of experience you are looking to create. In some ways, tablets are closer to traditional desktop interfaces because their screens are larger and their web browsing is more intuitive than smartphones. If you need to display a lot of information and enable decision making, tablets might be the best device type to target. If you’re looking to create applications that are situational, where a user needs to immediately access a specific piece of information, then a mobile phone is probably the better option. If you’re looking to use information to proactively alert users that something has changed, requiring them to take action, that is a situation best suited to smartphones, as you can use the alerting functions such as the built-in vibrator, to get the users’ attention even if their devices are not open in front of them, but are in their pockets. So you really need to ask yourself where are the users likely to be when they are required to perform these tasks – sitting at their desks, or walking, or on a train, or in a situation where they might not be able to hold a 10 inch device and use it with two hands.
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Question
Should all enterprise apps be mobilized? If not, how can I tell which apps are most suitable?

Answer
Mobile should be regarded as an extension of existing enterprise applications, rather than a replacement. As such, only parts of the applications need to be extended to mobile. As a rule of thumb, I would suggest that only workflows intended for on-the-go employees, who find themselves frequently away from their desk, should be mobilized.
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Question
By trying to support multiple device types, aren’t you compromising on the features and capabilities of the mobile apps?

Answer
With the global proliferation of mobile platforms and the ever-increasing number of device types, it is essential to develop applications that can run on multiple device types. The question is how to do it without sacrificing the quality of the user experience and the functionality of the application. The answer lies in the use of native mobile clients, which can properly invoke the distinct features and capabilities of each device type. Running an enterprise application natively on different devices is preferable to using a generic, one-size-fits-all approach, such as HTML5.
Magic’s metadata-driven approach uses decoupled native languages so that applications can run natively on any mobile platform.
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Question
What are the most important things to consider when I design an app for mobile instead of for desktop?

Answer
First of all, you need to take into consideration the basic interface of the application, as the screen size of a smartphone is obviously much smaller than that of a desktop monitor. Also, the methods of user interaction are very different, for example mouse-controlled drag and drop operations on the desktop as opposed to multi-touch controls on the smartphone. The attention span of a smartphone user is also typically much shorter than that of a PC user.
Therefore, it is important to focus on consolidating the various elements of the enterprise system into a single, unified, mashed-up user interface that is easy to use in a mobile setting.
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Question
Enterprise apps often have quite complex interfaces. Can you really get the same user experience with mobile apps?

Answer
As mentioned above, the user interface is very different, so the user experience can never really be the same. This, however, does not really relate to the complexity of a particular application interface. Mobilizing an enterprise application does not necessarily require a simpler user interface, but rather one that is adapted for the mobile environment.
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Question
Do I need a new skill set to be able to develop my apps for mobile?

Answer
Unlike other development environments, Magic Software’s uniPaaS requires just a single skill set and knowledge of only one development language to be able to develop and deploy applications on any mobile device.
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Question
What programming language do I need to know to be able to develop mobile apps using Magic's platform?

Answer
All you need to know is how to develop applications in uniPaaS. Using that single uniPaaS language, you can deploy your applications as rich Internet, client/server, or mobile applications, all from a single development effort.
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Question
How do I expose my legacy SAP system to mobile devices using Magic’s technology?

Answer
Magic’s unified technology stack includes the iBOLT integration platform, which enables mobile applications to integrate data sent to and received from any legacy enterprise system, such as CRM, ERP, or SCM systems.
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Question
Does Magic's mobile platform support apps for tablets as well as for smartphones?

Answer
Magic’s mobile application platform is designed to support deployment on any mobile device, including tablets. Support for tablets is not specifically included in the current release, but it will be included in a future release.
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Question
Which version of uniPaaS supports mobile application development?

Answer
Both uniPaaS 1.9 and uniPaaS 2 support mobile development and deployment over the currently supported smartphone operating systems—Windows Mobile 6.5 and BlackBerry.
(Note that BlackBerry will be supported by uniPaaS 1.9 only until May 2012.)
Support for other smartphone operating systems, including iOS and Android, will be delivered only with uniPaaS 2.
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Question
How secure are mobile enterprise applications? Are they safe over the mobile networks?

Answer
There is no doubt that security concerns are paramount for many enterprises. They cannot afford to risk losing sensitive data related to customer information, financial transactions, or company operations. Magic’s mobile offering enables mobile applications to run over secure layers, with built-in enterprise-grade security features, such as encryption of transmitted and cached data, robust user authentication and roles assignment, and protection against attempts to access back-end systems.


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