Mobile and Wireless: BYOD Policies Creating Mobile Application Development Challenges

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-04-20 Print this article Print
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Mobile applications present new challenges for quality assurance (QA) teams. They must not only validate the functionality of their mobile applications but also adapt existing test processes for mobile-based execution, ensure consistent behavior across many environments and get test results faster. QA teams often find that manual testing is too cumbersome because mobile applications require tests that span multiple devices, carriers, operating systems and geographies.
Among the biggest concerns facing IT departments right now are bring-your-own -device (BYOD) policies, which have allowed employees to bring into corporate networks an array of devices, from iPhones and iPads to Android-based smartphones and tablets. This is also creating headaches for developers who have to think about a wide range of new security and management features that they have to build into applications so that employees can safely access company data. Hewlett-Packard is taking BYOD head-on with a new mobility platform for communications service providers (CSPs), which allows carriers and telecommunications companies to offer IT department and enterprises better productivity by supporting employees who use their own smartphones and tablets for work. The HP Enterprise Mobility platform enables enterprises to provide internal mobile apps to employees so they can access company data quickly, easily and securely on their personal mobile devices. Based on the widely deployed HP Service Delivery Platform (SDP), the HP Enterprise Mobility platform features a flexible service-oriented architecture. CSPs can adapt the core HP components to suit specific, complex needs, and they can integrate other HP and third-party solutions to further enhance functionality. "CSPs must invent new business models to win in a 4G world," said David Sliter, vice president and general manager, communications, media and entertainment, HP Enterprise Services. However, challenges arise with mobile applications. eWEEK, with help from HP, illustrates five such challenges that BYOD policies create for developers.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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