Enterprise Standards for Mobility

Enterprise workers of all ranks seldom leave the office these days without a mobile device in hand. But despite their ubiquity, mobile devices often are used to only a fraction of their capability, thanks to the absence of an industry-standard platform for application development. That state of affairs is leading many enterprises to settle for the next best things: to pick a single device as their corporate standard and thereby achieve some commonality, or to serve up only browser-based content to a broad range of mobile clients. Stephen Drake, an analyst at IDC, said interest in device-specific application development will be strong as long as the user experience with browser-based applications is lacking due to uncertain wireless connections slow response times. Stan Gibson reports.