Rational developer tools now support mobile enterprise design
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Hayden Lindsey, VP & Distinguished Engineer, IBM Enterprise Modernization & Emerging Technologies highlights the challenges companies face when adding a mobile channel to their enterprise applications.
Among the considerations are whether to employ a mobile web architecture or develop a native app, how much emphasis to put on the design and user interface of the application and how to most effectively use backend applications or services.
Hayden points out that consumer applications in the mobile space have raised the bar on simplicity and intuitive design, and this needs to be taken into account by enterprise developers.
Given the reduced form factor of mobile displays, backend transactions need to be refactored to be more fine-grained - there is no point in serving large datasets if only a fraction of the information can be displayed on the screen.
The Rational portfolio of development tools have been updated to offer support for building the user interface and backend requirements of mobile applications.