Mobile Enterprise 2.0: Web on Apple iPhones & RIMM BlackBerry Phones #ME20

Supporting Mobile Devices in Your Enterprise 2.0 Solutions #ME20

Mobile Enterprise 2.0

Mobile devices are already in the Enterprise, why not make simple modifications to your data so it will easily display on mobile devices.  Take a look around your workplace.  Do you see anyone with a mobile device?  I see people coworkers with Apple iPhones, Blackberry, Android, and many other types of smart phones.  Many coworkers also access emails with their mobile device and many of these emails are HTML rich.  Your Enterprise 2.0 teams and sub-teams also still send eNewsletters, you can use some free online tools to improve display.  Mobile Enterprise 2.0 actually came before Enterprise 2.0.  The workforce has been using mobile devices in the workplace for years.  The new capabilities of smart phones are helping us to be more productive in our Mobile Enterprise 2.0 environment.  Here are a few resources to help our fellow coworkers that choose to take advantage of Mobile Enterprise 2.0.

The Mobile Web Initiative

Mobile Web

“The Mobile Web Initiative’s goal is to make browsing the Web from mobile devices a reality”, explains Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the Web. “W3C and mobile industry leaders are working together to improve Web content production and access for mobile users and the greater Web.”  Learn more http://www.w3.org/Mobile/

Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group

Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group

The W3C Members chartered the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group in 2005 as part of the Mobile Web Initiative (sponsors) to develop a set of technical best practices and associated materials in support of development of web sites that provide an appropriate user experience on mobile devices. Learn more http://www.w3.org/2005/MWI/BPWG/

Mobile markup – XHTML Basic 1.1

Mobile markup - XHTML Basic 1.1

While this article covers the markup options for mobile-specific sites, you should think carefully if this is the approach that you wish to take. Just like creating an additional version for printing or a high-accessibility version, additional sites require more maintenance and run the risk of becoming out of sync with the main version of the site. Learn more http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/mobile-markup-xhtml-basic-1-1/

Designing for the Mobile Web

Designing for the Mobile Web

A few different types of markup are available for building a mobile web site. You’ll need to choose one that suits the needs of your customers and stick with it. Learn more http://www.sitepoint.com/article/designing-for-mobile-web/

Mobility Made Simple

Mobility Made Simple

MobileAware is the world’s leading provider of Mobile Customer and Employee Self-Service Solutions with over 125 active customers, nearly 50% being Forbes Global 2000 companies.  Learn more http://www.mobileaware.com

Mobile Web Tools for WordPress Bloggers

Looking for a way to see how your web creations will look on iPhone? Look no further. iPhoney gives you a pixel-accurate web browsing environment—powered by Safari—that you can use when developing web sites for iPhone. It’s the perfect 320 by 480-pixel canvas for your iPhone development. And it’s free. http://www.marketcircle.com/iphoney/

MobilePress is a free WordPress plugin which turns your WordPress blog into a mobile friendly blog when viewed on a cell phone. MobilePress also allows you to create custom mobile themes for different handheld devices and mobile browsers such as the iPhone, Opera Mini and Windows Mobile.   http://mobilepress.co.za/

WordPress Mobile Plugins http://otrops.com/archive/2009/07/06/wordpress-mobile-plugins/

Mobile Enterprise 2.0 is here to stay!

I hope these resources help you support the workforce using Apple iPhones, Blackberry, and other mobile devices in the Enterprise.

See This New Augmented Reality App for the Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone AppStore is about to get it’s First Augmented Reality App

AcrossAir creates a very interesting Apple iPhone App.  This amazing new application tells Londoners where their nearest tube station is via their iPhones video function.

When you load the app, holding it flat, all 13 lines of the London underground are displayed in coloured arrows. By tilting the phone upwards, you will see the nearest stations: what direction they are in relation to your location, how many kilometres and miles away they are and what tube lines they are on. If you continue to tilt the phone upwards, you will see stations further away, as stacked icons. Only available to Apple iPhone 3GS users.

AcrossAir

AcrossAir

AcrossAir is working with companies to take advantage of the Apple iPhone platform for everything from fun games to enterprise applications. Our first applications, delivering TV listings for TVGuide.co.uk and our fun game the Fruit Loons, are launching in AppStore in June 2009. Learn more: http://www.acrossair.com/

The first mobile Augmented Reality browser premiers in the Netherlands

A few weeks ago I saw a similar mobile app video on Ross Dawson’s (@rossdawson) blog here.

The World’s First Augmented Reality Browser. Layar is a free application on your mobile phone which shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of reality through the camera of your mobile phone. Learn more: http://www.layar.com/

I would like to see something like this for the Washington DC Metro.  This would also be a nice way to locate the many Washington DC museums.

How could a mobile app help you?

ReST + Context For Killer Apple iPhone Apps in the Enterprise: WE 2.0

Apple iPhone + Cloud Computing + G3 = Killer Wireless Enterprise 2.0 Apps

The Apple iPhone is very powerful by itself, but when you combine it with RESTful web services in the cloud the possibilities look endless.  Wireless Enterprise 2.0 (WE 2.0) apps can pass heavy processing off the device and into the Cloud which gives us the ability to create amazing capabilities for small devices.  I met Jason Christensen a few days ago and he had great insight to this approach.  I thought you would be interested in how he thinks about this topic.  He was kind enough to put his content into a sharable format for you below.

Combining ReST and Context for Killer iPhone Apps

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How have you extended the capabilities of your Apple iPhone?

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Challenges to Apple iPhone Adoption in the Enterprise WE 2.0

Will Enterprise 2.0 (E 2.0) Lead Us to Wireless Enterprise 2.0 (WE 2.0)?

The success of Enterprise 2.0 can be measured by its adoption rate.  The adoption rate increases when people find new ways to communicate and collaborate in which they are familiar.  The more intuitive the interface feels, the more people will use it.  The point of web-based tools in the enterprise is to support communication and collaboration between people anywhere anytime.  The workforce is changing.  People are working on the go and sometimes need to get something done when they are not at a computer.  WE 2.0 seems to be the next logical step for a dispersed workforce.  Steve Jobs and his team at Apple seem to know a thing or two about user interface design, so the iPhone and the iTouch seem to be natural wireless devices to use in the Enterprise.  The Apple iPhone is like having a mini-computer in your pocket.  WE 2.0 should support other mobile devices, but the Apple iPhone is an easy start because of all the development support.  The slides below will review several things to consider before implementing WE 2.0.

What do you think about Apple iPhone in the Enterprise?