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
“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
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
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
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
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.