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Wireless Special Report: Marching toward Mobility
As wireless devices invade the enterprise they present opportunities to empower workers and improve productivity via mobile applications. But they also threaten enterprise security and worker privacy. Wireless technology is a primordial and rapidly evolving environment where little can be taken for granted; counterbalancing its adoption will require a trained army of wireless developers, better tools, and far-reaching changes in corporate policies.
You're about to be drafted into the mobile development army. Users' and organizations' needs are outflanking IT's defenses. Why is this happening? And when the battle comes to your regiment, will you be armed for success?
Our round up will give you a representative sampling of the wireless hardware marketplace today. Get a look at the devices you'll be supporting tomorrow.
Tools for building wireless applications are getting better. Find out what tools developers have turned to in the past and how those profiles will dramatically change by 2005.
There's a way to accept wireless into the enterprise that lets IT control the number of devices and the levels of support, while still giving end users some choice.
Find out what's held wireless back, and why some things are changing and some things still aren't.
Writing a user interface for your app that runs on all of today's mobile devices can be a huge challenge. Among the things you need to consider: diverse appearances, functionality, memory, screen real estate, and persistent storage availability. This article describes the many pitfalls of developing a user interface for diverse devices and tells you how to devise a plan that will save you time and headaches.
Learn how to write applications that work over Bluetooth short-range networks, using the .NET Compact Framework. Extend the sample chat application in this story to build any kind of Bluetooth applications you'd like.
Wireless development presents the daunting task of writing applications that must work across multiple device types while depending on unreliable networks. IDC analyst Alex Slawsby explains why being a successful wireless developer will require a departure from how you're used to coding.
When you have mobile workers that need to read and write from a database, you have some tough decisions to make. Where should the data be stored and how should it be transmitted? A smart client architecture might provide the right balance for your applications.
Technology doesn't generally come along with the force of a lightening bolt to shock us into action. It sets its roots and grows up naturally. Mobile computing set its roots several years ago, and now the onus is on all of us to get dead serious about wireless in the enterprise.
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