Some of the highlights of the Gartner’s 2010 “End User Predictions” report:
- By 2014, more than three billion of the world’s adult population will be able to transact electronically via mobile and Internet technology.
- By 2015, context will be as influential to mobile consumer services and relationships as search engines are to the Web.
- By 2013, mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access device worldwide.
These highlights indicate how important it is for every Enterprise to have a strategy in place for enabling their enterprise / consumer facing applications on the mobile devices. Even though there is a debate going on whether Native Mobile apps or mobile web apps are best, Enterprises cannot ignore the path in which existing applications should be web enabled, as it ensures a wider reach.
Any initiative on mobile enabling web applications will revolve around 2 key concepts:
- Style sheets
Both of these ensure an optimized /tailored delivery of the content of a web application on mobile browsers. Without having understanding fundamentals behind these 2 concepts, no team can succeed in mobile enabling web applications.
Adding to these, 2 key building blocks of any mobile web applications are:
- Content Adaptation Facility
- Device Database
They are available both as “open source” softwares and as part of COTS products that are used for developing mobile web applications.
Let us see more on “web to mobile” in coming days J