Mobile Complexity to Simplexity: as simple as soap & water

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Sep 10, 2012

    Sybase’s mobile evangelist Ian Thain comes up with the goods yet again this month to show us that he has his finger on the pulse when it comes to the state of mobile software application development.

    Not only is there a need to discuss the languages, platforms and development methodologies that we use today to accomplish mobile app design and deployment --

    ... there is also a need to look at the deeper nature of what we are trying to achieve by putting these apps on smaller form factor devices in the first place.

    Allow us to explain.

    Thain points first to a feature article discussing the ‘predicament’ that mobile developers find themselves in when faced with the fact that mobile does not reward feature richness.

    "There is a significant shift going on this year, much more significant than we saw last year, from web to mobile. It is most noticeable in games, social networking, music, and news, but it is happening across the board and it presents both great opportunity and great challenges," says the feature.

    Instead -- mobile (it can be reasonably argued) rewards smaller and more application-specific features and light services.

    Thain’s second highlight is from his friends at FutureNavigator in Denmark. See .

    It is all about Complexity to Simplexity – Megatrends.

    The concept discussed here is the need to make things perhaps not necessarily complex or simple, but just FUNCTIONAL -- so that (for example) if we can get ride of a proportion of the world’s diseases simply by giving people soap, then why don’t we do that?

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    “These guys really are about innovation and future thinking, in any space not just technology, by turning things on their heads and thinking outside the box...Thinking differently...,” he writes.

    Thain surmises that when you combine these two thoughts together, “It builds in my mind, a clear statement that Innovative Mobile Apps should be focused.”

    “In the enterprise what is needed, is to take existing business processes to mobile in a way that encourages the information worker to want to use the application...

    .. and this is because of ease of use, clarity of design, focus of vision and because you made your mobile app excel at what it was planned to do in the first place.”

    Sybase’s Thain begs to modifying FutureNavigator's byline and says that he believes the mantra for enterprise mobile apps should be...

    "Build from Enterprise Complexity to Mobile Simplexity".

    Released: September 10, 2012, 5:15 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 4:49 pm
    Keywords: Mobility News | Mobile Application Development




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