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Business value planning for the mobile user interface

Internet.pngThere is an ever increasing amount of sensing capabilities in today’s smartphones. They can sense acceleration, location (with GPS), touch, direction (compass), light (cameras). Yet the operating systems and applications are in their infancy on what to do with all this sensing information. We are just beginning to understand the possibilities for increased ease of use and have barely scratched the surface of what this can mean for business.


As more security sensing capabilities are added to devices (e.g., biometrics) the extension of the enterprise to these devices will be significantly more secure than traditional IT. With the on-going march of Edholm’s law, mobile networking capabilities will rival that of a wired connection of a few years ago, enabling greater collaboration between individuals, devices and communities. In this way, the Instant-On possibilities should be easier to use, faster to respond and safe.


One of the concerns in the whole “death of the web” discussion was that the user interfaces implemented on mobile devices are a “fat client” interface and not the thin web interface of the dot-com era. What's funny to me is that users don't actually care as long as it works.


With modern, flexible mobile operating systems like Android and WebOS, a pure HTML5, Javascript and CSS approach can be used to allow for device portability and greater functionality that the web interface always promised. I’ve mentioned before that in the move to XaaS, the user interface will be the unforeseen stumbling block that confuses the user and limits value delivery.


The mobile device interface and its capabilities are going to be a key part of the planning for a more consistent, content aware user interaction in the next generation of IT. It can't be left to a project by project approach.

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