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Finding solutions as growth and fragmentation
complicate mobile device support.
BY maChe CReeGeR
BlaCKBerrY? iphOne? andrOid? Thin or fat client?
Carrier network or Wi-Fi? Developers of mobile
applications have many variables to consider if they
are going to be successful in a rapidly changing and
increasingly fragmentary environment.
With rapid worldwide growth and increasingly
diverse devices and networks, supporting mobile devices in the enterprise is
becoming increasingly more challenging and complex.
Application service architectures,
security, connectivity, testing, a constantly changing mix of devices and
platforms, and an uncertain future are
among the concerns mobile application developers must face in deploying
mobile device services. Change in this
market is the only certainty, and developers must continually look ahead to
refine development and deployment
strategies to keep up.
In this ACM CTO Roundtable, five
leaders in the mobile applications field
discuss the current challenges in sup-
porting multiple devices on multiple
networks for highly variable business
Andrew Toy is past VP, mobile applications at a major Wall Street investment
bank; past VP, mobile and syndication
technology at MTV Networks; cofounder and CEO of Enterproid.
André Charland is the developer of
PhoneGap; and cofounder and CEO of