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A standards based alternative to 'the app way'


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Prersentation made at Jboye11 in Aarhus, Denmark. After a decade of developing for the desktop, the new frontier for the Region Västra Götaland (VGR) intranets is mobile. Kristian presents how VGR has solved a few of the problems associated with mobile development. A practical hands-on presentation on how one organization is developing apps for their mobile intranet.

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A standards based alternative to 'the app way'

  1. 1. A standards based alternative to the app way J.Boye 11, Aarhus, 9th November Kristian Norling Findwise KristianNorling
  2. 2. Region Västra Götaland Public sector 50.000 employees
  3. 3. © Region Västra Götaland
  4. 4. AbstractWorking hard on mobile intranets/web as well. We havechoosen to not going the app way, rather building onhtml5 first then "compiling" the web site for appmarket distribution. A killer combo. After a decade ofdeveloping for the desktop, the new frontier for theRegion Västra Götaland (VGR) intranets is mobile.Kristian will present how VGR has solved a few of theproblems associated with mobile development. Apractical hands-on presentation on how oneorganization is developing apps for their mobileintranet.
  5. 5. Agenda• Developing mobile intranet apps, our thinking on the subject• Developing for many platforms at once, is it even possible?• How to develop intranet apps• Things we think will happen in the (near) future• Dos and don’ts
  6. 6. “8. In both internetworked markets andamong intranetworked employees, peopleare speaking to each other in a powerfulnew way.” The Cluetrain Manifesto
  7. 7. We think mobile...• Simple to use• Simple in design• Simple technical architecture
  8. 8. Developing mobile intranet apps • The default standard browser we use is... ancient • We have to support standards only • NO plug-in technology • We have standardized on Android and iOS for mobile • WebKit is IT
  9. 9. Developing for manyplatforms at once • New, dual strategy for intranets: Mobile targeted first - Desktop second... • Forget about developing native apps as a priority - not cost effective in the long run... • Open Source - lots of good stuff • Stick to the HTML5 standard (and others by W3C • do not EVER consider Flash etc.
  10. 10. How do we developintranet apps? • We eat our own dog food • Developing accordingly to our reference architecture (SWE) • We do clean HTML5 front end apps - on top of... • Nice robust REST / WS based backend • Use (something like) PhoneGap to make “native” apps for distribution.
  11. 11. Check out the prototype
  12. 12. Things we think will happenin the (near) future • Notifications • GPS • Kamera • Bluetooth • The Phone is the Security Device • Thoughts on a mobile phone enhanced intranet (SYS 64738 blog post)
  13. 13. Dos• DO consider a dual strategy - or even better focus on...• DO mobile primarily• DO use HTML5• DO use PhoneGap or other similar options
  14. 14. ... and don’ts• Do NOT develop for the lowest common denominator - skip IE7 and IE8• Do NOT use plug-in technology• Do NOT develop native apps• Do NOT listen to me... make up your own mind
  15. 15. Questions?
  16. 16. Thank you!