With a growing mobile workforce, most vendors are prepping their solutions to be accessible via smartphone. Some are specific to the iPhone, iPad, the Blackberry. Others are more generic applications that can work across any mobile device that supports browser access.
Editor's Note: Read Jason Munson's article: Why Mobile Websites Are Better than Mobile Applications, Part 1.
Mobile Enabled Applications
CoraWorks is just the latest in a long list of these vendors. The have chosen to mobile-enable a number of their existing applications for SharePoint. They've said this is just the start and here's the list:
- Project Portfolio Management
- Help Desk
- Knowledge Base v2 (This is actually a third party application built on CorasWorks platform)
CorasWorks PPM Mobile Interface
It's important to note that these applications provide both read and write capabilities, so you are interacting with the applications just the same as you would if you were on a desktop.
The CorasWorks Mobile Adaptor
All applications that are mobile enabled are done so using CorasWorks' new Mobile Adaptor. The adaptor is server side software that sits on each SharePoint front end web server. You need this adaptor to both view the mobile enabled applications and mobile enable any of your custom CorasWorks applications.
Interesting to note that the CorasWorks Mobile Adaptor leverages H3 Solution's Mobile Entrée platform. You may remember we covered Mobile Entrée in the past, including their announcement in March stating their support for SharePoint 2010 and the new BCS (Business Connectivity Services). The Mobile Entree software is embedded directly into the CorasWorks solution via a partnership with H3 Solutions.
Need to Find What Mobile Apps Are Available?
In order to find what CorasWorks applications are actually mobile-enabled, CorasWorks developed the Mobile Gateway (CMG). The CMG is a site template that provides a list of applications that are enabled. This is not an application, but is available from the CorasWorks community as an unsupported template. You can read more about how it works, or watch the video below: