What's Next for Mobile Enterprise CMS #nuxeoworld

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Nuxeo founder Stefane Fermigier talked all things ECM and mobile at today’s day #1 of Nuxeo World, discussing innovative content apps for mobile devices being built by Nuxeo (news, site).

Even though Gartner says mobile is one of the next big things for2011, “the analysts are not always good at predicting the future, butsometimes good at predicting the past,” kicked off the talk Fermigier. WhileGartner says enterprise apps will need to be designed for the tablet,but delivering these apps gets complicated due to the wide selection ofplatforms.

As the PC era zooms by, it’s time to concentrate onmobility.Nuxeo’s Stefane Fermigier and Benjamin Jalon did just thathighlighting some of the mobile projects currently in the works at thecompany.

Mobile Challenges

  • Limited real estate
  • No keyboard or mouse
  • Limited network availability

Yet there are so many mobile platforms to choose from. In addition, Fermigier gave examples of new opportunities like:

  • Zosh
  • Geolocation
  • Camera
  • Other sensors

, whilealso recommending to embrace these constraints and come up withwell-defined but pre- platform UI guidelines and utilize new standardslike HTML5.

Looking at the tech landscape of the mobile world, there’s always at least one question: mobile apps or mobile web?

Webapps can be multiplatform, if your vendor supports HTML5. There’s alsoeasy deployment, but the UI will not feel or look “native.”

Learning Opportunities

Nativeapps can be optimized for a single platform, but may requireproduct-specific training and possibly longer development times. You cantry to make money on the AppStore, but need platform-specific training.

But there are options on both web apps and native app sides:

  • Use pure HTML for classical web apps made of pages with some CSS tweaks -- good enough for mobile sites.
  • Enhanced HTML that would usually go on top of jQuery with AJAX requests

One-pageweb apps that can be built using the SOFEA (Service-Oriented Front-EndArchitecture) paradigm, here web assets are only loaded once, afterwhich all interaction with a server takes place via web services (JSON,for example)

Open source project PhoneGap can be used as well if youwant to embed your web app into a custom-built web browser. Appceleratoris another open source project two platforms: iOS and Android.

Withnative apps, you can develop using the native APIs from your EnterpriseCMS vendor, but you have to know what you’re doing.

All“interesting” mobile parts of Nuxeo mobile adventures will be availableas an add-on to Nuxeo DM around December on Nuxeo Marketplace.