Vendor Offerings in Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP): version 2 Dated: May 2011

Today organizations have diverse IT infrastructure and most of this infrastructure is not unified.

Though some of the mobility components can leverage specific features of already existing applications and infrastructure however the same imposes new requirements on the organizations existing IT infrastructure. Specific solutions by vendors that have mobile enablement can also be retrofitted to support mobility. However, using multiple vendor products or specific solutions just to mobile enable individual applications or suites will give rise to silos which will not easily integrate, giving rise to maintenance problems and cost concerns.

Enabling mobility within an organization brings with it additional functionalities that must be supported by IT including device management and service/application provisioning. Interactions with specific mobility products like BES to manage/enable mobile devices would need to be supported. Mobile application lifecycle management, device life cycle management, and so on, fall within the category of specific mobility related needs.

A dedicated MEAP to enable and support mobility takes into account all the requirements mentioned earlier. It will be able to interface with the existing middleware and backend systems to enable data and applications on mobile devices. The MEAP will also make available a set of common features and services that can be leveraged by multiple applications to perform common operations.

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