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May 30, 2002—In this issue:
1. POCKET PC PERSPECTIVES
- Pocket PC vs. Palm: The Choice Is Yours
2. INSTANT POLL
- Results of Previous Poll: Specialized Wi-Fi Solutions
- New Instant Poll: Enterprise Mobility Platform
- Struggling With IIS and Web Administration Issues?
- New!! GSSA Webinar with Brian Moran
- Tip: Wireless Security Rumors
- Event Highlight: PocketPC London
5. NEW AND IMPROVED
- Integrate Your Pocket PC with Back-End Data
- Protect PDA Data
6. CONTACT US
- See this section for a list of ways to contact us.
1. POCKET PC PERSPECTIVES
(contributed by Steve Milroy, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Substituting for John Ruley in the May 16 commentary for Mobile & Wireless UPDATE, Pocket PC Edition, I looked at the Pocket PC vs. Palm debate from the perspective of enterprise mobility. Several people, including Palm representatives, responded. I want to address some of those comments by talking about other considerations to keep in mind when you're choosing a platform for delivering enterprise mobility solutions.
As I mentioned in the May 16 commentary, many features that are key to the Pocket PC platform are also available on Palm devices. In fact, the Palm platform seems to be moving in an enterprise direction, as is the Pocket PC. However, recent market developments lead me to believe that few enterprise customers are considering the Palm platform as an enterprise mobility solution. Two interesting points back up this trend:
- Symbol Technologies, a creator of ruggedized PDA devices and one of the top suppliers of hardware for enterprise mobility solutions, is now shipping more than 90 percent of its devices with the Pocket PC OS. But 2 years ago, most Symbol devices ran the Palm OS. (For more information about Symbol Technologies, go to http://www.symbol.com.)
- Both Federal Express and UPS recently announced that their next generation of mobile package-delivery systems will use the Pocket PC OS. When industry-leading logistics companies choose the Pocket PC platform for their enterprise mobility solution, you're looking at a strong indicator of the Pocket PC platform's enterprise acceptance.
Of course, I don't mean to suggest that nobody is using Palm as an enterprise solution. Some of the readers who responded to my last commentary talked up the advantages of the Palm platform, mentioning the abundance—about 190,000—of Palm application developers. However, in general, Palm development requires a specialized skill set and involves developers writing applications only for the Palm platform. Microsoft approaches development a bit differently. There are millions of Visual Studio and Visual Studio .NET developers today. With the eMbedded Visual Tools (eVT) and now the .NET Compact Framework, virtually any developer familiar with Visual Basic (VB) or any of the more than 20 languages in Visual Studio .NET can develop mobile enterprise applications. Therefore, the cost of deploying mobile enterprise applications on the Pocket PC platform is lower and application updates are easier than on the Palm platform.
Another person mentioned battery life, pointing out that most Pocket PC devices, such as the Compaq iPAQ and the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Jornada, barely reach 2 hours of battery life with heavy use. In contrast, Palm devices can have a battery life that lasts for days. However, on ruggedized devices from Symbol Technologies and Intermec Technologies, battery life is 8 to 10 hours, making the devices well suited to a full shift of use without recharging.
For many compelling reasons, the Pocket PC platform is a terrific choice for enterprise mobility solutions. My team and I have already used this platform to deploy several successful applications. The choice is yours, but be careful: After you buy the devices, changing platforms is difficult.
In the next Mobile & Wireless UPDATE, Pocket PC Edition, John Ruley will return, tan and fit from his vacation in Maui, and continue with his Pocket PC Perspectives. I continue to discuss enterprise mobile computing in upcoming regular editions of Mobile & Wireless UPDATE.
2. INSTANT POLL
The voting has closed in Windows & .NET Magazine's Mobile & Wireless Solutions nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Which specialized Wi-Fi solution promises to be most beneficial in your environment?" Here are the results (+/-1 percent) from the 20 votes:
- 40% The Voice over IP (VoIP) phone
- 20% The Instant Wireless Presentation Gateway
- 15% The wireless Internet camera
- 25% The wireless bridge
The next Instant Poll question is "Which platform have you chosen for your enterprise mobility solution?" Go to the Mobile & Wireless Solutions channel home page, and submit your vote for 1) Palm, 2) Pocket PC, or 3) Other.
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(contributed by Bob Chronister, email@example.com)
When you configure them properly, wireless networks work through a NIC's media access control (MAC) address. This setup makes any network secure because the wireless hub recognizes only registered NICs. However, I've seen wireless networks configured to work on other cards—a practice that puts network security at risk.
Configuring your network to use a MAC address is quick and easy. Take the time to set up your wireless network properly. When you do, the only disadvantage of such networks is transfer speed: The maximum speed of 11Mbps is slow by modern standards. Hence, wireless networks are best suited for home networks—which, by the way, usually suffer from lax setup standards.
June 11 through 13, 2002
PocketPC London—Europe's first conference, exhibition, and networking event for the Pocket PC industry—is a free event occurring simultaneously with the UK's largest Internet and Enterprise IT events: Internet World UK 2002, Internet World WIRELESS, and NexTech. PocketPC London will address key issues facing the industry and demonstrate why Pocket PC is increasingly the platform of choice for the enterprise mobile computing.
5. NEW AND IMPROVED
(contributed by Carolyn Mascarenas, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pumatech released Satellite Forms MobileApp Designer 5.0, software that works with Pumatech's Intellisync to integrate handheld applications with desktop database applications. The latest version lets you develop custom applications for Pocket PC 2002 handheld devices. Satellite Forms works with Intellisync to provide connectivity between mobile applications and corporate data that resides in Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and other ODBC-compliant data sources. Satellite Forms MobileApp Designer 5.0 starts at $97 per seat for 10 to 24 users. Contact Pumatech at 800-224-5430.
Pointsec Mobile Technologies released Pointsec for Pocket PC, a PDA security product. Pointsec for Pocket PC provides enforceable mandatory access control and complete data encryption, which you can centrally manage. The software performs user authentication and data encryption to ensure security of the PDA and the data. For pricing, contact Pointsec Mobile Technologies at 925-256-2512 or 800-579-3363.
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