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iPad in the Enterprise: Developing and Deploying Business Applications

ISBN: 978-1-118-02235-1
408 pages
August 2011
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Discover how to plan, design, develop, and deploy iPad apps for the enterprise

Having taken the enterprise by storm, iPads are now in the hands of workers in virtually every level of companies in almost every industry. But using iPad apps in the enterprise is more complex than simply clicking an icon from the App Store. It presents unique challenges around software development, system integration, information security, application deployment, and device management.

That's where this book comes in. iPhone Life Enterprise Editor and veteran mobile consultant Nathan Clevenger presents a guide for developing a mobile strategy to properly take advantage of this transformative technology. You'll learn about the high-level software architectural options, the importance of design and user experience, application development tools and techniques, and best practices for deploying applications and managing iPads in the enterprise.

  • Explores the requirements of preparation for developing, deploying, and supporting iPad apps for the enterprise
  • Presents strategies for both business and IT to take advantage of the iPad and achieve dramatic ROI
  • Includes case studies of thought-leading organizations that have empowered their workforce with iPads
  • Features companion iPad applications developed by the author, including worksheets, sample apps, training instructor guides

iPad in the Enterprise gets you started immediately planning, designing, developing, deploying, and managing iPad apps specifically for the enterprise.

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Introduction xxix

Part I Strategy 1

Chapter 1 Understanding the Mobile Industry Landscape 3

Chapter 2 Embracing the Consumerization of IT 21

Chapter 4 Creating an Application Road Map 55

Part II Architecture 75

Chapter 5 Deciding Whether to Build or Buy 77

Chapter 6 Evaluating Potential Architectures 123

Chapter 7 Creating Enterprise-Friendly Solutions 137

Chapter 8 Exposing Data and Web Services 149

Part III Design 163

Chapter 9 Designing Enterprise iPad Applications 165

Chapter 10 User Experience Prototyping 179

Chapter 11 Maximizing Application Usability 203

Chapter 12 Improving through Iterations 215

Part IV Development 225

Chapter 13 Developing iPad Applications 227

Chapter 14 Sharing Business Logic between Applications 245

Chapter 15 Developing Mobile-Friendly Web Services 261

Chapter 16 Ensuring Application and Data Security 277

Part V Deployment 293

Chapter 17 Planning a Deployment 295

Chapter 18 Provisioning and Confi guring the Devices 309

Chapter 19 Deploying Applications Over the Air 325

Chapter 20 Managing and Securing the Deployment 337

Index 351

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Nathan Clevenger is an expert in enterprise mobility with over 12 years of experience. In addition to his role as Enterprise Editor for iPhone Life magazine, he is the Chief Software Architect at ITR Mobility, a management and IT consulting firm, where he works with FORTUNE 500 companies to develop mobile strategies and enterprise architectures for mobile line-of-business solutions.
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July 20, 2011
New book, ‘iPad in the Enterprise,’ provides business leaders and corporate IT with a mobile strategy guide

Advance Praise:

This book is a valuable read for any enterprise CIO and IT leader.

— Mike Blake, CIO, Hyatt Hotels

Nathan Clevenger gets it. Read this book or risk getting left behind.

— Marc Benioff, CEO, salesforce.com

The ability to manage nearly every aspect of our personal lives with a mobile “app” has quickly spilled over into our professional lives as well. The proliferation and ease-of-use of mobile devices is creating demand for enterprise-level applications designed to make jobs easier, provide better access to corporate knowledge systems, and improve sales and service levels.

To take advantage of this transformational technology, business and information executives must develop an enterprise mobile strategy that addresses both external- and internal-facing systems. In “iPad in the Enterprise: Developing and Deploying Business Applications” (Wiley; August 2011; ISBN: 9781118022351; $44.99), mobile strategy development expert Nathan Clevenger gives leaders a playbook to define and execute an enterprise mobile strategy.

“‘iPad in the Enterprise’ outlines how organizations can leverage investments in information systems to deploy business intelligence and executive dashboards, customer relationship management and order-capture solutions on the iPad and other mobile devices,” said Clevenger, who also serves as chief software architect at ITR Mobility. “Even many paper-driven processes, such as sales presentations and survey data capture, can be dramatically enhanced to improve business efficiency and information access through mobile apps.”

The iPad has revolutionized the mobile-computing landscape and the impact that this device is making on corporate IT is no less significant. By following the approach Clevenger recommends, business leaders, corporate IT and other internal decision-makers, such as marketing and operations, can collaborate to realize the opportunity and avoid time-consuming mistakes.

Readers of the book will benefit by:

  • Learning to embrace the consumerization of IT and maximize the positive impact
  • Evaluating architectural approaches and build enterprise-friendly applications
  • Designing highly usable user interfaces while gathering feedback from users
  • Developing Web, hybrid and native applications designed for mobile devices
  • Applying industry best practices to assure security of your applications and data
  • Planning, managing, and securing deployment of iPads within your organization


About the Author:

With more than a decade of experience, Nathan Clevenger is an expert in the design and execution of enterprise mobility platforms and programs. As chief software architect at ITR Mobility, Clevenger helps enterprises take advantage of mobile applications to empower employees. He is the enterprise editor for iPhone Life magazine, and a featured speaker at mobile and IT conferences, where he shares his passion for capturing the unrealized potential for mobile technology within the enterprise.

Minneapolis-based ITR Mobility is a mobile consulting and software development firm with 150 employees devoted to creating mobile strategies and enterprise architectures for Fortune 500 companies. As the creator of iFactr, its mobile development framework, ITR Mobility has deployed enterprise applications in some of the largest retail, healthcare and financial companies in North America, and powered the largest iPad app deployment in 2010. 

About Wiley:

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.

Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and websites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters is located in Hoboken, N.J., with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada and Australia. The company’s website can be accessed at www.wiley.com. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.

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