20. April 2011 18:44
Now that I’ve had some time to play with the new iPad and ponder the future of the tablet in business it’s easy to see that the need for custom, non-app store, business applications is now higher than ever.
How do you develop an application for your business to use internally to take advantage of the tablet interface without incurring app store bureaucracy and public exposure? The simplest solution is creating your own native app. HTML5 is easy to develop, distribute and there are no app store hassles.
The only issue is protecting your app IP. An HTML5 app may as well be open source, anyone who has dabbled with a ‘save-as’ feature could rip down an internal application and repurpose for their own need or discover those internal calculations that are supposed to be a mystery. Protected third part and internal webservices are a way around this, but there is still the paradigm of tablet development for the marketplace to catch-up on. Just when you think software development couldn't get more exciting… along comes Jobs.
Either way, internal apps for tablets are here. You’re either on the bus or left behind.