Monday, April 23, 2012

SharePoint/Office 365 Mobile Access ' Cont

When last discussing mobile connectivity, I mentioned ensuring a business case for this functionality. Now let’s assume that a business case has been presented and warrants remote access, what then?

There are some questions that need to be asked even before proceeding to the utilization of Office 365 on a phone or tablet.

1.       What type of access is needed? Do users need to be able to only view data or is editing the data a necessity as well?

2.       Will data be added to the site remotely?

3.       If data is to be added, what type of data, documents, InfoPath form data, etc?

4.       What type(s) of devices will be accessing the site?

In doing our research first, it will help us to leverage the proper solution for the business need. One of the biggest challenges that I see is the lack of information gathering in the initial stages of solution development.  By asking these key questions, we can save ourselves some headaches later on.

The next blogs will focus on the user experience based on different mobile technologies: iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

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