Mobile Enterprise App Platform (MEAP)

In this week’s episode of “Inside Windows Phone,” Matthijs Hoekstra and I discuss how to build the Microsoft Mobile Enterprise App Platform (MEAP). Mobility is the top priority for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) today.  To drive their business, they must empower their mobile employees by unlocking the value of their enterprise systems.  To do this,... Continue Reading →

Building Microsoft MEAP: Scaling Out SQL Server 2012

In this third article on building Microsoft MEAP, I’ll show you how to Shard your SQL Server 2012 database using Replication to create a Shared Nothing data architecture to support Internet-scale mobile solutions. In the previous article, I discussed Gartner's Enterprise Application Integration Tools (EAI) critical capability for building a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) using Microsoft... Continue Reading →

Building Microsoft MEAP: Adapters

In this second article on building Microsoft MEAP, I'll focus on implementing Gartner's Enterprise Application Integration Tools critical capability using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) to connect to back end systems. As I mentioned in the Introduction article, one of the top priorities for CIOs today is extending critical data from their backend systems out to the wireless... Continue Reading →

Building Microsoft MEAP: Introduction

After years of showing you how to integrate the principles of Gartner MEAP into your organization's mobile strategy, it's now time for me to show you how to roll up your sleeves and actually build the Microsoft Mobile Enterprise Application Platform. I've travelled all over the world assisting Chief Information Officers in the development of their end-to-end mobile... Continue Reading →

Human Extract, Transform, and Load

HETL (Human Extract, Transform, and Load) Definition:  When an employee in the field captures data with a pen or pencil & paper, drives back to the office at the end of the workday, and manually transcribes the data into a back-end computer system. You're probably thinking this is an antiquated phenomenon that disappeared decades ago with the advent of... Continue Reading →

MEAP Mistakes

I continue to see people refer to buying a "MEAP" as if it's a noun, a thing, or a shrinkwrapped 4GL product. It's important to remember that Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) is a Gartner Magic Quadrant where a stack of products from a given vendor do their best to align to 8 critical capabilities to... Continue Reading →

Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: Android > Cloud

In my ‘Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP’ article last week, I described how to connect Android smartphones and tablets to Microsoft’s On-Premise infrastructure. In this week’s scenario, I’ll use the picture below to illustrate how Android utilizes many of Gartner’s Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Critical Capabilities to connect to Microsoft’s Cloud services in Azure:... Continue Reading →

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