Pivoting from Rugged Windows Mobile Handhelds to Windows Tablets

Tablet App

I first noticed the phenomenon of companies with route drivers moving from ruggedized Windows Mobile handhelds to Windows tablets a few years ago. The thinking was you could turn these folks who perform direct store delivery (DSD), pickup and delivery, and dispatched tasks into sellers and marketers. The tablet would run a bigger version of … Read more

Windows Mobile Provisioner

Mobile Provisioner: Data Connections

In the Spring of 2006, I created a Mobile Device Management (MDM) package for Microsoft called Windows Mobile Provisioner.  It was used by Microsoft IT (MSIT) to rapidly provision and manage Windows Mobile devices / smartphones for our employees in the years before we developed and shipped System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008.  I drew on my … Read more

Sync Framework v4 is now Open Source, and ready to Connect any Device to SQL Server and SQL Azure

Sync

Microsoft has brought the power to synchronize data with either SQL Server on-premise or SQL Azure in the cloud to the world of mobility.

Performance and Memory Management Improvements with Windows Embedded Handheld

It should be no surprise that over 80% of enterprise handhelds shipped are running Windows Mobile or Windows Embedded Handheld.

Confronting the Consumerization of IT with Microsoft MEAP

Microsoft MEAP

CIOs are asking for help in confronting the tidal wave of mobile devices entering the enterprise and IT departments have raised the white flag as attempts to block consumer-focused smartphones and tablets have failed. The Consumerization of IT has been a growing trend fueled by cloud-delivered services and compelling mobile devices with wireless capabilities.  This … Read more

Reducing SQL Server I/O Contention during Sync :: Tip 1

SAN Storage

The act of tracking changes made by each SQL Server Compact or Silverlight sync subscriber can cause a lot of locking and blocking on the server.

Windows Phone 7: If at First You Don’t Succeed

Written by: J. Gerry Purdy 10/20/2010  You have to hand it to Microsoft.   They have certainly fulfilled the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Microsoft has had a number of previous attempts to build a successful operating system for the mobile market with WinPad, Windows Mobile and Win CE.  These … Read more

Microsoft Outlines Commitment to the Future of Enterprise Handheld Devices

Embedded Handheld

Microsoft unveils new brand and road map, and extends support for the enterprise handheld devices market. Redmond, Wash. — June 17, 2010 — No one would argue the way we work has changed. From retail, medical, manufacturing and a host of other industries, being tied to a fixed office location simply isn’t an option for … Read more

Mobile Merge Replication Performance and Scalability Cheat Sheet

SQL Server Compact

If your Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) is using SQL Server Merge Replication to provide the mobile middleware and reliable wireless wire protocol for SQL Server Compact (SSCE) running on Windows Mobile 5/6.x devices + Windows XP/Vista/7 laptops, desktops and tablets; below is a guide to help you build the fastest, most scalable systems:

Making Microsoft MEAP Real

MEAP Physical Diagram

After all the logical diagrams of Microsoft MEAP and spelling out how it meets Gartner’s critical capabilities, I thought I’d show you a picture that provides a more concrete view of what our MEAP offering looks like. Hopefully, this will better crystallize how Microsoft lines up with those critical capabilities and how our reusable mobile … Read more

Interview with Rob Tiffany at Tech Ed Europe

Microsoft TechEd

Check out the interview I did with David Goon at Tech Ed Europe 2009 in Berlin. I discuss Microsoft’s Mobile Enterprise Application Platform and talk about how it aligns with Gartner’s MEAP critical capabilities and how it can save money for companies. With the tidal wave of mobile and wireless technologies sweeping across both the consumer … Read more

Yes, Microsoft does have a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP)

MEAP

Gartner says that the Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) market will top $1 Billion by the end of 2010 and that more than 95% of organizations will choose MEAP instead of point solutions through 2012. The big takeaway here is that companies have been building tactical mobile application silos that support only one application and … Read more

Enterprise Data Synchronization with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server Compact 3.5 Mobile Merge Replication

Enterprise Data Synchronization with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server Compact 3.5 Mobile Merge Replication

I’m happy to say that my latest book is now available on Amazon. With the world’s largest organizations rolling out tens of thousands of Windows® phones, laptops, tablets and Netbooks to empower their respective mobile workforces, the ability to create mobile line of business solutions that support large numbers of users is absolutely critical. In … Read more