Since the explosive proliferation of handheld computers and wireless devices
in the late 1990s, users have been promised that enterprise applications
would soon be delivered to the palms of their hands. Feeding this
belief in mobile wireless solutions was the fact that many start-ups aggressively
promised to deliver “any application to any device at any time”
— an unrealistic scenario.
In turn, suppliers of mobile middleware, who seek to provide a combination
of the software, hardware, and services that enable enterprise applications
to run on mobile devices, have suffered from the marketing sins of
many of their competitors. Additionally, the “always-on” 2.5G wireless
networks promised by mobile operators have been slow to materialize. As
a result, many users are still waiting for this vision to become a reality,
and some have lost faith in the market for mobile enterprise applications.