My company is in the process of making an enterprise decision about
which (if any) mobile devices to support. We hav a mixed bag of
datasources to work with, including Lotus Notes, SQL Server, Microsoft
Access, Sybase, Oracle... etc....
A big part of the workforce is constantly mobile, and it would be
useful to accomodate handheld applications, such as PIM
synchronization, forms, and other database related applications.
I'm inclined to look at Microsoft , because Microsoft development
tools are a big part of our (RAD) development environment.
With the departure of eVB, it seems as though there is no longer any
way of accessing enterprise data from the handheld, unless it's in SQL
Server (no... copying data to SQL from other sources is not an option)
Also, in a VB environment, there is very little you can do with pim
data on the pocket PC (yes, I know about 3rd party POOM)
There are of course, third party tools, but if I'm going to pay a
license fee for addons to fill the gaps, I have an additional expense,
*and* now I'm locked into a third party tool. Our needs change
rapidly, and thus the need for RAD.
I'm a big fan of deveolping in-house solutions, but it seems like this
one is just out of reach for CF. I'm going to have to buy something,
so it may as well be an "all in one" environment that supports palm as
well. (It's feasible that we could support Pocket PC only, if we could
save by doing in-house development)
Lack of ODBC and POOM are the big ones for me... it's what handhelds
are all about , isn't it?