The PocketPC launched last week by Microsoft offers built-in middleware for enterprise integration, but users may face difficulties building enterprise applications.Cliff Saran.
Dilip Mistry, wireless marketing manager at Microsoft, said PocketPC includes a number of middleware components designed to link into corporate IT systems. Mistrysaid Microsoft Message Queue and Transaction Server clients are included, which he said, "allows business applications to run from a mobile device".
Microsoft is planning to develop a pocket version of its SQL server relational database later this year.
However, Christine Axton, lead analyst for Web development at Ovum, said, "Users are not ready to build applications for handheld computers."
To use handhelds effectively in the enterprise environment firms must take acompletely differentapproach to enterprise application development, she said.
"Corporate developers need different skills," she said. "It involves enterprise application integration, linking legacy code and corporate data to a variety of computing clients including handheld computers and Wap-enabled mobile phones."
A lack of suitable development tools and application servers that address the handheld computer as a client device is a major roadblock, said Axton.