Workarounds for mobile SharePoint

Let's face it: Mobile SharePoint can be a clunky experience. An expert discusses some workarounds.

Scott RobinsonScott Robinson

Mobile computing is here to stay. And mobile interfaces are the future, for personal and business applications...

alike. Mobile computing has had far-reaching implications for various areas of technology, and SharePoint is no different. "Anyone who isn't thinking about mobile computing as a business strategy," said Scott Robinson, a SharePoint and BI expert, "isn't thinking." And indeed, according to 2013 IDC research, tablets are due to outpace PC sales by 2015. If that isn't enough, you can see the shift toward mobile in company behavior.

General Electric, for example, recently bought 36,000 iPhones and 12,000 iPads for employee use, and many companies are now using Google Apps so their employees can work with enterprise content in the field. But, of course, the upsides of mobile device use come with greater management, security and business continuity issues for applications such as SharePoint.

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In this podcast, Robinson outlines some of the issues with using SharePoint, which was designed as a desktop product, on mobile devices. "SharePoint … tried to be one-stop shopping," he said. "The trouble with being one-stop shopping is that you get a little clunky. Microsoft didn't really design SharePoint with mobile in mind, but now the whole world's gone mobile."

Robinson also outlines some tactics to deal with mobile SharePoint, including using its contemporary view.

 

This was last published in March 2014

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