When will organisations start designing and creating applications, web pages and social media tools with mobile devices as the first priority before PC users?
More and more people are using smartphones for their work. While travelling or working remotely from their normal place of work they need to use their intranet.
But we still design for PC users as the first priority. This can mean it is more difficult than it need be when using a smartphone on your intranet wasting unnecessary time or having to involve others taking them away from their work.
When will the tipping point come and first priority be to check that anyone with a smartphone can have a great experience using a new intranet tool?
When the Intranet Benchmarking Forum last benchmarked BT’s intranet they said “BT’s intranet is designed to support mobile workers so it is fully accessible from mobile devices. Mobile users use a text-based interface.”
People in BT can use their Blackberrys to:
- Find and use information
- Complete processes
- Listen to podcasts
- Collaborate on our corporate wiki
- Post on their blog
With the rollout of SharePoint 2010 it is critical that people can use their Blackberrys to do this. As you can see from comparing these screenshots showing SP2010 sites using a PC and Blackberry that is possible.
How long before the experience is as good or even better when you use a smartphone compared to a PC though?