UPDATE Aug 2011:
EMC is launching the new Documentum Mobile. Looks well designed (navigation similar with the standard Twitter client app for iPad). Interesting enough, it does not seem to use DFS (a sepparate REST layer is delivered). More to come after I get my hands on it…
This blog post started as a comment on this post by @piewords. When it got too long it become this:
EMC making a mobile app? Good for ticking boxes in RfPs. Essential sometimes – we actually used in an older RfP response one of the already existing mobile apps from the app store… so the need is definitely here.
Useful for business users? Probably not. As Max said in a related comment, an application needs to actively support a business process not just offer repository services.
But.. there’s more to it!
EMC must make a mobile app and provide the code in EDN (like they said they’ll do). Why? To encourage and empower partners to build their own process/solution specific apps! And this is where I think EMC got it right.
When I look at EMC I want to see an enabler of partners. You do that by bridging gaps and offering examples. Either by building a technology showcase (like the app will be or like the Apple iOS SDK for Atmos is) or giving an xCellerator for a certain business solution.
I recently demo’ed a mobile app for a taskspace based solution. The value was immediately perceived by the user (CEO, CIO…) because it meant specific business and wasn’t generic.
More importantly, the user understands that it’s not a full grown traditional desktop/web “application” and that it does not need to have all those bells and whistles and integrations. Users aim to use mobile apps “transactionally”, for short time bursts. But this is a topic for another post….
How did EMC help / would have helped me in this case? They should / did pave the road to make it easier for me to propose such app to the IT and then to the business. And paved to road to provide a reference implementation (good or bad… doesn’t actually matter).
So… yes. EMC must make a mobile app. Not to make money from licenses or help a lot of users. But to help partners and the whole ecosystem around the platform.