Hi. Thought this might be a relevant topic to throw about here. Join in please if you have any input you would like to share.
I have a background in developing, deploying and running business apps in a global MNC setting. As I interact with others working on business apps for mobile platforms I realize that many others have similar backgrounds.
Many moons ago, I used a Newton and impressed the 'heck' out of myself. I lived the PalmOS revolution and cut my teeth on CodePilot and GCC. Then came the WinCE and XDADevelopers... Fun times were had waiting for the so called "killer application" to come and sweep the nations. Well... it appears the time is finally now with more smartphones being sold than their dummy brethren... As I try to make a come back and fire the neurons once again into learning more, I am finding one major shortcoming on my part. No, its not the slowing brain due to age issue... That is #2...
#1 shortcoming I feel is that I am bringing my years of business app building experience into the mix here. It is actually not an asset but a hindrance. The UI I imagine is rooted deeply in my desktop experience. While it works mechanically as well as a tank it looks and fares no better on the user experience front... This is exactly why Palm was an instant hit and WinCE/WinPhone suffered big time for so long. You can't and shouldn't try to cram a whole big desktop experience into a little handheld device...
So long story short, I'm in a search. Please post links, references, blog posts, anything that you feel might be relevant to UI design guidelines, choices for mobile business apps. What worked and didn't work for you? What did your clients love and hate?
I appreciate any sharing and input. I hope this will be a valuable thread in time to come for all oldie-transformed-into-newbies like me.