As organizations examine ways to make it possible for users of smartphones, tablets and other mobile systems to access corporate applications, they run into a significant culture shock. The tools corporate developers know and love are seldom those used to create mobile applications. Navot Peled, President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Gizmox, the creators of Visual WebGui, stopped by to present his company's approach to dealing with that problem.
Why not, he asks, use application virtualization and delivery technology to take corporate .NET applications and make them accessible as HTML5 applications that can be accessed by most mobile Web Browsers? That's a good question.
What Visual WebGui does
As the company describes:
Visual WebGui is an award-winning Web/Cloud/Mobile application delivery platform that was born in order to bring a solution that combines the best of all worlds; desktop Client/Server, Web, Ajax RIA and application virtualization.
Unlike existing SBC / Client side virtualization solutions, VWG virtualizes desktop application's code (as opposed to applications) atop standard Web server (rather than the OS) or VWG dedicated application server. This allows Visual WebGui virtualized applications to be accessed from plain browsers (and mobile) without any specific installations on the client side via a native rich Ajax Web 2.0 user interface.
Gizmox appears to be suggesting that it would be better to make it possible for the development tools used by corporate developers to also create distributed, web-based applications focused on mobile devices than force developers to learn yet another set of tools. This pragmatic approach would certainly seem to address company requirements in an environment in they are seeking both ways to lower costs and increase developer productivity.
While no Web-based solution addresses all the needs people have to work in a disconnected fashion when needed, Gizmox's approach would allow companies to deal with many of their requirements to develop applications once and then deploy them as needed.