Mobile Computing Systems Integrator's Handbook
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Brief Description Of The Book
"Mobile Computing -
Systems Integrator's Handbook" is the first comprehensive book on end-to-end design
and systems integration of mobile computing solutions. The book provides information on
all the technologies ( hardware, software, network, and professional disciplines involved
in creating a complete mobile computing solution. It deals with architectural design,
implementation and operational issues in mobile computing applications.
The book is written by Chander Dhawan who has over
extensive experience in architecture, design and implementation of large, enterprise-wide
multi-vendor networks. He worked with IBM for the first 12 years of his professional
career and after that has been operating an independent consulting practice in Toronto as
President of DOLNET Computer Communications Inc. Many of his assignments have involved
large and high-profile information technology networks based on emerging technologies.
He has spent last three years researching the mobile
computing subject and implemented one of the most sophisticated mobile computing pilot
projects during 1993-95. He is a keen watcher of mobile computing technology and has
lectured at COMDEX on the subject since 1994. This book is based on his real-life
The following professionals will find it useful:
- Information Technology Planners & Architects
- Systems Integrators
- IT Project Managers
- Telecommunications/Network Managers
- Communications Software Specialists
- Application Developers and Designers
- Wireless Data Product Managers
- Emerging Technology Watchers and Analysts
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Key Features Of "Mobile Computing -
Systems Integrator's Handbook"
- First book on systems integration aspects of enterprise-wide
Mobile Computing projects.
- Written by a practitioner for other practitioners.
- Comprehensive coverage of full life cycle of a project -
conception, justification, business analysis, business reengineering, technology solution
design, product selection, implementation and operation.
- Methodology for developing a technology architecture
for enterprise-wide Mobile Computing Solution.
- Coverage of an "end-to-end" technology solution
including interfaces to back-end application systems (client-server, client-agent-server
and legacy mainframe server.)
- Role Of Business Process Reengineering (BPR) in Mobile
- Methodology for business case development
- Introduction of a new concept called
"Mobile-Aware" application design
- Evaluation of current and future wireless networks for your
application needs. Motient, Cellular packet switched, RAM Mobile Data/Mobitex, CDPD, SMR,
ESMR, narrowband PCS for 2-way paging, broadband PCS
- The information in the book will be updated through an
update service on world-wide-web ( a unique service.)
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Organization and Table of Contents:
Chapter One : Potential, Promise and Challenge -
Deals with the potential and challenges in realizing that potential
Chapter Two : Mobile Computing Applications -
discusses cross-industry and industry specific applications
Chapter Three : Business Process Reengineering -
emphasizes unique role of BPR in mobile computing
Chapter Four : Business Case for Mobile computing -
methodology for evaluating tangible and intangible cost and benefits of mobile computing
Chapter Five : "End-to-end" Architecture
of Mobile Computing - describes how to integrate components into a mobile computing
Chapter Six : End User Devices - reviews the
various notebooks, PDAs, Data Communicators, two-way pagers, mobile printers and fax
Chapter Seven : Wireless LANs - introduces briefly
role of wireless LANs for limited local area mobility
Chapter Eight : Wireless/Radio Networks - compares
the technology, services, performance, and network interfaces supported by different
networks. Matches application characteristics to network capabilities.
Chapter Nine : International Wireless Networks -
gives you an idea of what is happening in Europe and other countries
Chapter Ten : Remote Network Access - introduces
fast emerging Remote Network Access (RNA) industry based on ISDN and dialup. It discusses
its relationship with mobile computing..
Chapter Eleven : Mobile Computing Communications
Servers and Switches (MCSS) - introduces a new concept of MCSS as the heart beat and nerve
center of mobile computing solutions
Chapter Twelve : Mobile Computing Software -
discusses software architecture, client software, switching software, gateway software and
role of middleware in mobile computing. It introduces important concept of agent driven
client server implementation.
Chapter 13 : Mobile Computing Development
Strategies and Tools. Introduces a very important concept of "mobile-aware"
Chapter 14 : Vendor Product Strategies - discusses
the product strategies of important players.
Chapter 15 : Technical and Ergonomic Design -
discusses network design, capacity planning , compression, system availability and
security issues in mobile computing.
Sixteen 16 : Functional Specifications of Mobile
Computing Projects - gives a template of a request for proposal for mobile computing
project. Evaluation criteria is included.
Chapter 17 : Planning and Implementation
considerations of mobile computing projects; provides a mobile computing project template
Chapter 18 : Managing and Operating Mobile
Chapter 19 : Challenges and Opportunities in Mobile
Computing - author gives his opinion on the challenges being faced by the industry
Chapter 20 : Technology Trends and Future of Mobile
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