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iPad® in the Enterprise: Developing and Deploying Business Applications by Nathan Clevenger

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Chapter 9

Designing Enterprise iPad Applications

What's in this Chapter?

  • Defining the focus and purpose of the application
  • Learning the iPad user experience paradigm
  • Understanding Apple's human interface guidelines
  • Designing the application from the user's perspective
  • Modeling the navigation and user experience workflow
  • Examples of iPad business app user interfaces

Now that you've developed an enterprise mobile strategy and application road map, selected the top-priority applications, and identified the preferred software architecture for the app, it's time to begin the design process.

So what do I mean by design? That's a very good question, because there are many different definitions. For the purposes of this book, design refers to the creative and artistic process around the visual and functional definition of an application.

I recognize that for many in enterprise IT, the term design often refers to technical software design; for clarity this book dealt with high-level technical software design in the previous chapter on architecture, and aspects of the low-level technical software design will be covered in the next chapter, on development.

In this chapter, we're going to start by describing the paradigm shift that enterprise IT must undergo in order to develop applications for the iPad. The shift is subtle, but it has profound ramifications. Many of the traditional ways of developing enterprise software are not effective in the creation of iPad applications, and so the ...

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