As more and more customers adopt Moesion, we are often asked about how our platform compares to traditional remote desktop (RDP) technologies that are now available on different mobile platforms such as IOS or Android. The comparison seems quite logical if you never have tried to manage a database, web server or other IT system by remotely logging into the server from your smartphone or tablet. However, after you live through the pain of trying to use desktop systems from your phone or tablet you quickly realize is not such a good idea. Here are some of the reasons:
Enterprise System Management Tools Don’t Work From Your Phone
Traditionally, enterprise system management tools have been designed and optimized to work in desktop environments. Trying to use those same tools from a phone or tablet environment results in an incredibly painful experience. Even worse, most of those tools are completely unusable from a smartphone.
Everybody Has an App, Why Don’t You?
Information worker tools such as Microsoft Office, communication engines such as Skype or Lync, project management tools like JIRA are just some of the examples of traditional tools used in enterprise environments that now provide a mobile experience via either mobile-web or native applications.
Should system management tools be different? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Like any other enterprise application, providing a mobile-optimized experience will increase productivity and usability of your system management applications.
The RDP Experience is SLOW
The only reason you want your IT staff to be able to manage your systems from their mobile device is to be able to perform management tasks quickly and efficiently regardless of their location. However, launching and interacting with full feature system management tools from your smartphone or tablet can be painfully slow which defeats the sole purpose of using your mobile device in the first place.
RDP Should be Your Last Resort
Remotely logging into your server from your mobile device can still solve a lot of system management situations but it should be considered as a complementary rather than a primary artifact.
Bringing Your Desktop Into Your Mobile Device is Like Putting Lipstick on a Pig
Desktop and mobile are completely different application delivery models. They are different from the user experience, connectivity patterns and usage models. Using a desktop application from you smartphone or tablet is drastically limiting the capabilities and potential effectiveness of the applications.
How Do We Do It In Moesion?
Moesion, provides HTML5 interfaces to manage some of the most popular enterprise software platforms in the market. For each tool, we have tailored the experience to smartphone and tablet environments to optimize the user experience and effectiveness of the application. For each application, we have engaged with subject-matter experts or even the original product team to make sure we include the features that absolutely make sense to use from a mobile environment and discard everything else.
Give Moesion a try at www.moesion.com and tell us what do you think….