With a little tweaking, Windows 8 is perfectly suited for the Enterprise.

There are several substantial reasons why companies are reluctant to dive deep into the Windows 8 pool. Some of the obvious ones are the new UI, Training and the substantial time and cost of deployment.

I really believe though that once companies feel more comfortable about Windows 8, there will be a huge upside for their organizations.

In August of 2011, I said:

First, are there any native hooks built into Windows 8 that would allow integration with Microsoft Dynamics (their own ERP suite)?

Then, with the proliferation of Windows 8 tablets, and the ability of developers to develop in HTML 5 , Javascript, maybe .NET and Silverlight, how are the major vendors going to both develop and disseminate their applications.

It seems to me that we are moving toward an even more productive era in enterprise applications where employees in HR, Finance etc are going to have a lot of flexibility when it comes down performing their work functions.

and in October of 2011, I said:

In-Application Contracts
Contracts in Windows 8 will be a life saver.

Contracts are data clipboards that allow Applications to share information and work together without knowing anything about each other.

This functionality will be a HUGE time saver for developers and enterprises as they will make a lot of todays interfaces redundant.

I’m looking forward to seeing this implemented in Windows 8 applications for SAP,Oracle, PeopleSoft and Dynamics.

We haven’t scratched the surface (pun intended) of what Microsoft could achieve in the Enterprise when executives realize the potential of running Windows 8 in their organizations.

I came across this story about SAP deploying apps for Windows 8 and looking at some of the images, it’s pretty clear what the future holds for Windows 8 and enterprise applications.




As you can see, we’re talking about smooth, sexy looking applications that will be incredibly useful on Tablets and PC’s.

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  1. Dude I totally agree. As a PeopleSoft financials analyst, I can see the new Windows 8 GUI and internals totally making a difference.

    In addition, combined with Windows Server 2012, it will be interesting to see if there are substantial performance gains.

    You have to remember that for LARGE projects, every second you can shave off the processing time of transactions could easily be worth thousands of $$$

    Thanks for writing this..

  2. It’s analysis like this that keeps me coming back to this site. Thanks!
    Do you think that Android tablets have a future in the enterprise? Or do you think that the more controlled nature of iPads/WinRT, as well as the synergies of Win8 tablets blending into existing corporate infrastructure, make for more cost-effective deployments in the enterprise?

    • Thanks for the compliment.

      Android doesn’t seem to have much of a future there compared to Apple and Microsoft. Apart from some of their Office Apps, they haven’t really made a concerted push into the Enterprise.

      In addition, the Chrome OS has shown absolutely no focus so I’m not too impressed at this time.

      Businesses will continue to support Android devices (phones and tablets) for BYOD because a lot of the apps that will be deployed will work on those devices as well (HTML 5, Javascript, CSS).


  3. Well, when Microsoft itself will release advanced and productive Metro apps, let say a version of office to start, then i will begin to believe that it is possible to build something else
    than limited/close to useless apps for the iPad generation. Up to now Microsoft, whom my company is a partner, has been unable to show us even a single really productive business apps. All this strangely remind me of the WPF beginning where Microsoft were pushing everyone to release WPF applications while being itself unable to show the example. Fortunately, there has been silverlight which has unfortunately been killed by Microsoft in a close past.

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