Implementation of a workflow client application on Windows Phone 7 platform

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Dr. Asztalos Márk
Department of Automation and Applied Informatics

The usage of mobile phones has become fairly commonplace nowadays. In the last few years, they have undergone tremendous improvements, therefore current smarthphones are capable much more than just telephoning. More and more applications and services can be used on these devices making them even more attractive for the users.

There is a very hard competition between the platforms on the mobile market, everyone tries to meet today’s requirements and end users’s demands. It is not an easy challenge. Microsoft wants to break into the mobile market with a new platform which apply a new approach (Metro Design) and emphasize the user experience.

Although the roots of the workflows go back to the early 20th century, in the modern information technology they became popular during the 90’s years. Workflow consists of a sequence of connected steps that is necessary to complete a piece of work according to the rules of organization. It is very common in business environment, just think about financial, approval and supply processes.

In this thesis, I present a Windows Phone 7 based mobile application which have been developed according to the given specifications, works together with an already existing server and helps to manage business workflows. The application allows the user to see his messages, fill and send the response back to the server. The messages may have different types and arbitrary number of attachments, therefore filling complex forms is supported. Thanks to the built-in notification mechanism the user knows when he has new messages, even if the application is not running. I used the Silverlight framework for the development.

During the work I followed the Windows Phone 7 design guidelines and exploited the features of the platform. I have focused on the usability and user experience.


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