Tasked with designs that support porting a complex business desktop app to web and mobile platforms... well, to me it's obvious I will need to break down the desktop capabilities into useful bite-sized chunks that will support the various user goals, task flows, etc.
My expectation is,if the chunks are optimally structured (much easier said than done), then on the desktop, the user can choose to juggle one or more chunks (functions, utilities, tools) simultaneously. As the platforms get more constrained, the number of chunks and how they're made available is more constrained.
Problem is I feel I'm the only one in the company (small business) that expects that. I'm dealing with execs with high expectations, dreams of dropping the desktop all together within a couple of years, running a complex app on a smartphone. Really? Who knows, it may be possible in a few years.
But for now, I want to define a transitory strategy where the designs reflect how to structure an app to be a well coordinated experience on desktop, web and mobile, since users will not be constrained to just one. I need to define it in a way that the execs will understand and nod approvingly.
I've been searching for quite a while, looking for a few good discussions. I haven't found much on the web yet.
If anyone has a brilliant set of keywords, links, books, that defines approaches to expanding a line of business desktop app to web and mobile platforms, please share.