A forum set up to improve mobile standards interoperability will be a "talking shop" which is "irrelevant" to corporate users, according to analyst Butler Group.
The Open Mobile Alliance brings together a number of groups and is backed by Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson, Vodafone, Microsoft, IBM, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm, Sony and Sun Microsystems.
The Alliance wants products and services to be based on global open standards and protocols.
It is also demanding interfaces with a bearer-agnostic applications layer, and an architecture framework which is independent of the operating system.
But in an email to clients, Butler Group dismissed the Alliance as "irrelevant" to the needs of enterprises.
"This latest attempt to improve the much tarnished image of the wireless industry is doomed to failure," said the analyst.
It explained that the Alliance is unlikely to make any more progress than the 50-plus other standards groups that are attempting to bring interoperability to the mobile market.
The analyst added that combining with other groups would simply mean taking longer to agree specifications, and would provide individual firms with the opportunity to stall development for their own competitive advantage.
"Corporate mobile services will have to work with all wireless platforms and mobile devices," the analyst advised.
"Enterprise users must choose a development environment and middleware solution that provides interoperability with all competing architectures and handsets."
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