Could Wildcard change mobile activity?

It's the IT manager or CIO's responsibility to look for ways to improve his or her company's means of sharing data and accessing the company mainframe, and this includes adapting to new browsers. The mainframe terminal emulator used should not just work with common programs like Firefox and Chrome but also any other platform that might become important.

TechCrunch recently reported on a new player in mobile browsing, Wildcard, that could bring with it a revolutionary new approach based around "cards." This poses a marked difference to the typical browsing experience but is closer in appearance to visual curation apps like Pinterest. 

Wildcard comes from a startup company in New York and it has already secured millions of dollars from investors and is being marketed as a more natural means of browsing the web for the mobile user. The browser has been designed for iOS and is currently available for download in the iTunes store. Essentially, it separates sites into smaller, more visually appealing "card" displays to scroll through.

This isn't the first card-based browser option, though, and Gigaom's Kif Leswing recently described the growing availability of this method and what it could mean to different families of mobile devices.

"The latest version of Google Android displays notifications as a set of 'cards,' each with information and potential actions the user can take," he said. "Apple Watch, expected early next year, probably won't have a full browser, but well structured cards could be one of the best ways to show a little nugget of information on such a small screen."

To make sure that your company can still access its mainframe as the means of doing so become more and more diffuse, choose an emulator that you can rely on and port to multiple devices.