How Node.js and Docker will help increase company head counts – and create new firms

If you want to create more projects, hire more staff and build out your organisation, then Node.js is the way to go, according to new research.

The figures come from a new study by NodeSource which aimed to examine the current momentum of Node.js within the open source software ecosystem. Naturally, given NodeSource works in the realm of Node.js consulting, it is not the biggest surprise to see these results – however the underlying statistics are certainly of interest.

More than nine in 10 (91%)...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Development, Employees.

From complexity to simplicity: Lessons learnt in enterprise apps from Michelangelo

While it is true that core technologies themselves have greatly evolved, such as the iPhone which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in June, another evolution has occurred alongside technology: one of market demands and user expectations. These dictate the brief for how today’s technology solutions look and feel.

An underlying quality of that brief is simplicity. Not that this is anything new. From the Egyptian Bust of Nefertiti to Pablo Picasso’s Guitar, artists have acknowledged the importance...

By Lance Walter, 03 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

The three traits which digitally leading companies share: Disrupt or risk being disrupted

If only digital transformation in large organisations were as easy as flicking a switch; one day you are laggards, the next you are ahead of the chasing pack.

Alas, getting top-down buy in and replacing legacy technologies – as well as sourcing which technologies are right for your company – takes time. But a new piece of research from Alfresco Software and Forbes Insights shares key trends which differentiate the fastest growing players in the digital economy.

“Today’s corporate...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, CIO, Data & Analytics, IoT.

Appthority warns of ‘HospitalGown’ vulnerability for enterprise backends

More than 1,000 apps have a backend vulnerability which has the potential to expose hundreds of millions of records, according to a new report from enterprise mobile threat protection provider Appthority.

The threat, dubbed HospitalGown – exposes your backend, you see – ‘highlights the connection between mobile apps and insecure backend databases containing enterprise data’, as the company puts it. Appthority documented more than 1,000 apps with the vulnerability, researching 39...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Gartner argues medicine, law and IT may be affected by the rise of the robots by 2022

Gartner has given a tentative guideline of 2022 as when smart machines and robots may replace highly trained professionals in medicine, law and IT, according to the firm’s latest missive.

The analyst house argues there is a fear of skilled practices becoming ‘utilities’ through the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). One example Gartner uses is through law; if an enterprise uses a smart machine which substitutes for a lawyer, after the first long and expensive period of training, the...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Employees, Productivity.

Why mobile app development is a community with room for everybody

In the beginning, mobile app construction often started with end users sketching interfaces, data flow diagrams and designs – showing a picture to a highly trained, highly skilled developer – and saying “build it.” After a lengthy process of planning, hand coding, testing, prototyping and production, the app was ready – months, even a year later.

Fast forward to today’s zero-code development, in which apps are built from menus of already-built features, then deployed...

By Mike Gundling, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Gartner assesses emerging ‘high productivity’ aPaaS market in new report

Analyst firm Gartner has released a new Magic Quadrant on enterprise high productivity application platform as a service (hpaPaaS), and found Mendix, OutSystems and Salesforce at the top of the tree.

The first thing to note here is to translate the acronym. We have the platform as a service part – application infrastructure with cloud added – and application platform as a service (aPaaS) which covers the application development side. Add in high productivity and you have the official Gartner...

By James Bourne, 03 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Capriza secures payment standard and Yorkshire Building Society customer win

A couple of notes from enterprise mobility software provider Capriza this week: the company has announced it has achieved level one compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standard, while also securing a customer win in the form of Yorkshire Building Society (YBS).

The PCI DSS, a global standard for providing security and privacy for accepting, storing, processing and transmitting payment card information, and goes alongside the Palo Alto company’s existing ISO 27001 certification....

By James Bourne, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

IBM looks to ‘building blocks’ for quick app creation in Bluemix

IBM has announced the launch of new capabilities for developers on its Bluemix cloud platform, including offering ‘new code patterns and building blocks which help to quickly create cloud apps across web and backend systems, along with mobile’, according to the press materials.

Patterns available include the Mobile App pattern, which can enable developers to interact with mobile services, data services such as IBM Cloud Object Storage, as well as security capabilities, alongside Backend for...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Sapho secures $14m in series B funding to continue micro app mission

Sapho, a San Bruno-based enterprise mobility provider, has secured $14 million (£10.9m) in an oversubscribed series B funding round, with the aim to build out a global sales team.

The $14m adds to the company’s $9.5m series A secured in June last year, taking its total to $27.85m across five rounds. The latest round was led by Caffeinated Capital, with other parties including new investor Felicis Ventures, as well as Alsop Louie Partners, SoftTech VC, Morado Ventures, AME Cloud, and Bloomberg...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, M&A.