Analysis: Microsoft showcases its AI leadership at London event

Strategy addresses ethics and human aspects of artificial intelligence

Last week, I attended a Microsoft event in London to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its research centre in Cambridge. The event focussed on the "intersection of artificial intelligence with people and society". As part of CCS Insight's growing research and upcoming buyer surveys in this exciting field, here I'll summarise and assess the main announcements. For a more comprehensive analysis, please see 

By Nicholas McQuire, 20 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Development, Productivity.

Research: Usage of defective open source components has declined 63%

Sonatype has released its third annual State of the Software Supply Chain report. This report highlights safety concerns related to usage of open source components and their impacts on the software supply chain.

Organisations that are vigilant about the quality of open source components entering into the production applications are realising a 28% improvement in developer productivity, a 30% reduction in overall development...

By , 18 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Research.

CIOs need to incorporate event-driven architecture in their business, says Gartner

If organisations are to realise the benefits of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain, event-driven architecture (EDA) is the way forward, according to the latest missive from Gartner.

EDA is defined by TechTarget’s microservices arm as ‘a framework that orchestrates behaviour around the production, detection and consumption of events as well as the...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, IoT.

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.

A new generation of enterprise mobile app development: Welcome to RMAD 3.0

Way back in 2008, as consumer apps became part of everyday life, an industry built on enabling business mobility emerged along with multiple solutions that promised a simple way to develop and deploy enterprise mobile apps. Unfortunately, a lot of the lofty assurances made never came to fruition. Poor user experiences, a wildly fragmented ecosystem and substantive costs disillusioned the very potential buyers that such solutions were built for; and enterprise mobile app development has suffered in reputation...

By Kia Behnia, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Capriza announces one million member milestone, pinpoints micro apps for success

Enterprise mobility solutions provider Capriza has announced it has surpassed one million users in over 100 countries.

The company added that an uptake occurred after it launched its Micro Apps product last year – with usage figures at 200,000 just 18 months ago.

Among the statistics in the release was an interesting one: Capriza added its users have an average app interaction time per app of approximately 60 seconds. “It’s these kinds of seamless, instant, intuitive experiences that users...

By James Bourne, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

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.

In-house or third party? Enterprises shifting IT strategy with mobile at the heart of change

The majority of enterprises continue to rely on third-party vendors for IT services – but the plan is to take IT in-house, according to a new survey from B2B research firm Clutch.

The study, which polled 582 IT decision makers, found that of enterprises who outsource their IT needs, four in five are trending towards hiring domestic providers as opposed to offshore in 2017. Half of all enterprises surveyed said they planned to increase the amount of IT services handled in-house this year.

Whether a...

By James Bourne, 04 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

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.