Progress Software acquires Kinvey for $49 million

Progress Software has announced the acquisition of backend as a service (BaaS) technology provider Kinvey for $49 million (£37.8m).

Kinvey, with customers including NBCUniversal, Schneider Electric and VMware, enables organisations to build apps in minutes. The company was named as a leader in the Forrester Wave for mobile development platforms towards the end of 2016, with its platform being awarded a patent the...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, M&A, MBaaS.

MBaaS or RMAD: Mapping the right route for your mobile app strategy

10 years after the launch of the iPhone, mobile apps have transformed the way that enterprises can engage with employees, partners and customers. Whether developing tactical apps as one-off projects, managing enterprise-wide mobile strategies, or delivering apps that integrate with multiple back-end systems, the list of technologies that exist today to support enterprise mobile development initiatives is broad. Organisations need to understand not only what technologies are available but also...

By Clare Grant, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

Low-code mobile development platforms bubble up nicely in Forrester analysis

“While developers might choose to sweat every pixel in a prominent B2C app, that level of control might not be important for the half-dozen employee apps in the backlog for finance, sales, field service and operations.”

This sentence, in the latest Forrester Wave report on mobile low-code development platforms, neatly sums up the landscape and the business benefit faced by enterprises. Never mind the aesthetics; just get the right data in the right people’s hands at the pace of modern...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

Mobility challenges remain – but the ROI for mobile-enabled workers cannot be ignored

Rapid mobile app development (RMAD) adoption is increasing, as the return on investment (ROI) of mobile-enabled employees continues to rise, according to a new study published by PowWow Mobile and the Enterprise Mobility Exchange.

“It’s no secret that enterprise applications have been long known to be complex, cumbersome, and promote terrible user experiences,” the report warns. “That all needs to change if companies are going to successfully realise the pillars of enterprise mobility...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

10 enterprise mobility acronyms you need to know for 2017

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Once upon a time, enterprise mobility abbreviations were much simpler to follow. Sounds like a fairy tale given today’s business technology landscape, right? As mobility enters 2017 full-tilt, rapid evolution and change will only add to an ever-growing list of industry terms and acronyms that can leave your head spinning. Here are ten must-know mobility abbreviations you’re sure to see in 2017:

BI: Business...

By MOBI, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD, Wearables.

How zero code app development can accelerate your mobile transformation

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When it comes to the rising tide of rapid application delivery platforms, it seems no two research analysts agree on precisely what defines low-code vs. RAD vs. BPM or other visual development tools. One thing is clear; there is a growing adoption of low-code strategies by businesses and IT departments that have found a way to deliver apps faster while spending less.

While some architects and developers were initially reluctant to adopt, these tools have proven to accelerate delivery...

By David Basil, 12 October 2016, 4 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

SkyGiraffe secures $6m series A funding – and announces Slack bot integration

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End to end enterprise mobility platform provider SkyGiraffe has announced a $6 million (£4.6m) series A funding round to continue expanding the capabilities of its platform, as well as a bot which utilises the interface of productivity platform Slack to connect to any legacy enterprise data system.

The San Francisco-based firm, which is building on its previous $3m...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, MBaaS, RMAD.

The key questions CIOs will have about rapid mobile app development – and the answers

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With many core IT functions either becoming a commodity or being outsourced to the cloud, the job of the CIO is quickly evolving. It has become a much more people-centric role as suggested by the recently published 2016 Accenture Technology Vision report claims that the business world is in a state of “digital culture shock.”

The abundance of technology available, on its own, hasn’t helped technology leaders...

By George Mashini, 07 June 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

Bill Bodin, Kony CTO, on the pace of enterprise app change and ‘laser-like’ customer focus

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It is a story played out around the tech press almost ad infinitum; IBM employees leave the company, usually through ‘resource actions’, or layoffs to the rest of us. But this one is different: former IBM mobile chief technology officer Bill Bodin, with 27 years at Armonk under his belt, has joined mobile backend provider Kony to become their CTO.

Kony’s cross platform mobile application development solution, which offers developers and IT teams quick apps across iOS,...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.