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.

AppConfig Community one year on: The stats on an ‘outstanding’ 12 months of growth

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The AppConfig Community, an initiative to promote best practices for enterprise application development across native OS frameworks, has described its first 12 months of membership as ‘dramatic’ and ‘outstanding’, alongside confirming 40 more independent software vendors (ISVs) are to formally join “in the very near future.”

Since

By James Bourne, 18 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

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.

Why bots will become one of the biggest drivers of workplace efficiency

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Chatbots are one of the hottest trends at the moment and they are quickly expanding into workplaces around the world. As of mid-2016, there were about 170 venture capital funded chatbot startups and this has continued into 2017. In enterprises we are already seeing their use for customer relationship management, with AT&T and American Express among some of the bigger names to have begun using them. While CRM is a clear use case, bots also have the potential for efficiency...

By David Lee, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Will low-code development platforms really take development jobs?

Backlogs, budgets, business demands, skills gaps, agility: these are the challenges you face in IT every day. Low-code development platforms can help companies overcome constraints such as long development lead times and high costs. How? By enabling the fast development of accessible and reliable applications.

Why low-code platforms? What are they?

Hand-coding apps for a business is stressful. When you add shorter timeframes into the mix, it can become almost unbearable. Today’s more complex apps are difficult to...

By Eduardo Cruz, 05 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Why intelligent apps will transform the workplace

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you: the workplace is dramatically different today than it was 20 years ago. And there’s no question it will continue to change over the next 20 years.

The changes we’ve seen so far are most evident in how we communicate with each other. In the 1990s, we were just starting to get used to the idea of email and mobile phones. We relied on landlines to make calls and most employees had face-to-face conversations for the majority of their communications. Now, we have...

By Natalie Lambert, 04 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

Kony launches AppVantage enabling orgs to create apps from packaged components

Enterprise mobility provider Kony has announced the launch of AppVantage, a product which allows companies to develop customisable mobile apps from packaged components and promising a ‘new approach’ to help organisations’ growing demand.

The new product includes hosting analytics, security, and OS upgrades, alongside management and support, and promises what would normally be expected from such announcements, including enterprise grade security and an ‘exceptional’ design and...

By James Bourne, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

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.

The three enterprise ‘smart’ app trends that are transforming business processes

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Although we live in an era of breakthrough innovation and entrepreneurship, millions of enterprise employees worldwide kicked off 2017 by continuing to embrace the constraints of desktop computers, old-school legacy business systems or worse, paper-based processes. This reality exists despite more corporations developing their digital transformation and mobility strategies over the previous 12 months.

By Kia Behnia, 30 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

The importance of user adoption when implementing ERP

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Like any of new type of system or process, change management is essential when implementing ERP software. Most managerial staff are aware of this, however, there is one important aspect often overlooked or underestimated that can cause your shiny new system to fall into unraveling disarray. This aspect is human, specifically referred to in this case as ‘user adoption’.

Do not assume you know how employees work

Assuming you know the intricacies of every...

By Lauri Klaus, 27 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Cloud , Data & Analytics, Productivity.

Sumit Dhawan, VMware EUC GM, on why 2017 will be a year of “platform acceleration”

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Sumit Dhawan, the new general manager of end user computing at VMware, believes that 2017 will be the year of “platform acceleration”, both at his company and in the wider enterprise mobile industry.

Dhawan, who previously headed up the desktop products division, takes over from Sanjay Poonen, who has moved up to become VMware’s chief operating officer. It’s certainly a hard act to follow, but Dhawan says he couldn’t be happier with the position the...

By James Bourne, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.