My first platform shift – and how we’re just getting started on the mobile mindset

My first job after college was at Oracle as a support engineer. I joined in 1993 and it was a very exciting time. The market was going through what my manager at the time called a “platform shift.” He explained how mainframes had served their purpose and were being retired and replaced by client-server technology that could be deployed at lower costs and take advantage of the computing power of a client workstation to help with the application load.

We’ve been through a number of platform shifts since...

By Lance Walter, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

As enterprise app expectations rise and timeframes fall, testing drops off in importance

Almost half of organisations admit to releasing apps before the quality testing stage as user expectations continue to soar.

That’s the finding from a new study released by Testplant which polled more than 750 development team leaders in the US and UK. Yet the deluge continues; 68% of respondents say they plan to build more apps during the coming 12 months.

Part of this is down to emerging technologies; 62% say their company will increase the number of apps which deploy machine learning and deep...

By James Bourne, 11 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise App Stores.

Microsoft Ignite: LinkedIn integration, Teams getting top marks, mixed reality, and more

Microsoft laid out more of its vision around artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality, and the importance of collaboration over individualism at its Ignite event in Orlando today.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, outlined to the audience the four methods of enabling digital transformation (below); modern workplace, business applications, applications and infrastructure, and data and AI, to empower employees, engage customers, optimise operations, and transform products.

“When you think about the...

By James Bourne, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Apple and Accenture partner for iOS enterprise mobile opportunities

Apple has announced a new partnership alongside global consulting provider Accenture to help companies go further in mobile through iOS.

As per the press materials, the companies are partnering to ‘help businesses transform how their people engage with customers through innovative business solutions for iOS.’

Accenture will create a dedicated iOS practice within Accenture Digital Studios, with experts from Apple on hand, including visual and experience designers, programmers, data scientists and...

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

BlackBerry and Appdome team up for codeless integration of voice, video and messaging

BlackBerry and Appdome have announced a partnership to help cut down the cost of integrating messaging, voice, and video capabilities into existing applications and services.

The BBM Enterprise SDK, first made available in June, was hailed by the company at the time as offering a superior user experience compared to other enterprise instant messaging platforms, with more than 60 ISV partners at the time building...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, RMAD.

Appdome joins AppConfig Community with eye on helping ISVs with best practice

Appdome has announced it has become the latest company to join the AppConfig Community, an enterprise app standards body with several key enterprise mobility players among its ranks.

The company, based out of Redwood City, California, provides a codeless way of integrating third party SDKs into mobile apps. Appdome joins almost 100 other companies in the ISV members’ section, and through its Appdome for AppConfig will enable customers to automatically integrate the community’s best practice...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

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.