To infinity and beyond: Extending enterprise systems beyond the firewall

Finally there’s a way of extending enterprise systems beyond the firewall onto Web-enabled devices, explains Peter Moskovits, KAAZING Corporation

As our reliance on the Web has spiralled in the past decade, with demands and expectations that were unimaginable 15 or more years ago, the compromises we were prepared to make in the early years in terms of the richness of web applications and the level of interactivity possible have come back to haunt us. What was so exciting and liberating back then from...

By Peter Moskovits, 25 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, HTML5.

3 extra tips for creating a useful and successful enterprise app

Matt Hunt, business development manager at enterprise app developer Apadmi, recently weighed in on how to develop a successful enterprise app. And you know what? We really liked his list of ten tips for creating a useful and successful enterprise app.

In his list, Hunt covered (nearly) all the right things: everything from defining the purpose of the app to...

By App47, 23 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Never mind BYOA, is DYOA the way forward?

Never mind bring your own app (BYOA) – the trend of develop your own app (DYOA) is gaining prominence, according to the latest survey results from Progress Software.

According to survey figures released at Cloud World Forum last week, 85% of respondents admit there is demand within their organisation to reduce the time it takes to develop and deploy applications.

The research, of 700 IT decision makers across four continents, found that seven in 10 (70%) are already using PaaS in application development...

By James Bourne, 23 June 2014, 2 comments. Categories: BYOD, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Salesforce.com makes bet on wearables for the enterprise

Salesforce.com has dipped its toes into the murky waters of wearable technology with the announcement of Salesforce Wear, aimed at developers who want to design and build wearable apps quickly.

The cloudy company has various partners in tow for this initiative, including ARM, Fitbit, Google Glass, Pebble, Philips and Samsung – a smorgasbord of wearable tech players.

Wearables are the next phase of the mobile revolution,” said Salesforce.com...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Opinion: Windows 8(.1) is the Enterprise OS

Research from IDC in February revealed that 35% of devices in-use by UK businesses runs Android, whilst 32% use Apple’s competing iOS platform. The results make it clear that businesses and their employees are indecisive about which platform they should use for their day-to-day operations.

Mobile, in particular, is a big opportunity which Microsoft has prepared for through utilising the company’s vast experience in the enterprise to know what businesses required. The company tweaked and bolstered...

By Ryan Daws, 05 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Development, Microsoft, Opinion.

Mubaloo argues the "massive opportunity" for beacons in the enterprise

Beacons will be a huge hit in the enterprise space for both security and productivity, according to Mubaloo’s London managing director Sarah Weller.

Mubaloo is betting on beacons as part of its product portfolio, with six months’ development resulting in rolling out to live business scenarios through its MiBeacons division.

And Weller describes the potential for the enterprise as a “massive opportunity.”

“We’re seeing an awful lot of use cases depending on the...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

The essential elements of a great enterprise mobile app

Mobile devices, whether you’re talking about smart phones, tablets, or other form factors, present unique development and design challenges. The kind of information, the actions you can take, the way the interface looks and works, needs to be fundamentally different in a mobile environment.

Which is why we’ve identified what we believe are ten essential elements that can help you create more than just a good business app, but a great enterprise mobile app. An app that solves real business problems...

By Salesforce.com, 09 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

What are the six key areas for enterprise mobile architects in 2014?

A report published today by enterprise software provider Verivo has revealed the six big considerations enterprise architects need to take into account when developing apps.

The survey, which was conducted in the first quarter of this year and spoke with enterprise architects at Global 2000 companies, came to the conclusion that the enterprise mobility space is growing and, as a result, influencing what architects and developers are doing.

The report’s advice was part pragmatism, part common...

By James Bourne, 06 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Research.

How CxOs can transition their enterprises to be agile

Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Software Infrastructure Solutions

Agile and lean thinking is now practiced in the mainstream business, beyond the IT department. Agile business processes typically replace legacy waterfall ones, which are characterized by too much up-front effort, long delivery times, and disappointing outcomes. Agility in the business has the benefit of “failing fast,” which means gaining feedback through incremental delivery and being able to steer away from problems quickly, at...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Citizen developers and the future of enterprise applications

In 2011, market research firm Gartner came up with a prediction that by 2014 at least 25% of enterprise applications would be built by citizen developers. For the study, Gartner defined citizen developer as an end user (employee or business stake holder) who builds applications for consumption by themselves and other fellow end users using company sanctioned resources.

So did Gartner turn out right with their prediction? While the jury is still out...

By Prakash Narayanan, 22 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Why you need to eliminate innovation rot and crush the app backlog

The demands for new apps, both customer and employee facing, are at an all time high. IT and app backlogs are worse than ever. Innovation rot can infest your organisation. Here’s how to clear through the disinfest of your business.

It’s been more than a decade since Nick Carr published his then provocative and hotly debated piece IT Doesn't Matter in the Harvard Business Review. The article argued that enterprises were spending too much on IT and that...

By Salesforce.com, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise App Stores, Enterprise Mobility.

Why are platforms the future for mobile app development?

Over the last six months I met with a wide range of customers and prospects in order to understand how they understand enterprise mobility, and especially to see whether they see it as a business opportunity or just another piece of technology. It’s no secret that the past few years have seen a debate between two paradigms: whether to write specific code for different devices, or to take a wider approach.

The rapid advances in mobile technology have led to a world where there is no single accepted approach, but...

By David Akka, 09 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Where is the Shazam for enterprise mobile apps?

Quinton Wall is director of technical platform marketing for Salesforce.com. Reach him @quintonwall.

Music is a big part of my life. I own too many guitars for my own good, and love discovering new music.

One of my favourite apps for discovery is Shazam. With so much focus on how to build amazing mobile apps it’s really hard to go past Shazam. As we see the demand for enterprise mobile apps to continue to accelerate, I can’t help but ask: Where’s the...

By Salesforce.com, 09 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

The best way to measure the ROI of your enterprise mobile app

Despite the increasing interest in mobile apps at the enterprise level, we’ve realized something interesting in our time within the industry: many companies have no idea what it costs to create and support an app (for the record, from development, to testing, to support, an app could cost in the ballpark of $50-100 thousand over its lifetime).

And yet, we know that every business decision is based on ROI (or if it isn’t, it should be). Companies are for-profit, and their decisions should always be...

By App47, 07 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Mobile Analytics.

Why every business is an API business

By Adam Spearing, AVP, Platform EMEA, salesforce.com

As all devices become more intelligent and connected, there’s a wave of consumer-driven APIs changing how we interact with everything.

For the first time applications are truly being set free: They are being untethered through mobility. They’re being unleashed through ever-present wireless broadband. They’re being liberated through powerful, consumer-driven APIs. And they’re also becoming ubiquitous and placed within almost every...

By Salesforce.com, 04 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

How (not) to screw up your enterprise mobile app

Quinton Wall, Director, Platform Technology, Salesforce.com; @quintonwall

Consider these three wrong ways to develop enterprise apps - and avoid them

Most enterprise mobile apps have a long way to go before they can be considered great mobile apps. Unfortunately, apps often fail for the same reasons over and over, with organisations neglecting to see the problems before it's too late. Soon, user adoption plummets, shadow apps (those not approved by IT) become commonplace and your business...

By Salesforce.com, 21 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, UX.

Why mobile-first companies leave the door open for the competition

Let’s face it, there are apps these days that are always in the news… for good or for bad. You know some of the ones I’m talking about – Snapchat, Tinder, Instagram, Angry Birds, Shazam, and the list goes on.

So why are these apps always in the news? Because the businesses that created them are app-centric…meaning the apps are the business.

These businesses were born in the mobile-era, so they revolve around their mobile apps and invest heavily in them. While these apps may be wildly...

By Mike Brown, 18 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Opinion.

FeedHenry buddies up with AirWatch for enterprise app development

Enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider AirWatch has collaborated with cloud-based mobile app platform FeedHenry to enable quicker creation of enterprise apps.

The partnership integrates FeedHenry’s mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) platform with AirWatch’s EMM solution which aims to allow IT to do its job managing policies and access controls while enterprises can develop content for mobile devices.

Enterprises can create native, hybrid and HTML5 apps quickly and securely whilst tracking...

By James Bourne, 13 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, MDM.