New paper warns of “app delivery chasm” for enterprises

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A survey from Mendix has found nearly three quarters of IT departments are not equipped to handle the increasing demand for enterprise applications.

The report’s findings showed the primary fault is IT’s lack of capability for rapid app delivery. 69% of IT departments are consistently delivering projects too late, according to the survey of 470 global IT and business professionals, while 89% admit they’re unable to reduce their workload year on year.

The problem...

By James Bourne, 21 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Development.

5 keys to developing and maintaining a long tail of enterprise apps #AppsWorld

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Simon Pitt, mobile team lead at the BBC, has told an audience at Apps World Europe of the five S's that helped the broadcasting giant build internal enterprise applications.

The trick, he told delegates, was that none of these methods was revolutionary, or even new: just best practice development ideas from 20 and 30 years ago, particularly if you've got a long tail of enterprise apps to manage.

The talk cued in nicely with the opening salvo from Cliff Saran, Computer...

By James Bourne, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Why can't the enterprise thrive off a startup mentality? #AppsWorld

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The average enterprise is usually pigeonholed as a slow moving behemoth where it's nigh on impossible to change things up and create a fast-iterating product release cycle. But it doesn't have to be like that, argues Ashley George of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

In a fascinating discussion at Apps World Europe earlier today, George laid bare the double standards in enterprise organisations today. Take support. "When you go home, you don't dream of paying £1 a...

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

How to get mobile UX right in a notification-driven world

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Analysis Recently I’ve been thinking about a trend in mobile apps, which seem to be moving away from the “user interface (UI) first” approach that has dominated websites and mobile apps to date. Rather, it seems that advancing technologies are making the UI subordinate to an overall user experience (UX) which includes not only the graphical interface but also the back end connectivity, performance and reliability. Further, between improving voice input,...

By David Akka, 06 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, UX.

Battle lines drawn between IT and developers on who owns mobile projects

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A survey from Appcelerator has revealed a disconnect between developers and the IT department over who takes responsibility for driving mobility projects.

The survey, of over 8000 mobile developers and 121 IT decision makers, found that two thirds (66.9%) of IT decision makers feel that IT is the primary driver for mobile in their organisations. Yet developers argue the line of business is more important. 49.7% argue line of business compared to 34.6% for IT.

The two groups...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise app bods Capriza raise $27m in series C funding

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Capriza, a company which helps enterprises mobilise their apps, has secured $27M in series C funding.

The latest round was headed up by existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and Charles River Ventures, alongside Harmony Partners, Allen & Company and Tenaya Capital.

“Capriza’s breakthrough approach to mobile applications gives enterprises ten times more mobility at less than one tenth the cost,” said Ben Horowitz. “As an investor, that got me extremely...

By James Bourne, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise app backlog damaging revenue streams, analysts argue

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Half of companies polled have a backlog of between 10 and 20 enterprise apps in development, according to new research conducted by independent research company Opinion Matters.

The survey of more than 200 US and UK firms, which goes public next week, found that only 6% of enterprises believe they have all the mobile developer talent they need. Generating revenue is the most important goal of new mobile app initiatives, according to the survey, and with apps taking upwards of a...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Kinvey CEO Sravish Sridhar on “outpacing” competition with latest funding

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Earlier this week, backend as a service provider Kinvey announced it had raised $10.8m (£6.59m) in series B funding, only days after rival service FeedHenry was swallowed up by Red Hat.

The round, led by existing investors Avalon Ventures and Atlas Venture, and new...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

Seven keys to building highly effective enterprise apps

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To develop a high-performance mobile enterprise app, developers should focus on productivity and help users complete their tasks more effectively and efficiently. A great enterprise app values users’ time. App startup time, data download time, time of app reactions, time spent navigating,...

By Mark Kirstein, 22 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

FeedHenry CEO Cathal McGloin on Red Hat sell: We needed to go big or go home

Yesterday, news broke that open source tech firm Red Hat had acquired mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) provider FeedHenry. The move plays into Red Hat’s needs to increase its footprint in the mobile space, as well as FeedHenry’s desires to increase its bidding power globally.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • The two companies had been working “long and hard” and “intensely” on this deal for the past four months
  • Originally Red Hat and FeedHenry spoke of...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, MBaaS, Mobile.

Red Hat acquires FeedHenry for mobile development platform

Open source cloud technology provider Red Hat has announced a definitive agreement to buy Irish mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) firm FeedHenry.

In a blog post, FeedHenry CTO Micheal O’Foghlu noted how the two companies were “perfectly aligned”, and the excitement ahead.

“Red Hat is the leading enterprise open source company in the world, and has blazed a trail over the past two decades since the first Linux distribution of that name was...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, MBaaS.

FeedHenry CEO Cathal McGloin on the “stealthy” changes as mobile evolves

Mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) provider FeedHenry has put together a list of five myths concerning enterprise app development in a mobile-first world.

The Irish firm wanted to slash and scythe at outdated ideas on enterprise software and development; the idea that enterprise apps take six months to develop and deploy; mobile app developers need to keep up with a myriad of languages and frameworks; and that enterprise apps are data hungry, battery draining machines.

Cathal McGloin, FeedHenry CEO,...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

What’s in store for enterprise app devs with iPhone 6 and iOS 8?

We’re all anxiously awaiting Apple’s official iPhone 6 and iOS 8 launch announcement next week. As usual, the rumour mill has been swirling since June with feature leaks and reviews of the alleged functionalities surfacing on a daily basis.

After sifting through the clutter and more than 4000 new APIs, here are my top highlights for enterprise developers:

App Extension Cord

App extensions will make it easier to add common tasks such as Photo Editing, storage choices and cloud storage access,...

By Lee Andron, 08 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise app success: The five most important lessons

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We’ve all witnessed the success enjoyed by the early movers in eCommerce, whether it’s a retailer like Amazon, a video streaming service like Netflix, or a cloud service such as Dropbox. The lessons are clear: those that are agile and move quickly are at a marked...

By Paul Andrew, 20 August 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Lessons from LinkedIn’s new mobile launch

For many brands, mobile is all they know. Their stories begin and end in the various app stores. For other brands, mobile is the great unknown. Their stories begin on the desktop and in web browsers.

A great example of the former is LinkedIn, who late last month launched a new mobile platform for iOS and Android users, complete with a brand new client-side user interface, back-end services, and a savvy new “recommendation feature.”

The decision to focus on mobile development rather than desktop...

By Mike Brown, 15 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

To infinity and beyond: Extending enterprise systems beyond the firewall - part two

In the first instalment of this article (published 25 July 2014) Peter Moskovits discussed why there is no longer anything stopping us from using the existing Web infrastructure to make messaging and all manner of enterprise data more easily and more securely available to Web and mobile clients. This breakthrough follows the introduction of the WebSocket full duplex, low overhead transport protocol which makes...

By Peter Moskovits, 11 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, HTML5.

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.