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.

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.

Red Hat launches tool to help firms assess cost and complexity of app development

Red Hat has announced the launch of a tool which aims to break down the costs of developing enterprise mobile apps.

The tool – which is aimed as more of a guideline than gospel – offers a cost and complexity analysis based on 10 questions relating to various topics, from device OS, to user requirements and backend integration. On completing the questions users can download a PDF which outlines recommendations, estimated developer resource requirements, as well as additional content.

The move squarely targets...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Striking the balance between push notifications and in-app notifications in enterprise apps

I won’t lie - the thrill of receiving one of Facebook’s coveted little red circle notifications brings me more excitement than it really should. When those Facebook notifications pile up, I cannot wait to dive in and see who commented on my weekend’s wine tasting activities or tagged me in an unfortunately-now-public photo. There is something to be said for the effectiveness at which Facebook notifications spur me into the action of spending time on the platform. However, many apps...

By Natalie Lambert, 10 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, 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.

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.

Enterprises using ‘portal’ apps on rise with Android becoming more dominant, study finds

A new study from enterprise app platform provider Fliplet confirms Android became more dominant in the enterprise in 2016, with consumer-facing apps similarly gaining in popularity.

The findings were released in the company’s 2017 enterprise mobile app report, and found of its more than 35,000 users of apps built on its platform, Android secured 42% of activations in 2016, up from 23.4% the year before.

The number of apps created by businesses on average went up to more than 10 (10.6) in 2016, again a...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Design, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The good, the bad and the ugly: The technology conflict which threatens field services

Clint Eastwood’s classic spaghetti western was released in 1966; its movie theme is rated as one of the most memorable, but it is its name: “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” that seems to be an ideal description of the dilemma facing both, asset owners and service providers in today’s field service market.

To explain, if your company is a utility or a commercial asset owner ( e.g cable company) and you have replaced your own field techs with an outsourced model of a...

By Mary Brittain-White, 22 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why mature DevOps shops are utilising automated security ‘early, everywhere and at scale’

More than two thirds of respondents to a survey conducted by Sonatype say their DevOps practices are either ‘very mature’ or of ‘improving maturity’, with mature organisations weaving automated security into their DevOps practices.

The study, which polled almost 2,300 IT professionals, found only a quarter (28%) of mature DevOps teams believe they were being slowed by security requirements, while 38% of developers in those teams say security is a primary concern.

The link between...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Employees.