85% of enterprises will have started deploying Windows 10 by end of 2017, says Gartner

Analyst house Gartner projected Windows 10 for record enterprise adoption as far back as 2015 – and now a new note from the company says 85% of enterprises will have started deployments by the end of 2017.

The figure comes from a survey conducted in the last quarter of 2016 in Brazil, China, France, India, the UK, and US. Almost half (49%) of respondents said security improvements were the primary reason for...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

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.

How micro services are breaking down the enterprise monoliths

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The age of the monolith has ended. Massive enterprise architectures of the past two decades are collapsing under their own weight, their convoluted halls obsolete.

Amazon was the first company to take large monolith system and deconstruct it into micro services. Netflix soon followed and deconstructed its behemoth software stack, seeking a more agile model that could keep up with two million daily API requests from more than 800 different device types. Forward-thinking companies like...

By Natalie Lambert, 16 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Why AR in the enterprise is more compelling than the consumer vision

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According to the latest note from analyst firm Juniper Research, the enterprise sector will form the majority of revenues in augmented reality (AR) applications and content, with the overall market forecast to hit $5.7 billion (£4.4bn) by 2021.

The findings, which appear in a whitepaper entitled ‘Augmented Reality: Not Just Fun and Games’, takes its opening cue from the release of Pokemon Go in July this year. The lead in here, naturally, is that AR has gained...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Design, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why you will see augmented reality at work before in your home

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By Bhavesh Kumar

Recently, I outlined some of the industry use cases for augmented reality (AR) in the enterprise. Early adopters have been exploring how AR could transform industries like manufacturing, healthcare, design and retail. There’s increasingly reason to believe that AR could take off for businesses long before it goes mainstream with...

By VMware AirWatch, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

iOS 9 goes smarter, iPad gets more productive: An enterprise and developer eye on WWDC

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With iOS 9, Apple didn’t need to introduce a raft of new features. Many of us expected the company to focus solely on quality and performance improvements. In many ways, this is what the company did - but for both enterprise users and developers, the next evolution of its OS brings enough to keep it relevant, and exciting.

Complications on Apple Watch

Apple didn’t spend any time going over numbers at this event, so we still don’t know how many first generation watches it sold. All the company...

By Olly Berry, 09 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: App Platforms, Design, Development, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

An inconvenient truth: Enterprise mobility is all about the end user

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The enterprise mobility market isn’t getting easier for CIOs. Actually, quite the opposite is occurring, as the IT industry proactively segments the environment so that many correct decisions are needed instead of just one. Worse still, the industry is promoting...

By Mary Brittain-White, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Design, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

Sticky not tricky: How to get stickiness in enterprise apps

In many recent technology success stories a key component is the “stickiness factor”. These super sticky websites and applications grew their user base virally and exponentially. If you haven’t caught on yet don’t worry the concept itself isn’t tricky. In this context sticky describes when users stay longer, and keep returning to use software. In the case of the web, the browser’s homepage (and to a lesser degree favourites) helps a site to be sticky. Increasingly however mobile applications with their installation process,...

By Adam Sivell, 01 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise Mobility, Gamification.

Cloudera plots its path forward with enterprise data hub strategy

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Information Management

Two years ago, we wondered what Hadoop would be when it grows up. Back then, it was a matter of what were the components that defined the Hadoop stack. Today, the question is more about Hadoop’s role in the enterprise analytics ecosystem.

At the recent Strata/Hadoop World conference in New York, Cloudera announced a new enterprise data hub strategy. More than an update of the enterprise data warehouse, the hub becomes the logical...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Design, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Analytics.

“Mobile first” application design highlights the need for good UX

Richard Absalom, Analyst, Consumer Impact IT

At SAP’s industry analyst conference in June 2013, the German software giant was keen to emphasize its renewed focus on revamping the user experience (UX) of its core application offerings. Given that SAP does not exactly have a stellar reputation for providing a good user experience, the move in this direction is an indication of the seriousness with which all application vendors need to take good design, ensuring that the applications employees use for work...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 August 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Design, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, UX.

Tomfoolery gets $1.7m funding to “change enterprise software forever”

It’s not exactly a company name which conjures up ideas of a serious enterprise discussion. But then again, that’s part of Tomfoolery’s appeal.

The startup’s mission is to make enterprise apps more inviting and fun – “to build amazing apps for work”, in the words of the company website – and it’s gotten plenty of interest.

The result is around $1.7m (£1.07m) in venture capital funding, led by Morado Ventures and also including the likes of Jerry Yang of AME Cloud...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

How to make better apps for small to medium sized businesses

Entrepreneurs, one-man operations, small and medium sized businesses have been quick to embrace mobility because they all have one thing in common, flexibility.

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have flexibility in the way they run their business, and the agility and adaptability to respond to market and technological changes.

According to research conducted in the third quarter of last year, over 90% of US small...

By Matthew Henkes, 03 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development, Microsoft.

Enterprise and the consumerisation of mobility: Bob Schukai #AppsWorld

The enterprise sector is catching up with the consumer sector – and it’ll be very interesting to see how companies embrace the space.

That’s the verdict of Bob Schukai, head of mobility at Thomson Reuters. Ahead of his appearance at Apps World, Enterprise AppsTech caught up with Schukai to discuss the optimum way of designing an enterprise app and how functionality fits in.  

Don’t replicate the desktop

Back in July Infragistics senior UX architect, Marshal Datkowitz

By James Bourne, 11 September 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Design, Enterprise Mobility.

#AppsWorld preview: Why enterprise app development is ‘a people project’

One of the common pitfalls in the implementation of internal enterprise apps, following an arduous design, development and implementation process, is that uptake among users just doesn’t happen because the project didn’t properly consider their needs and didn’t involve them in the design and build.

Paul Heybourne, global technology innovation manager at Aviva, set the tone for a whole internal apps strategy at the firm after identifying a business case for an app to streamline the process of...

By Matthew Henkes, 05 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development, Employees.

Can IT afford to ignore user experience issues any longer?

By Somak Roy, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Solutions, Ovum.

For far too long the enterprise software selection decision has been a primarily IT-led and feature-set-focused process, with feedback from actual users typically playing a much less significant role than that required. Ignoring user opinion, of which user experience (UX) is a big part, has not gone unpunished of course, and has resulted in familiar problems including expensive training and lack of adoption.

In decades past it was still possible for...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Design, UX.

Microsoft announces 3 new 'flavours' for Windows 8 OS

Microsoft has announced it will release three new ‘flavours’ for its Windows 8 operating system.

There will be two editions of the OS for PCs running x86 processors, named Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Mobile devices with ARM chips will be able to run ‘Windows RT’.

Features on the new OS include an updated Windows Explore and Task Manager, and the ability to swap languages on the fly. The Pro version also offers encryption, virtualization and domain connectivity.

Windows RT, previously...

By Dani Millward, 18 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Microsoft.

Is the future of UI already here?

I watched this video with my mouth wide open, looking at the concepts one by one. Here’s the thing – the technology for almost everything here exists. Most of it has been implemented in one way or another. The biggest problem at the moment is expense.

When I think about the expense, though, I remember that in 1997, I bought my first computer. The clunky desktop cost me over $1000, and had less power and functionality by far than the first generation of iPod Touch, sold ten years later. My computer...

By Leah Goodman, 13 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development.

Do Developers Take a Holiday?

Giving leeway for the difficulty of a given project, you would more or less expect the quality of work done by a professional developer to be consistent – maybe even improve over the years as they gain more experience. Right? Well according to a study by application security company Veracode, apparently the quality of work also depends on the time of year. Check out this comment found on Slashdot:

By Mike Brown, 24 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development.