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.

Why a potential trillion dollar B2B bot industry has a “decade of innovation” to come

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MWC From Domino’s Pizza, to Uber, to Bank of America, bots are one of the hottest properties in business tech right now and opening up new avenues. Yet according to Beerud Sheth, CEO of chatbot platform provider Gupshup: “I see a decade’s worth of innovation yet to come.”

At Mobile World Congress, Sheth was fielding multiple queries as your reporter sidled up for a chat; something of a revelation given the location was the traditionally relatively sparsely populated Hall...

By James Bourne, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

The state of enterprise application development today: Seven key takeaways

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Without a doubt, digital transformation is the single most critical issue facing organisations today. Disrupting industries, transforming businesses and creating new competitive differentiation. This is something that we cannot afford to ignore and application development lies at the heart of digitalising processes.

Although we’ve long since entered the digital age, many organisations still remain saddled with legacy IT systems, unable to keep up with the growing and...

By Paulo Rosado, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Mind the gap: Revenues will suffer if IT remains stretched, companies warned

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An ‘IT delivery’ gap is threatening to undermine business productivity unless organisations shape up, according to a new research report from app network platform provider MuleSoft.

We’ve heard plenty about supposed skills gaps, yet according to the MuleSoft research only half of the more than 950 IT decision makers polled said they were able to deliver all projects asked of them last year, while 59% said business revenues will suffer within six months if the status...

By James Bourne, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprise apps “functional but unfriendly”, new report affirms

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According to a study from digital design and development studio ArcTouch, only 12% of respondents use enterprise mobile apps in the workplace – and of that number, many are ‘underwhelmed’ by the experience.

The report, “Functional But Unfriendly: A Study of Enterprise Mobile App User Experience”, polled 4000 office workers and found that enterprise mobile apps “underperform in the core aspects that make employees look forward to using the apps, and...

By James Bourne, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Five areas CIOs who work with Microsoft technologies need to invest in

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Do your staff have the skills they need to support your IT strategy?

As a Microsoft Partner working with CIOs, heads of IT, developers, architects, administrators and more, we at Rencore wanted to find out if the digital age is providing more challenges, rather than opportunities when it comes to learning new skills. Our research – which also looks at what environments those companies are using, the challenges they have around security and governance and their plans for the future - is the...

By Matthias Einig, 22 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

Sapho becomes latest company to sign up for AppConfig Community

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Sapho, a San Bruno-based provider of enterprise micro apps, has announced it is the latest company to join the AppConfig Community, an enterprise app standards organisation with several leading EMM vendors among its personnel.

The company is also delivering AppConfig support in the latest release of its Sapho Micro App Platform.

“By joining the AppConfig Community, we are making our solution even easier for IT to deploy, which allows their employees to complete their work while...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Report argues inflection point with SharePoint development imminent

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SharePoint developers are aware they need to learn new skills but do not have sufficient training while upgrading SharePoint is not in the short-term plans of many businesses.

Those were among the key findings from a new report released by Rencore on SharePoint and Office 365 development best practices.

The study elicited more than 1,200 responses, of which almost two thirds were either architects or developers, and found something of an inflection point when it comes to enterprise...

By James Bourne, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Microsoft.

Google makes move into low code app space with App Maker

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Google has announced the launch of App Maker, marking its entry in the low-code app development platform market.

The product, which runs on the same infrastructure as G Suite – Google’s selection of apps including Gmail, Drive, and Calendar – offers a drag and drop UI editor, as well as support for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript standards among others.

“Whether you’re looking for better ways to onboard new team members, staff projects, or approve employee travel...

By James Bourne, 05 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Six ways your IT department can think more strategically

The journey to becoming a more strategic IT department is accomplished in part by making sure you never lose touch with your organisation’s strengths, and holding onto a service-oriented mentality.

Thinking strategically, apart from anything else, can lead to the greatest success, but there are several things to keep in mind as you begin your strategic thinking and planning.

That way, the IT team can better see themselves as shareholders in the success of the company rather than those who simply make...

By Nancy Van Elsacker Louisnord, 25 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development.

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.