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.

Capriza launches ‘universal micro apps’ for quicker mobile iteration

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In a recent interview with Business Insider, T-Mobile CEO John Legere discussed the simple strategy that had helped T-Mobile go from dead last to nipping at the heels of the incumbents in the US wireless industry. In essence: listen to your customers, and if you give them what they want, they’ll love you.

It’s a straightforward mantra – although it may not hurt some businesses to be reminded of it once in a while – but Palo Alto-based enterprise app firm Capriza is going along...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

It’s the data, stupid: Why mobility is not really about mobility but connectivity

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Editor's note: The author feels that given the political climate, it was reasonable to adopt James Carville's campaign management policies in reminiscence.

Mobility is not about mobility really – it’s about connectivity and data. Or in other words, why ‘app refactoring’ (which we define as remote desktop or screen scraping, or any other ‘agent in the cloud pretending to be the user clicking on things in a...

By Boaz Hecht, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

How zero code app development can accelerate your mobile transformation

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When it comes to the rising tide of rapid application delivery platforms, it seems no two research analysts agree on precisely what defines low-code vs. RAD vs. BPM or other visual development tools. One thing is clear; there is a growing adoption of low-code strategies by businesses and IT departments that have found a way to deliver apps faster while spending less.

While some architects and developers were initially reluctant to adopt, these tools have proven to accelerate delivery...

By David Basil, 12 October 2016, 4 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

The three remaining obstacles to ubiquitous workforce mobility

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There is no longer any argument about the need for enterprise mobility: the traditional office has changed forever. According to Citrix, “61% of workers report working outside the office at least part of the time.” In the United States, IDC estimates that the mobile worker population will surpass 105...

By Kia Behnia, 07 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

CIOs suffering from ‘availability gap’ in battle for digital transformation

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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: research released by software provider Veeam argues that CIOs face an uphill battle in order to achieve their digital transformation goals.

The study, which polled 100 UK CIOs, found that 82% say they suffer from an ‘availability gap’ – a gap between user needs and how effectively the business can ensure application and data availability. This is significantly up from the European average of 60%, Veeam argues.

Even though...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Cloud , Development.

Capriza and Matrix42 join AppConfig enterprise app initiative

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Palo Alto-based Capriza has announced it has signed up to the AppConfig Community, an enterprise app standards organisation with several key enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendors among its personnel.

The community, which was first announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress with AirWatch, IBM, JAMF Software and MobileIron as the founding members, aims to establish...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.