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.

Why intelligent apps will transform the workplace

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you: the workplace is dramatically different today than it was 20 years ago. And there’s no question it will continue to change over the next 20 years.

The changes we’ve seen so far are most evident in how we communicate with each other. In the 1990s, we were just starting to get used to the idea of email and mobile phones. We relied on landlines to make calls and most employees had face-to-face conversations for the majority of their communications. Now, we have...

By Natalie Lambert, 04 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility.

The software-defined workplace: What will work look like in 2017?

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In 2016, consumer-facing tools and apps continued to converge with workplace software. Slack announced an integration with Salesforce and consumer brands like Skype and Facebook made progress with their respective enterprise-focused offerings. Today, employee workplace software is slowly looking more like consumer and social apps, which isn’t surprising since employees have become accustomed...

By Natalie Lambert, 24 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Productivity.

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 enterprise software is worse than the DMV

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The pains of the DMV are endless. And given how brutal it can be, I’m sure I’m not alone when I admit that I postpone making the trip to the DMV for as long as I can – I have since I was 16 and I don’t foresee that changing anytime soon.

The preparation involved when visiting the DMV is exhausting in and of itself. I have to schedule time away from my usual duties. I have to gather all of the necessary paperwork. I even have to mentally prepare myself for...

By Natalie Lambert, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

These five processes are shockingly slow in enterprises – but shouldn’t be

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Enterprises are still struggling to complete some of the most basic functions, despite new technologies that claim to simplify workflows, provide better access to information, and accelerate approval processes.

Simple, common tasks that all companies need to do – opening a new job, onboarding a new employee, following up on customer requests, or approving an expense report – should be much quicker and easier. The problem lies with outdated software that pulls...

By Natalie Lambert, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.