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Hidden Benefits of Working with a Software Development Partner Every successful software product evolves from an idea to an enterprise system. Notably, the same way is passed by the product owner's company. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Oleg Lola, CEO of MobiDev, will provide a generalized overview of the evolution of a software product, the product owner, the needs that arise at various stages of this process, and the value brought by a software development partner to the product owner as a response to these needs. Evolution of the project = evolution of needs Value chain in software product evolution How a software development company can facilitate startups Growing scale and complexity, benefits of ongoing collaboration Engagement models: it's never too late to start a valuable cooperation! All in all, the key value that can be added to the success of your pro... (more)

Mobile Enablement Presents Challenges and Opportunities

Mobile adoption rates are on the rise and if market reports are any indication, growth rates aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Consumers and employees alike are the driving forces behind mobile adoption spurred by the evolution in mobile device capabilities along with the speed of mobile networks. A recent Morgan Stanley research study predicts that sales of smartphones will overtake PC sales (including both desktops and notebooks) in the next two years, supporting the demands of our always-connected society. [Disclosure: Kapow Software is a sponsor of BriefingsDirect podcasts.] The ubiquity of smartphones and more than 300,000 mobile apps available on Apple’s App Store, coupled with the ease and convenience of mobile computing is putting pressure on IT to mobile enable B2C and B2E applications to facilitate organizational efficiency and keep up with consumer and em... (more)

Apple Offered Samsung a License Two Years Ago

Apple is apparently more reasonable than it lets on.   Back in 2010 it offered Samsung a license. Apple estimates that it might have cost Samsung $288 million back then. Now it's asking $2.5 billion and that's just in the current case in California. FOSS Patents calls it "the most spectacular revelation of the ongoing trial." In August of 2010 a "shocked" Apple, upset that a major supplier could copy its iPhone technology, handed Samsung a detailed presentation of dozens of examples of where it believed the Korean company's Galaxy S phone infringed its patents. Most of those patents haven't been asserted in litigation anywhere.   Two months later in a document pointedly called "Samsung-Apple Licensing Discussion" it offered to license its patents for $30 per handset and $40 per tablet. The license would have covered Samsung devices running Android, Symbian, Bada a... (more)

IT and the Mobile User Experience

Smart phones and tablets may be great tools for users, but they’ve been a nightmare for IT. Business users -- customers, partners, and employees – now demand their smart devices get anytime anywhere access to business critical systems. And if IT can’t support them, they’ll go elsewhere -- creating a dangerous ‘shadow IT’ that exists outside traditional IT’s control, which creates a huge security risk. That’s why it’s important for IT to understand the proper mobile experience their users demand. Join an upcoming TweetChat hosted by @TrendsinTech this Tuesday, January 28th at 1pm Eastern to address what IT leaders can do to properly prepare themselves for a better mobile experience -- just follow along with the hashtag #TechViews. We’ll be covering topics like the biggest frustrations for mobile users, what the correct experience should be, and how IT can best expl... (more)

Why Great Mobile Apps Are Like Great Cocktails

This fun little slideshow takes a different and very thought-provoking look at why your mobile apps should be like great cocktails -- they should be easy to make, delicious to consume, and have your customers coming back for more. Based on an InformationWeek blog post by Pete Waterhouse, which created quite a buzz when it was first posted, the slideshow outlines six great recipes to deliver top-shelf apps. A few examples: Get the base ingredients right. Just as a skilled bartender knows that correct proportions of tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime equate to a great margarita, make sure you get the basics right in mobile app development. The best apps are "experience-centric." Users want to get in, get it done, move on, right now. Combine equal parts: great design, ultra simplicity, ease-of-use. Deliver the right app for every occasion. Most people don't drink beer f... (more)

How DevOps Became the New Normal | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

How DevOps Became the New Normal Just last year, a CA Technologies and Vanson Bourne survey revealed that DevOps was not a sure-fire hit— 16 percent of senior IT professionals did not know what DevOps was, and an additional 18 percent had no plans to adopt it. Fast forward one year and the results tell an entirely new story. 88 percent of respondents had already adopted DevOps or plan to do so, up from 66 percent last year. In addition to senior IT professionals, this year’s respondents expanded to include senior Line-of-Business executives—precisely the people you’d expect would not know as much about DevOps. So how has DevOps become the new normal? The application economy happened – or, rather, it accelerated so quickly that enterprises have no choice but to consider DevOps.  In our most recent global survey on the application economy, 94% of Line of Business exec... (more)

Why Customers are Unhappy with Your Mobile Apps

How quickly do things change in the world of mobility? Just last year, CA Technologies conducted a worldwide survey that told an entirely different story from the one we are hearing today. 2013’s Enterprise Mobility – It’s All About the Apps was a call to action for enterprise IT to keep up with customers mobility demands and employee’s desire for BYOD. If last year was about keeping up with customers’ mobile application demands, this year that issue has all but disappeared. Our 2014 survey respondents released an average of six customer-facing apps last year, and 71 percent of organizations surveyed are now providing mobile apps to their customers. So what’s the problem? Our latest research report, Mobility: Why Your Customers Aren’t Satisfied and What to Do About It, is a wakeup call. The survey reveals shockingly low end user satisfaction with enterprises’ mobili... (more)

How to Deliver Rich Web Apps Accessible from Any Web-Enabled Device

"As end-user demands and requirements have evolved, extending the performance and scalability benefits of our Ultra Messaging software to audiences accessing applications on any Web-enabled device has been a priority for many customers in the financial services arena" said Mike Pickett, VP of Product Marketing for Ultra Messaging at Informatica, as it was announced jointly by Informatics and Kaazing that Kaazing's WebSocket Gateway technology will henceforth be integrated into Informatica's Ultra Messaging product line to enable the seamless, reliable and secure delivery of real-time information to any Web-enabled device. "Ensuring that information is delivered in real-time between a client and a browser," Pickett continued, "Kaazing's WebSocket Gateway technology gives Informatics the power to do just that, allowing customers to reach new audiences and expand thei... (more)

Three Business Decisions for Mobile Application Development

Welcome to a series on three concepts decision makers must understand for their own mobile application development.  Many companies are creating mobile applications for internal and external use.  Some of these mobile apps are systems that exist in some other form, such as a traditional web application. Or, perhaps a company wants to speed up an old Microsoft Access database entry form and increase its accessibility.  Some are pioneering new ways to utilize the mobile connectivity with applications that change the way we interact with our world around us. No matter what kind of mobile application development you are considering, there are several critical decisions you need to make based on your unique product and opportunity in order to create a successful mobile app and spur adoption and entanglement. Audience and Platform Support The first step is to identify th... (more)

Mobile Web or Native Apps

Will native applications be the dominant and preferred form of interaction or will new technologies like HTML5 make web apps more preferable? These are the two major ways applications are supported in a mobile platform: Native Application: It is essentially a bundle of software that can run on a smartphone or tablet. Native apps are specific to particular mobile platform. Mobile Web: Refers to browser-based experience on mobile devices. Mobile websites can essentially run across any platform with a built-in browser. Mobile presence is no longer an option for organizations so business and technology leaders need to decide on a mobile application development strategy to make best use of their budget. This article highlights the strengths of mobile web and native apps that will help make an implementation choice. Mobile Web Mobile web refers to a browser-based Internet ... (more)

Five Overlooked Factors of Mobile Application Performance

Too often, little consideration is given to performance testing in the context of mobile application testing. We are reaching a tipping point in how consumers are accessing the Internet, with more than 50% of users expected to access the Web via a mobile device by the end of 2013. With this increase in mobile usage comes the need (really, a requirement) for organizations to meet an increased expectation in application performance. As users demand the same experience whether they are accessing Web-based content from their smart phones, tablets, or laptop computers, the performance of your mobile application has never been more crucial to the performance of your bottom line. Not only are user expectations creating a need for better performing apps, your competitors are rushing to mobilize their apps, creating a sort of "mobile arms race" in which the loser risks mark... (more)