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The Internet of Things has continued to grow at a pace that suggests a staying power beyond a simple buzzword. It permeates nearly every industry across the globe, both industrial and consumer, and although the complexity varies from application to application, the technology has allowed us to rethink the way we live into the future. However, as fun as it is to don the seer's cap and predict all of the wonderful ways connected technology will change our lives, the development of the "back end" of the Internet of Things is proving to be a formidable component in the quest for growth. As our devices continue to increase in connective capability, the amount of data being transferred every second will continue to grow as well. As the flow of data expands, the mobile and web applications through which the data runs will need to be able to incorporate not only greater amou... (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 busines... (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.] ... (more)

The Mobile App Development Differentiator: User Experience – Part 1

The delineation between great mobile apps and bad ones is becoming easier and easier to see as the mobile app ecosystem edges closer and closer to maturity.  What makes a great mobile app? Simply put, it's a great experience for the user. The best apps in the current marketplace are those that can engage the user beyond a mere day or two, and become the go-to destination on their smartphones for an extended period of time. In this two part post, I will discuss a real life case of how a great user experience leads to app success and explain the steps that developers can follow to ... (more)

APIs in Your Eyes with the Augmented Reality Wave of Bigger Data

Augmented reality (AR) is coming, not for flash or fashion (sorry Google Glass), but because of the overload of big data bombarding the human mind, in work and in our lives. We are about to reach a tipping point in the evolution of information technology, sparked by the intersection of big data and the natural capacity of the human mind and body to think, and accomplish our life's tasks. Since 1995, data is being produced, processed, and aggregated at such volumes that we are now reaching diminishing returns in our worker's ability to actually do something with it.  The average c... (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 ... (more)