Opinion: Weighing risks against benefits of React Native in the enterprise

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Few can deny the excitement generated in the mobile development community by React Native’s promises of productivity and multi-platform. Indeed, a veritable flood of apps created with Facebook’s recent brainchild now appear to be landing in the app store.

Understandably, then, discussions proliferate as to whether React Native is already mature enough to be...

By Mike Mannion, 23 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry.

DevOps: Bridging the gap between business and development

Day by day, companies are becoming more reliant on applications to help them remain competitive and break into new markets. In line with this growing dependency comes an equally growing number of trends that influence the way an application is designed. This can be anything from changing business needs to market trends, themes, user stories, and more.  

There are two very clear communities when it comes to app development. Firstly, there are the business stakeholders, who define the product...

By Renato Quedas, 29 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise.

Why the open source debate around MBaaS is missing the point

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There has been lots of discussion around mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) and the merits of open source vs. proprietary options in this space. Arguments on either side of the fence are largely unchanged from when the same debate raged over a decade ago, across anything from operating systems – Linux vs. Windows vs. (Open) Solaris – to productivity software – Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice. Take the debate to the cloud, give it a...

By Matthew Baier, 23 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Mobile, Platforms.

Why Microsoft’s PowerApps is FrontPage for the app age

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Earlier this month Microsoft, the company that brought the WISIWIG web page builder FrontPage to market in 1997 announced the availability of PowerApps, a codeless application development platform that enables non-developers to create apps for web and mobile. As web development did in the 90s, mobile app development tools are beginning to mature to the point where the everyday user can create their own simple experiences.

PowerApps follow...

By Peter Crocker, 22 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Platforms.

Developers, use 'Rewind' to prevent users leaving your app

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When a user encounters an issue, they'll often delete the software and move onto a competing application without reporting the problem they faced. This can leave the developer perplexed as to what happened and without solid data to prevent more in the future. 

A new solution from Testfire, called Rewind,...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Enterprise, iOS, Quality, Testing.

Opinion: The obstacles facing software delivery in the 21st century

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As IT trends like mobile, cloud, and consumerisation continue to flourish; the software industry is facing rising levels of complexity. Customers have increasingly unrealistic expectations, organisations are being pushed to work in a more fragmented yet agile manner, and development managers are now expected to dispatch applications to customers at the blink of an eye.

While...

By Renato Quedas, 18 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Enterprise, Industry.

Opinion: The Accidental App Developer

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Since the economic downturn, many IT budgets have remained flat while the need for new applications has risen dramatically. As a result, business users are seeking new ways to deliver apps. Cue the accidental app developer.

Accidental app developers don’t intend to create apps. Most have never even written a line of code and would never consider themselves developers. Yet, every...

By Quinton Wall, 28 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Cloud, Development Tools, Enterprise, Platforms.

Why Gartner’s hype cycle matters to companies and developers

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“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” - Wayne Gretzky  Whilst this may be one of the most rehashed quotes for businesses who see themselves as innovative, especially after Steve Jobs used it, it’s an idea that can set innovative companies apart from the laggards. To be seen not only as an innovator, but also as a market leader, companies need to always look at where the World is going to be, not where it has been. Based on more than 2,000 technologies, Gartner’s hype cycle is designed to help businesses understand what they need to think about moving forward and the technologies that are set to be where the world, and as a consequence, their business should be.  Gartner has established its Six Business...

By Juan Pablo Luchetti, 20 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise.