Opinion: Cultivating enterprise buy-in for collaborative development

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When it comes to app development, working with enterprises isn’t like working with startups. It takes additional planning and requires broader buy-in — it can also be admittedly pretty confusing.

A startup might have one or two leaders who need to green-light an app before moving forward; an enterprise might have 10. Then there’s the bureaucracy to navigate. It’s easy to get stuck in an...

By Rudy Mutter, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry.

Big data creating short term opportunities for developers – but long term challenges

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The growth and use of big data continues to dominate nearly every business enterprise.

Forbes reports that “making enterprises more customer-centric, sharpening focus on key initiatives that lead to entering new markets and creating new business models, and improving operational performance are three dominant factors driving analytics, big data,...

By StartApp, 28 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise.

How ‘intrapreneurs’ can flourish in the age of innovation

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There is perhaps no sexier profession in the world right now than that of tech startup founder or executive. TV shows like HBO’s Silicon Valley and SyFy’s Bazillion Dollar Club glorify, parody and evangelise an industry in which an astounding nine out of ten companies fail.

In recent years, that ‘entrepreneurial itch’ has made its way to the enterprise, propelling corporations to shift their focus away from mergers and acquisitions and towards accelerating innovation projects in-house. To do so, many...

By Geoff Wilson, 23 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Marketing.

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.

Opinion: Forget connected fridges, it's time to get serious about the IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) was the most hyped technology of 2014 according to Gartner, and it’s easy to see why. Cisco’s recent IoT study suggests that the number of connected devices is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020, leading to a global economic impact of $10 trillion.

Connected devices are set to change the very fabric of the world we live and work in. However, the buzz around gadgets such as connected fridges and smart kettles being developed...

By Sukamal Banerjee, 29 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, IoT.

Five requirements for a future-proof system integration platform

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The life science organisations around the world are driven by innovation and growth. From family owned business to large conglomerates, life science organisations face special requirements, including the need for maximum efficiency across the R&D cycle, strict quality assurance processes and regulatory compliance.

In order to accomplish this, companies must unite data and processes across diverse sources, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), product life cycle management...

By Stephan Romeder, 27 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Enterprise, Platforms.

Four core ways that IoT will improve technology

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is just as much a platform as it is a new standard for technological development and integration. Just as the personal computer enabled new use cases and gave end users new ways to be productive and be entertained, IoT will enable a number of digital improvements to the status quo. All these potential improvements and use cases belong to one of four main uses, much in the way...

By Ciklum, 23 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry, IoT.

Users won’t tolerate sub-quality enterprise apps

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There is certainly no shortage of enterprise software – but there is a shortage of enterprise software that is actually used by employees. Why? Because most enterprise app development teams make software the way they always have: They focus on the value that the app provides to business managers and not enough on how the app could add value to the end user.

It’s easy to forget, but your...

By Quinton Wall, 03 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, Industry, Quality.

IoT and the enterprise: What has the industry got to do to kick-start growth?

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The analysts and researchers are in agreement; the Internet of Things (IoT) market will become the largest device market in the world. The question is simply when.

Berg Insight argues that in the industrial automation sector, the number of wireless IoT devices will hit 43.5 million by 2020. In the overall market, the numbers are almost frighteningly big: BI...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Couchbase launches N1QL query language, combining SQL with JSON for IoT power

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NoSQL database provider Couchbase has announced N1QL, described as a “breakthrough” query language enabling developers to more easily build enterprise web, mobile and Internet of Things  (IoT) applications on its database.

The move was announced at the Couchbase Connect conference:

Couchbase previews breakthrough query language N1QL at #CBConnect http://t.co/2uR32JHZFM

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By James Bourne, 03 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, IoT.

Rapid mobile app development works - but not without management

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Although the developers of Angry Birds probably didn’t know at the time how much their app would take off, one thing’s for certain: they didn’t set out to create an app with a terrible user experience. They wanted a mobile app with depth that would cater to as wide an audience as possible, with all the right features and nothing cut-and-paste.

RMAD may take less investment up-front,...

By Jim Casey, 28 April 2015, 6 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise.