In the era of mobile working, more and more employees are working out of the office and using mobile devices, such as tablets, smartphones and cloud services to perform corporate tasks.
When deciding on mobile app development strategy (as part of a broader mobile strategy), organisations have a number of approaches that could be considered:
Make It Yourself
For those organisations that require bespoke mobile software solutions, the most obvious choice for mobile app development would be a ‘do it yourself’ approach. This would be achieved by using native development methods.
For organisations with a multi-platform hardware strategy (for example, a mixture of iPads, Android smartphones and some Windows devices), this approach would require the software to be re-developed for each target platform. This would require development skills in a range of native development languages, which means investing in development expertise for each target platform: Objective-C for Apple iOS, C# for Windows Phone 8, or . . . → Read More: How To Approach Enterprise Mobile App Development
Each year in the Transport & Logistics sector, companies find that approximately half a million pounds worth of vehicle damage is repaired that cannot be attributed to a cause.
Well although organisations within the transportation sector could identify when and where this damage occurred, it can be problematic because of the amount of paperwork they would have to trawl through. Imagine sifting through piles of vehicle condition reports when you’ve got 100s or 1000s of vehicles on your books.
As a result of this paperwork headache, and the admin time involved, the vehicle damage often ends up being absorbed by the company as an unexpected cost. This obviously impacts on whoever foots the bill and ultimately the company’s bottom line.
So what’s the solution?
Can this £500,000 be saved through better processes or filing? Or is the problem something that can only be addressed by a wider . . . → Read More: Transportation Companies – How to save £500k per year on unaccounted damage to vehicles…
In part one we highlighted 7 key challenges your organisation may face when implementing a mobile working strategy. In part 2 we’re exploring 7 more. This is by no means an exhaustive list, it’s more a collection of considerations that you’d be likely to encounter. Recap with part one here >>
8. Adequate Skilled Resource
Effective mobile apps require significant technical resource to develop, and this can either be managed in-house or outsourced.
Outsourcing development requires less corporate commitment but allows less control. In-house development provides more control but it can be costly, and the right developers can be hard to find.
9. Seamless Integration
Enterprise mobile applications are most useful when they integrate directly into the organisation’s business systems and data infrastructure.
Data captured on mobile devices may need to be fed to a number of back-end . . . → Read More: Implementing a mobile working strategy in your organisation – how to identify and overcome key challenges – Part 2
Ahead of their Build Developer conference next week, Microsoft announced today that they will be releasing a version of Office for the Apple iPad. This will be available to download from the app store as of today.
The iPad release requires an Office 365 subscription to edit documents, but the app can be used to read or view files. This differs from the versions available from the Windows Store, and from the iPhone and Android versions. Until today, both the iPhone and Android required a subscription to edit documents. Now both versions allow anyone with a Onedrive account to edit and access documents.
The significance of version of Office for iPad is clear when you consider Microsoft’s current focus: cloud, and mobile. On the one hand, the Office 365 cloud based subscription offering lends itself well to mobile working trends and . . . → Read More: Microsoft release a version of Office for iPad – but what does this mean for devices like the Surface?
Mobile technology has always lent itself well to working practices in the housing sector. Due to the remote nature of staff such as housing officers, neighbourhood officers and maintenance staff, being connected to the office is a valuable capability.
Data is a big driver for housing, and also a big administrative challenge. Remote workers need the capability to capture data, and also access it: A housing officer, for example, may need to pull details about a particular tenant from the housing management system before they visit them. Checking for any rent in arrears, or whether there any reported issues or repairs are common examples of the types of data remote workers need access to.
Mobile technology is a great enabler for data capture and information access, and there are several other benefits: for the individual, the ability to stay visible and connected can boost efficiency, . . . → Read More: How mobile app technology can be used to overcome operational challenges in the housing sector
The majority of organisations will already have a mature Health and Safety strategy. It will set responsibilities, identify clear reporting and escalation processes, select and nominate H&S champions in various departments. The ultimate aim of the strategy is to empower colleagues to look at H&S as part of their everyday life, to be part of their culture, if you like.
Having a clear Health and Safety strategy is vital, but can it be more effective?
Can we take advantage of another culture which is ever present in a high percentage of our daily lives – mobile. The majority of people in the UK now own a Smartphone or tablet and it is not uncommon for an individual to actually own more than one mobile device. Moreover, by 2016 it is predicted that mobile workers will easily outnumber their office based colleagues, according to IDC research. So can this . . . → Read More: How to improve Health and Safety strategy through the use of mobile technology