Taking on the Challenge of Mobile App Testing: How to Test Cross-Platform

A recent report by OpenSignal revealed that there are 18,796 distinct Android devices in use. This data was gathered directly from users who installed the company’s app. Even though device fragmentation is not a new phenomenon in the Android world, the sheer number of devices is impressive (up from 11,868 devices counted last year).

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Android Apps for Business Analysts

As portable devices continue to get smaller and more powerful, they are increasingly becoming more suitable for taking over everyday office duties. Over the past year, I've found myself using my tablet and smartphone more for tasks that I had previously allocated to my laptop.

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Enterprise Mobile Applications: You Need a Strategy – Part 2

Defining a Mobile Application Strategy

In “Enterprise Mobile Applications: You Need a Strategy – Part 1,” I discussed the need for an overall Mobile Application Strategy when considering the development of an Enterprise Level Mobile Application for your organization and presented five key organization and business oriented questions to help define the strategy. In Part 2, I’d like to continue to provide some insight into the technology-based impacts a Mobile Application Strategy should address.

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Enterprise Mobile Applications: You Need a Strategy – Part 1

Going Mobile

Are you contemplating building an Enterprise Level Mobile Application? I’m talking about an application requiring authentication, integrated to Enterprise Information systems, with a host of other business and non-functional requirements. Perhaps you have built many applications and believe you have a good handle on what it takes to create an Enterprise Level Mobile Application for your organization. But did you know that introducing it will have significant impact on how your current business and technology organizations function, requiring a Mobile Application Strategy?

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WaveMaker – Get ‘er Done!

The Beginning

In the beginning, if the business needed an application built, they went to the IT department, participated in a pleasant Waterfall SDLC and eventually had a shiny new application sitting on the Mainframe.

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Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps

No doubt, mobile is huge. With more than 700,000 mobile apps in the Apple App Store and as many in the Google Play Store, mobile computing has demonstrated impressive growth. According to a Gartner survey, 61% of CIOs plan to enhance their mobility capability during the next three years. However, some (particularly small) businesses are still hesitant developing and implementing a mobile strategy. A common concern has to do with the fragmentation of mobile platforms. Even if you focus on the two major systems, iOS and Android, which cover about 85% of smartphones and over 95% of tablets, you still have to master two separate worlds with quite different programming languages (Objective-C and Java), IDEs (Xcode and Eclipse+Android SDK) and APIs; not to mention specific requirements in order to comply with the terms and conditions of the corresponding app store. This leads to little or no code-reuse and, in the worst case scenario, complete recoding for each platform you want to support. With Windows Phone 8 (.NET) as a potential third big player, this doesn’t help ease the situation either.

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Nine Reasons to Build Your First Mobile App

When talking with clients about mobile technologies, we often hear of their challenges creating appropriate business cases. The value of mobile apps aren’t always measured in dollars and cents, so we’ve put together nine reasons to take the plunge into the world of mobile app development.

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