What is A MADP – Mobile Application Development Platform
MADP refers to an inclusive group of products and services that allow mobile applications for the Enterprise to be developed. Think of MADP as different from the traditional app development tools. Enterprise Mobility generates unique challenges that are different from those faced in the development of consumer mobile solutions.
MEAP to MADP So what..?
MEAP has been around for a while and can usually be characterised as an interface with existing back end systems to enable data and applications on mobile devices. Whilst popular they were often a jumbled set of “parts” for developers to cobble together with custom code, leading to time-consuming and costly development projects. Headaches teams undertaking B2B enterprise grade app development could do without. In contrast the MADP helps to build a set of common features and services that can be leveraged in mission critical apps for integration to multiple platforms in a “we need it yesterday” business environment.
MADP Platform Selection Essentials
Single skill set that client developers can adopt and use.
Support for devices to work in network disconnected mode.
Make use of dynamic data.
Well proven barcode thermal print and GPS support.
Built in Mobile Device Management – MDM
Desktop console to manage the entire system.
Simple to deploy and integrate.
Pick a Highly Regarded MADP Supplier
Our partner MobileFrame has been recognized in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms MADP
We have been working with MobileFrame for 10 years providing clients with mobile apps tailored to their unique workflow. MobileFrame is a leading code-free mobile application development platform that includes everything a company needs to ensure that their mobility projects run smoothly. With MobileFrame technology, companies can give their field force the apps they need on the devices they love. Even the most complex applications can be written once and simultaneously deployed to any iOS, Android and Windows based device.
In their sum up Gartner says that, “if you don’t already use a MADP, evaluate and deploy one as a cornerstone product supporting your mobile development strategy, especially if your organization is starting to develop and deploy mobile apps at high volume (for example, more than six apps per year).”
“We’re proud to maintain and build upon a strong and loyal customer base committed to supporting us in identifying areas of core strength and further growth. Our client testimonials speak to MobileFrame’s ability to deliver better time to market and ease of use through our platform”, said Lonny Oswalt, Chief Executive Officer, MobileFrame.
Read the entire MobileFrame Press Release about this prestigious award.
To receive a complimentary copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant click here.
To learn more get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about MobileFrame MADP.
Advancing technology and a shift in work habits have seen more employees working out of the office by leveraging the use of mobile devices and cloud based services to improve business tasks.
Creating solutions that map processes and increase productivity is a moving target. So what do we think will be the seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2016 ?
As the number of mobile users increases so does the risk of a security threat. A mobile device with access to company resources can be a key target for theft as well as cyber attacks.
If a device is lost or stolen what happens to the data stored on the device, or applications with access to company data? If that data is stolen or lost what would be the impact on the company’s reputation and how would it continue to operate?
Two years ago Gartner estimated that more than 75% of mobile applications would will fail basic security tests, there is no reason to believe that has changed
Data theft digitally can cause many problems. How are mobile users accessing data? Where is the data stored? Where are the devices used? Controlling the environment the devices can connect to and securing the channel of communication has become equally as important and securing the physical device themselves. Frost and Sullivan believes that security will be the biggest issue in the IT industry driven by rapid adoption of Cloud, Mobility and the Internet of Things.
Expect a more heightened emphasis on data protection of enterprise mobile data on devices in 2016 and beyond.
2. R.I.P. Android in the Enterprise… well not quite..
If the future of Enterprise Mobility is tablet shaped then the resurgence of Microsoft Windows may give many cause to pause as they specify Android or iOS as platforms.
We have seen Windows Phone take a real beating in the smartphone space, IDC believe that by the end of 2015 world wide share will be no more than 10.2%. Part of this is put down to the “app gap” a phenomenon where not enough apps are being developed – resulting in less take up for the OS.
Apps in the “rugged” or Enterprise area often are highly customised or built to map a specific, often still paper based process so the appeal of Microsoft as a corporate platform is still attractive. According to Strategy Analytics Windows Tablet shipments are projected to hit 49 million units in 2019, a 120 percent increase from 2015 levels.
So whilst Microsoft gets Windows 10 Mobile ready to fight Android and iOS more Enterprise clients will specify Windows 10 on an ever increasingly array of tablet devices as a preferred enterprise grade platform.
3. Line of Business Devices Still Relevant
World wide IDC believes that smartphone consumption will see it’s first “single digit” growth year in 2015.
Those of us in the enterprise space recognise that generic smartphones can offer great value for money for some projects. But it is often discovered that each organization has unique mobile worker requirements making a one sized fits all phone a tough deployment and support proposition.
LoB (Line of Business) rugged devices were in the past almost exclusively based on Windows Mobile 6.5 although now there are many Android devices available. They have been perceived as lacking in innovation, not surprising when compared to new shiney smartphones. However they can often have specific and high performance attributes built in that in the long run will enhance TCO. Features such as desk and vehicle docks, IP67 sealing, integral scanning and more robust construction plugs and sockets.
Whilst the value proposition of consumer grade devices on any OS has been enhanced by device management solutions if the unit was never designed to be used in a line of business environment in the first place it can give rise to large failure rates. Up to 50% in some studies.
LoB devices have not gone away they have just got a whole lot more relevant and less costly. Products like the new Aegex Windows Tablet aimed at the ATEX market is a case in point.
4. Enterprise Mobility Servitization
Incorporating all the elements needed for an enterprise mobility solution in one offering funding and support wrapper is not new. Servitization challenges existing thinking so that the solution is configured more around the delivery of the clients service to “its” customer.
Aston University Business School in Birmingham England think so much of this that they started a whole department built around the concept. The road to transform a business from a “manufacturer” to becoming the provider of a “service” is well explained in this video.
This approach is the norm in some industries. It is likely that that train or plane you traveled on last was not ticketed owned serviced or staffed by the brand on the outside. More likely by a facilitating organisation that focuses on the delivery of some or all of the elements to you the end user.
Cloud based apps, more flexible devices and MDM are some of the reasons we can expect mobility to be the glue that makes this initiative a reality. Look out of examples especially in scenarios where the client has high touch field based activities such as managing multiple contracts delivering field service or multi site FM.
5. Data data and even more data….
Citrix estimate that the number of mobile devices managed in the enterprise increased by 72% from 2014 to 2015 – most of them mobile
According to Gartner, by 2020, 25 billion devices will be generating data about almost every topic imaginable.
In the enterprise this sets all companies up for a significant challenge in 2016 and beyond: “How do we manage and make use of all this data coming in from location services, IoT integration with host systems etc in such a way as to convert it into a demonstrable competitive advantage”
6. Cloud Based Apps on the Device on your Choice.
What if your SME enterprise does not have access to in house IT or the budget to fund a traditional build from scratch enterprise mobility project ?
The good news for 2016 and beyond is that many businesses already have competent devices in the form of SmartPhones or Tablets. Plus more line of business apps are deliverable via the cloud on a subscription basis. This will allow businesses to run a project with reduced up front and ongoing costs that address mobile and back office productivity and deploy it with an excellent ROI.
7. Internet of Things IoT
We have heard lots about the adoption of the IoT but like RFID a few years ago can it break into the mainstream enterprise mobility sector. In 2016 the answer is…probably not.
Gartner believes that the providers of Internet of Things platforms are currently fragmented and would benefit greatly from cobbling together a better ecosystem where data is shared more broadly. 451 Research believe that at the moment a relatively small number – Nineteen percent of companies are using, planning to use or will be evaluating the use of IoT in their organisations.
A more immediate solution may well turn out to Near Field Communication (NFC) as a way of adding value in key deployment scenarios.
What sets NFC apart from typical RFID is the nature of its peer-to-peer communication feature making it able to act both as a reader and as a tag. NFC has a become more available on all manner of consumer and LoB grade devices like the T1500 making it a popular choice for contactless payment.
Have a great 2016, get in touch to arrange a webinar or meeting about your enterprise mobility project.
MobileWorxs will soon be announcing the UK release of MobileFrame version 6.0, the class leading write once deploy anywhere enterprise grade mobility app development environment.
This new version allows users to create, deploy, and manage sophisticated enterprise grade apps across iOS, Android and Windows devices as native, web or hybrid applications.
This platform includes all the tools for a successful fully-integrated mobile deployment such as, application development, device management, data management, robust synchronisation, a fully native client so your users can work even in areas with poor network coverage, GPS tracking, project admin tools, security, an integration wizard, scalable server options and on or off premise hosting.
Andrew Cahill, MobileWorxs MD, said “This new release of MobileFrame provides all the tools to allow robust enterprise grade solutions for a market steadily moving focus from the traditional Windows Mobile to iOS and Android”
Powered by the patented, code- free “write once deploy anywhere” mobile ERP platform approach, enterprises can design, build, configure test and manage custom apps across the enterprise from a single platform with no coding required.
The scope for apps to automate field based processes is vast both on and off premise and commonly includes field service, delivery, merchandising, inspections, van sales, vehicle inspection and inventory management. But remember! a great enterprise mobility deployment starts with a good management mind set and project plan.
We can help you come up with an approach to enterprise mobility apps that is well thought through simple to use and has a positive impact on your business.
Get in touch to book a meeting or webinar to learn more about “write once deploy anywhere” enterprise grade apps.
Considering the incredible rates of adoption of smartphones and tablets are you underwhelmed with the progress of Enterprise Mobility Apps in the workplace ? Is it too soon to think of this period in terms of an unfulfilled legacy of enterprise mobility as an app-ocalypse now ?
According to Gartner in the first quarter of 2015 worldwide sales of smartphones reached 336 million units an increase of 19.3 per cent. They go on to estimate that employees use an average of three different devices in their daily routine. This seems to be placing an increasing amount of pressure on IT to develop a larger variety of business process based mobile apps in shorter time frames.
From our own experience it seems that the enterprise mobility clock has stopped for some businesses. An unwillingness to experiment combined with a fundamental lack of understanding has left many line of business or blue collar apps still un-automated years after such things become the norm in retail and logistics.
So Why The CIO Confusion
In spite of all this device adoption and the long history of field based blue collar projects most CIO’s are still unsure of how to approach enterprise mobility. Questions abound about app development; native or HTML 5 apps, hosted bought in or developed in house and if so by whom and using what tools. It can all be very confusing especially where there are plenty of other calls on that budget or as someone said to us in a presentation last month – what budget.
Gartner’s Adrian Leow commented. “Organizations increasingly find it difficult to be proactive against competitive pressures, which is resulting in their mobile apps becoming tactical, rather than strategic,” “We’re seeing demand for mobile apps outstrip available development capacity, making quick creation of apps even more challenging. .”
Gartner Top Tips
Prioritize app development.
Adopt a bimodal IT approach.
Use rapid mobile app development tools.
Adopt a mixed-sourcing approach.
Before we build the stocks for MD’s CIO and Ops Directors we should admit that the “mobile” IT industry is not blameless for a lot of this lack of progress. Most enterprise mobility “solutions” are little more than a jumble of desktop “parts” for developers to cobble together an app with custom code leading to expensive time consuming and costly development projects that rarely succeed in terms creating an ROI, which of course was the point in the first place.
Whilst Gartner advocates a “horses for courses” approach for choosing app development environments we have found that for the majority of line of business scenarios constantly come back to using native apps to provide for a local mobile database where a persistent 4G connection is not assured. A write once deploy anywhere approach allows clients to not have to bet the farm on one OS or another whilst taking advantage of ever falling device prices. In these circumstances it seems that HTML5 whilst great in some scenarios, especially for those marooned on Blackberry only provides a partial strategic solution.
A Unique Opportunity
So is Enterprise mobility an App-ocalypse Now ? I don’t think so, more likely it seems a change of attitude is needed.
The real knowledge of business processes come from operations which will lead to more enterprise apps being created by business analysts using codeless tools rather than an IT department commissioning a ground up line by line bespoke solution.
The advent of new devices faster comms and Internet of Things technology means there is a great opportunity to revolutionise the enterprise mobility functions of any organisation. Approaches that were once the preserve of large multi national corporations are now accessible to projects of all sizes.
We build enterprise grade apps using the MobileFrame platform which serves as a strategic write once deploy anywhere approach for businesses looking to automate field based processes.
Apocalypse Now – The Movie
The Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now was released 36 years ago this week on August 15th 1979.
Francis Coppola directed, a typhoon destroyed the set and Martin Sheen had a heart attack all whilst making this epic movie about a journey to find a nut case at the end of a long river. Look out for those then young stars Harrison Ford post Star Wars Laurence Fishburne and Charlie Sheen (uncredited). The cinema release version runs to 153 minutes so stock up on the popcorn. The movie is well worth seeing once and you can be certain by the end you will either love it or hate it…enjoy!
Enterprise Mobility is all about increasing productivity and generating a return on investment Vs other demands in the business. Keeping on top of whats hot in the sector can make a huge difference to project performance and longevity. So what do we think will be the seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2015 ?
1.Tablets take on Laptops
As users started to use their “entertainment” tablet for work use some thought that Laptops would simply get wiped out and Tablet sales would continue to rise. IDC commented that 2014 saw Tablet sales growth slow year on year to 7.2% from 52.5% in the previous year. It looks like the Tablet replacement cycle may be as long as Laptops – or even longer. The rationale seems to be that once a tablet is found to be good at doing whatever it is doing there is no need to replace it. Although slowing it is expected that Tablet adoption will overtake PC’s in 2015 according to Gartner.
We doubt that laptops are going the way of LaserDisc or fax machine anytime soon. In the enterprise this means more possibilities for remote users to blur the lines between having a rugged PDA for line of business apps Vs a keyboard based device for more white collar productivity tasks. Although not suitable in every scenario we see more people using Tablets or Hybrid devices to replace the main computer in their lives.
2. R.I.P. Windows Embedded 6.5 … again
It has been coming for some time and without question a large number of enterprise mobility deployments ran on Android rather than Windows Embedded 6.5 in 2014. When Motorola Solutions the Gorilla in the sector gets acquired by Zebra it is a good sign that things have changed forever.
There are large numbers of users on this platform especially in the retail supply chain and T&L markets. So plenty of incentive in 2015 if you are a vendor coming from a different part of the market and a real headache for legacy manufacturers defending these accounts. Expect to see heavyweights like Panasonic in more traditionally “hand held” scenarios following the launch of their FZ-E1 and FZ-X1 devices.
3. Android Battles
Gartner says sales of smartphones grew 20 percent in the third quarter of 2014 in emerging markets were flat in Europe and up in the US. Growth is characterised by the continuing rise of Chinese Android brands and the narrowing of the difference in cost between feature phones and low cost smartphones. Gartner expects sales of smartphones to reach @1.9 billion devices world wide in 2014.
Low cost offerings like the Tesco Hudl and a slew of no-name rugged brands come with little or no real “enterprise grade” operational or break fix support. We believe organisations with more users will deploy solutions from major vendors such Samsung who recently launched the Tab Active an IP67 Android based inexpensive rugged tablet.
4. Windows Tablet
What about Microsoft…? Being late has characterised Microsoft in recent years. In the rugged space OEM’s using the embedded 6.5 and desktop Windows OS have taken a beating as many users moved to less costly devices that did not run a Microsoft OS. It finally got its act together with Windows 8.1. We predict more innovative and lower cost designs like the xTablet Flex 8 to beat off the opposition – but it will be tough.
5. Enterprise Mobility Management EMM – Fact or Fiction ?
Without doubt Fact ! In many organisations BYOD has been characterised by not being embraced by IT as fast as it is by employees wanting to access corporate data with their own devices. Turning the provision of mobility to white and blue collar workers into a competitive asset means aligning what may be formal and informal BYOD arrangements. Using device management as a method in security, application and financial management mobility scenarios is really the only way we see this happening
Carl Rodrigues CEO of SOTI commented“As global businesses establish and scale their mobility strategies, they can rely on our solution to manage smartphones, tablets and purpose-built mobile devices in addition to PCs, laptops and peripherals, from a singlepane of glass, no matter the operating system”
6. Apps Devices And The Long Tail
What if your SME enterprise does not have access to in house IT or the budget to fund a traditional enterprise mobility project ?
The good news is that many businesses already have competent devices in the form of SmartPhones or Tablets. Plus more line of business apps are deliverable via the cloud on a subscription basis. This will allow businesses to run a project with little up front cost that addresses how to increase internal productivity and deploy it with an excellent ROI.
7. Barcode Scanning Goes Mainstream
Barcode Scanning has been around for decades and is considered to be the founding element of the Internet of Things. There are plenty of Android and iOS apps to allow your SmartPhone to scan using its camera. This is ok for ad hoc use but when higher frequency scanning is required a sled like the Honeywell Captuvo or separate Bluetooth scanner such as models form Socket are much more ergonomic to use. With the adoption of more SmartPhones and Tablets in the enterprise without integral scanning we anticipate seeing more of these in use next year.
If you supply the coffee we can bring our crystal ball to your office to discuss the seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2015 that may impact your project.
NEW T1400 Rugged Tablet PC Makes Case For Lower TCO Than Android
If you are looking for a thin and rugged tablet with an outdoor readable screen look no further than the New T1400 rugged tablet pc which is one of the thinnest (19mm) and lightest (1.1 kg) 10” Windows rugged tablets available.
Lower TCO than Android…
Traditional TCO for rugged tablets has focused on MTBF’s and the ability to work in harsh environments vs consumer orientated product meaning less failure and repair expense. Anecdotally Windows tablets have taken a beating compared to Android devices. Whilst this may be true in consumer in the B2B area it is not so clean cut. Many businesses have larger investments in Microsoft based infrastructure and skills which often make the adoption of new devices easier with a Windows OS. Even before you get to desktop productiveity tools.
As Gartner points out “Based on our TCO analysis, Windows 8 on Intel Tablets offer a promising outlook for IT organizations as they could be as much as ~25% less expensive to operate than other Tablets. Furthermore, Windows 8 on Intel Tablets provide IT organizations with added benefits in data management and security.” Read Gartner Total Cost of Ownership for Tablets White Paper
3 TCO Impact Areas
Reduced software cost
Lower management costs
Improved end-user productivity
The Techie Stuff…
T1400 is rated to IP65 and features an Intel Celeron N2920 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB SSD running either Windows 7 or 8.1 plenty of horsepower to handle all your standard Windows desktop and browser apps.
Capture high quality photos or video on either of two cameras, scan barcodes with the optional 2D imager, use GPS, attach wireless peripherals via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and connect to 4G LTE cellular networks. Multiple battery pack options and hot swap mean the unit can be used all day.
Get in touch to discuss enterprise mobility TCO and how tablet computing can help energise your business.
Its the time of the year when we take a look into our crystal ball and consider what will be the seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2014.
How many of these that we identified for 2013 did you see during the year?
We are looking for trends that are likely to prove key in helping you figure out if you can generate a return on investment for your Enterprise Mobility projects.
1. Shorter Replacement Cycles
Traditional sales pitch for an enterprise grade rugged device involves a replacement cycle of 3- 5 years based on the premise of a superior TCO and being able to repair the unit long term.
This proposition will start to become outmoded for many buyers who are used to 24 month re-fresh and a faster moving product life. Out of contract cost of repair is not dropping as traditional device manufactures try and make up margin by selling repair services.
2. Tablets and iPads.
If you just landed on Earth you would be forgiven for thinking that Apple invented tablet computing in 2010. In fact whilst the iPad has shipped in the millions rugged enterprise grade tablets had been around for years before that. Apple continues to lose market share but is happy being the premium product especially for C Level types. Is the iPad a tablet or some sort of entertainment portal – who cares. Devices have become lighter and more manageable meaning that users in organisations of all sizes are now just as comfortable with 7″ to 10″ screen formats than with a handheld or PDA form factor. In the UK IDC estimates that 25% of tablets shipped between July and September were under £120 ($190) and it expects this part of the market to grow over the next few years.
Expect to see more people looking to use more larger format tablets and more apps more often for enterprise tasks whatever the brand or OS.
3. R.I.P. Windows Mobile
Is this the year more enterprise mobility deployments go out on Android rather than Windows Mobile? Android is attacking the space from all angles and according to IDC accounts for 81% of all Smartphone shipments. That is quite a wave for Enterprise Mobility to dodge even though Apple alone accounts for 56% of the profit in the sector.
Watch out for more Android and innovative products like the Intermec CN51 which can be “upgraded” to Android in the future.
4. Rugged Android Device Battles
It’s over before it started. More rugged enterprise mobile Android units will enter the market . At the moment they seem to be happy slugging it out on price. Clearly this cannot last and for some vendors this could be a quickly deflating bubble.
New players may well start to be become dominant amid the beginning of a shake out in traditional vendors as only the fittest and most innovative will survive this.
5. Bring Your Own Device
Yawn… I hear you think not another mention about BYOD. Whatever the hype more companies have been organising their HR and security policies to suit a deployment. Perhaps they are spurred on by Gartner predicting that 38% of surveyed CIOs will cease to provide personal IT devices to their employees by 2016. But is it worth it? Perhaps not, one piece of research by Nucleus explained how BYOD would actually increase costs without providng any tangible benefits.
No matter what the cost many will find the approach compelling enough to fudge the numbers to fit their scenario. More companies will be doing BYOD trials and one will surely try it to impose it on blue collar workers. After all its far too hip to go away.
6. Even More Wi-Fi
An IDC report describes how in spite of its relative maturity the enterprise WLAN market continues to go up with revenues growing at a 20% rate in recent years. Reports indicate Cisco having a solid @55% market share primary loser seems to be Motorola Solutions.
Two factors continue to drive growth in WLAN deployments. The added oomph given by all those BYOD users hooking on to corporate Wi-Fi with their iPad’s and Android devices. Also cellular operators will be looking to add more enterprise grade Wi-Fi provision to their networks and value added offerings.
7. Secure Mobile File Sharing
By giving white collar users mobile access to secure collaboration and file sharing, enterprises can boost business productivity and organizational agility. However, IT departments need to ensure that mobile file sharing never puts at risk the security of an organisation’s data.
As Keith Hall of Accellion comments, “While “anytime, anywhere” might sound like a pipe dream that can never truly be fulfilled, we really mean it. Users have to be able to securely access any enterprise content they need, whenever needed from any type of device. And then edit the data, share it, save it – whatever is required for the task at hand. That’s mobile productivity at its finest and secure file sharing solutions will be at the center of this trend to watch”.
How could we leave out Near Field Communication – NFC? Does it have a future in the mainstream? With more Android based devices being used in Enterprise Mobility expect to see more of this in a number of apps starting with proof of delivery.
Optical Character Recognition – OCR. Reading text is a great alternative to reading barcodes or RFID tags. There are plenty of human readable applications that could benefit from this approach.
We can bring our crystal ball to your office to discuss the seven key enterprise mobility IT trends for 2014 that may impact your project.