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A self-confessed ‘gadget geek,’ Paul has been working at the leading edge of mobile technology for the past 15 years. He co-founded Pocket App, the UK’s largest independent app developers, in 2011 to bring the creative and technical development elements of mobile technology together under one roof. Paul’s extensive industry knowledge and renowned reputation in the app development sector resulted in him being headhunted for one of the judging roles for the acclaimed BBC Television flagship programme, The Apprentice.

‘Mobile-First’ Apps Are The Future Of Enterprise

A few years ago, Microsoft’s Windows operating system was the most used OS worldwide. However, 2017 saw their position at the top shake and eventually get toppled as Google’s Android OS now sits in first place. All of these results have been compiled thanks to GlobalStats, a research arm of the web analytics company StatCounter. Their latest report, November 2017 as of writing, showed that Android was now the primary OS used by nearly 40% of businesses and it is currently on the rise. Windows, on the other hand, have dropped down to 36.07% and both are miles ahead of other well-known operating systems like iOS and Linux. StatCounter’s CEO Aodhan Cullen called this change a ‘milestone in technology history and the end of an era.’ His sentiment is not unfounded as Microsoft had held this num...

4 Top Tips To Improve Enterprise App Development

Mobile phones are quickly becoming the go-to device for many businesses with Android OS currently holding the largest market share in its field for enterprises, just ahead of Windows Desktop. Despite this, many enterprises are finding it hard to keep up with the constantly evolving world of mobile app development. In order to overcome these app development challenges, there are four practices that developers should keep in mind when making their next enterprise app. 1. Make App Development The Priority The first point is a bit of an obvious one but if companies want to deliver more apps and at a higher-quality then app development needs to be a bigger priority in the business. When enterprise apps have become the priority, the next step is to figure out which apps need developing. The best...

Sugar, Spice And Everything Nice: The Essential Ingredients For Great Enterprise Apps

Smartphone and other mobile devices often present unique development and design challenges, especially within the world of business. Sometimes apps see great success while others fail and often the winning apps have a common theme; each one contains similar elements in their design, usability, purpose and more. After analysing many successful enterprise apps, I have created a list of what I believe are 10 essential elements that can help developers create more than just a good business app, but a great enterprise mobile app. 1. The Customer Comes First This might seem like an obvious point to start with but it’s one that needs mentioning none-the-less. Whatever app you create needs to be focused on the user first rather than the data available. So, for example, if an employee is looking fo...

The NHS’ New Mobile App Has Potential, But Could Be More

The NHS recently announced a brand new mobile app that is aiming to reduce the wait time that patients will have from booking an appointment to seeing a doctor. The app will allow patients to receive video consultations from GPs and see their symptoms on their phone. This app is a brilliant way to help solve issues within the NHS but, while it is just a trial, there are some improvements that could be made and more areas of the NHS that could be improved through the use of mobile apps. The biggest issue is obviously how restrictive it currently is. Patients in the app can only sign up to the few specific GP practices under the brand GP at Hand program, being run in conjunction with the technology provider Babylon. Babylon alone won’t be able to take the number of people that this app is ex...

3 Key Features That Give Android 8.0 Oreo The Edge For Enterprises

The first hint of Android’s new mobile operating system “Android 8.0 Oreo” was brought to us in March of this year, and was finally unveiled in August as the competitor for Apple’s OS iOS 11. However, far from simply promoting the consumer aspects and perks of the new operating system and waxing lyrical about new ‘in-picture’ modes, smart text selections and redesigned emojis’ Google has also declared that the Android Oreo is a smart, tough and productive cookie for enterprises. To borrow a phrase from a Google Enterprise blog I read, “The new Android 8.0 Oreo brings a sweet combination of improved productivity and enhanced security to enterprise customers, building on the consistent investments we’ve made to make Android stronger, easier to manage, and more productive for the enterprise.”...

3 Top Ways Mobile Can Help HR In The Workplace

Today’s ‘typical’ workforce has changed drastically. Once deskbound, it is now common that employees work remotely or are part of a ‘hotdesking’ community. But even this once ‘new’ concept is fast becoming normality. Now, employees and companies are pushing frontiers for better employee engagement and ease of access; all of which are dominated by mobile applications. Businesses have begun to realise that employees are not productive when they are overworked and overloaded with email. Naturally, the first move was to give employees more flexible working environments, by enabling ‘working remotely’, now it’s all about managing time efficiency. In a nutshell, businesses want their employers to be as productive as possible in a shorter time frame for a better work-life balance. So, taking out ...

5 Ways Teachers Can Use Mobile Apps To Engage Students

As youngster’s up and down the country prepare for school this September, education technology continues to be an hot topic and mobile apps are proving to be a perfect solution for teachers hoping to enhance their classroom experience. Mobile apps can not only help teachers, but also students and parents. Here are five ways teachers can use apps to engage their students. 1. Improve In-Classroom Communication Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are changing the way students communicate with each other. Many students also use social media to collaborate on group projects and organise activities. Apps can be great tools for announcing updates and information to students in a timely manner. Apps can also be used to foster communication between students through chat, forums and oth...