Mobile App Expert For Enterprise Adoption

Worst App List: Facebook’s Messenger – Overhaul 3.0.1

  Worst App Ever. As always,  I like to stir things up. So I cant disagree more with this article: Ivan @ Droid Now This is the app for Facebook Messenger App (not run of the mill Facebook app) which did a major overhaul. Switching to cute circle shaped default image icons and tried to clean up the UI.   But what is not pictured above is the hijacking of all other screens on your device (home screen, other apps open). So lets say our friend John Smith sends us a Facebook Message. Well his pretty little mug, in a circle, appears on top of whatever current screen you are on. To clarify: Not on notification bar or a push to the app’s icon.Try to move it? Thats fine, but it sticks to the new spot. Unless you make a conscious effort to swipe it down and out.  Because your friend asking where happy hour is should clearly stop you from making dials or using your phone normally.   “Oh you wanted to make a call bro? Nah, Sorry”...

Google Glass Adoption – Will Google Glass Get Adopted?

[Please Note: Wrote this 3am.. Adding to it and converting it to English soon]   Will Google Glass get adopted? As an early-on Google Glass Explorer I say most likely yes. Constantly, I get asked both: Is there Google Glass Adoption? Does your Enterprise Mobile App Adoption Formula work for devices like Google Glass too? Let me start off by saying the enterprise mobile adoption formula does not work for devices. If so, I would of sold it to the now extinct Blackberry. Its close though. Apps themselves, are not mentioned in the adoption formula but can make or break any device or Operating System (OS). Lets pick on Window’s adoption. Luckily Microsoft has cash to burn so they are: Paying developers to put apps in their market Making native apps out of company’s websites without telling them Putting their Microsoft Developers in enterprises for free to persuade them to allow a Windows OS app. So this proves apps help make or break a device’s adoption. With Google Glass the apps are coming, slow and steady. But you have to factor in all the internal Glass apps and hidden projects that arent in the public eye yet. Its still early to tell, but I think Google Glass Adoption will be constant and not an overnight viral hit. Half of the reason I don’t wear my Google Glass 24/7 is all the strangers coming up to ask about it and what it is, plus the constant stares. When that goes away, Google Glasses’ price drops, the Google Glass Glasswear app market is full of disruptive apps then look for full Google Glass Adoption. What are your thoughts on Google Glass Adoption? Tweet me with your thoughts.              ...

Andre Bromes, CIO of Goodwill, is today’s IT Rockstar Interview. Talking Enterprise Apps

When it comes to cutting-edge enterprise apps most think Fortune 500 for profit companies. But that didn’t stop Andre Bromes and his team from bringing Goodwill to the mobile era.   I consider you a disruptive CIO/IT Rockstar, can you tell my readers your favorite tech innovation/strategy you implemented? My favorite strategy (challenge) was the conceptualization of empowering a mobile workforce. This was just a thought about 10 years ago and now it is a full onslaught of a reality check! I remember fiddling around with this when the only viable mobile data solution out there was Sprint’s EVDO, cellular broadband network and it was in its infancy. I remember going through an Atlanta based company to install these green, very industrial looking boxes that would accept the Sprint PC card and turn them into WiFi units – a process that is now easily done with MiFi. Technology has caught up to and connected the various pieces in the puzzle needed to make the mobile worker a fully independent “biped office”.   2) Bringing your organization mobile, what was hardest part? The hardest part was adoption. Governance almost always breads discontent. As a matter of fact, we are still facing that challenge today and always will. Consumerization is not a new concept…   3) What is your best hint when it comes to mobile strategy? How the younger generation (teens, young adults, etc.) use technology. They are actually my hint for most strategies involving tech and how it scales.   4) If you could give one piece of advice for a CIO starting an enterprise app project, what would you say? Understand the need, identify the audience(s) and answer the question of why they would need the app, not why they would want to use it, but why would they “need” it.   5)  in 2014 do you think Internal or External (in market) apps will be hotter? That is a hard question, but here is my attempt: I think Internal gives you better control, but if not structured properly also gives you slower market flexibility. External apps offer faster results, but tend to be 6) What big issues is Goodwill facing in 2014?...

Enterprise App Developers: Lets Not Leave People with Disabilities Out! Interview with Jorge Silva from Komodo

Mobile apps have improved the way we work and play, but is it fair to exclude people with disabilities? Touch screens keep evolving for the better, but still cant be used for those who have impaired finger/hand movement. This is where Jorge Silva and Komodo come in to save the day! Their solution can turn almost any app into one a person with disabilities can enjoy. 1. Who sees the greatest benefit from Komodo’s Tecla? Tecla’s target market is people who, due to disease or disability, cannot manipulate a touch-screen device. This includes, but is not limited to, people with spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy, as well as mobile device users whose hand/finger movements are temporarily impaired (e.g., someone on a hospital bed, recovering from an accident). Older adults and others who find it difficult to target small icons on a touch screen may also be benefited. 2. Is there an SDK to interface with the hardware (and if its necessary)? The Tecla Shield and associated tools are designed to make it possible for anyone to use ANY app via alternative input methods such as wheelchair controls or adapted switches, thus, there is no SDK required to interface with the hardware. There are, however, best accessible design practices that, if properly followed, will facilitate compatibility with the Tecla Shield. We recommend developers follow the guidelines posted on our developer site: App Developers  Following these guidelines not only makes developer’s applications more compatible with Tecla, but also with other accessibility tools and devices. What are your top 3 challenges? Our top three challenges have been: Making sure those who would benefit from our tools know about them Providing a consistent switch access experience across different mobile platforms Minimizing requirements from app developers to ensure compatibility with Tecla How can us enterprise app developers help you? Developers should be aware of the various alternative ways that users with disabilities have to access technology. Keeping track of new developments in the accessibility of the platforms they are working with will also go a long way to ensure their applications are usable by the widest possible audience. ____________________________________________________________________________ This is a great tool with even greater purpose. A big...