Using Ionic, MobileCaddy and Salesforce.com for Offline Mobile Apps

Here at MobileCaddy, we were recently fortunate enough to have one of our own present to the second-largest meeting of Salesforce developers globally, at February’s London-based Developer User Group event.

As proud video sponsors of the London Salesforce DUG, we were given the opportunity to demonstrate the business value of rapidly building mobile apps which are fully robust, offline-first, and highly cost-effective.

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Mobile Apps Can Make the Difference for Modern Healthcare Workers

The ‘Mobile Promise’ 

Mobile apps, to put it lightly, are everywhere. Whichever way you look at it, mobile apps have become one of the most common ways for people to communicate with friends, receive live news about their interests, keep themselves fit, and even do their jobs.

Taking a closer look at that last point, people using mobile apps in (or outside of) the workplace is perhaps where the most significant impact is being made nowadays, due to the simple fact that mobile technology is designed almost exclusively around speed and convenience.

Mobile Apps in Healthcare 

In the healthcare sector, for example, the time taken to complete and record a patient’s diagnosis can be drastically reduced by using a mobile app to log the data into an online system. Naturally, this then allows the medical professional in question to see more patients in a given day than they would’ve previously been able to manage.

This is just one very basic example of how mobile apps are enabling healthcare workers to be more efficient, but the improvements the technology is making on the industry as a whole are monumental.

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London’s Calling – London’s Questions!!

 

lndcalsponThis month MobileCaddy were among great company as proud sponsors of the first ever London’s Calling – The biggest Salesforce community event in Europe!  And what a brilliant event it was to.

There were six of our team attending the event (including our Mobile Technical Architect who presented a talk there) and it is testament to the organisers that we were all in conversation with attendees from the minute we arrived until late into the evening. The fact that all of these chats revolved around how to make their own or their clients organisations more successful was even better.

Now that the dust has settled we have had time to review all the interesting conversations we had as a Sponsor/Exhibitor. So it seems as good a time as any to dig into the 3 most common themes of the great questions we were asked by the community.

What is a critical mobile app?

There was a tremendous amount of interest in understanding what a critical mobile app is and why it would matter to a Salesforce customer. This question drives at the heart of what MobileCaddy delivers – the ability to confidently mobilise mission or business critical apps using the Salesforce platform.

The easiest way to understand what is, and what isn’t, a critical mobile app is to ask one question. If the app stops does this stop the business delivering or creating value?

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Salesforce Community Event : London’s Calling 2016

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There has been an awakening in the force.com….Have you felt it?

London’s Calling will be the largest Salesforce community event in Europe and will be hosted at the Skills Matter Codenode on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (GMT). Add to calendar

MobileCaddy is proud to announce that we have been chosen to speak at Salesforce’s London’s Calling Event and we would love to see you there too!

The event will be held over one actioned packed day and there will be all sorts of sessions being run from business, to admin, to developer, to architect. If it’s of interest to you then what are you waiting for, book your ticket now and and get ready to get immersed with others who share your passion for all things Salesforce.

Only The Paranoid Apps Survive!

Todd Halfpenny our senior technical mobile architect at MobileCaddy will be presenting at the event on enterprise mobile apps. The benefits to having a robust Salesforce mobile solution are numerous, but there are just as many common, hidden gotchas that need to be addressed to ensure true application success. Learn about these pitfalls, the impact to the organisation and your solution options. Unpack how to survive the critical challenges of delivering custom, Salesforce mobile apps that drive the value business needs today and tomorrow; Because remember when taking Salesforce 100% mobile, you’re building an advantage not just an app.

And if that wasn’t enough to get you pumped for the big day then you can also look forward to a treasure trove of treats & knowledge from the keynote speakers including :

London’s Calling will also showcase a number of fantastic user group meetups and will provide you with some exciting insights and maybe even some important future contacts.

But none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the passionate Salesforce community (If Carlsberg did communities……you get the idea) So a massive thank you has to go to Francis Pinder, Simon Goodyear, Jodi Wagner, and Kerry Townsend, for all their hard work and unwavering motivation in providing this fantastic community with an event that is set to raise the bar.

 

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Why Offline First is as much about User Experience as Robustness

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More often than not the ability to work offline is the reason using a solution like MobileCaddy is considered.

This is really because no matter how good your app is as we can see from this previous post - if the app stops, so does the business that it supports. And of course this is not acceptable.

This alone should be enough to convince us all that our enterprise apps should always follow the MORE(s) Design specification with Offline First being a fundamental requirement.

However for many Salesforce.com customers that do not have experience of deploying and managing these apps there is another often ignored upside to Offline First. A reason that will have just as much impact on delivering the organisation aspirations.

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MobileCaddy – An Architectural Overview

Because it provides an end-to-end lifecycle solution for mobilising mission critical mobile apps, MobileCaddy has a number of areas of functionality. To help understand where MobileCaddy fits in with your current Salesforce.com setup, and how apps are configured, developed, and deployed to our users, below is a short video giving a high level architectural overview.

 

You’ll see that MobileCaddy is a fully native package that is installed from the AppExchange. Once this is installed it is a matter of point and click to begin to create your first application. This is all in the native Salesforce UI and then lets us select and mobilise our current standard or custom sObjects and fields.

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End of Support for Android OS 4.2 and 4.3 in Winter ‘16 for Salesforce1

winter 16 releaseAt the end of September Salesforce announced the end of support for both Android 4.2 and 4.3 (Jellybean).

Below is the email that was sent out from Salesforce:

As an admin of a Salesforce org, we want to notify you of an important change to the support of Salesforce1 for Android, which your organization has used in the last month.

What is changing?
With our Winter ‘16 release*, Salesforce will no longer support the Android 4.3 operating system (OS) or below for the Salesforce1 application. While you will still be able to use those operating systems with your current version of Salesforce1, support for technical or product issues will no longer be provided by Salesforce and no further development will take place. This means that users will only get Salesforce1 upgrades if they are using Android OS 4.4 or higher, which is a requirement for the latest version of Salesforce1. As a reminder, Android tablets will remain unsupported.

*Currently targeted for October 2015; date subject to change

Why are you doing this? 
As we evaluate which operating systems to support for Salesforce1, we consider which ones will give our customers the best experience. Those assessments allow us to focus our development efforts on features and capabilities that will add the most customer value. To that end, upgrades coming in the Winter ’16 release will require Android OS 4.4 and higher.

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Salesforce1 World Tour London 2015. See you there?

SF1 London Tour 2015On May 21st 2015 the Salesforce.com mania descends on the London ExCel centre for the the next leg of the Salesforce1 World Tour.

The MobileCaddy team is going to be attending in full force so look out for us if you are attending. No doubt our technical team will be around the Dev Zone for most of the day and I know we have earmarked a number of the breakout sessions too.

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Ionic 1.0 is here. A front-end framework for Salesforce.com Offline Apps

ionic1-uranium-unicorn-headerHaving a robust platform. Check.

A rapid, offline development tool. Check.

Full Lifecycle control covering deployment, management & monitoring. Check

And now a full 1.0.0 release of Ionic to give us total confidence. Check!

At MobileCaddy we started with a focus on delivering the Salesforce.com platform to mobile – we want enterprises to be confident that Business and Mission critical mobile apps will deliver the uptime and performance that has become expected of the platform.

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