Mobile Apps in the Workplace: The Top 10 Stats of 2016

Mobile-apps-in-the-workplaceWhen looking at the growth and acceptance of mobile apps in the workplace over the past 12 months, it’s clear to see that while priorities are moving in the right direction, some efforts are still lacking to fully accommodate what is an enormous opportunity for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Considering how these apps are delivered, when focusing on the enterprise SaaS market, there was reportedly growth of almost 40% in 2015, and analysts Synergy Group forecasted that it will more than triple in size over the next five years. Within that market, Microsoft, among others, is now challenging for leadership, but is still a way behind long-time leader Salesforce, according to Synergy.

Thanks to this growth, throughout 2016 mobile apps built on the Salesforce platform have become exponentially more capable, affordable, and reliable, and have consequently become critical to the daily running of organisations in many cases.

However, there’s still a large gap in the understanding of what’s required to deliver this more advanced class of apps successfully, which is something we’ve witnessed as a prominent challenge for the wider Salesforce ecosystem this year. Right alongside that is a lack of confidence among decision makers to place mobile apps into such important supporting roles within the core responsibilities of their employees.

Still, there are plenty of positive signs when looking ahead into 2017, as more and more businesses are acknowledging the potential of mobility as more than just a driver of productivity, but as a key competitive differentiator as well.

To highlight this, we’ve pulled together 10 notable statistics from the past 12 months which tell the story of the current state of mobile apps in the workplace, and which also shed some light on what the future may hold for businesses embracing them as a means for success.

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Changing TLS Support from Salesforce Puts Mobile Apps at Risk

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Update, 14/02/2017: Salesforce has recently decided to extend the date from which the security updates discussed in this article will take effect. The TLS 1.0 disablement deadline will now fall on July 22, 2017 (except for sandboxes, for which the extended disablement date is July 15, 2017). For more information, a full update can be found in this alert, published this week by Salesforce.

Salesforce will no longer support a version of a common security protocol known as TLS v1.0. Those accessing the Salesforce platform will consequently be required to use TLS v1.1 at a minimum, which will have an impact on business users of Salesforce mobile apps, as well as partners delivering apps for their Salesforce clients. This article explains what this means for MobileCaddy customers, and provides more detail for anyone not using MobileCaddy for their Salesforce mobile apps.

What you need to know with MobileCaddy

One of the key benefits of using MobileCaddy to deliver mobile apps within a business is an environment manager which is built-in as an inherent part of the product. This is a system that not only monitors changes to the environment all our apps operate within, but allows us to easily repair problems and deploy fixes as well, ensuring confidence and trust in the apps’ performance are maintained at all times.

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Salesforce Consultancies Face a Whole New Class of Mobile App

Salesforce consultancies are facing a significant demand for mobile apps from prospective clients that, for one reason or another, they’re unable to meet. This article explores the separation of all available enterprise mobile applications into five ‘Classes’, based on their varying complexity and capabilities. This will allow consultancies (and end users) to more accurately assess their needs, from both a technical and a commercial point of view, reducing the rate of failure currently associated with mobile app projects. 

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The need for a new approach

More and more opportunities have been arising in recent years for Salesforce consultancies and solution providers to build enterprise mobile applications. Unfortunately, for various reasons, they’re often either having to turn these prospective clients down, or are taking on the projects and failing – and this is happening far too often.

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Salesforce Mobile Apps Make Telecoms A Truly Dynamic Sector

Salesforce-mobile-apps-telecomsTelecoms: A mature mobile industry?

When we recently took a look at the opportunities available to financial services organisations investing in Salesforce mobile apps for enterprise purposes, we reported that the sector was named second only to telecoms regarding the verticals most likely to embrace mobility in 2016.

As we approach the end of the year, it seems like an appropriate time to turn attention to the telecoms industry’s mobile maturity, and provide some insights for those businesses feeling the pressure of the fast-moving, ever-changing market place.

Neglecting mobility is a mistake too costly to make

These days it seems silly to suggest there aren’t huge opportunities being presented to virtually every sector when it comes to leveraging mobile technology. Around 80% of work is now reportedly ‘deskless’, so the concept of a traditional office employee working in a fixed location and spending all their time in that position is extremely dated. But statistics can be misleading, and trends often move a lot faster than the majority of the businesses they’re supposedly affecting can keep up with.

So what does this actually mean? Well, firstly, it means that while the demand for being able to work in a deskless environment – whether that’s at home, on a train, in a partner company’s office, or on the beach during a family vacation – is growing exponentially, it will be rendered ineffective unless businesses are able to provide tools capable of allowing employees to take full advantage.

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Do You Trust Your Salesforce Mobile App to Perform When it Counts?

TrustCaddyTrust is the foundation of any healthy relationship. But when the relationship in question is between a business user and a mobile app supporting their daily need to do their job, the importance of unflinching trust becomes much more tangible.

We believe that a business investing in a mobile app should be able to have full confidence in its performance at all times, so that the employees can work to the best of their ability with no complications or interruptions.

As a result, MobileCaddy has a dedicated team working on a daily basis to ensure all MobileCaddy users can have absolute trust in their apps. This team’s insights are made public through our own TrustCaddy website.

What is TrustCaddy?

The purpose of this website is to add an extra dimension of confidence for users in the reliability of their Salesforce mobile app, and to give reassurance that the app will continue to work as it’s supposed to. When a business has invested in an app that’s custom built for their individual workflows, this consistency and dependability are all the more important.

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Diesel: Learn How This Leading Global Brand Achieved Mobile App Success

diesel-case-studyWhile enterprise mobility may have transcended the status of ‘buzzword’ to be recognised as a genuine strategic business practice many years ago, most analysts and experts feel it’s a trend which is still in its infancy.

Why? Well, despite the vast majority of employees now demanding mobile technology in their respective workplaces – fuelled by the consumer habits and expectations of their everyday lives – some business leaders are still struggling to fully embrace enterprise mobility.

In some cases, this is due to a lack of funding for investment, in others it’s because of the challenges they feel will arise from disrupting their organisations; but often it’s because they’re unable to understand how their most important business processes would actually benefit from translating into the context of a mobile phone from paper or desktop.

But with all the early attention on enterprise mobility being given to mobile devices, mobile business strategies are now beginning to mature and evolve to focus on the applications those devices support. This app-centric trend is where the real driving force has originated recently for enterprise mobility to become more than just a strategic business practice, but an absolute necessity for those businesses to survive in the long-term.

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The Salesforce Partner Awards 2016: Most Innovative Mobile Solution

Salesforce-most-innovative-mobile-solutionIt’s with great pleasure that MobileCaddy can announce the receipt of a first major award for one of its enterprise apps, delivered with strategic partner Appirio, as they were given the honour of 2016’s ‘Most Innovative Mobile Solution’, as part of the annual UK and Ireland Salesforce Partner Awards.

These awards are designed to recognise outstanding contributions made by Salesforce Consulting and ISV Partners. Awards are based on customer success stories that showcase innovation across specific categories.

Appirio was presented with the award at this year’s event for a mobile app called the Tour Operations Portal (TOPS), powered by MobileCaddy and created for The Travel Coproration, Ltd. (TTC).

Alex Makepeace, Solution Architect for Appirio, said, “We’re very happy to have won the award for this innovative mobile solution, for the TOPS project at TTC in 2016, and are extremely grateful to MobileCaddy for their vital and fundamental contributions to the project.”

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A Customer Perspective: Delivering Outstanding Salesforce Mobile Apps with MobileCaddy

salesforce-mobile-appsThere are many complex technical and commercial decisions to be made by enterprises when searching for a solution to build effective Salesforce mobile apps in the current market. But when an organisation is able to find the right technology, which can deliver exactly what they need, how does the process then continue, and how should the relationship develop?

Following the successful completion of a mobile app project for a customer named The Travel Corporation, Ltd. (TTC), alongside our strategic partners Appirio, we recently sat down to speak with Calvin Goodenough, the Subject Matter Expert from the project, to ask him about his experience working with MobileCaddy.

What was your first impression of working with MobileCaddy? 

Calvin Goodenough: A previous attempt had been made at getting the Tour Operations Portal (TOPS) mobile app project off the ground in September 2015, but this was ultimately abandoned. As a consultant, I wasn’t involved in the selection of the partners, so had no knowledge of them prior to our first kick-off meeting in mid-December.

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Salesforce App Cloud Mobile Shifts Enterprise Attention to App Performance

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Last month, Salesforce introduced a new strategic mobile technology offering for businesses, in the shape of the Salesforce App Cloud Mobile, having recently been named a leader in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms.

Salesforce revealed that its motivation behind this announcement stemmed from enterprise IT teams needing a platform that’s agile yet powerful enough to meet the expectations of modern professionals for a social, mobile, and intelligent app experience.

With Gartner predicting that 75% of application purchases supporting digital business ‘will be build rather than buy’ by 2020, it’s no surprise Salesforce has devoted such efforts to make developing enterprise mobile apps easier, faster, and more accessible for both technical and non-technical users.

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Join MobileCaddy at the Salesforce World Tour 2016 in London

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The Salesforce World Tour

Thursday, 19 May, 2016

ExCel Centre, London

 

Join MobileCaddy at the upcoming London-based Salesforce event, to learn how the disruptive impact of enterprise mobility is driving businesses to extend the Salesforce platform, maximising the value gained from mobile technology.

The MobileCaddy team will be demonstrating this philosophy by showcasing mobile apps with fully customisable user interfaces, that are completely functional even when offline, guaranteed to accelerate any business along the path to true mobile transformation.

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