Why adding photo capture to your offline mobile app is so powerful

One of the hidden gems when mobilising your force.com applications is discovering that simple device capabilities can have a significant impact on the value that gets delivered.

Take for example the ability to take a photo and store the image on the record back at the platform. This today is quite an easy things to achieve (in fact MobileCaddy allows you to just use long text fields so no integration work or extra storage is required).

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How difficult would it be to explain this damage in text? With one click you could have this image on the platform record.

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Analysts Confirm Offline Support is a Crucial Consideration for Enterprise Apps

With the rising interest in enterprise mobile apps and enterprise mobility in general, it is interesting to see that analyst’s reports such as ‘The Offline Mobile Challenge’ are being published for IT decision makers (see the report) .

The interest for organisations of all sizes is understandable with the promise of enterprise mobility being so considerable (as well as platform providers of types putting their marketing machines into overdrive)

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Ionic + MobileCaddy = Rapid, Offline Salesforce Mobile Apps

Ionic UK LogoMobileCaddy had the honour of being asked to present at the first meetup for the Ionic framework user community in the UK, London.

With our commitment to making it easier for JavaScript developers to work with the Salesforce.com platform to rapidly build fully offline mobile apps this was a really exciting prospect.

And we weren’t let down. The meetup was at capacity weeks before the event and even with a move to a larger venue this was soon on a waiting list again.

Ionic is an awesome open source front-end SDK for rapidly building hybrid mobile apps with HTML5.

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Platform Uptime vs Mobile App Uptime for Enterprise Apps

24 7 Neon Sign SmallOne of the things that still surprises me is the lack of interest in the ‘Uptime’ of Enterprise mobile apps during the evaluation phase. It seems to be that a mobile app is assumed to naturally inherit the Uptime of the Platform. And of course with Salesforce.com, this means all the transparency that they also provide through trust.salesforce.com.

Platform Uptime

To get us started I think it is worth understanding what I mean by ‘Platform Uptime’

There are lots of ways that Platform Uptime is worded and measured in the ‘as a Service’ world. However for me (as a customer) I think in the following terms; The availability and reliability of the platform to perform customer transactions. For transactions I would include both application data transactions as well as platform configuration requests.

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Mobile Transformation is a Journey not an App

placeit (1)Everyone gets Mobile. Individuals are Mobile. Enterprises know they need to ‘go’ mobile. Customers are Mobile. Partners are Mobile. So we’re all going Mobile.

And what is the first thought on how to go about this? We need a Mobile App.

I mean it’s obvious, right?

And of course the answer is yes. And no.

Yes, if we think of an App as a container. A container to deliver our processes, data and functionality to our employees, our customers, our partners etc.

However we need to think about value. And value is a moving and sometimes unknown target. Opportunities, markets, technology, products, services, everything is on the move for better or for worse, and at what a pace. An App, a single purpose non changing app, is not going to cut it here.

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Hello world, indeed.

JustinFive years ago I made a decision that to win (read survive!) the company I was directing had to standardise on a technology platform. The hands down winner was salesforce.com. They were just transitioning from a SaaS provider to a PaaS provider and it was just what I, and the company, had been looking for.

I believe the majority of people still think of salesforce as an SFA company but they are so much more. With the recent Dreamforce 2013 carnival it would seem that they too are proud to finally be seen as such.

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