September 2017: MobileCaddy Updates for Your Salesforce Mobile Apps

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In our latest monthly product update for customers and partners, we’ve concentrated on some of the ways in which the MobileCaddy Application Delivery Framework has improved to enhance the experience of building, operating, and supporting mobile apps on the Salesforce platform.

Once again, this discussion includes Paul, our CTO, Todd, our Chief Mobile Technical Architect, and Frank, our Lead Product Engineer. As always we cover the most exciting new additions to the MobileCaddy framework in the past few weeks

So what’s new with MobileCaddy this month?

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Sealing Buy-In for Salesforce Mobile Apps with PoCs

Demand for sophisticated Salesforce mobile apps continues to rise. But any mobile project still needs to be approved, and pitching a mobile experience with UI mock-ups and PowerPoint slides won’t do your app justice. Whether you’re working internally or are a partner pitching to a client, a Proof of Concept (PoC) is a powerful way to demonstrate that an app can meet its requirements. This article will highlight the key benefits PoCs can bring, as well as examples and tips for maximising their impact.

Why bother with Proof of Concepts?

PoC applications are pivotal to any mobile app proposal, allowing the demonstration of fundamental concepts and principles. Including a PoC as part of a pitch is a great way to put something tangible literally in the hands of the decision makers. It’s an opportunity to reaffirm confidence to key stakeholders, particularly where critical technical requirements come into play.

 “The Proof of Concept system gives stakeholders a chance to understand the capabilities and limitations of the system.” - Anderson IT

A common scenario we’ve come across at MobileCaddy is the desire of our partners to reassure clients that fully network resilient mobile apps for Salesforce are possible. This example is also applicable to internal development teams working in larger organisations.

Our experience with offline-first architecture has proven this to be a grave concern for enterprises. As such, a PoC demonstrating exactly this functionality has been fundamental in progressing conversations beyond these sticking points, and further onto the real topic of how value can be gained from taking Salesforce operations mobile.

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August 2017: MobileCaddy Updates for Your Salesforce Mobile Apps

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The MobileCaddy Application Delivery Framework (ADF) continues to grow as we strive to give our partners and clients new opportunities to innovate with their Salesforce mobile applications. Catch up with the recent additions and releases to the ADF in our latest monthly update.

As always, I’m joined in this month’s discussion by Paul, our CTO, Todd, our Chief Mobile Technical Architect, and Frank, our Lead Product Engineer. Once again we talk through what exciting new features have been added to the MobileCaddy ADF over the past month.

So what’s new with MobileCaddy this month?

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Salesforce Q4 Results Reveal Platform Growth is Driving More Mobile Applications

With the demand for mobile applications which can support business critical functions and processes still accelerating, Salesforce is seeing more and more use of its App Cloud, as both partners and end customers are recognising the value of building their apps directly on the platform. Here we discuss the trends which have emerged from Salesforce’s recent quarterly financial update, with the usual focus on mobile. 

All eyes on Salesforce 

Due to its position as one of the growing dominant ‘forces’ in the global technology market, there’s always a great deal of interest in how customers and partners are actually interacting with Salesforce and its vast offering of business technology.

As most already know, each quarter, Salesforce releases a financial update which includes a breakdown of the performance and usage of its various products and services, including each of its individual clouds. At MobileCaddy, one particular statistic continues to catch our eye each quarter, and that’s the consistent growth of the Salesforce Platform, and the App Cloud, among its worldwide user base.

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Top Trends for the Mobile Enterprise: 5 Predictions for 2017

the-mobile-enterpriseA new year brings new ideas and new priorities for businesses. With the technology available constantly changing and evolving at such a fast pace, 2017 is also expected to bring a number of trends for the mobile enterprise which will continue to sculpt a new set of standards and expectations for how people work.

As leading IT providers such as Salesforce continue to bolster their offerings, and place even more power in the palms of their enterprise customers’ hands to innovate from within, the mobile technologies being leveraged by modern businesses are becoming more exciting, while having a far greater impact on the daily lives of workers.

Just before Christmas we reflected on 10 important statistics from the past 12 months which shed some interesting light on the current role mobile apps are playing for businesses within the Salesforce community. Now we’ve turned our attention to the year ahead, with five predictions regarding trends for the mobile enterprise we believe will take shape throughout the remainder of 2017.

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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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Financial Services: Banking on the Benefits of Enterprise Mobile Apps

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Of all the various professional industries facing a turning point brought on by the recent introduction of mobile technology, the financial services sector is perhaps under the most pressure.

Mobility allows banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions to streamline their operations, cut costs in crucial areas, boost employee productivity, and bridge the temperamental gap between business and customer.

However, unlike most other sectors, financial services companies face intense scrutiny with regards to their information security measures, their data protection, compliance with regulations, large-scale legacy systems, and – most importantly  maintaining the trust of those all-important customers.

As the acceptance of technologies such as mobile apps spreads further beyond the consumer market into the enterprise, the risks also continue to grow. But the organisations which have been able to manage the challenges, allowing them to tap into the true transformational power of a mobile workforce, are living proof that the rewards make taking such risks a necessity.

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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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What are the 15 Steps to Success with Salesforce Mobile Apps?

Salesforce-Mobile-App-SuccessMobile apps are currently one of the most powerful ways in which a business can differentiate itself from competitors, increase revenue, and achieve transformational gains in areas such as productivity, efficiency, and employee satisfaction.

With today’s current mobile technology, organisations are able to build apps customised to their employees’ most specific requirements, and take the ability to work quickly and accurately far beyond the restrictions of a traditional office.

But if an enterprise mobile app is so effective, then why aren’t more businesses investing in these solutions? Well, there are significant challenges, potential pitfalls, and certain risks which are still holding them back. As a result, we’ve put together 15 useful tips to help businesses leverage the Salesforce platform to build successful mobile applications.

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