Ask the Mobile Experts: Countdown to the Salesforce World Tour, Part 1

Salesforce-World-TourThe London edition of this year’s Salesforce World Tour is less than a week away, and excitement is building for us here at MobileCaddy.

We’re looking forward to connecting with businesses and Salesforce partners alike, to discuss the vast opportunities mobile technology is presenting to the current professional landscape.

With that in mind, we’re counting down the remaining days with some top tips for transforming businesses with mobile applications. To do this, we’re drawing on the expertise of our in-house experts, starting with MobileCaddy CTO and Co-Founder, Paul Tarpey.

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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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Mobile Apps in Retail Offer Organisations a Cutting Edge

The Mobile Mentality in Retail

Most people would be quickly forgiven for immediately turning to the consumer market when thinking of using mobile apps in retail. After all, mobile commerce is a fast-growing trend which is gaining significant momentum, starting to overtake more conventional methods of shopping.

And while there are tremendous opportunities for retailers to capitalise on that by optimising, and innovating, their business models to suit mobile-first customers, it seems there’s just as much value to be gained by introducing such mobile technologies internally.

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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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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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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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