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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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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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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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)

MobilePromise

 

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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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A Design Concept for all Business Critical Mobile Apps

400 x 400 Phone SketchMany moons ago when we were still building salesforce.com mobile apps on an ad-hoc basis, with ever changing technology, we started to see a pattern in what we were being asked for (in terms of the app and its performance) against what was actually needed.

The general requirements stated everything about the application logic and the user interface. This really boiled down to what the app should do and what it should look like. Fair enough and makes sense when coming from a desktop or browser based application.

But as we are seeing mobile is a very different beast. There is so much more outside of the developer’s and organisation’s control which is often not even considered, due to either being unknown, or just something that had to be accepted so best not discussed.

Where this always falls down is when the app is deployed. For starters the actual pain of deployment. Mobile means just that. These people we want to deploy to are literally all over the place. They are often running different devices from different manufacturers and different mobile operating systems. And if they are not today they maybe tomorrow. That lack of control is creeping in.

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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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