Our MobileCaddy Trust site keeps our clients and partners assured that their mobile applications are running properly behind the scenes, with daily alerts and notifications. This article details a recent milestone reached by our systems, and also explains why we’re so happy to be wishing the Trust site a very happy second birthday.
With the release of the iPhone X, which has brought with it a new, larger screen size, Apple has also recently updated its App Store policy. This policy now requires all new submissions to the App Store to support the iPhone X’s display resolution. In this article we’ll detail the new requirements, explain how to comply with them, and also cover what impact this will have on MobileCaddy customers specifically.
Mobile applications need to be updated for many reasons. It’s common for an initial release of a new app to contain bugs that weren’t caught in sandbox and developer environments, for example, or for a misunderstanding of workflow to pass through the UAT stage unnoticed.
Beyond this, once an app is live and mature, it will still need to evolve in line with many factors including (but not limited to): new business requirements, regulatory updates, alignment with new OS and hardware capabilities, and of course in our world modifications to support new Salesforce releases.
An overview of Salesforce releases
Three times per year, a major Salesforce release occurs which introduces updates to its software. These releases happen automatically and affect everyone within the ecosystem, including regular customers and ISV partners with related solutions such as MobileCaddy.
These spring, summer, and winter releases are planned months in advance and are kept on a very precise schedule to allow for as much preparation as possible. The release cycle is made available to everyone, and Salesforce administrators are alerted via Salesforce’s own email alerts for admins.
What is a Salesforce community?
A Salesforce community is an online platform for organisations to connect employees, partners, and customers, while providing seamless access to the data and records they need to get work done or complete tasks.
Built on the Salesforce Community Cloud, they offer real-time engagement and the ability to share any file, data, or record anytime and from anywhere.
One of the most exciting things about our Application Delivery Framework (ADF) is that it’s constantly growing and evolving, to allow our partners and customers to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with mobile apps on the Salesforce platform. As such, it’s vital that we help our community stay abreast of all the new MobileCaddy features and updates as they’re released.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to record and publish my regular discussions with Paul, our CTO, Todd, our Chief Mobile Technical Architect, and Frank, our Lead Product Engineer. In these sessions we’ll be covering what’s new with MobileCaddy, and will be sharing this with you to provide a first-hand look at everything we’ve been working hard on to improve.
So what’s new with MobileCaddy this month?
Operating and supporting any enterprise application in the context of mobile is challenging, because you don’t have control over that app’s underlying operating systems, nor can you predict new updates, upgrades, or patches being released.
This presents a problem for those responsible, because changes to an OS can cause mobile apps to suffer in their performance, or even stop working entirely. When those apps have been deployed into functions which are critical to the daily running of the business, that effectively renders the employees or community users relying on the app incapable as well, which simply can’t be allowed to happen.
So, firstly… Understand your app
You need to be aware of all the various components which make up your application, how they interact with each other, and what relationship they have with the OS.
Any number of things within your app can change without your knowledge, and the various elements and supported systems mean that continual testing is an absolute necessity to avoid app failure. This becomes even more important when applications are supporting business critical processes and workflows.
An organisation has decided it wants to invest in a mobile app for its employees – so what next? This decision is becoming increasingly common in the modern business landscape, as mobility continues to drive productivity, efficiency, and cost savings.
With a growing global workforce of ‘deskless’ employees, apps are actually fast-becoming more of a necessity than something businesses can choose to have or not have. With up to 37% of office-based workers now spending an average of eight working days in a typical month away from their desks, that additional rising demand will also be pushing businesses to invest in mobile.
So, the next decision the business will typically look to make is how to deliver the app it wants. However, there are a number of crucial factors which must be carefully considered, and fully understood, before investing in a technology solution to build an enterprise mobile app. When it comes to Salesforce, these considerations are even more important, thanks to the vast number of partner technologies and platform capabilities within the ecosystem.
Unfortunately, many businesses launch into their efforts to mobilise internal systems without taking the necessary steps in determining the class of technology solution their apps will require – a mistake which inevitably results in the app failing in some capacity.
Mobile apps: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst
One of the primary benefits of a comprehensive solution such as MobileCaddy – which doesn’t just focus on the development of its apps up until the deployment, but also has an equal focus on post-deployment support – is that a built-in monitoring system is working around the clock to identify issues or problems which may affect anyone using our apps. The point of this? So we can either prevent these issues, or fix them as quickly as possible, of course!
We were recently alerted that one of our clients, with an app deployed throughout a large team of field sales workers, had two users experiencing a problem with the synchronisation of their records to the Salesforce platform. The users in question noticed that certain records were repeatedly getting stuck in their outboxes when all other data was being synced as expected. Within the MobileCaddy system, Mobile Logs and Connection Sessions are kept stored to allow the administrators to have visibility into these kind of issues, and to provide our technical team with the best chance of resolving them.
Presenting… MobileCaddy for desktop
It’s with great pleasure that we can officially announce the first desktop support for MobileCaddy applications. This expansion is something we’re extremely proud of, as it marks a significant step in our mission to provide seamless mobile working within the global Salesforce ecosystem, free of any limitations.