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Enterprise Mobile App Development: The Android Conundrum

Enterprises around the globe are slowly becoming aware of the benefits offered by enterprise mobile apps. They have realized over a period of time that such mobile apps help improve the efficiency and productivity of their employees. This, in turn, increases the overall business’s productivity, which is the desired result that every enterprise hopes for. Also, the ability of business firms to leverage big data and analytics via mobile apps helps them to keep up with the current trending innovations. This is why you may have observed that many companies have willingly started to invest more in developing effective mobile apps.   According to the forecast by Gartner Inc., the market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than the capacity of internal IT organizations to deliver them by the end of 2017. Also, according to Gartner’s predictions, the sales of mobile phones will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019. This will directly raise the demand for enterprise apps. It is also likely that your business may have already implemented a strategy for enterprise apps or may have started thinking along those lines. In this article, we consider the reasons to go for Android mobile apps for enterprises. We will also go through some useful tips to keep in mind before opting for Android mobile app development. Reasons to Select the Android Platform for Enterprise Mobile Apps Here are some important advantages offered by the open-source Android OS for mobile app development for enterprises. Low Costs and High Returns You get the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) for free and this reduces the software...

A Definitive Guide to Mobile App Analytics

Mobile app usage has grown manifold in recent years and it is expected to continue to grow significantly, thanks to the connectivity and advancement in technology. A study report based on mobile app usage statistics shows more than 75 billion mobile apps have been downloaded and the figure is expected to reach 268.69 billion by 2017. In addition, consumers spend 85% of the time that they use their smartphones on apps and 26% of research starts from apps. Thus, we can see that mobile apps are playing a big role in productivity and marketing and they are essential for success. But, the success of a mobile applies in how well it can engage users and solve their purpose. And this is only possible through mobile app analytics. Mobile app analytics refers to the collection, measurement, reporting and analysis of mobile data for the purpose of understanding and optimizing app usage. Mobile app analytics helps you understand customer behavior and tells you how you can customize your app to meet the needs of your customer. Why Mobile App Analytics Has Become So Important? Mobile users spend an average of 37 hours each month in apps and there is a 63% increase in usage every quarter. If you do not try to get the most out of the opportunities offered by the mobile space, then you are making a big mistake. Mobile app analytics helps you make the right decisions for your business. For example, a report by the Aberdeen group says that companies that used mobile analytics had an 11.6% increase in revenue while companies that chose to ignore mobile app analytics had a...

A Definitive Guide to Cloud Hosting

Has your organization already started hosting services on the cloud platform? If no, then you probably need to know about the fast pace at which cloud computing is being adopted by firms across the globe. A big shift towards cloud computing has been further evident as per the cloud spending estimates made by the analyst house IDC for 2015. The cloud-based expenditure by enterprises was estimated at around $26.4 billion for 2014 and, according to the IDC, the total cloud infrastructure related expenses will rise to about $32 billion in 2015. That is a significant 28% increment in cloud spending. In fact, as per the ComputerWorld forecast study conducted in 2015, it is expected that around 42% of the IT decision makers are planning to increase the spending related to cloud platforms, which is the second highest spending category for IT enterprises after security technologies. Source: Forbes So let’s try and understand the concept of cloud hosting and its advantages as well as compare cloud hosting services with traditional web hosting services. What is Cloud Hosting? It involves hosting services for websites by configuring servers in a flexible way to provide an extremely reliable, scalable and affordable web infrastructure.                                                                                      Image credit: Flickr It is a service rather than a product which hosts websites on virtual servers that eventually utilize the computing resources from the underlying networks of physical web...

6 Reasons Why You Should Explore Drupal 8

Have you been waiting for the release of Drupal 8 since Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert, announced its scheduled launch in December 2013?                                                                 Image credit: Flickr Of course, you are still waiting for the release of the Drupal 8 final version, even though the Drupal 8.0.0 Beta 1 version was released in October 2014. The anxious wait for Drupal 8 is justifiable since it is after all Drupal, which is easily one of the most popular CMS technologies in the world. You will be delighted to know that the latest version of this open source web Content Management System (CMS) is even more flexible than before with more than 200 new features and improvements in comparison to Drupal 7. It is bound to improve the efficiency of the CMS platform being implemented by all types and sizes of organizations whether it is a small non-governmental organization or a Fortune 500 company or a high-profile organization like Whitehouse.gov. In this article, you will be provided with an honest review of Drupal 8 and its features. Having used Drupal for developing many custom websites, we will share useful experiences about this open source CMS platform. 1. Mobile-First Approach To cater to the growing demand for a mobile-friendly experience, Drupal 8 adopts the mobile-first approach by ensuring that all its built-in themes, admin pages, and new admin toolbar are mobile responsive. You need not worry or search for ways to ensure...

What Works Best – Magento, WooCommerce, or Drupal Commerce?

ECommerce has been around for quite a long time now and has grown into a booming industry, picking up momentum in the global market like a wildfire. Thanks to eCommerce, people nowadays buy all kinds of things sitting in the comfortable confines of their homes and offices without having to visit an actual market. Not limited to the comfort of buying things online, eCommerce websites also allows people to sell almost anything, helping save on costs and traveling. Mobile commerce is no longer a nifty sideshow either. With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the technology sphere, and as shopping on smartphones and tablets has now become routine for people, mCommerce has further shifted the retailers’ focus to building and enhancing their online business to stay in the race. Bank of America forecasts that $67.1 billion purchases will be made from smartphones in Europe and the US by end of 2015. A wide range of mCommerce platforms is available for building a robust mobile eCommerce site from which GSI, Oracle ATG, IBM Websphere, Amazon Webstore, MarketLive, American Eagle, and Magento are worth mentioning. If you are contemplating the prospects of building your own eCommerce site, it is important to know which platform will yield the best results. There are a number of platforms and services available for this task, but only a handful of them is considered worthwhile today. Let’s take a brief look at the three most popular platforms available today. WooCommerce The first in line and arguably one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the market today is WooCommerce – a stand-alone, open source plugin for WordPress that...