Is MEAP Obsolete?

Published on: June 3, 2013


The value proposition behind mobile enterprise application platforms or MEAPs is changing predictably, rapidly, and by necessity.  Until a few months ago, MEAPs’ core value revolved around fast time-to-market. Like the client-server and web application waves before it, the initial priority for mobile apps was, well, “We need that, and fast!” So the MEAP emerged as the preferred tool for that job.  The original MEAPs …
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What’s the meaning of Akula?

Published on: June 3, 2013

Parna Sarkar-Basu

If you look up Akula, you’ll see multiple meanings: shark, power, a class of submarines. So why did a software company name its new product Verivo Akula? Here’s the backstory, in case you are interested. Steve Habermas is Verivo’s head of product development and an expert in the Agile software engineering process. He is also a former U.S. Navy officer and led the daily operation of …
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Enterprise Mobility Goes Mainstream

Published on: May 27, 2013


Businesses have flirted for years with making their employees more mobile, but for most companies, these good intentions have stalled at giving out BlackBerrys to executives and laptops to sales people. In short, going mobile meant having a phone and access to email, contacts and web browsing, but little else. For laptop users, mobility has often required a virtual private network connection just to get …
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On the Importance of Being Open to the Mobile Eco-System: Verivo Software to Integrate Citrix Ready Worx

Published on: May 22, 2013


by Chris Willis The mobile software eco-system has been, since it’s birth, rather “exclusive.” Platform players, especially, have developed walled gardens of functionality, attempting to solve as much of the enterprise’s problems on their own as possible. This creates a major headache to CIOs who are faced with the challenge of developing a strategy that meets the needs of all stakeholders. For example, when a …
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FTC’s privacy push heightens agility need in enterprise mobility

Published on: May 13, 2013


The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s report about recommending tougher provisions over mobile app privacy had some big technology companies raising objections, according to news coverage. While some push back from mobile device and social media giants isn’t surprising, what does the FTC’s report and the government’s overall direction on app privacy mean for most enterprises? Should the average enterprise pursuing mobility also push back against …
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Empower telecommuters by borrowing from enterprise mobility’s strengths

Published on: April 29, 2013


Even though Marissa Mayer has finally addressed the elephant in the room, the decision by Yahoo! to abolish its work-from-home policy seems to fly in the face of the growing role of mobility in the enterprise. Enterprise mobile apps, after all, are all about connecting people with information and business processes wherever they happen to be at the moment. Upon closer examination, however, we can …
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Enterprise mobility revives the build vs. buy debate

Published on: April 15, 2013


A few years ago, the idea of building custom enterprise apps instead of buying packaged software for functions such as customer relationship management had become a thing of the past. Why build your own CRM or enterprise resources planning system when you could simply buy one off the shelf? The old “buy versus build” argument—excluding websites—was a foregone conclusion in favor of “buy.” Then came …
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Which back-end systems will you mobilize in the next 12 months?

Published on: April 1, 2013

Parna Sarkar-Basu

To operate your business process at full capacity, enterprise mobile apps need to integrate with back-end systems for access to data, transactional or collaborative processes. We’d like know more about the type of systems you plan to mobilize over the next few months. Is it a customer relationship management system or a specific CRM function, an enterprise resource planning suite? Maybe it’s a Web portal, …
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Time to start leveraging implementation accelerators for mobility

Published on: March 18, 2013


Moving quickly with enterprise mobility is more important than ever. Where a year ago, many companies still exhibited a “stick a toe in the water” approach with a pilot project that might take a year, today, multiple app projects per year is becoming the norm, as recent research has noted. That means speed is imperative. Previously on Mobility Watch, I’ve addressed some of the bigger …
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Invesco Canada’s use of HTML5

Published on: March 4, 2013


Our charting app is very different than what iOS native is providing. When it comes to charting, there are different options in the mobile apps.  One of them is use native code and build your own charting options, the other one is to use a third party, and also [third] use HTML5. So there was different options the platform would enable us to do. Between …
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