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Application Issues Cost Companies

There is little more frustrating than when you’re trying to accomplish something at work and you’re held up by technology. You sit, waiting for the technology to work, all the while your stress level is raising as you watch the minutes tick by – minutes when you could be checking things off of your to-do list. Sound familiar? I’d be surprised if it didn’t.

According to a recent article from Baseline, app delays are a major problem for businesses. The reality is that most business users experience frequent delays while attempting to use software apps at work. While this is certainly frustrating for the users, it’s a financial nightmare for companies, who are losing millions of dollars a year as a result of such delays.

When employees waste valuable time troubleshooting the issue or stop using these often-expensive applications altogether, that’s a problem. Unfortunately, few IT decision-makers recognize this issue – or do anything about it. Needless to say, this is a problem.

I often talk about making the value of software more obvious to the business, and the situation above is a clear path to disaster. The lesson here is to make sure that the tools your team is relying on are as useful to them as you think, so that you can truly capitalize on their value, and, most importantly, deliver the required work.

Read, “App Delays Frustrate Users, Cost Business Billions,” here.

Mike Harris

Written by Michael D. Harris at 05:00
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In-House App Development

A survey from Apperian, and its follow up, the “2015 Executive Enterprise Mobility Report,” has revealed that most IT organizations are bringing mobile application development in-house. 60 percent of organizations (compared to 42 percent in 2014) currently have internally developed apps in place. They’re making this shift in order to:

  • More effectively meet the specific needs of users
  • Improve business processes
  • Gain a competitive edge

Of course, change isn’t always easy. The survey also brought to light the top challenges in achieving mobility goals (security – 67%, ROI determination – 32% and lack of budget – 29%). Regardless, organizations are making an investment in app development. 47 percent of the respondents are investing in more apps for core business processes to increase app adoption and 43 percent are trying to improve the user interface and experience of their apps.

This trend also speaks to a larger trend that we’ve been talking about at DCG: IT working more closely with the business to support organizational goals. This type of relationship benefits the organization as a whole, leading to more successful projects and more satisfied customers (and an improved bottom line). The more IT prioritizes according to the goals of the business, the more fruitful the investment will be.

If you’re interested in reading more, check out the Baseline article, “Why IT is Bringing App Development In-House.”

Mike Harris
DCG President

Written by Michael D. Harris at 05:00
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App Store-Enabling Enterprise Applications for the BYOD/BYOPC Mobile Workforce

MikeForbes recently reported on Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014. My take on this is that large organizations have to start App Store-enabling their enterprise applications now in order to accommodate a mobile workforce. App Store-enabling enterprise applications means creating smaller mobile apps that can be operated (and downloaded) independently by employees and customers on their personal devices. In the near future, this will be how employees and customers consume the IT services that they currently access through websites. 

Turning enterprise applications into mobile applications will soon become a serious issue for organizations.  A number of organizations are struggling with personal mobile devices today, and if the evolution of those devices includes personal clouds (which is likely), that struggle will continue.  Hence (with apologies to other older folks like me), BYOPC is not referring to our favorite desktop/laptop, but to the likely emergence of “Bring Your Own Personal Cloud.”

Of course, there is a snag here. Small applications may not be able to carry out all of the needed functions of enterprise applications without access to centrally held data or the ability to store more data than current devices can support. Gartner suggests two trends that are addressing this problem: more data storage on the local device and on more data storage on personal clouds.

So, what does this mean for you and your organization? It means that it’s time to start considering the future and how BYOD and the cloud may affect your mobile workforce. Download our latest white paper, Migrating Enterprise Applications to the Cloud. In it, we discuss the strategic concerns that need to be considered when moving applications into the cloud and outline the characteristics of an application that would make for a good candidate for migration. 

As an aside, DCG also offers an “Applications to Apps” service for updating enterprise applications to mobile applications. This service combines several software analytics techniques to review enterprise applications to determine if they are suitable candidates to be turned into mobile applications. 

Mike Harris
DCG President

Written by Michael D. Harris at 05:00
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"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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