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  • Options for Making A Mobile App for Your Business

    If you’ve been thinking about creating a mobile app for your business but haven’t made much progress, consider two approaches that could help you reach your goal.

    #1 Make a do-it-yourself mobile app.

    New, disruptive technologies are making it possible for business people with basic office software skills to develop effective, visually appealing mobile apps. And with a robust DIY mobile app platform like ViziApps, enterprise business units, as well as small and medium sized businesses, can create mobile applications without skilled engineering resources. This approach does not require a sizable mobile app development budget or the technical expertise of an internal IT group or an outside programmer.

    Mobile application development platforms that provide a drag-and-drop process for designing and creating mobile apps offer a way to meet the mobile app gap many businesses are experiencing. In significantly less time that it can take to design and develop an enterprise-quality application, a business can design and build a custom mobile app and publish it in the Apple App Store or in Google Play.

    At a time when businesses are looking at ways to provide better customer service, the DIY approach offers significant cost and time savings, putting affordable mobile business apps within reach of organizations of all sizes.

    #2 Enlist Expert Services to Build A DIY Mobile App

    Producing a sophisticated mobile business app that incorporates business data from a Google Docs spreadsheet or SQL server can be accomplished in days on a platform like ViziApps. But for some people, even a day or two is more than they can spare to build a mobile app.

    Those businesses can still take advantage of the cost and time savings the ViziApps “no coding” mobile app platform offers. ViziApps app development professionals work with business owners and enterprise managers to design and create mobile apps for a tenth the cost (or even less) than the cost of a traditional enterprise application. Now, those businesses can get a branded web, native, or hybrid app to meet their functional and aesthetic specifications built for them at very low cost.

    Depending on their preferences, we can utilize the features of an iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone or tablet and provide access to whatever data our customers require. For example, we work on apps designed to expand revenue-generating channels, incorporating features such as geo-location marketing, mobile payments and mobile social media integration, as well as apps for internal use.

    Whichever approach a business takes to creating a mobile app, the DIY path or the route leveraging ViziApps professional app design services, the result is an attractive, low-cost mobile app tailored to meet current business needs and be updated easily whenever those needs change.

  • Part 1 in a Series – Mobilizing Your Business, From Hardship to Rapid Impact

    During April, we will have a series of blog posts focusing the increasing importance of Mobile apps in Rapid Application Development - what does it mean to have mobile apps power the way your organization works. This will include Showcasing different companies leveraging Mobile Rapid App Development, aka MRAD, to improve their business results.

    What we have seen are some incredible productivity enhancing stories that provide competitive differentiation. In some cases, companies have prioritized their operations focus on the back of mobile app platform. We are in very interesting times where mobile is changing the way we do business.

    But you might be wondering, why are employees still tethered to their desk and not out in the field selling or servicing customers, at the customer’s office or at a Starbucks.

    The reasons are many fold.

    First, it is important to understand what are the deficiencies of SaaS applications being provided in the marketplace. There is no doubt that you as a customer leveraging a RAD platform has seen the increase in number of productivity apps. DIY users are quickly able to make some pretty nifty apps. But the SaaS providers have not optimized their RAD platform for creating mobile apps. Yes, you can get a mobile app but it lacks the functionality that is required in a mobile oriented workplace. A report or task workflow on a mobile device needs to be different than a report in a desktop browser. RAD platforms are still playing catch up to the mobile space and will probably never catch up as mobile devices keep rapidly evolving.

    Second, creating a mobile app is not the same as creating a browser app. You might want to take advantage of some native capability of a mobile device in your app and you want that information stored on desktop app. Two sets of requirements which further leads to – can your org have the capacity to take on two unique approaches to solve the problem.

    Third, mobile apps need to have simple task navigation, as the screen real estate on the device is limited. Trying to jam too much information only leaves a bad taste in the app’s user experience, resulting in low-adoption.

    Companies need to be innovative in their thinking to adopt mobile apps as they choose a RAD platform. Companies that have embarked on DIY mobile apps with the right MRAD platform are seeing the business results impact in a just a matter of days, As they mobilize workflow by bringing mobile business processes to the palm of their mobile workers hands, wherever they are, and whenever needed.

    Next, we’ll some unique use cases where different companies have solved key business needs with rapidly developed mobile apps.

  • Part 2 in the Series - How Three Businesses Benefited from ViziApps Mobile Apps

    Now, let’s walk thru some use cases showing how three companies have solved key issues with mobile apps.

    Construction – Home Maintenance Services

    The home maintenance industry has been comprised of individual and small business contractors and handymen, interacting with each homeowner by phone. HomeSquare is disrupting this traditional model, increasing engagement with homeowners and lowering home maintenance costs, by giving each homeowner a private mobile app connection wherever they are. This makes it quick and easy to request new services, and keep apprised of all their projects’ progress and status, making it easy to consume more home maintenance services by breaking down the barriers of finding the right people for a project and negotiating the terms and pricing.

    The solution was to put a mobile app in the hands of every customer, making it easy to request services, provide details and explanations, and even take photos to clarify needed work orders. With this successful customer-facing app, HomeSquare is looking to increase their productivity with mobile business process apps.

    Retail Channel Engagement

    One of the world’s largest fast-moving consumer goods companies based in Asia, which we’ll refer to here as FMCG, saw the need for a mobile app to carry their business forward with their network of thousands of retailing partners in Asia. Mobile apps presented a new opportunity to significantly increase engagement with them. It opened a new direct marketing vehicle with the partners, increasing the productivity of these relationships and encouraging increased loyalty and teamwork. In addition to reinforcing FMCG’s brand, benefits also included increased sales and reduced call center volume.

    FMCG’s marketing and sales team was very keen to make sure that the mobile app’s user experience was optimized. A critical technology requirement for this project was a secure real-time connection to the FMCG’s corporate SQL partner database. Now released for iOS and Android devices in the three languages needed across the region, and the mobile app is achieving high adoption and increasing FMCG’s engagement and business results with their retail partners.

    Farm Operations

    Spiech Farms has over 600 employees processing fruit and vegetables. They had built out desktop applications for use at the corporate office, but out in the field, they needed something mobile.

    Using bar-code scanning functionality from their smartphones, their field workers could take inventory of all the produce and report updates directly back to the corporate office. Additional mobile apps were built in a matter of days, enabling the company to adapt quickly, based on their stakeholder’s needs. Instead of training their filed employees for hours on desktop applications, they chose the route of mobile apps for easy and fast task workflow for their young and mobile workforce.

    No longer are they chasing their field workers to update systems when they return to the office. Instead, real-time updates from the field provide fast visibility and significant increases in productivity for the whole organization.

    Next up: How they accomplished these benefits!

  • Part 4 in a Series: Mobilizing your business with ViziApps Visual Rapid Mobile App Development

    Now, you might be wondering how ViziApps can mobilize your business. Let’s go back to the criteria listed in Part 3 of this Series, and look at how ViziApps addresses those needs for Rapid Mobile Application Development:

    Security – ViziApps is built on a highly reliable Amazon AWS network with an eye on “protecting your app” with utmost priority. ViziApps leverages the latest security AWS tools to build a secure network that does not slow down performance of your app.

  • Part 5 in a Series: Make it happen with ViziApps

    We’ve discussed how Viziapps is disrupting mobile app development with the power of visual rapid mobile app design, data connectivity, and publishing. Let’s recap the key factors ViziApps provides.

    Visually Design your Mobile App User Experience. Viziapps is a Visual platform for IT Professionals and Citizen Developers to easily design, test, and publish mobile apps for iOS or Android OS devices. All this through the Visual Design studio that supports all of the cool features that you want in your mobile app’s User Experience.

  • Publish Your Mobile Apps In An Instant

    ViziApps has pioneered fast creation of custom mobile apps without the need for coding. However, you may need a faster more controlled way to distribute your apps than available through the public app stores.

    Now you can also publish your custom mobile apps directly into the hands of your iPhone, iPad, and Android users, literally in minutes, with ViziApps Instant Publisher.

    The Need for Instant Publishing

    There are a number of situations where you may not want your custom mobile app to be distributed through a public app store:

    • Your app is only to be used by company insiders and channel/supply partners
    • Your app contains ideas, concepts, or intellectual property you don’t want competitors to see
    • You want to avoid the complexity, delays, and cost of publishing through public app markets
    • You need fast distribution to a limited set of users
    • Your user population is small
    • You are conducting a Beta or Pilot test

    How It Works

    ViziApps Instant Publisher™ creates a special App Installation Web Page, unique for your app, that guides your users through a simple and fast installation process.

    ViziApps also creates a unique App Invitation Card which contains a bit.ly short URL and QR code that will bring your users directly to the App Installation Web Page.

    State Capitols Invitation Card

    App Invitation Card

    Your users open your installed app directly from your custom branded App Icon on their device home screen, and the same published app can run on both Apple and Android devices. ViziApps Instant Publisher is available to use with the latest version of ViziApps from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

    Try installing the demo app shown in the Invitation Card above to see how Instant Publisher works.

  • Rapid Dev Tools Put Mobile Apps in the Fast Lane

    Check out Gartner’s Jason Wong’s comments in Ramin Edmond’s article in the June issue of Tech Target’s Modern Mobility: Many organizations haven’t yet built their own apps because of the scarcity of developer talent and the extra expense it requires. Rapid mobile app development (RMAD) platforms low- and even no-code tools can help lighten that burden to build mobile applications. RMAD adoption is growing in the enterprise, because it has the potential to unleash app dev in a big way, says Jason Wong, principal research analyst at Gartner.

  • Ready to Build Your Own Mobile App? Begin with the ViziApps Quick Start Video

    Check out the new video in the ViziApps Studio. It will help you get a jump on your mobile business app.

    First, sign up for a free ViziApps account (or log into your account), then set aside about 90 seconds to watch our Quick Start video. In the time it will take you to read this blog post, you’ll see how easily you can create an eye-catching mobile app for your business.

    ViziApps requires no programming skills and lets you use your own images or the ones we provide. You can use it to create business apps for iOS and Android devices.

    If you’re a beginner, you might want to take advantage of one of the ViziApps templates. They let you base your design on one of ours while you customize it to meet your particular requirements. Other videos in the ViziApps Studio will help you brand your mobile app and understand your options for providing it with the data needed to make it an effective tool for your target users.

  • Signature Capture for iOS and Android Apps

    Signature Capture

    Many business transactions require a signature to seal the deal. With ViziApps businesses can build a mobile app that easily captures signatures on the iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphones or tablets. By providing a mobile app for digital signature capture, companies can help their users reduce the amount of documents they need to carry around with them and ease storage and retrieval of signed materials.

    Like all the functionality that ViziApps provides, digital signature capture capability can be easily incorporated into a mobile business app – without any coding. And signatures captured can be stored safely in cloud data sources supported by ViziApps, such as Google Docs spreadsheets, web services and SQL databases.

  • Speed Your Mobile Apps to Market in a Major App Store

    New, disruptive technologies are enabling business and IT people to create robust, visually appealing, data-centric mobile business apps quickly and cost effectively. Using a tool like ViziApps Studio provide step-by-step directions on how to get a ViziApps-built app published in the Apple App Store or in Google Play.

    To publish an app in the Apple App Store using ViziApps, for example, you just need to complete three steps:

    • Prepare the data, icons, images and other items that will be used to promote your app in the App Store with iTunes Connect
    • Brand and build the code for your app using ViziApps
    • Deploy your app to iTunes Connect with the Application Loader.

    Deploying An App to iTunes Connect

    The process for deploying an app to iTunes Connect has changed over time, so be sure to download and refer to the current iTunes Connect Developer Guide for the latest information.

    Knowing what you will need to take your completed mobile business apps through the build and app publishing process will help you plan your time at the onset of your mobile app development project to make your apps available to your users on schedule. By clearly understanding the steps you will need to complete to meet the unique requirements of the Apple App Store and Google Play, you will avoid unnecessary delays and ensure that your mobile apps will be ready when your users expect to start using it.

  • The New Must-Haves for Mobile Apps Today

    SC Moatti has built mobile products for many of the greats — including running cross-platform notifications for Facebook. In her experience, whether an app succeeds depends on the culture of the company that makes it. “Mobile has an entirely different resonance and cadence for users, which makes the development of mobile apps fundamentally different too," she says.

  • U.S. Government Is Looking for (Quite) A Few Good Apps

    President Barack Obama has ordered major U.S. agencies to make more services available through mobile apps. A recently released executive order directs each federal agency to make at least two of the services designed for public use available on mobile devices within the next 12 months.

    The executive order states: “For far too long, the American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different Government programs in order to find the services they need. In addition, at a time when Americans increasingly pay bills and buy tickets on mobile devices, Government services often are not optimized for smartphones or tablets, assuming the services are even available online.”

    Some of the stated goals of this mobile app initiative are “to streamline their delivery of services to lower costs, decrease service delivery times, and improve the customer experience.”

    In other words, the U.S. government is looking to experience the same benefits businesses have seen when they have made data accessible via mobile devices. Recognizing the value of mobile apps for users, as well as their potential to stimulate the economy, the administration is encouraging innovative companies and entrepreneurs to participate in the drive to build mobile apps. Providing access via smartphones and tablets will ease the public’s ability to track down and use government data.

    According to a White House press release, the administration wants to “make large amounts of government data more easily accessible to the public to spur entrepreneurs to develop innovative new services and mobile applications that take advantage of this data, creating new opportunities, businesses and jobs in the process.”

    If you have ever been frustrated trying to negotiate government websites, here is your chance to do something about it. With ViziApps you could create an elegant, intuitive mobile app, for iOS or Android devices, that offers busy citizens a better way to get the information they need.

  • ViziApps Adds Indoor Maps and Navigation with Micello Partnership and Integration

    Micello, Inc., the leading global provider of indoor maps and navigation data, announced its partnership with ViziApps. The new partnership will empower venue owners and ViziApps customers to quickly include and interact with Micello indoor maps in their mobile apps. In the last few years, Micello has generated indoor maps for over 25,000 venues around the world.

  • ViziApps Eases Building Data-rich Mobile Apps with Online Guide and Graphical Query Tester

    ViziApps provides app creators with a major advantage – the ability to quickly produce data-rich mobile business apps without coding.

    And now, with a new online reference guide available in the ViziApps Studio, app makers have a handy reference to help them build apps using Google Docs spreadsheets for access to a wide range of data, including text, images, and maps. The searchable documentation speeds development of robust data-rich apps for the iPhone and iPad and Android smartphones and tablets.

    ViziApps users tell us that delivering their business data into the hands of mobile users is driving new revenue and attracting new customers for their business. Providing mobile access to business data is what sets their apps apart from their competitors. So, make the most of your business data in your next mobile app. Check out the new data management documentation in ViziApps Studio to learn how to present and manage data in a way that gives your app users the information they need – wherever they are.

    Simply click the “Spreadsheet User Guide” button in the Manage Data section for info and tips on

    • Introduction to database commands
    • Updating and deleting data
    • Incorporating images and maps
    • Using Google Docs spreadsheets
    • Data Management best practices
    • This is just a sampling of the topics provided to help app creators select, create, and efficiently manage data for use in their mobile business apps. Check it out by clicking the “Spreadsheet User Guide” on the Manage Data page in your free ViziApps Studio account.

      Easier Testing of Data Management Designs

      Recent enhancements to the ViziApps mobile app creation platform allow testing of any spreadsheet query directly from the ViziApps Studio. In other words, it is no longer necessary to go out of ViziApps to your mobile device to test individual spreadsheet queries

      Now mobile app creators can use this new graphical query tester early in the app design process to verify which queries are working and to identify issues that require attention. Every spreadsheet query in the ViziApps graphical query tree now has a green icon that represents this new testing tool for that particular query.

      When a user clicks on it, a pop-up appears with that query for testing.

      This new ViziApps capability speeds app development and eliminates the need for app creators to move in and out of the ViziApps Studio to test every query made to a database.

      The tester works for all query types. For update, insert and where condition tests, the app creator enters test values in the empty device fields and clicks the “Test” button. That simple action submits the query and then displays the results in a second graphical response tree. Both single values and array values are displayed, as well as any query errors that may occur.

    • ViziApps Expands Intuit QuickBase Support to include Sub-Account Authentication and Query Response Limits

      Companies worldwide use QuickBase to create cloud-based business process applications, without doing any coding.

      Those businesses often require access privileges to company data at different levels of authorization. Using ViziApps Studio, enterprises and small businesses can design QuickBase apps that enable end users to access data at the appropriate level of authorization. These QuickBase apps can run on iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and smartphones.

      For example, a Sales VP may have a higher level of authorization than regional sales people have. While the Sales VP may access sales results in all regions, an individual sales person might have access to sales results only in his/her region. When an end user logs into their QuickBase ViziApps app, their login credentials will automatically determine which data to select depending on their level of authorization.

      Here’s how it works. When a user registers QuickBase as a data source for their ViziApps app, they will see a dialog box like the figure below. They just add the field names in the app that will be used for end users to login and access the QuickBase data. Then, when the app runs, the app users just login and the data query designed in ViziApps uses the authorization from their login.

      Also, the ViziApps Studio now enables users to specify a limit to the number of responses for any data query, since large data sets may have much more data than is needed by a mobile user.

    • ViziApps Expands QuickBase Support – Now includes Sub-Account Authentication and Query Response Limits

      Companies worldwide use QuickBase to create cloud-based business process applications, without doing any coding.

      Those businesses often require access privileges to company data at different levels of authorization.These QuickBase apps can run on iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones and tablets.

      For example, a Sales VP may have a higher level of authorization than regional sales people have. While the Sales VP may access sales results in all regions, an individual sales person might have access to sales results only in his/her region. When an end user logs into their QuickBase ViziApps app, their login credentials will automatically determine which data to select depending on their level of authorization.

      Here's how it works. When you register QuickBase as a data source for your ViziApps app, you will see a dialog box like the figure below. Add the field names in your app that will be used for end users to login and access your QuickBase data. Then, when the app runs, your users just login and the data query you designed in ViziApps uses the authorization from their login.

      Now includes Sub-Account Authentication and Query Response Limits

      Also, the ViziApps Studio now enables you to specifiy a limit to the number of responses for any data query, since large data sets may have much more data than is needed by a mobile user.

    • ViziApps named one of Massachusetts Largest Mobile Startups

      The Boston Business Journal named ViziApps as one of the Top 20 Largest Mobile Startups in Massachusetts. ViziApps joined the ranks of Mobiquity, uTest, Fiksu, Apperian, and Kinvey in this recognition of our growth by New England’s premier business journal.

    • ViziApps Now Allows Use of JavaScript in No-coding Mobile Apps

      ViziApps is first and foremost a platform that allows users to create robust, data-centric mobile apps without coding. But for app creators who want to use their programming skills to further customize their apps, new JavaScript support in ViziApps makes that possible. With the addition of custom JavaScript, a wide range of additional features can be included. For instance, by incorporating unique “glue logic”, ViziApps app builders can include more complex app operations in their mobile apps.

      (If you haven’t tried ViziApps yet, start now by signing up for a free account.)

      This new JavaScript capability opens up new ways of making mobile apps even more innovative. For example, a user could incorporate JavaScript as a way to record a message in a ViziApps hybrid app. Another use for JavaScript might be to populate maps using a mobile device’s GPS geo-location capabilities, then provide that information to Google Maps. In the ViziApps Studio, where our users build mobile business apps, we have provided the option of using custom JavaScript as a way to extend ViziApps functionality and distinguish our users’ mobile apps in a highly competitive marketplace.

    • ViziApps Now Supports Intuit QuickBase for Integrating Data in Mobile Apps

      Companies worldwide use QuickBase to create cloud-based business process applications, without doing any coding.

      Now, using ViziApps Studio, enterprise and small business users can easily build mobile apps using QuickBase data to run on the iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and smartphones, without coding. Taking advantage of the ViziApps drag and drop process for creating apps, QuickBase users can quickly and cost effectively build mobile apps that provide access to robust cloud-based data.

      ViziApps® provides the features described below for creating QuickBase mobile apps.

      Click & choose database fields and drag & drop device fields

      • A drag and drop process for creating QuickBase database operations, using familiar database commands such as select, insert, update and delete.

      Test database commands in the Studio

      • A graphical test for verifying that database commands work properly right in the ViziApps Studio.

      Preview app running with QuickBase access

      With these new capabilities, QuickBase users can build data-rich apps for iOS and Android devices. Adding QuickBase database operations takes just minutes. Play online games at the best friv games website.

      The no-coding ViziApps process enables business and IT professionals to build mobile business apps for use by employees, partners, and customers. As a result, businesses can have the mobile apps their users need to access and leverage data virtually anywhere and anytime.

    • ViziApps Offline Sync – Use Your Mobile App Anywhere

      What does Offline Data Sync mean in a mobile app?

      Offline data allows a user of the mobile app to view, add, delete or modify data in the mobile app with no connection to the internet or network. All of the changes the user makes will be automatically synced with the main backend database, once the mobile app user comes back into online network connectivity.

      So, why this is important?