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  • Easily Include Facebook, Google, or LinkedIn Social Logins in your mobile apps

    ViziApps makes it Easy to add Social Logins to your mobile apps. Quickly enable your mobile app users to register and/or login with their Facebook, Google or LinkedIn user credentials!

    Social Logins are an easy way for end users to register and login to mobile apps. Instead of adding a username and password fields to your app, just add a button with the action of social login and you can get the name, email and profile picture of the end user to use in your app. Then, you can store the credentials for future logins.

    To add Social Login to an app's Button, just open the Button Property sheet and enter the properties for your choice of Facebook, Google or LinkedIn. That's it! Social Logins in your mobile app in about a minute!

    Social Login Button Property Sheet
  • AT&T posts Tutorial for using ViziApps to Rapidly Build Mobile Apps for IoT Connected Devices

    AT&T M2X (https://m2x.att.com/) provides time-series data storage, device management, message brokering, event triggering, alarming, geo-fencing, and data visualization for Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) products and services. ViziApps has worked with AT&T to integrate ViziApps with M2X to provide Visual Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) for industrial IoT. Check out the Tutorial AT&T just posted in the AT&T M2X blog: https://m2x.att.com/developer/tutorials/viziapps

  • Create Custom Mobile Apps for QuickBooks Online

    QuickBooks Online is the rapidly growing cloud version of the world’s most popular accounting program. But when it comes to mobile apps, QuickBooks Online has been constrained to a standardized one-size-fits-all mobile app, and a few special-purpose solutions available through Intuit App Center.

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    Now ViziApps removes all the constraints! You can build the mobile app that exactly suits your business processes, or for your QuickBooks online clients. ViziApps enables you to directly read data from and write data into your QuickBooks Online account. You can use data from other sources to eliminate the inefficiency and mistakes that can occur when a user has to access multiple apps to use different systems. You can empower your workers to be highly productive anywhere, anytime, using exactly the workflow needed to get tasks done quickly.

    And using ViziApps Studio, which doesn’t require coding, you can build your custom app quickly, inexpensively, and without involving a large team of developers. And you can update your app at any time, immediately pushing the new version to your users.

    Find our more about Building Custom Mobile Apps for QuickBooks Online.

    Secure Mobile Apps

    When you create a custom mobile app with ViziApps for QuickBooks Online, every user must log in to the app with their QuickBooks Online account and password – a process that happens directly with Intuit, bypassing ViziApps and your app. Your app communicates directly and securely with Intuit’s servers, keeping your data safe.

    Mobile-First Workflow

    Mobile device users need to get specific tasks done quickly, and with small screens and touch input, demanding the user experience to be optimized in a different way than for web applications. ViziApps Studio uses a page-based organization with free-form layout, enabling you to express the exact workflow for workers to get their tasks done quickly and accurately.

    Mashups with Your Backend and Cloud Data

    In addition to QuickBooks Online, ViziApps can connect your app to Google Sheets, Salesforce.com, Intuit QuickBase, and SQL servers. Need to pull product pricing or inventory data from a Google Drive Spreadsheet, SQL database, or QuickBase? Need to check customer data from Salesforce.com? ViziApps makes this all possible within a single mobile app, and much more.

    True Mobile User Experiences

    ViziApps gives you access to critical smartphone features including GPS, camera, and audio recording, but also extends with important mobility features such as barcode and QR scanning, signature capture, and push notifications. So your custom mobile app becomes a true productivity tool that can transform your business.

  • Demand for enterprise mobile apps to drastically outstrip supply

    ViziApps is pleased that the need and value of Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) platforms like the ViziApps Visual RMAD have been recognized in the fast paced mobile industry.

    Chris Nerney is a technology writer who covers mobile technology, big data and analytics, Android, data centers and cloud computing. Here’s an excerpt from one of his posts in CSC Blogs:

    Even the best of the best mobile apps development best practices may not be enough to enable enterprises to meet the expected demand for serious business apps, according to a new report by technology research and consulting firm Gartner:

    By the end of 2017, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations’ capacity to deliver them. Gartner forecasts mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019, which will fuel demand for apps in the enterprise that meet the high performance and usability of consumer apps.

    The driving force behind the growing demand for mobile apps by enterprise users is the increasing number of devices employees are expected to use in the workplace, including smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and other wearables. The Internet of Things also will generate more demand for mobile apps.

    Gartner recommends four specific steps enterprises can take to offset mobile apps development challenges:

    1. Prioritize app development

    Rather than develop apps for whomever asks first or the loudest, “mobile development teams need to formulate a process of mobile app prioritization that involves understanding the needs of business stakeholders,” Gartner says.

    2. Adopt a bimodal IT model

    Gartner urges the scrapping of the “traditional IT development approach” with a bimodal approach that delivers apps more efficiently and quickly. Bimodal approaches consist of two modes: “Mode 1 drives the creation of stable infrastructure and APIs to allow apps to retrieve and deliver data to back-end systems without impacting those enterprise applications, while Mode 2 uses high-productivity, agile approaches to quickly deliver front-end app features required by the business.”

    3. Deploy RMAD tools

    Rapid mobile app development (RMAD) tools enable enterprises to turn out apps much faster. Examples include drag-and-drop codeless tools, model-driven development and other approaches that allow non-developers and people in business units to get involved in creating mobile apps.

    4. Used a mixed-sourcing approach

    While Gartner says enterprises eventually will upgrade their in-house mobile development, only 26% of organizations now use in-house-only development, while more than half (55%) are “successfully delivering apps using mixed sourcing.”

    The bottom line, if Gartner’s forecast is accurate, is that enterprises need to ramp up mobile apps development in a strategic way. If they don’t, they may cede market opportunities to their competitors.

  • Easily Include Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter Social Logins in your mobile apps

    ViziApps makes it Easy to add Social Logins to your mobile apps. Quickly enable your mobile app users to register and/or login with their Facebook, Google or LinkedIn user credentials! Social Logins are an easy way for end users to register and login to mobile apps. Instead of adding a username and password fields to your app, just add a button with the action of social login and you can get the name, email and profile picture of the end user to use in your app. Then, you can store the credentials for future logins. To add Social Login to an app's Button, just open the Button Property sheet and enter the properties for your choice of Facebook, Google or LinkedIn. That's it! Social Logins in your mobile app in about a minute! Check it out today, by adding the Social Login Demo Template App to your ViziApps account.
  • Easily include Interactive Charts in your apps

    Highcharts is now integrated into ViziApps. It enables a huge variety of data-rich and responsive charts and graphs with many display options. Used by tens of thousands of developers and 61 out of the world’s 100 largest companies, Highcharts provides the simplest yet most flexible charting solution on the market.

    Using ViziApps Studio, IT teams, business users, and their IT suppliers can now quickly build mobile apps with robust interactive charts without coding.

    Here’s an example chart.

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    Numerous Chart Types and Powerful Options

    ViziApps with Highcharts now supports easy integration in your mobile apps charts that include the following types: line, spline, area, area spline, column, bar, pie, scatter, angular gauges, area range, area spline range, column range and polar. Many of these can be combined in one chart.

    Adding charts to your ViziApps mobile apps is easy and fast. Just select the Chart field in the ViziApps Studio, set the name for your chart, and enter the chart options. Chart data can be statically stored in your app or dynamically set from your backend data sources using the Manage Data Dialog.

    Here are just a few examples of the powerful mobile charting options now available with ViziApps:

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    Pinch-Zooming Your users can zoom in on a chart to more closely examine especially interesting data.

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    Tooltip Labels Tapping on a chart can display tooltip text with information on each point and series.

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    Angular gauges Ideal for dashboards, angular gauges provide speedometer-like charts, easy to read at a glance.

    Polar Chart Image

    Polar charts Cartesian chart types like line, area, spline or area spline can be converted to polar or radial charts with one simple option.

  • Emerson College Entrepreneurship Program using ViziApps for Business Mobile Apps

    Emerson College Entrepreneurship Program is now using ViziApps for students to create their own mobile apps for their new businesses. ViziApps gave a two0day workshop on Using Mobile Apps to Impact Business Results, followed by hands-on training in how to quickly create mobile apps with ViziApps. Here, two of the students had their "Wow! Aha Moment” when they created and saw their own first ViziApps app on their phones - and in only about 30 minutes into the hands-on class session!
  • Mobile First … Moving Beyond Responsive Web Design to Mobile Apps

    Geoff Bock just posted interesting insights on Mobile First Strategy at TechTarget.

    Mobile First

    Here’s an summary

    Websites that perform well across multiple devices are the hallmark of a strong mobile-first strategy, but custom-built mobile apps can improve productivity by expediting specific activities.

    If your Web Content Management System supports Responsive Web Design and dynamic templates, you can create the content once and adapt the presentations to the form factors and navigation links of different device types.

    But there is more to Mobile First than consistent content presentation. Beyond keeping tabs on the latest weather reports or sharing immediate thoughts on Twitter, consider how mobile apps can engage users and simplify work-related tasks. With smart devices in our pockets and handbags, content in the palms of our hands can expedite user engagement.

    A mobile-first strategy can spawn a new generation of apps designed to support the micro-moments, when getting access to just the right information at the right time assists decision making. These are task-oriented apps that connect to multiple information sources and diverse content collections running in the cloud, and that provides the tools to mobilize moments of engagement.

    In short, content presentation is only the initial step in the mobile journey. A mobile-first strategy can evolve to support task-oriented mobile apps that transform business processes, remove communication barriers and increase productivity.

    For his full post, go to: Mobile First Apps

  • Offline Data Access for Mobile Apps Now Available

    ViziApps is the first mobile app creation without coding service to introduce a revolutionary new capability for mobile apps: Offline Data Access & Remote Sync.

    Mobile users worldwide have become dependent on their smartphones and apps to provide them with capabilities and data wherever and whenever they want. And now companies using ViziApps are enabling more and more corporate data to be available from our mobile devices.

    But the reality is that mobile data connections are often unreliable, very low bandwidth, too expensive to use, or completely unavailable in needed work sites. Yet these issues can hit at exactly the time and place we need to get our jobs done. A mobile device without a data connection suddenly becomes frustrating and useless.

    Offline Data Access & Remote Sync

    ViziApp’s approach to Offline Data Access & Remote Sync, like the rest of our no-coding platform for mobile app creation, couldn’t be simpler for the user and even for the app creator. In fact it’s practically transparent.

    Data Access While Offline

    For a user, the synchronization between a remote database and their mobile device happens automatically as a background process. There is no action the user needs to take. When a user makes a data query, their app will use a local copy of the synchronized data which not only gives them access to their data while offline, but also allows the app to perform much faster than normal online operation.

    Data Updates While Offline

    Mobile users without a network connection can now continue working and updating their data sets, such as filing reports and even submitting photos. The next time that the user runs their app with a network connection, the new data will be automatically synchronized back to the remote database in both directions.

    Simple To Enable

    For the app creator, in ViziApps Studio just go to the App Properties selection for “Setup Offline Operations”, then select “Use offline operation.” That’s it – the rest is automatically handled for you. There is no difficult middleware to install or configure or worry about for scalability.

    Offline Data Access & Remote Sync is now available for Intuit QuickBase and Android devices. ViziApps will soon be releasing Offline Data Access & Remote Sync for iPhone and iPad users, and then expanding to other remote data sources.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Salesforce.com Mobile Pack for ViziApps

    We are delighted to announce that the Salesforce ViziApps Mobile Pack is now available from Salesforce.com!

    We’ve been working with Salesforce.com to create and certify the Salesforce ViziApps Mobile Pack. Our Mobile Pack can help you fully integrate your Salesforce.com data in your mobile app’s user device event-driven workflow without coding, then publish your app to the Apple App Store, Google Play, or directly to your enterprise users. See more about the Salesforce ViziApps Mobile Pack at the Salesforce website: Salesforce Mobile Packs.

    ViziApps offers a unique platform for building mobile apps. Not only can you design free-form app pages that express exactly the user experience for your app, but you can use all the user device features needed for true mobile business processes, including GPS, push notifications, camera, QR and bar code scanning, charts, and much more.

    Salesforce Media Pack Studio

    The ViziApps no-coding approach even extends to data integration. You can query and update any of your Salesforce.com objects, and associate your data with almost any of the ViziApps fields available to you. Plus you can use Salesforce objects data with backend data from other sources such as SQL databases, Google Spreadsheets, and Intuit QuickBase – all right in the same app.

    Visit our Salesforce.com information page to sign up and start building mobile apps:

    Create Custom Mobile Apps with Salesforce Data

  • 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 Intuit 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 partners with Apperian for direct enterprise app publishing & management

      The ability to publish and manage mobile business apps for private use can open major opportunities for engaging employees, partners, or customers. Now ViziApps will let users combine the ability of making their company data mobile with easy app publishing and management through Apperian’s App Publishing and Management platform.

      ViziApps is partnering with Apperian, Inc., the enterprise mobile application management (MAM) pioneer, to enable ViziApps users to publish their apps directly with Apperian’s MAM platform and their own enterprise app store. Apps enabled by Apperian are easier to distribute, monitor, and manage for employee, partner, and customer users. ViziApps enterprise users will soon enjoy a number of benefits building their mobile apps, including:

      • 1-Click app publishing and seamless integration with Apperian’s “enterprise app store” platform that hundreds of enterprises are already using today
      • Access to rich mobile app management capabilities to manage and track app updates, apply security policies, manage testing, and track user feedback
      • Increased exposure for published apps to drive faster user adoption and higher ROI
      • Integrated app signing to sign or re-sign iOS and Android apps for full enterprise distribution, or update existing apps with new credentials
      • User feedback capabilities that will let users post comments, ideas and report bugs quickly and easily

      Apperian is the leading provider of mobile application management (MAM) technology. The company’s EASE platform delivers enterprise mobility services that enable many of the world’s largest corporations to securely manage the full lifecycle of mobile apps. To learn more about Apperian App Publishing and Apperian’s EASE platform, go to: www.apperian.com.

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    • ViziApps Selected to show Rapid Mobile App Innovation at TechJam 2015!

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      The Mass Technology Leadership Council selected ViziApps to demo our Rapid Mobile App Platform at TechJam 2015. See us there Thursday May 11th in Boston: https://masstlc.proximate.com/btj2015#?p=np

    • ViziApps Smart Pages™ Provide Predesigned Data-Ready Mobile App Pages

      If you’re not the most artistic designer or you’re trying to meet a tight deadline, or you want to share your mobile page design with your team or our community – you will love ViziApps new Smart PagesTM. As with any design activity, starting with a blank page can be intimidating and there are often aspects of building apps for Apple and Android devices that need to be repeated or reused in a new context. Why reinvent the wheel when you can leverage existing best practices for mobile app design?

      Solving these issues is exactly what ViziApps is delivering with our new Smart Pages catalog of professionally designed Smart Pages. Use them for the fastest way yet to build full-featured mobile apps. Or create your own Smart Pages so that you can organize your designs and share components for team development or share with the ViziApps community.

      A Catalog of Smart Pages

      The ViziApps catalog offers a range of Smart Pages to perform functions like displaying data to a scrolling table or showing a place on a map. And the catalog will grow with more Smart Pages over time. Just find a Smart Page that meets your specific need, plug it into your app design, connect it to a live data source, when needed, and that page is done!

      ViziApps offers a range of data connections so you can get business data into your users’ hands in real time, without coding. Our data sources include Intuit QuickBase, Salesforce.com, Google Spreadsheets, SQL databases and REST interfaces. As with the rest of ViziApps, hooking up your data to a Smart Page is a simple drag-and-drop process.

      The process of building mobile apps with ViziApps is an easy visual experience without coding, and allows you to build complex apps from individual pages. Smart Pages makes this experience even faster because you can organize your app by selecting a series of Smart Pages, connect to live data sources, and put in the finishing touches.

      Of course the best-designed components can’t anticipate all individual needs, so ViziApps lets you add our standard fields to the Smart Pages in your app, so you can customize them to achieve the perfect user experience. You can even mix Smart Pages with your own fully custom pages in the same app in any way you want.

    • ViziApps to Demo Rapid Mobile App Creation at QuickBase EMPOWER 2016

      See ViziApps in action at QuickBase EMPOWER 2016 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville from May 10 – 13, 2016. ViziApps has been enabling customers and partners of QuickBase to rapidly create custom mobile apps, with all of the non-coding ease-of-use that QuickBase users have come to expect. Yet ViziApps is powerful enough to incorporate native mobile device features and simultaneously connect with other data sources such as Google Sheets, SQL databases, and Salesforce CRM. The EMPOWER 2016 conference will be a great opportunity to learn more about using QuickBase to create business apps that meet your exact needs without coding.
    • Webinar Feb 26th – Creating Apps Fast for Strong Mobile App Lifecycles

      How can business process applications be re-imagined to leverage the power of mobile devices, or to quickly create completely new business benefits with custom mobile apps? How are the new apps deployed and managed to ensure high levels of adoption?

      Join our ViziApps/Apperian webinar on February 26th to hear about the new era of full mobile app lifecycle management. David Asher, VP of Product Management at ViziApps and Stephen Skidmore, Director of Product Marketing at Apperian will explore the new enterprise app lifecycle, including:

      • The key success factors for developing, deploying, and updating enterprise apps within the new reality of employee mobile apps
      • Practical tips on improving the user experience of employee developed apps to ensure the highest levels of end-user adoption
      • How to dynamically test and update enterprise apps by taking a ‘whole lifecycle’ approach

      If you are facing a daunting backlog of mobile app requests and can’t figure out how to get them all done within budget, this webinar is for you.

      Register to learn the new reality of enterprise employee apps and increase your ROI today.