19Jan/15

Workflow Solutions: Key Considerations for Transforming Inefficient Business Processes

Workflow applications enable users to actively participate and manage business processes across any or all areas of an enterprise. For example, a manager’s daily role may involve hiring decisions, PO approvals or expense reviews. Each approval may be linked to a myriad of systems within the enterprise. A workflow application would provide the manager with a single To-Do list across all systems so that he is able to focus on the job at hand - without the need to learn the nuances of each disparate system.

My colleague, Paul McDonald, manager of professional services, and I recently participated in a discussion with McPress Online about workflow and other collaborative applications for the IBM i. We answered a series of questions about workflow applications and how they can be used to automate and monitor business processes. Continue reading “Workflow Solutions: Key Considerations for Transforming Inefficient Business Processes” »

31Dec/14

Top 10 most clicked on posts of 2014

We’ve compiled a list of the most clicked on blog posts of the year. They’re not in order of popularity, and some were written four years ago but are still very relevant to the IBM i community today. Continue reading “Top 10 most clicked on posts of 2014” »

10Nov/14

Building business apps for mobile devices should be easy (part 3)

This is the third blog of series of three. The first blog covers how Native, Hybrid and HTML Mobile App Types Compare and the second blog covers a variety of criteria you need to analyze before you can decide on the Development Tools.  This blog series is complementary to the Webinar "Understanding the key pieces of Mobile app development" and based on an article by Richard Lancaster, published by MC Press at http://www.mcpressonline.com/wireless-/-mobile/you-want-to-build-business-apps-for-mobile-devices.html#sthash.G9xwG1TP.dpuf 

This third blog covers the topic of Development tools for Mobile apps.  It provides an overview of
-  Available development tools for Native, Hybrid and Web mobile apps.
-  Mobile app development/delivery options, considerations and consequences.
Continue reading “Building business apps for mobile devices should be easy (part 3)” »

4Nov/14

Building business apps for mobile devices should be easy (part 2)

This is the second blog of series of three.  The first blog covers how Native, Hybrid and HTML Mobile App Types compare and the third blog covers Development Tools for Mobile Apps. The blog series is based on an article by Richard Lancaster, published in MC Press at http://www.mcpressonline.com/wireless-/-mobile/you-want-to-build-business-apps-for-mobile-devices.html#sthash.G9xwG1TP.dpuf and complementary to the Webinar "Understanding the key pieces of Mobile app development"

This second blog covers:   
   -   Which business processes and transactions to mobilize
   -   How the target audience may influence design and platform decisions 
   -   Considerations for buying apps or building your own
   -   Criteria for choosing a mobile platform  Continue reading “Building business apps for mobile devices should be easy (part 2)” »

22Oct/14

Building business apps for mobile devices should be easy (part 1)

This is the first blog of series of three titled “Building business apps for mobile devices should be easy”. The blog series is based on an article by Richard Lancaster, published in MC Press at http://www.mcpressonline.com/wireless-/-mobile/you-want-to-build-business-apps-for-mobile-devices.html#sthash.G9xwG1TP.dpuf and complements the Webinar "Understanding the key pieces of Mobile app development".

This first blog covers the topic:  How Native, Hybrid and HTML Mobile App types compare

Building business apps for mobile devices should be easy.  Firstly, the physical features of mobile devices impose limits on memory, storage capacity and screen size.  Secondly, mobile apps typically satisfy a narrow set of business requirements. One might expect that the device constraints and a narrow requirement domain would simplify the task of building mobile apps. However, building business apps for mobile devices can be hard work, especially for companies that have little experience in mobile development and are embarking on new projects. 

Continue reading “Building business apps for mobile devices should be easy (part 1)” »