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Android App Development, iOS App Development, mobile strategy
By Colleen Nitta, Atimi Software Inc.


With the New Year in full swing, it’s a good time to reflect on last year’s advancements in mobile technology and look at what’s in store for app development in 2017. Here’s our list of the top app dev trends to watch this year.



1. Security

As more organizations instate “bring your own device” or “BYOD” policies, you can bet that enterprise app hacks will occur more frequently. This can be attributed to employees using the same device for both personal and business use, which tends to pose vast security risks to organizations and their data. As one Security Innovation Europe article states, “employees are putting their organisation’s data at risk if they adopt poor security practices in their own time.” For instance, one of the most prevalent security threats occurs when employees access unsecure Wi-Fi connections in places such as airports and shopping malls. By using corporate devices and apps while connected to these unsecure servers, employees may unwittingly share their login credentials with strangers. Additionally, they could be sharing the documents they’re working on along with content their viewing on websites and more – all of which may provide hackers access to highly confidential corporate information.

 

While cybercrime is on the rise, you can protect yourself and your company data by ensuring that the enterprise app development partner you choose offers stringent risk management policies and procedures, as well as built-in app security features.

 

If you aren’t sure where to start when building an app, check out our article on outsourcing mobile app development.

 


2. The Internet of Things

With the continued explosive growth of the Internet of Things or IoT (devices that connect to the internet such as smart watches and smart home items like Nest), apps that can connect to IoT devices are sure to be popular in 2017.

 


If you’re thinking about creating an enterprise mobile app, you may want to consider building one that can connect to IoT devices, for instance, employee activity trackers or smart watches. Connecting your enterprise app to IoT devices that employees and vendors use is a great way to boost app adoption and engagement.

 

Not only will we see more mobile apps connecting to IoT this year, it’s a trend that will continue growing for the foreseeable future. One Gartner study recently estimated that the number of connected things in use in 2016 was 6.4 billion – and that number will reach 20.8 billion by 2020.

 

 

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3. Augmented Reality


With the incredible success of the Pokémon Go app – the most downloaded iOS app in 2016 — businesses everywhere have taken notice and are looking at how they can cash in on the augmented reality (AR) mobile app trend. One of the reasons that Pokémon Go and other AR apps have done so well can be attributed to their highly interactive user experience. As one Forbes tech contributor recently stated in an article, “The mainstream shift toward AR and VR provides new ways to connect with customers and offer unique, memorable interactions.” This couldn’t be truer. As more companies gain momentum with AR apps, others are sure to follow. AR is a hot trend to watch in 2017 and you can be sure that Atimi Software will be there to help you navigate the AR enterprise app space.

 

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4. Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) headsets, like the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR – both of which launched last year – have kick-started a new era of mobile app innovation. From healthcare to national defense, retail and beyond, VR is continuing to grow in popularity and will certainly be a space where more enterprise mobile apps can and will thrive. The booming consumer interest in the immersive experience that VR provides along with the fast-growing number of VR headsets available means that there’s plenty of opportunities for VR apps to flourish.

 

 

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5. Automation
From Google’s self-driving cars to Facebook’s chatbots, automation is a growing trend that experts suggest is here to stay. As Wealth Daily recently explained, “while automated technology has already begun to creep into our daily lives, what we see today is nothing compared to what the future holds…Investors will specifically want to look for the companies taking advantage of this technology, the companies providing it, and the supply chains that support it all.” This is because automation saves companies and individuals time and money.


 

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This year and in the years after, you can expect to see enterprises creating more intelligent chatbots that help with onboarding employees – reducing the financial and time costs associated with hiring and training. Further, the World Economic Forum predicts that “automation of checkout processes and smart inventory management through sensors and other applications of the Internet of Things” will lead to a reduced demand for traditional sales-related roles. Suffice to say that automation is here to stay – it isn’t just a trend. This disruptive technology is and will continue to change the way we work, live, and interact with companies and brands. It’s a space that we at Atimi see as having endless opportunities for enterprise apps.


Now that you know the top five enterprise mobile app trends to watch this year, you’re in a better position to build an enterprise app that’s both relevant and engaging.


Get in touch with us to find out how Atimi Software can help you build a custom, innovative, enterprise app that offers a superior user experience and stands the test of time.


778-372-2800


info@atimi.com

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Android App Development, iOS App Development
By Colleen Nitta, Atimi Software Inc.


According to a recent Smart Insights study, 90% of consumers’ time spent on mobile devices is expended in mobile apps. Because of this proliferation in app usage, brands everywhere are rushing to create their own enterprise mobile apps, which often tend to fail due to bugs and other quality issues that could have been prevented if these apps had been put through proper quality assurance (QA) testing.


To help you better understand why quality assurance is crucial, we’ve put together this list of reasons why your enterprise app needs proper QA testing:


1. Preserve & enhance your brand’s reputation

In the same way that your website, staff, and marketing collateral speak to the quality of your brand, products and/or services, your app is another reflection of your business. If your app provides a subpar user experience, your brand image could be tainted in the eyes of your app users. Think of it like this: the quality of your brand can be equated with your app. If your app crashes or doesn’t function the way it should, users will complain about it in a public forum. The last thing you want to do is upset your users and have them vent their grievances in app store reviews or on social media. Bottom line: Keep your reputation strong so that more users will download your app and give it the positive engagement and reviews it deserves.




2. Prevent users from uninstalling your app

Did you know that, according to a recent Android Authority article, 77% of users never use an app again just 72 hours after they’ve installed it? Should your mobile app provide a poor user experience, it could wind up where thousands of apps have gone before – to the app graveyard where users uninstall or simply no longer engage with your app. If you don’t want your app to be abandoned by your users, it’s paramount that you have a process in place for thorough quality assurance – it’s crucial that you fix bugs and prevent them from popping up before your app launches in the app stores.


3. Increase app installations & engagement

Building on the previous point, if you have the right QA in place throughout your app’s development process, your app will run smoothly and provide an optimal experience for your users. And if that’s the case, you’re sure to foster app engagement, positive app store reviews, and a lift in new installations – all of which should be every developer’s goals. To restate point number one, having a high-performing app with a smooth user experience will help to bolster your brand in the eyes of consumers and other stakeholders.





4. Save cash in the long run

It’s important to keep in mind that developing an enterprise mobile app is an investment. You’re investing time and money into building an app that you hope everyone will love and use for a long time. While you may expect to receive a high return on your investment, this can and will not happen if your app fails due to low quality UI (user interface), unstable infrastructure, functionality and/or usability – issues like these will be more costly to your business than you can imagine for a number of reasons:

• App stores may penalize you, making you remove the app, fix the issues and then re-submit it for approval (which can take weeks in some cases – using up your developers time and your budget).

• As mentioned, users may get frustrated with your buggy app and vent on social media and in app store reviews, resulting in poor word-of-mouth, a reduction in new app installs, app engagement and overall perceived brand quality, which could hinder your business for years to come.

• It is far more expensive to find and fix bugs in an app later in the development process than it is to find and fix them in the early stages. As this Agile Modeling essay states, “the cost of fixing errors increases exponentially the later they are detected in the development lifecycle because the artifacts within a serial process build on each other.” In short, it is much wiser to have proper QA processes implemented right from the start of your app build. This way, you can rest assured that your app development partner will locate and resolve bugs earlier in the development process – saving you time and, potentially, exorbitant costs.





5. Decrease the threat of security-related issues

If you don’t run your app through thorough testing, you run the risk of compromising your users’ data security — and that PR nightmare is certainly not worth the risk! Be sure to have your QA team run tests on everything including basic things like app updates. Doing so will help to ensure that your users (and ultimately your brand’s reputation) are protected.





6. Reduce risk of future app problems

By having the right app QA and testing processes in place, you’ll significantly reduce the risk of experiencing issues with your app when it launches. By ensuring your mobile app functions the way it was meant to and provides a strong user experience from the get-go, you’ll be safeguarding your investment by preventing unnecessary developer “cleaning up” costs.

To further reduce the risk of app malfunctions, it’s highly recommended that you hire a QA specialist for a number of reasons, including the fact that a fresh set of eyes can help point out bugs that may not have otherwise been discovered by your in-house team.

Beyond the basic functionality and security testing on an app, QA specialists ensure apps run properly on all of the operating systems and devices that the app was intended for. Because of the broad range of devices (from the iPad Air, to iPhone 7, Google Pixel and more), you must consider the different environments that your app will be used in. Will your smartphone app work on all versions of an operating system (OS), such as Android or iOS? What about different devices with different screen resolutions/sizes? You could make it the responsibility of your developer to test your app across devices and platforms, but that’s not likely to be their skillset. In other words, your developer’s time is best spent developing, so it’s recommended that you engage with a QA specialist who is as enthusiastic about testing as they are efficient at it.



At Atimi Software, We specialize in extensive QA testing to help ensure that your app functions flawlessly and your mobile app users have an extraordinary experience. Atimi’s proprietary scripting tools deliver complete cross-platform automated testing for any platform, substantially increasing the amount of bugs we’re able to locate and fix.







Now that you know how important it is to incorporate QA testing when developing enterprise mobile apps, you may be interested in seeing what our quality assurance process looks like. To get a feel for how we work, or if you have any questions or want to learn more about Atimi and how our experts can work for you, feel free to give us a call. We’re always happy to chat.


778-372-2800


info@atimi.com

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Android App Development, iOS App Development, mobile strategy
By Colleen Nitta, Atimi Software Inc.


From harnessing the power of big data to adding a new stream of revenue to your business, there are hundreds of reasons why you may have decided to build an enterprise mobile app for your brand. Now that you’ve determined that a custom mobile app makes sense for your business, it’s time to select an avenue for building it.

There are two ways in which you can go about developing your mobile enterprise app: you can outsource your development (have someone or an agency build it) or insource it (have an in-house app developer or a team of them build it).

With each of these options comes a list of pros and cons but to keep it simple we’ve put together a list of the top reasons why you should outsource your mobile app development to a third party agency.


1. Speed up development time

Mobile app development agencies such as Atimi specialize in mobile app development. They are highly motivated, experienced in developing custom apps for various types of clients across platforms such as Android and iOS, and they have the know-how to work efficiently and effectively.

 

On the contrary, an in-house developer may not be as experienced as developers at an agency and, as a result, may take longer to create your app and later find and fix bugs. In addition to a lack of experience, in-house developers often have competing priorities and daily tasks outside of building your mobile app. This can further reduce the time it takes to launch your app.

 

Hiring an outsourced app development partner can be extremely cost effective in terms of time and money since they’re well-versed in the app development space and their sole focus will be your project, so in the long run you’ll be better off outsourcing all or at least part of your app development.

 


2. Save on hidden costs

While insourcing your app development team may appear to cost less on paper than outsourcing to an agency, when you add in hiring expenses plus training (not to mention employee benefits), the cost of time (typically, in-house teams can’t complete projects as quickly as a dedicated, specialized agency), the cost of developing in-house can quickly escalate. This is why outsourcing often proves to make more sense financially – the hidden costs associated with hiring in-house developers simply do not exist when working with a third party.


3. Maintain control over your app

It’s a common myth that outsourcing your app development limits the control you’ll have over your app. In reality, this is not the case. As Rahul Varshneya states, “The trick is to set up systems that work efficiently and create a process of delivery and communication. Create a weekly sprint to review direction of the project. Have a daily stand up on what is expected as tasks of the day and review the previous day. Document everything in emails.” In short, if you communicate well with your chosen app development partner, you won’t lose any control.


4. Higher productivity

If you insource your mobile app development, you can expect your developers to have a thousand other projects on the go. Further, your developers may not be interested in mundane post-launch maintenance tasks such as updating for new iOS and Android versions, bug fixes and so on. This could result in a lack of motivation to maintain the app, causing slower app version releases, code error oversights and more.

Alternatively, when you outsource an app development company such as Atimi, you can rest assured that they’ll be highly engaged and motivated as their job is to cater to you. Your app’s success is their success. When your mobile app developer (or in this case, app development partner) is motivated, they will be far more productive. Again, let the specialists handle the large and mundane tasks – we at Atimi love everything about what we do, which is why we’ve developed hundreds of premium apps for some of the largest brands in North America.


5. Keep peace of mind – you’ve hired experts

Hiring a third party app development partner means you get to have peace of mind in knowing that your app is being built by experts you can trust. Speaking from an app development agency standpoint, we at Atimi understand the ins and outs of app development across multiple platforms and devices. We are experts at what we do and can help create your dream app complete with a solid user experience and seamless user interface – all on time and on budget. The bottom line: let the app specialists handle the app development so that you can focus on other areas of your business.

Now you’ve discovered the benefits of outsourcing your app development to a third-party agency, but whether your development choice is to insource or outsource, look no further than Atimi Software. Based in Vancouver, BC, we are a full-service mobile app development firm. We offer custom engagement that includes 100% outsourcing, or insourcing support where we can work alongside your team to make them stronger and more efficient. Atimi can consult on your complete mobile strategy that includes project management, user retention as well as mobile app monetization.



Interested to learn more about how we can help you create your enterprise mobile app? Feel free to give us a call. We’re always happy to chat.


778-372-2800


info@atimi.com

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Android App Development, iOS App Development
By Colleen Nitta, Atimi Software Inc.


According to a recent Smart Insights study, 90% of consumers’ time spent on mobile devices is expended in mobile apps. Because of this proliferation in app usage, brands everywhere are rushing to create their own enterprise mobile apps, which often tend to fail due to bugs and other quality issues that could have been prevented if these apps had been put through proper quality assurance (QA) testing.


To help you better understand why quality assurance is crucial, we’ve put together this list of reasons why your enterprise app needs proper QA testing:


1. Preserve & enhance your brand’s reputation

In the same way that your website, staff, and marketing collateral speak to the quality of your brand, products and/or services, your app is another reflection of your business. If your app provides a subpar user experience, your brand image could be tainted in the eyes of your app users. Think of it like this: the quality of your brand can be equated with your app. If your app crashes or doesn’t function the way it should, users will complain about it in a public forum. The last thing you want to do is upset your users and have them vent their grievances in app store reviews or on social media. Bottom line: Keep your reputation strong so that more users will download your app and give it the positive engagement and reviews it deserves.

 



2. Prevent users from uninstalling your app

Did you know that, according to a recent Android Authority article, 77% of users never use an app again just 72 hours after they’ve installed it? Should your mobile app provide a poor user experience, it could wind up where thousands of apps have gone before – to the app graveyard where users uninstall or simply no longer engage with your app. If you don’t want your app to be abandoned by your users, it’s paramount that you have a process in place for thorough quality assurance – it’s crucial that you fix bugs and prevent them from popping up before your app launches in the app stores.


3. Increase app installations & engagement

Building on the previous point, if you have the right QA in place throughout your app’s development process, your app will run smoothly and provide an optimal experience for your users. And if that’s the case, you’re sure to foster app engagement, positive app store reviews, and a lift in new installations – all of which should be every developer’s goals. To restate point number one, having a high-performing app with a smooth user experience will help to bolster your brand in the eyes of consumers and other stakeholders.




4. Save cash in the long run

It’s important to keep in mind that developing an enterprise mobile app is an investment. You’re investing time and money into building an app that you hope everyone will love and use for a long time. While you may expect to receive a high return on your investment, this can and will not happen if your app fails due to low quality UI (user interface), unstable infrastructure, functionality and/or usability – issues like these will be more costly to your business than you can imagine for a number of reasons:

• App stores may penalize you, making you remove the app, fix the issues and then re-submit it for approval (which can take weeks in some cases – using up your developers time and your budget).

• As mentioned, users may get frustrated with your buggy app and vent on social media and in app store reviews, resulting in poor word-of-mouth, a reduction in new app installs, app engagement and overall perceived brand quality, which could hinder your business for years to come.

• It is far more expensive to find and fix bugs in an app later in the development process than it is to find and fix them in the early stages. As this Agile Modeling essay states, “the cost of fixing errors increases exponentially the later they are detected in the development lifecycle because the artifacts within a serial process build on each other.” In short, it is much wiser to have proper QA processes implemented right from the start of your app build. This way, you can rest assured that your app development partner will locate and resolve bugs earlier in the development process – saving you time and, potentially, exorbitant costs.


 



5. Decrease the threat of security-related issues

If you don’t run your app through thorough testing, you run the risk of compromising your users’ data security — and that PR nightmare is certainly not worth the risk! Be sure to have your QA team run tests on everything including basic things like app updates. Doing so will help to ensure that your users (and ultimately your brand’s reputation) are protected.




6. Reduce risk of future app problems

By having the right app QA and testing processes in place, you’ll significantly reduce the risk of experiencing issues with your app when it launches. By ensuring your mobile app functions the way it was meant to and provides a strong user experience from the get-go, you’ll be safeguarding your investment by preventing unnecessary developer “cleaning up” costs.

To further reduce the risk of app malfunctions, it’s highly recommended that you hire a QA specialist for a number of reasons, including the fact that a fresh set of eyes can help point out bugs that may not have otherwise been discovered by your in-house team.

Beyond the basic functionality and security testing on an app, QA specialists ensure apps run properly on all of the operating systems and devices that the app was intended for. Because of the broad range of devices (from the iPad Air, to iPhone 7, Google Pixel and more), you must consider the different environments that your app will be used in. Will your smartphone app work on all versions of an operating system (OS), such as Android or iOS? What about different devices with different screen resolutions/sizes? You could make it the responsibility of your developer to test your app across devices and platforms, but that’s not likely to be their skillset. In other words, your developer’s time is best spent developing, so it’s recommended that you engage with a QA specialist who is as enthusiastic about testing as they are efficient at it.



At Atimi Software, We specialize in extensive QA testing to help ensure that your app functions flawlessly and your mobile app users have an extraordinary experience. Atimi’s proprietary scripting tools deliver complete cross-platform automated testing for any platform, substantially increasing the amount of bugs we’re able to locate and fix.


Now that you know how important it is to incorporate QA testing when developing enterprise mobile apps, you may be interested in seeing what our quality assurance process looks like. To get a feel for how we work, or if you have any questions or want to learn more about Atimi and how our experts can work for you, feel free to give us a call. We’re always happy to chat.


778-372-2800


info@atimi.com

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Android App Development, iOS App Development, mobile strategy
By Colleen Nitta, Atimi Software Inc.


So, you’ve recognized that there’s a need to build a mobile app for your business, but you’re not quite sure where to start in terms of seeking a mobile app development partner. There are a large number of app development partners out there from small boutique app development agencies to large-scale corporate firms (of course we want you to choose Atimi, but even if you don’t, you should at least know what to look for so you can find the right fit for you).


Here’s our list of the top considerations you should take when shopping for a mobile app development partner:


1. Agility

Much like in business, the competitive landscape in the app world is ever-changing and if you’re going to stay ahead of the curve, it’s paramount that the app development partner you choose is one who can stay nimble and adapt to your business’ changing needs. If your app development partner isn’t willing to negotiate on scope of work when necessary, they may not be the right partner for you. You need them to be mindful and understanding of the fact that things change and they should be more than willing to shift scope or focus as needed. Be sure to ask your potential vendors for an example of when something changed during development and how it was dealt with. This behavioural-type question will help you assess whether or not the company handles change well.

In addition to being flexible, you should look for an app development partner who has expertise and experience in working with different budget sizes and project processes – the last thing you want is a vendor who encourages sweeping changes to a project and runs wild with your budget.

 




2. Likability

Hiring a mobile app development partner is not a task to be taken lightly. Since apps require updates and maintenance from time to time to suit end user feedback, operating system updates, and more, the relationship you have with your app development partner doesn’t end once your app is released. Because this is not a short term relationship, you need to be sure that you and your team actually like the people you’re going to be working with. Just like you would consider culture fit when hiring a new employee, you should consider culture fit when hiring a mobile app development partner. For instance, if you’re company prides itself on professionalism and accountability, you certainly wouldn’t want to work with a vendor who is opposite to that.

At Atimi, we believe in open communication and collaboration. It’s important for us to keep our clients informed with scheduled status updates so that we ensure we’re all on the same page in terms of progress and priorities. We also believe strongly in holding one another accountable. These are just a few of the ways we keep our clients happy and in the know – every step of the way.




3. Engagement Capabilities

Think about how you and your team would like to be engaged in the app building process; do you want a developer and/or engineer to be on-site with your in-house team working alongside them (insourced), or would you prefer for everything to be outsourced (completely handled outside of your office)? Ask the app development partners you’re speaking with to run you through their process. If you want to be completely collaborative and hands on during app development, you may be better off hiring an app development partner who can provide that. You wouldn’t want a vendor coming in – not knowing what your business needs are – and being too overbearing or too underwhelming in their approach to app development, so be sure to find a partner who offers custom engagement, the way that we do at Atimi. We understand that each and every client and project has unique needs. That’s why we’ll work on or off-site and inject our expertise into your in-house development team, stand them up, and get the project completed on time and on budget.


4. Proven Success

Key point: Just because they say they’re awesome doesn’t mean they are. Do your due diligence before hiring an app development partner; when you’re in a meeting with a potential vendor, ask them to provide you with examples of apps they’ve developed – you may even go so far as to download those apps to get a feel for the overall user experience they provide. If they’re good, great! If not, move on and continue your search. Additionally, ask about the developer’s professional experience. It’s important to know that whichever app development partner you choose has experience building apps across mobile platforms and devices. In addition to finding an app development partner who has experience and a strong portfolio, you should consider finding a vendor who partners with popular operating systems, such as Apple. At Atimi, we’re proud to be an Apple Mobility Partner. We’ve been a part of the AMP program since the first iPhone launched and the opening day of Apple’s App Store. Not to toot our own horn, but we’re one of a select few of Apple Mobility Partners in North America.





5. Business Savvy & Client Focused

Sometimes, IT people don’t speak the same language as the business execs, which can be challenging when deciding on app features and functionality. Because of this, it’s of utmost importance that you find a mobile app development partner who communicates effectively and understands that, at the end of the day, you’re running a business and your app needs to accomplish specific business objectives. This type of business-savvy partner will help ensure a smooth app development process for everyone involved – sans miscommunications and headaches.

At Atimi, we understand that you have important business goals and KPIs, so we keep you, your end users’ experience and your bottom line at the forefront of everything we do.





6. Quality Assurance

This is a piece that often gets left out of these types of articles, but it should be one of the key things to consider when hiring a mobile app development partner. Without proper quality assurance (QA), your app is destined to fail. As mentioned in a previous Atimi Blog post, user experience is everything. You must provide your users with a seamless, extraordinary experience if you want your app to be successful. If your app isn’t regularly and thoroughly tested, you could find your users frustrated and annoyed, giving you poor reviews in the app stores and uninstalling your app altogether – not a road you want to go down.

At Atimi, our robust QA process ensures that your app features remarkable functionality. Our proprietary scripting tools deliver complete cross-platform automated testing, substantially increasing the amount of bugs we’re able to find and remedy. We take pride in our work and do everything in our power to ensure the mobile app we develop for your business provides your users with a stunning user interface and experience.


Hopefully you will find this useful. If you have any questions or want to learn more about Atimi and how our experts can work for you, feel free to give us a call. We’re always happy to chat.


778-372-2800


info@atimi.com

 

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