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MobiCASE: Effective Informational Smartphone Apps

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2. Background

  • iPhone and Android have changed the game
    • All users nowwantto run apps on their smartphones
  • But
    • writing native apps that run at the edge is quite different than web apps
    • Tools for mobility are mostly the same as 20 years ago
    • Approaches to mobile development dont incorporate modern software engineering

3. Whats Different v. Web Apps

  • focus on single tasks
  • less data types
  • leverage the device

4. Context Sensitivity

  • take users right to the data
    • common metaphor: list of records at top level
    • or a map with objects
    • using location, time, user info to select
  • but no top level lists to select the right object type/function
  • settingsas an option on the tab bar

5. iPivotal 6. TrackR (Koombea) 7. Local Data

  • make it possible to use the app without connectivity
  • insure that users work on transactions (Create/Update/Delete) is never lost
  • automatically cache (through database or otherwise) frequently used data

8. Handle Changed/ Dynamic Schemas

  • Enterprise apps (especially CRM and ERP) NEVER use the default schema
  • But apps on the App Store are all written to use the default schema
  • How do you handle this if you want to ship enterprise apps on the App Store?

9. What Not To Do: KinitoProall of this just to get to your accounts?why not just use reasonable defaults? 10. What To Do:RhoLogic for SugarCRM (written with Rhodes) take people to their objects right away. summarize data on the device with dashboards 11. Limit Objects/Functions

  • ideally one main object types
  • no more than two or three dependent objects
  • limit features/functions/actions on objects

12. IFusion no local data (sync so you can access contacts when offline)? no save to local PIM contacts? 13. InfusionSoft written with Rhodes.data is synced and available offline.robust set of capabilities on each contact (tags, followup sequence, history, action set).save to PIM (address book) 14. Device Capabilities

  • smartphones have senses: sight, hearing, touch
  • dont do myopic web ports
  • you can probably use:
    • GPS
    • mapping
    • PIM contacts
    • camera

15. What To Do: Nationwide Claims App great use of device capabilities (GPS, camera) to record accident info. free on App Store 16. Rapid Iterations

  • deliver small identifiable features frequently
  • use a toolset that enables rapid iteration
    • Objective C might not be the best one for that

17. Rhodes Architecture RhoSync Server your app code RhoSyncclient ORM (Rhom) Rhodes components Ruby executor HTMLtemplates model controller model HTMLtemplates controller Backend app mobile device source adapter Backend app model model We provide: Rhodes app generator Backend app Device capabilities smartphone device source adapter You write: 18. Address Your Full Userbase

  • Enterprises are ALWAYS heterogeneous
  • And becoming moreso every day (Android, Meego, Windows Phone 7)
  • Your app will never be an enterprise standard unless you reach all those devices
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Adam Blum, [email protected] Effective Informational Smartphone Apps
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