HTML5 or Native mobile apps? That is the question.

We love this infographic table from Business Insider Magazine on how to make your mind up about whether to develop/purchase native or HTML5-based mobile applications:

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Those of you who are familiar with Azurati, will undoubtedly know that our feet are firmly in the HTML5 camp.  We see a great future for HTML5 and enterprise mobile apps and mobile micro-apps.

BYOD by the numbers: BYOD can deliver productivity and satisfaction with cost savings

This infographic, based on a recent survey conducted by Intel and ReadWrite, seems to indicate that CIOs view BYOD in productivity and user satisfaction terms over cost savings; but it does not have to be this way …

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… with Azurati’s Mobile Portal HTML5 mobile application container solution, you can deliver all-inclusive BYOD programs that deliver enterprise mobile applications at a fraction of the cost of traditional native mobile applications with Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions.

To find out more about delivering secure BYOD programs that also deliver significant cost savings, visit:  http://www.azurati.com/products/azurati-mobile-portal/

Azurati launches new bespoke HTML5 mobile development service

Azurati HTML5 mobile app development servicesAzurati has today announced a new bespoke HTML5 mobile development service for enterprise customers looking to develop new enterprise mobile applications in HTML5 or converting enterprise applications to HTML5 mobile applications.

Azurati has a strong technical capability in developing world-class enterprise HTML5 applications and is able to compete effectively with attractive day rate costs or fixed cost projects.

HTML5 mobile application development not only costs significantly lower than multi-platform native application development, working with Azurati will also help you to deliver on your promise of BYOD or multi-platform mobile device use.

Azurati is able to offer a complete turnkey end-to-end development service, or we can work with your teams to co-develop ground-breaking HTML5 mobile applications that your enterprise users will love.

Here is a list of HTML5 mobile application development services that we offer:

  • Business requirements gathering
  • Authentication and security analysis
  • Design, architecture and build
  • Testing
  • Support and maintenance
  • Publish to Azurati Mobile Portal container (if required)

For more information, visit:  http://www.azurati.com/services/html5-mobile-app-development/

Azurati launches Gone Fishing, a new free HTML5 Out of Office notification app

Gone fishingHave you ever left the office to go on a business trip or on vacation and forgotten to set your Out of Office notification?  Azurati has come to the rescue with the immediate availability of a new free HTML5 application called Gone Fishing™!

Gone Fishing is available on any mobile device as an HTML5 mobile web application and allows users to set their Out of Office notifications in Microsoft Exchange, modify the Out of Office message and turn the notification off.

Azurati developed the Gone Fishing app as a sample mobile web application to be published into the Azurati Mobile Portal™, an HTML5 mobile application container that allows corporate users to access corporately approved mobile web applications securely from any mobile device.

Here are some details of how the Gone Fishing app works:

  • The user accesses the Gone Fishing app through the Azurati Mobile Portal in the normal way. And chooses the Gone Fishing App.

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  • After the user enters their mail box address, the Gone Fishing app then retrieves their current out of office message status from the Exchange Server. The user can then choose to turn off or turn on/update their message. In this case I already have an out of office message which reads “Gone fishing”, I disable my out of office message and then set it to read “Gone fishing to Alaska”.

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  • Once an out of office message has been set, the change happens immediately on the Exchange server as can be seen from the test e-mail below.  The Gone Fishing app can also be installed on the home screen, like other web apps.

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  • The Gone Fishing app stores the user’s mail box in persistent HTML5 storage. This means that when the user next accesses the App, they don’t need to type in their mail box address again. The App also automatically retrieves the user’s out of office message status on start-up  The App also gives the user the ability to clear all the stored data.

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  • Offline mode.  The App will run in offline mode, although because it relies on a connection to the server, all it’s functions are disabled.

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  • However, the Gone Fishing app automatically detects when the status of the connection changes and the App is online again. At this point it will automatically retrieve the user’s out of office message status.

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  • A new feature of this App is that is can automatically detect when a new version of the App is available on the Mobile Portal and it prompts the users to install the new update. This code can be added to other HTML5 Apps published by developers to the Azurati Mobile Portal container.

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If you find it frustrating when you leave the office and forget to set your MS Outlook Out of Office reminder, get in touch with Azurati and we will happily set you up with our free Gone Fishing HTML5 web app.

Equally, if you are looking to deploy HTML5 web applications in your business, have a chat with Azurati about how we can help you manage your HTML5 web apps in our new secure HTML5 Application Container solution, the Azurati Mobile Portal.

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Microsoft Office or Skydrive Pro unlikely to come to IOS (or Android) in the near future

apple vs microsoftThose of you who have been patiently putting up with the shortcomings of document editing on your iPads and Nexus tablets while you wait for Microsoft to release a mobile version of Microsoft Office®, will be sorely disappointed by the recent declarations of Steve Balmer and Kurt DelBene, the head of Microsoft’s Office division.

In short, you can forget about Microsoft Office on anything other than a Windows Phone or Windows 8 tablet.  The same goes for the confusingly branded Skydrive Pro, which was announced by Microsoft in 2012 as being the new mobile offline client for Microsoft SharePoint.

If you have not been keeping up to speed with what is becoming something of a saga, Microsoft and Apple are in the middle of a major dispute over the payment of royalty fees to Apple for upgrades or paid subscriptions within in apps that have been downloaded from the IOS App Store for free.  Essentially, Apple is saying that if a developer charges for an app or service relating to an app that was free at the time of download, they want their 30% royalty fee.  This is something that Microsoft has found hard to stomach and so they have (for the foreseeable future) decided to eschew the IOS platform.  [The lack of availability of Microsoft Apps on Google Play is due to other reasons].

Microsoft’s mobile SharePoint plans up in the air?
All of this means that Microsoft’s much lauded SharePoint 2013 mobile functionality with an offline mobile client, is unlikely to see the light of day.  Even Gartner seem to be frustrated by Microsoft’s inability to get their story straight on mobile and had this to say in a recent research note:

“Microsoft hasn’t given much attention to mobility on SharePoint, and there doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency around it, which is bewildering”

Fear not however, because companies like Azurati have developed solutions that provide cross-platform mobile SharePoint with on and offline working options and the ability to use full Microsoft Office to edit documents, spreadsheets or presentations live on any mobile device.

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Figure 1:  Users select ‘edit document’ in SharePoint2Go

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Figure 2:  Editing a document in Microsoft Word via SharePoint2Go

Azurati has integrated Microsoft Office Web Apps® into its HTML5 SharePoint2Go® solution, allowing documents stored in Microsoft SharePoint to be edited live and saved back to SharePoint without having to download documents to third party editing applications and then having to upload them back to SharePoint (sometimes with document formatting issues) at a later time.  Its a really neat solution and gives users what they want:  to be able to edit documents in Microsoft Office.

To find out more about Azurati’s SharePoint2Go solution and to arrange a free trial, visit: www.azurati.com/products/sharepoint2go

 

Azurati webinar: HTML5 Mobile Application Containers – the next ‘killer application’ in enterprise mobility

Date:  Wednesday 27 March 2013Time:  16:00 London/17:00 Paris/12:00 New York/11:00 Dallas/09:00 Los Angeles

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**RE-RUN OF THIS WEBINAR DUE TO DEMAND**

Mobile Application Containers allow users to access approved corporate mobile applications from a single secure location, which can be wiped, if necessary, without affecting other personal apps and data.

In this webinar, Ronan Lavelle from Azurati will present the Azurati Mobile Portal™ – a new Mobile Application Container solution uniquely for HTML5 mobile web applications This webinar will cover the following

  • The business case for Mobile App Containers for HTML5 applications
  • Mobile user authentication
  • Accessing corporate mobile applications on any mobile device
  • Single Sign-On
  • Publishing mobile HTML5 applications to the Mobile Portal container
  • MDM or no MDM, that is the question

If you are considering a cross-platform or BYOD mobile strategy and the use of HTML5 for mobile enterprise applications, this webinar is ideal for you.

Who should attend?
CIOs
IT Strategists/Architects
Mobile analysts
Business executives with an interest in mobile enterprise applications

Please feel free to forward this invitation to any friends or colleagues who may be interested in this topic.

Title: HTML5 mobile application containers – the killer app for enterprise mobility
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time: 16:00 London17:00 Paris17:00 New York12:00 Dallas09:00 Los Angeles

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New study shows BYOD growing ever more popular

A new research study by Research and Markets published today shows how Bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives continue to gain momentum in the enterprise.  Bring your own device programs aim to permit personal mobile devices in the workplace to access corporate systems and applications, like email and other enterprise systems.

The Research and Markets BYOD study is based on an extensive survey of enterprise organizations around the world and indicates that as many as 65% of organizations will have adopted some level of BYOD by the end of 2013 and only 11% not having any plans for BYOD in the future.

BYOD has its critics, who highlight security concerns and spiralling costs, with a typical native mobile strategy requiring the purchase or development of applications for each mobile platform and necessitating an additional Mobile Device Management (MDM) infrastructure layer to manage mobile devices and applications.

BYOD – a new way
With the rise of HTML5 as a standard, the costs of developing cross-platform mobile applications are plummeting  but many developers are still publishing HTML5 web applications with native application ‘wrappers’ so that they can be accessed via public or private app stores and installed on mobile devices.

Azurati Mobile Portal - HTML5 Mobile App Container

A new breed of mobile solutions, like Azurati’s Mobile Portal™, an HTML5 application container solution, aims to provide secure BYOD at a fraction of the total cost of providing and managing a native application environment.  Azurati does this by providing a secure mobile portal environment that, when authenticated, provides users with all of their approved corporate mobile web applications in one location; without the need for Mobile Device Management infrastructure layers.   Access to the Azurati Mobile Portal container is granted based on the user’s job function or role, allowing apps to be granted based on personal requirements and access to the Mobile Portal environment can be cut instantly if the employee leaves the business or if the mobile device is misplaced.

To find out more about the Azurati Mobile Portal HTML5 application container solution, visit:  http://www.azurati.com/products/azurati-mobile-portal/ or email info@azurati.com if you would like to talk to Azurati about how you can manage your BYOD programs more efficiently with an HTML5 app container solution, like the Azurati Mobile Portal.

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