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This Week in Mobile - May 19, 2017 ›

This week was a busy, busy one in the world of mobile, apps, and digital technology. From WannaCry to Google I/O to Global Accessibility Awareness Day, there’s a lot of information out there this week. So kick back on a Friday afternoon and catch up on everything you might have missed over the past week.

Enjoy!

Digital Marketing

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On-demand Webinar - Measuring Up ›

We recently teamed up with Forrester Research's Michael Facemire to bring you Measuring Up: Your 2017 Guide to Enterprise App Development Platforms. In it, Facemire and Kony's own Burley Kawasaki discussed three key things you need in an Enterprise App Development Platform in order to be successful:

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This Week in Mobile - May 12, 2017 ›

Sifting through all of the content regarding mobile and apps can be a chore. There's so much information out there, it's easy to feel like a kid in a candy store, eyes wide and mouth gaping at all there is to see. Thus, we thought we would share with you the content we found to be the most interesting and/or noteworthy over the past week. We do this every Friday, so be sure to check back often for some light, Friday afternoon reading to ease your way into the weekend.

Enjoy!

Retail Banking and Financial Services

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The Third Wave of Digital Innovation – On-demand Webinar ›

New, innovative technologies are being introduced at a furious pace; in just the past few years alone the number of IoT devices has exploded. Next-gen technologies go beyond IoT, though, and include things like chatbots, image recognition, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence, all of which have amazing promise to revolutionize not just mobile but day-to-day life—and your business.

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On-demand Webinar: How to Build Secure and Convenient Mobile Banking Apps ›

We recently held a joint webinar with Gemalto, during which we discussed the changing banking landscape, and how banks can be sure to provide security despite all of those changes.

When you get a free hour or so, check it out, and learn the 5 key steps for building secure and convenient mobile banking apps.

 

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This Week in Mobile - May 5, 2017 ›

Sifting through all of the content regarding mobile and apps can be a chore. There's so much information out there, it's easy to feel like a kid in a candy store, eyes wide and mouth gaping at all there is to see. Thus, we thought we would share with you the content we found to be the most interesting and/or noteworthy over the past week. We do this every Friday, so be sure to check back often for some light, Friday afternoon reading to ease your way into the weekend (since today is Cinco de Mayo, we suggest kicking back with a margarita while checking out this week's blog).

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Your 2 Cents Are Valuable ›

It’s easy to spend too much time talking to yourself in the software business. Fortunately, this isn’t a sign of mental illness, but the fact is that it’s much easier to talk to people who already think the way you do about an issue—coworkers, existing customers, and partners—than it is to talk to people who will give you new perspectives on a topic.

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Do European banks need to reassess mobile banking? ›

According to Forrester’s 2016 Global Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark banks have broadly succeeded at enabling customers to manage transactions. However, within the same report, Forrester points out, too, that one key area that requires development is banks’ capabilities to deliver additional value-added services to customers.

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This Week in Mobile - April 28, 2017 ›

Sifting through all of the content regarding mobile and apps can be a chore. There's so much information out there, it's easy to feel like a kid in a candy store, eyes wide and mouth gaping at all there is to see. Thus, we thought we would share with you the content we found to be the most interesting and/or noteworthy over the past week. We do this every Friday, so be sure to check back often for some light, Friday afternoon reading to ease your way into the weekend.

Enjoy!

Digital and Mobile Marketing

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Infographic: 5 Steps to Planning Your Mobile App ›

When planning your app’s development, investing a little time in the upfront process can help you create a more comprehensive, useful, and innovative app.

So what exactly needs to be considered in the planning stage?

Check out Kony’s 5 Steps to Planning Your Mobile App and take your app from idea to reality.

5 steps to planning your mobile app infographic

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This Week in Mobile ›

Sifting through all of the content regarding mobile and apps can be a chore. There's so much information out there, it's easy to feel like a kid in a candy store, eyes wide and mouth gaping at all there is to see. Thus, we thought we would share with you the content we found to be the most interesting and/or noteworthy over the past week. We'll do this every Friday, so be sure to check back often for some light, Friday afternoon reading to ease your way into the weekend.

Enjoy!

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Mobile banking surges as security issues are addressed ›

The adoption of mobile banking will continue to surge across Europe, says a recent ING International Survey – Mobile Banking 2016 report. In its annual survey, ING shows that the share of mobile device users in Europe who bank by mobile has swelled to 47% – up from 41% in 2015 – with another 16% expected to adopt the technology in the next 12 months.

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Introducing MobileFabric 7.3 ›

Yesterday we introduced the new features in the latest version of Kony Visualizer®, and today we wanted to get you up to speed on the new features and capabilities of MobileFabric®. In this release, we add a powerful visual mapper to our Object Services capability that allows drag and drop mapping and transformation of the back-end data source to the front-end client app data model to further accelerate back-end integration.

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Introducing Visualizer 7.3 ›

We are incredibly excited to announce the release of Visualizer® 7.3, which introduces new features that give developers and designers even more tools to create amazing mobile apps.

The updates we’re most excited to share with you are the addition of Kony Reference Architecture, App Extensions, and Visualizer availability on the AWS Marketplace.

What this means for you:

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Walking the Digital Red Carpet ›

I had the pleasure of speaking at Nasscom India Leadership Forum 2017 earlier this spring, during which I talked all about augmented reality and the next generation of mobile technology. I also had the opportunity to walk the red carpet (a first for me, and many of my colleagues, I’m sure) and participate in a “Meet the Disruptors” interview.

In just over four minutes I touch upon what I think is the digital trend of 2017, and how Kony has been and will continue to lead the charge.

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5 Essential Requirements of a Highly Effective App Strategy ›

The speed at which digital innovation is disrupting business models is truly mindboggling. In the past ten years, I’ve seen some dramatic transformations happening across many industries. New expectations of consumers are significantly impacting how businesses deliver goods, services, and experiences, especially with the dawn of the millennial generation. Today, apps are no longer a cool thing to have, but essential to survival for businesses in most industries. 

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Next-gen Mobile Tech and Augmented Reality ›

Next-gen tech is creating challenges when it comes to thinking about what’s next for your app development strategy. Many of these technologies can increase complexity and force difficult technology choices. At the same time, they are promising to revolutionize not just app development, but day-to-day life.  

We recently hosted a virtual summit on next-generation technologies, during which we discussed topics such as:

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Rentokil Initial and Kony host a joint hackathon ›

Kony hackathonKony recently held an App Playground event--also known as a hackathon--with Rentokil Initial, a pest control and hygiene company based in the UK, during which we worked with their team to develop a functioning mobile app. Rentokil employees split up into three teams, and each created a different mobile app using Kony Visualizer®.

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Kony Named a Mobile Low-Code Leader by Forrester ›

As the demand by businesses for mobile apps grows, so does the need for tools that allow people of all skill levels to create well-designed, usable mobile apps. The market for low-code mobile development platforms is growing because of this need, and those tools must not only support a variety of workloads, but a variety of skills levels as well.

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How Digital is Redefining the Banking Experience ›

man using mobile phoneFew industries have been affected by technology disruption as much as retail banking. Despite banks having the reputation for being “slow to change,” it is phenomenal how fast the industry is evolving. For more established banks, though, transforming to serve the changing habits and requirements of today’s consumers continues to pose challenges--while also creating new, untapped opportunities.

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Digital Banking Capabilities You Need to Care About ›

digital bankingI’m often asked for recommendations for innovative features and capabilities for various financial institutions, so I compiled a partial list of my top features. These are the things I would love to build for a bank or credit union if I owned the digital product for that institution.

DCX—Digital Customer Experience

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Mobile applications for water utilities ›

Since Apple launched the iPhone, the explosive growth in “smart” mobile devices and consumer applications over the past 9 years has been phenomenal. With that growth has come huge opportunities for companies to make dramatic changes to both the way they work and how they engage with staff, business partners, and customers.

The question I’d like to look at is where can water companies use mobile applications, and what sort benefits may be achieved?

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Kony Visualizer: now with pre-integrated support for the AWS Mobile Services ›

A couple of weeks ago we announced the launch of Kony Visualizer® 7.2, along with the new omni-channel Kony Nitro™ engine.

Today, we’re even more excited to announced that in partnership with Amazon we have added the new ability to allow Kony Visualizer to rapidly build mobile apps backed by AWS. 

So what does this mean for you?

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Introducing Kony Nitro ›

With our Kony Mobility Platform 7.2 release, we have introduced many new and exciting capabilities to both Kony Visualizer® and Kony MobileFabric®, such as support for web and open source technologies (e.g. Cordova, Angular, Node.js), direct access to Native APIs from JavaScript, automatic back-end storage objects, and much more. Among the new features we’re most excited about, though, is the introduction of the Kony Nitro™ Engine, which will enable mobile app developers to deliver apps with uncompromised speed, agility control, and richer user experiences.

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Bots are a compliment to apps--not a replacement ›

A lot more people have been talking about bots recently and I keep hearing different views about it from different people. A few think that bots are going to just replace apps (in a few or all areas) wherein all the work can be done over text/chat/voice that is currently done using apps. I have always wondered as to how can that be possible and thought of writing this post to hear what others have to say about it.

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Antiquated Systems Leave a Lasting Legacy ›

For a lot of service organizations, the ability to update legacy systems in order to meet the needs of today’s technician and customer is a long and tedious process. Companies aren’t always willing to invest in infrastructure and technology upgrades, and finding talent sometimes seems like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

But the best-in-class companies know that embracing today’s technology—and looking towards the future—is the best way to not only ensure customer satisfaction, but to retain those customers and increase profits.

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Introducing Visualizer 7.1 ›

Today we are excited to announce the release of Kony Visualizer 7.1. This critical product update improves upon the release of the award-winning Visualizer 7.0 from earlier this year, providing developers and designers with even more tools than before.

The updates we’re most excited to share with you are Watch OS2 Support, App Preview Enhancements, and Productivity Enhancements.

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Water Deregulation In the UK--How Mobile Can Help ›

Over the past several years I’ve worked with various utility companies, and I see the upcoming deregulation of the water utilities representing both a challenge and an opportunity for companies both within, and outside of this sector. The timetable for the deregulation is 2017 for business customers and 2020 for consumers.

So what can the water sector expect? Fortunately, the energy sector went through this nearly 20 years ago in 1998 and the lessons learnt from that activity can be used to make some educated guesses on what the future holds for the water industry.

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The Digital Banking Topics You Need to Know About ›

At last month’s Digital Banking Summit, hundreds of people in the banking industry and vendors that serve the industry, gathered in New Orleans to talk about the future of digital banking. We had several opportunities to attend sessions and talk with fellow attendees, and the primary topic on everyone’s minds was user experience (UX).

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Apple WWDC recap and a peek ahead ›

On 13th June, at their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote, Apple announced quite a number of exciting innovations including the announcement of iOS 10 and WatchOS 3. iOS 10 and WatchOS 3 provide developers many new APIs and features to build innovative and exciting new phone, tablet, and watch applications.

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Committed to Lead and Innovate ›

In case you missed it last week, Kony has been named a Leader in the Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms (MADP).

As the largest independent MADP provider, Kony has been recognized for our continued focus on innovation, leadership, and strong execution globally, with significant advancements in both our Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute.

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Kony again named a leader in mobile application development platforms by Gartner ›

June 15, marked an exciting milestone at Kony. Gartner published its annual 2016 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms, and Kony was named a Leader for the fourth year in a row.

We believe this is a strong recognition of both Kony’s vision and our ability to execute on our strategy to deliver great enterprise mobility solutions to our valued partners and customers. Some of the key achievements from the past year that we think contributed to our success include:

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The rise of the integrated bots ›

While writing this article, I’m checking in to my flight to the USA tomorrow. Instead of using the airliner’s website or app for the check-in, I’m able to use the KLM bot that is integrated in Facebook Messenger.

For this use-case it’s just the beginning—imagine that you can interact with the Bot to get answers to most of the questions that you normally ask the customer service team via phone or social media. Relevancy, intelligence & integration are the key components for a successful Bot.

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Mobile Expert Interviews with Kevin Benedict ›

Kony recently attended Sapphire Now, and while there had a chance to interact not only with customers, but also with other field services and mobility experts. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to be interviewed by Kevin Benedict, Senior Analyst at Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work, about current trends in the enterprise and consumer mobility markets and how digital transformation is driving the marketplace.

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