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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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App development should be democratized ›

What people tend to enjoy most about a good mobile app is its simplicity—it does a few important things very well.

So why do we let ourselves get bogged down in complexity, rather than turning simple ideas into working business apps? With a little encouragement, most employees could brainstorm dozens of ideas for apps that would make their lives easier and the workplace more efficient.

Certainly, many entrepreneurs have great ideas for apps but no idea how to create them. All that is required to unleash those ideas is the reassurance that they are achievable.

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Mobile Innovation beyond April Fool’s Day ›

No surprise, that you should beware of beliving in news that breaks on April 1st. While I had to play along with everything from my 8 year old daughter (who did, conservatively, 10+ pranks on me during the day, all pretty harmless) to a colleague abandoning a promising IT career in favor of something completely different (not to disregard the art and profession of breakdancing, which he chose, in any way), some news related to how enterprises considered innovating, oftentimes related to either using or not using mobile technologies.

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10 tips for creating secure mobile apps ›

Everyone is using mobile these days, from the registration form at your doctor’s office to the cable technician in the field to the mom and pop shop at the farmer’s market. While mobile has definitely opened up a world of possibilities for large and small businesses alike, it’s also opened those businesses up to increased security threats.

Fun fact: Gartner predicts that by 2017, 75% of mobile security breaches will be because of app misconfiguration.

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Kony/AWS Hackathon: Drones, Dots and a Sushi Spot ›

Kony is super excited to team up with AWS for an AWS Hack Day on Wednesday, March 23, at the AWS Pop-Up Loft in San Francisco. Rather than learning the nuts and bolts of mobile app development and data integration one-by-one, you will get hands-on on our new Kony WYSIWYM (what you see is what you mobilize) development environment and create a functional cross-channel (desktop/mobile/wearable) app--connecting to backend systems--up to 50% faster.

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Gartner recognizes Kony as the most visionary “Leader” in the MADP Magic Quadrant Report ›

The new 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms report was officially released this week, and we’re thrilled that Kony was named a Leader for the third year in a row.

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Celebrating mobile freedom: MobileFabric comes to AWS Marketplace ›

In the next few months, countries around the world will celebrate their freedom. In the United States, we just finished the long July 4th holiday weekend, a time of fireworks, much eating and drinking, and overall merriment and celebration. France looks forward to Bastille Day next week, India’s Independence Day is coming up in August, and Mexico and Brazil celebrate in September. Each of these holidays comes with its own traditions, but they all have one thing in common: the recognition and celebration of independence, autonomy, and the ability to choose your own path.

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Podcast: What’s new in Kony Visualizer 2.0 (and why you should care) ›

Last month at Kony World in Orlando, industry analyst Dana Gardner interviewed our VP of Product Management, Ed Gross, on the subject of Kony Visualizer 2.0. Visualizer is our app design and development solution that helps designers and UX professionals work more closely with the business and development to produce amazing mobile experiences.

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Infographic: 5 must-haves for more efficient app development ›

Last fall, we ran a survey asking over 300 app designers and developers about their work. They told us what works, what doesn't, and what really gets in the way when it comes to designing and developing great mobile apps. You can read the full report here, or check out the infographic for a summary of what we learned: the 5 must-haves for more efficient app development.

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Podcast: Tips for building apps quickly and efficiently ›

In the last few months, several of us at Kony have had the pleasure of recording podcasts with IT analyst Dana Gardner for his Briefings Direct blog. I was lucky enough to go first, and Dana and I had a great conversation about the current state of enterprise mobility, how enterprises are building their mobile strategies, and more. Highlights of our conversation include:

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Ovum Research names Kony a Leader in MADP Decision Matrix ›

Ovum Research recently released a new report evaluating vendors in the mobile space, the Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Mobile App Development Platform (MADP) Solution. We're thrilled to share that Kony was named a Market Leader with top scores in each of the assessed technology dimensions, including:

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Fall Wave Spotlight: Top 5 features in our upcoming fall release ›

There are five points to a star.  We have five senses of perception.  There are five days in a work week.  Your hand has five fingers.  I could go on, but the point is that five is a magical number.  So with that in mind, the subject of this blog is the “Top 5” exciting new product innovations that are part of Kony’s fall release coming later this year. 

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Wearable Technology: The New Frontier for Enterprise App Development? ›

Imagine that you're running late one morning. You rush into a coffee shop for your morning pick-me-up. Rather than hassle with your wallet, cash, or cards, you push a button on your watch and pay instantly for your coffee.

Picture a sales meeting where you walk in without notes, files, or a laptop. Instead, you wear glasses that instantly display your client's name, title, industry, last order placed, previous reviews, and the date of your last meeting.

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Dreamforce 2014: Report from the Super Bowl of tech ›

Last week I attended Dreamforce in San Francisco. This was my 9th Dreamforce, and it’s been getting bigger and better year after year. I worked at Salesforce for six years in the early days of the company, so it was great to see some of my friends from those days as well as soak up all of the great activities and ideas.

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6 ways to counteract low mobile app adoption ›

According to one report from a mobile analytics firm, four-fifths of the 1.2 million apps in the Apple app store have had almost no downloads. It's a discouraging statistic for app developers. Creators of apps have to consider their audience: are they creating apps for a group of employees, consumers, or other businesses? Regardless of the answer, strategic tools exist that help ensure your app gains popularity through increased downloads and routine use. Here's a list of six ways to counteract low mobile app adoption.

Begin with internal testing and marketing

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ICYMI: Highlights from Kony's big Gartner Symposium announcements ›

What a week! The Kony team has had a wonderful time at Gartner Symposium Orlando, soaking up everything that's new and exciting in IT. That includes our own news, of course: a series of new offerings that we think will simply transform the mobile market. 

In case you missed it, we've broken down the details in the FAQ below. We hope you're as excited as we are, and as always, don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

What did Kony announce?

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Introducing Kony Modeler: App configuration and customization built just for the business ›

I am really excited about Kony’s latest announcement. Today, Kony embarks upon a new journey that speaks to a group of users that have, until now, been held hostage by IT. As of today, this group of users will be unleashed, liberated, and empowered to be in control of their own destiny.

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Findyourappmatch.com: The #1 site for meaningful developer-designer relationships ›

Say goodbye to brogrammers

Are you tired of collaborating with team members who just don’t “get” you? Sick of a design or development counterpart who’s more interested in building his Instagram following than building great apps? Fed up with the egos and silos that get in the way of awesome mobile experiences?

You’re not alone!

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Meet the new face of mobile app design: Introducing Kony Visualizer 2.0 ›

Great apps put the user experience first. This fact is both intuitive, and proven; Never before have there been more apps in the commercial app stores as there are today, yet there is a 75% drop in app usage after the initial time an app is used. Clearly people are downloading apps, but three quarters of the time, the UX fails and the app returns to obscurity. Users expect great experiences, and if an app doesn't deliver, it doesn't matter what else it can do. That app, for that user, is done.

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Big screens and watches and payments, oh my: Analysis of Apple's big announcements ›

As usual, the hype surrounding yesterday’s Apple announcement was deafening (I’m reminded of Lebron James' "The Decision" announcement.) There were weeks and weeks of speculation as to what might be debuted, but unlike previous Apple events, the world wasn’t quite sure what Apple would announce. This was perhaps the most uncertain and mystery-filled announcement since the 2010 iPad launch.

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CEO corner: Gartner Magic Quadrant recognizes Kony's vision and execution ›

Last week marked an exciting milestone at Kony. Gartner published its annual 2014 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms, and Kony was named a Leader for the second year in a row.

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 family of partners and customers. Some of the key achievements from the past year that we believe contributed to our success include:

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Tips and tricks: Developing desktop kiosk apps with Kony ›

Although Kony customers typically use the Kony platform to develop apps for mobile and tablet devices, it can also be used to build applications for the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems as a desktop application for use in kiosks.

Let's take a closer look at how to develop kiosk apps from a single code base using Kony.

Developing desktop kiosk apps: The basics

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Infographic: Secrets of enterprise mobility success ›

IDC recently surveyed over 400 IT decision makers in charge of influencing or directing mobile strategy at their firms. Check out the infographic below to learn what they discovered, including:

  • What 5 factors contribute most to the success of a mobile initiative?
  • What business unit typically owns mobile strategy?
  • Who's paying for mobile, and who's actually doing the work?
  • What issues do most companies face, and what benefits do they reap?
  • Are mobile deployments worth it?

 

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Infographic: Enterprise mobility in the UK ›

The market for mobile apps is often compared to a gold rush, with businesses desperate to be first to market lest their competition profit from their hesitation.

However, the rush to deploy both B2C and B2E apps tactically is leaving organisations a long term legacy to support and maintain fragmented solutions. All of these problems can drastically reduce ROI on any given app.

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8 factors that affect mobile app development pricing ›

Mobile apps are powerful drivers of traffic, increasing advertising, sales, and growth. A recent study by Harvard Business School shows that Americans spend over three hours per day on mobile devices, and purchases from mobile devices are up 18 percent in the last year alone. This trend shows no signs of slowing; businesses are smart to harness the growth potential of mobile apps.

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The rise of contextual mobility ›

At this point in the game, it's clear that mobile is the future. It's outpacing PCs by leaps and bounds, and will be the primary form of accessing the Internet, performing tasks, and acquiring information moving forward.  This means that the questions is no longer "Why Mobile?" Businesses now need to ask how exactly mobile can help meet their objectives, and how they should best evolve their mobile systems.

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How to prepare for the Internet of Things ›

By now you've probably heard that the "next platform" is to be known as the "Internet of Things" (IoT): A boundless utopia of delectable interconnected devices constantly absorbing and oozing out information at a mind-boggling rate that will only serve the single purpose of making our lives better. How can anything go wrong?

Everything that you've heard is absolutely true and also completely inaccurate.

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Developers wanted: How the Internet of Things will impact the development ecosystem ›

There has been a lot of buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) lately, starting with Google's purchase of Nest and including Facebook’s purchase of Oculus, Apple’s Carplay/Smart watch, and more. These companies are at the leading edge of a growing phenomenon. Various research has predicted that there will be nearly 50 billion devices by 2020 with a business value close to $1T.

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Top 9 takeaways for enterprises from Google I/O ›

This past week at their annual I/O conference, Google made a significant number of announcements that impact the mobile community.  These spanned everything from the next version of their phone OS (“Android L”) to sweeping updates on all parts of the Android ecosystem, including phone, tablet, wearables, TV, auto, and more.

So what’s Kony’s take on these announcements? 

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From SEO to ASO: How companies can increase their app's search ranking ›

As you work through the app design and development process, your app becomes your baby. You strive to create a product that will be useful and entertaining to your target audience and attract customers deep into the sales funnel. When you're popping champagne at the app launch, your journey has only just begun.

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Is Swift a game changer for mobile app development? ›

WWDC always manages to get the Appleites excited about almost anything announced. These announcements typically do not include hardware changes, but almost always presage software changes particular to Macs and iOS. Every single feature tends to be analyzed with a fine tooth comb… many of which seem over-hyped.

This year, however, an announcement was made that was completely unexpected. It didn't get much attention, but for the development community, it’s big: There is a new development language for iOS phones and tablets. It’s called Swift. 

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