How to Tell When You’ve Been Given a Good Project Estimate

By | Ideas For Your Business

Let’s say you are a member of your organization’s IT Department, and you have engaged a third party vendor to develop a customized software solution for your company. When they provide you with a cost estimate for the statement of work, you will have to determine whether the estimate at hand provides good value for your company and can be delivered by the proposed timeline.

Here are five suggestions for how to determine if your software vendor has made a good project estimate:

Don’t Cut Corners During the Design Phase

In the hurry to get a Development SOW signed, design is often taken as ‘easy’ or as a ‘given’; however, rough drawings or high-level descriptions of what software should do does not provide enough information to understand the true complexity of a project. Good design often takes months. Companies who have deep experience in software development will have an active design team that will work hand-in-hand with the project Architect AND end users to detail each and every flow, feature, and edge case for a project. If your software vendor provides you flow diagrams, high fidelity prototypes (such as Invision click-throughs), detailed written requirements, and have had at least two full design feedback sessions with your software end users, you are in a good place. Money spent on design will almost always save you time and expense on the overall project. Read More

BlueFletch and The Home Depot deliver key insights on rugged vs. consumer-grade devices at Zebra Partner Summit

By | Enterprise, Events & Awards, Mobile Development

Brett Cooper, a Partner at BlueFletch, will be joining a session panel at the Zebra Partner Summit on Thursday, November 8th at the Orlando Omni Championsgate to discuss Zebra’s real-world mobility solutions that give them an advantage over competitors. He will share the stage with fellow panelist Todd Stankiewicz, Senior Manager Information Systems at The Home Depot, and moderator Andy Cauffman, Zebra Account Manager for the Home Depot.

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BlueFletch Celebrates 2018 Women in Technology Awards

By | Events & Awards

Each year, the Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards recognize female leaders whose accomplishments, mentorship, and contributions to the community align with the WIT mission of advancing women in technology from the classroom to the boardroom. BlueFletch has the privilege to celebrate the women on our staff, as well as all the other stellar women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM), at the 2018 Women in Technology Awards.

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Lockdown enterprise devices without an MDM using BlueFletch Launcher and StageNow

By | Ideas For Your Business

Enterprise Mobile Devices can be managed using methods other than traditional MDMs as long as device security is stout. That technique might not be considered an industry best practice but we’ve seen admins manage devices in their own way to meet business requirements while using familiar toolsets. Despite the negative perception of ‘skirting’ using an MDM, it can be easy and secure to manage devices without one.

Staying “old school” with device management is a practical option for certain organizations and scenarios. If your company is opposed to an MDM-based solution due to complexity or cost, this is how you would ensure devices still conform to your needs.

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Upgrading Rugged Legacy Devices and Mobile Device Management: How to avoid common risks during an upgrade – Part 2

By | Enterprise, Ideas For Your Business, Mobile Development

Delta Air Lines has a well planned and effective enterprise mobile strategy. Delta employs a healthy mix of devices based on the role, environment and required tasks. The employees in the terminals need business mobility devices as rugged as Thor’s Hammer and for everyone else, there are consumer devices. Their business mobility development team is focused on one hybrid platform, which supports their fleet of Android rugged devices and iOS devices.

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Upgrading Rugged Legacy Devices and Mobile Device Management: How to avoid common risks during an upgrade – Part 1

By | Android, Ideas For Your Business, Mobile Development

Eleven years ago Steve Jobs stood on the stage and boldly introduced the iPhone, sending a shockwave through the technology community and ushering in a new era for mobile devices. A year later, the Android platform was introduced – the Darth Vader to the Jedi iPhone. Instead of being told what you need, Android provided openness and experimentation. Unlocking the potential of a mobile device and providing a counterbalance to Apple’s closed (these are not the Droids you seek) operating system. This new wave of devices opened the door to numerous possibilities in enterprise mobility. These devices also required new types of enterprise administration through mobile device management tools. Some companies are testing and investing heavily in replacing rugged, Windows CE legacy devices with cheaper and sleeker consumer mobile devices.

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Zebra’s All The Way Down

By | Ideas For Your Business

I recently had the opportunity to participate in Zebra’s Developer podcast hosted by Dan Quagliana and Mark Jolley from Zebra. I spoke a bit about some of our experiences dealing with deploying Software and OS Patches on Android devices in the Enterprise. Here are some of the highlights and notes from the questions that I covered during the discussion.

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Telling the Story of Retail Products

By | Ideas For Your Business

I recently stopped by the Elliot Bay Book Store in Seattle and was impressed with the amount of personal reviews their team had hand-written for book titles. I ended up picking up a lot more books than I would have at a regular book store where I would browse covers or spines of books. In this era of fake internet product reviews, it was refreshing to see a handwritten review from someone who read the text… additionally some of the reviews got a good chuckle out of me (see below). Could this well executed strategy of telling stories about products be applied to more than just a bookstore?

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