I am not big on New Year’s resolutions, mainly because if you need to change something, don’t wait till the new year, just make the change. While I was driving home from vacation, stuck in traffic, I started wondering what the development teams I work with can do differently in the coming year. Thinking about what we should focus our energies on, I came up with some “resolutions” for the new year. As with any resolution or goal, not all are needed to be completed or followed, but as a developer, if you can accomplish any of these, you will improve your development skills and also help teach the developers that follow you.
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
EMM. UEM. MAM. MDM. There is no shortage of acronyms or options when it comes to managing your enterprise mobile devices. As is usually true with options, sifting through them to find the right ones takes some work. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you by comparing several (but not all) solution providers to help you make the best choice for your organization.
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.
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.
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.
BlueFletch CEO and Managing Partner, Richard Makerson, was announced the winner of the Small Business Person of the Year, Best Minority Entrepreneur Award. The annual Small Business Person of the Year Awards recognized Richard Makerson as metro Atlanta’s outstanding minority entrepreneur who has owned his or her business for at least one year.
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?
As with all technology in the enterprise, uptime is critical for handheld devices. To ensure this, mobile software deployments for thousands of devices requires careful planning, testing and attention to detail. I’ve outlined some best practices and tips learned from assisting many companies with their rugged Android deployments via Mobile Device Management tools (MDMs). These are the key areas that I typically will provide guidance to companies on.
We are proud to announce BlueFletch CEO and Managing Partner, Richard Makerson, is a finalist for the Atlanta Business Chronicle 2018 Small Business Person of the Year Award. Here is an excerpt of the Q&A with Richard that appeared in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.