Bayini Creative Laboratories for mobile development2015-04-11T13:11:43Z https://bayini.com/feed/atom/WordPress Dennis Reumer https://bayini.com <![CDATA[New Roads, New Empires. Why Mobility matters so much.]]> https://bayini.com/?p=141 2015-04-03T20:26:22Z 2014-02-05T18:27:17Z Humans have evolved not only through genetics, but the last 10.000 years for a greater part through their inventions. One of their most important inventions that brings great change and new prosperity is creating better infrastructures.

One of the earliest documented examples of this is in the Euphrates/Tigris delta, where humans started using ‘boats’ on the rivers to transport goods between cities. By being able to trade goods between the cities, wealth could be shared better and more efficiently. They build various canals to make use of this natural highway.

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Humans have evolved not only through genetics, but the last 10.000 years for a greater part through their inventions. One of their most important inventions that brings great change and new prosperity is creating better infrastructures.

One of the earliest documented examples of this is in the Euphrates/Tigris delta, where humans started using ‘boats’ on the rivers to transport goods between cities. By being able to trade goods between the cities, wealth could be shared better and more efficiently. They build various canals to make use of this natural highway.

The Romans took it a step further and build an empire on their infrastructure; the roman roads are responsible of ensuring the Empire could maintain its power on such a vast land, allowing troops and goods to be transported fast an reliably over great distances.

Through the rest of history, the increasing efficiency and distance that infrastructures could cover have kept accelerating the economy by increased speed and volume of trade.

There is a common theme from the past. Those who dared to use the new infrastructures the first, didn’t know what they might expect on the other side (remember Columbus), but those leaders always paved the way and showed the new possibilities.

Infrastructures are always about better matching supply and demand. The better the infrastructure, the more efficient supply and demand can be met and the greater wealth can be generated.

With the introduction of Mobility there is now an infrastructure in place that is complete from a human perspective. While it might not transport goods, it does allow Supply and Demand to be matched, it’s ubiquitous and instantaneously. Not even the computer connected Internet achieved that reach and penetration.

So as new infrastructures allowed previous Empires to blossom, mobility brings a new way of conducting your business and will be accelerating developments even more as the Internet.  How that might look like will not always be clear when you start your voyage on this new road, but one thing is clear; it will bring new wealth and prosperity to those who thread on the path early and follow the leaders.

Bayini has been on the path for a long while and travelled forth and back; to bring the news of the great new country and we’re happy to take you on-board for your journey.

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Dennis Reumer https://bayini.com <![CDATA[Clear communication through UX, or why user centric design matters in Enterprise Mobility]]> https://bayini.com/?p=162 2015-04-03T20:26:22Z 2014-02-02T19:10:48Z n traditional Enterprises UX has always been the ugly stepchild. Business and Technical requirements always have taken precedence. Actual user testing and validated was always something that was done at the end of the project.

After spending 4 million on the project, its main purpose was accepting testing, not even user testing. Are all the requirements met and can the business process be executed?

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The good old times

In traditional Enterprises UX has always been the ugly stepchild.  Business and Technical requirements always have taken precedence. Actual user testing and validated was always something that was done at the end of the project.

After spending 4 million on the project, its main purpose was accepting testing, not even user testing. Are all the requirements met and can the business process be executed?

This has worked OK-ish for a long while, because most of the work was performed on desktop PC’s in the office and there were always helpful colleagues to explain the quirks of the User Interface and so everyone learned to hack the system after a few months of agony.

Nobody actually ever did measurement on how much time people need to complete the tasks through the provided software. So in essence no Enterprise actually knows how much efficiency their system might have or have not brought to the company.


Broken Model

While this might have worked for the bigger screen and while being surrounded by your colleagues, this will no longer be acceptable when you apply the same principles for Enterprise Mobility.

When in the field with their mobile, users can’t rely on their colleagues and trying to decipher a cryptic User Interface will be a very costly endeavor. In the end-users will not be using these mobile tools and the company will loose its perceived efficiency.

With the small screens and the limited resources of the Mobile Devices, one of the most important parts for Business Software development for Mobile, must be related to the User Experience and should be taken on first in the project and validated against the actual future users above anything else.

Users will need to be able to rely on being able to intuitively use the Applications on their Mobile devices. With the ongoing consumerization they also will expect this from their applications. No able to meet this, will certainly leave your apps in your Enterprise App Store shelves and not on the Mobile devices.

A Good User Experience isn’t only just good practice, but also shows the companies appreciation of their employees and builds empathy. With a great portfolio of good looking and easy to use Mobile application, employers will feel pride for their company and not hide their Mobile Applications from their customers.

Also understand that going mobile means that many of these applications will not only are employee facing, but also customer facing. When finishing a transaction together with a client within an Application, you brand is also exposed. A clear and understandable interface will add additional value to the actual business process.


Help is on the way

Just as Creating an Enterprise Architecture and marketing plan is important, ensure you handle UX with the same care. Here are some key points to consider for an Enterprise UX:

  • Create a uniform User Experience between Apps (Similar navigation, menu placements)
  • Create and Reuse the same Visual Language and User Interface/Visual Design for all Company apps.
  • Feature-box Applications, don’t let the scope creep, make apps top heavy and make them sink into un-usability.
  • Measure every aspect of your employee/user engagement to ensure your apps are used and they can find the app features.
  • Work with experienced UX and UI designers. Hire help if you don’t have the knowledge in house. Trying to build your own wheel will definitely have you end up on a bumpy ride.

At Bayini we have all disciplines of Mobility under one roof and can assist you in any stage of you Mobility adventure. Don’t hesitate to ask us for help, it’s our passion to make you successful. Being able to communicate clearly through your Apps by providing a great user experience is a large part of that success.

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