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Innovation will be critical to mobile success

Some people believe that smartphones and wearables have already shown us everything they are capable of. Touchscreen devices are viewed by many as the facilitator for some communications and productivity apps, and tools like Google Glass and smartwatches​ are thought to have no future in the personal or professional sense.

But despite the length of time that this technology has been around, there are still many companies that are finding innovative new ways in which mobile devices can be used. This is due to the true nature of applications that not all people are able to perceive right off the bat. So while some organizations might not see much use for custom software solutions or the machines that they are found on, it is likely that they have not considered the ways in which common inefficiencies can be overcome through programs and apps

The key to succeeding on the modern business landscape will lie in how well an enterprise understands present-day tech. There are already many organizations and businesses that are starting to set themselves apart in this way, and it will be important to follow their lead.

Smartphones as hotel room keys
Convenience is one of the biggest drivers for tech innovation. People tend to identify common issues and find new ways in which modern software can be applied as a remedy. The Hilton hotel chain is a company that fits this bill. Having noticed that its customers were increasingly requesting "greater choice and control," the company began developing an application that would give them the ability to check in remotely, choose their own rooms and even use their phones as their keycard. The software is expected to be available later this year.

This represents the major ways in which people are taking a second look at mobile technology and realizing that the power lies not in the device itself, but what kinds of apps can be created for it. And yet, while there are still untold uses for smartphones and tablets, the next wave of devices holds even greater levels of promise.

Wearables already taking off in healthcare
Some circles have mocked wearable technology for its perceived uselessness. But just like how many people did not believe in the iPhone at first, tools like Google Glass are finding incredible ways to be applied within specific industries.

"While late-night talk-show hosts made comic hay with nerd jokes, Google couldn't keep the developer-and-press-only Glass in stock, even at $1,500 a pop for a very early beta product," wrote InformationWeek contributor Rodney Brown. "That's because developers and entrepreneurs appreciated the potential of having an augmented reality display available while you were doing your job – be it as a field technician accessing an online repair manual or a doctor calling up a patient's record during an exam."

In fact, it is doctors specifically that are finding some of the most impressive uses for wearables. From tracking patient vitals with fitness bands to guiding surgery with Glass, wearables hold incredible potential in healthcare. Physicians need an incredible amount of information at their disposal – sensors and hands-free displays are helping them to accomplish just that.

On3 understands innovation
There are few companies who "get" mobile devices in the same way that On3 does. On3 is a hub of innovation, helping organizations of all kinds to correct inefficiencies through technology and custom software development. Be it by placing new staff members into a company that will help to design effective programs or by taking the task itself head-on, On3 is one of the most trusted, experienced names in software solutions. 

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Future of wearable technology holds promise, diversity

By many accounts, the future of wearable technology may not look the way some expect it to. There are plenty of people who see a reality where smartphones and tablets have largely been replaced by tools like Google Glass – which can be a good or bad thing, depending on who you talk to.

According to CloudTweaks contributor Adam Owen, there is already a wide variety of wearables available – many that some might not consider right off the bat when this subject comes up.

"Whilst the only wearable you may know of is Glass, there are actually many more less heard of wearables which are just as good, not only in the form of eyewear, but also smartwatches, and other wearables which can be clipped onto clothing, shoes, and almost anywhere else on your body," Owen wrote.

This means big things for enterprises. While watches and glasses will no doubt have a place in offices, sensor-based devices are also being explored as workplace assets – and it is possible that new tools will help redefine what "wearable" means.

Wearable sensors appearing in different ways
It is not just the fitness bracelets that can be outfitted with wearable tech capabilities. According to TMCnet contributor Melissa Warten, the Indian company Ducere​ Technologies is currently developing shoes that can be connected to mobile devices. The shoes, known as Lechal, were initially developed for use by the blind, but Warten stated that Ducere is looking at how else they can be applied – specifically with Google Maps.

There are some incredible possibilities for devices like this. The Lechal shoes can be set to vibrate when the wearer has to turn. This functionality could be applied to tourism companies that provide walking tours, for example. By downloading an app that contains routes and supplemental information, the shoes will prompt the walker to the route as they go. This will enable them to take in a self-guided tour without struggling with a map or risking getting separated from the group.

It will be this kind of innovative thought that will enable businesses to rise above their competition when a wider variety of devices start to take hold. Because there will be such a swell of machines that will not have an interface, however, it will be important to invest in custom software solutions.

Wearables will not replace smartphones
There is some speculation that the widespread appearance of wearable tech is intended to make touchscreen devices as we know them now obsolete. Many of the people who believe this are also likely to consider it impossible for just that reason. Will Google Glass or the iWatch have the ability to perform every one of the functions that a smartphone can? Of course not.

But the wearables debate does not end there. Rather than replace them outright, wearables will serve as extensions of devices that have already gained steam. They will be able to fill gaps in the functionality of smartphones and tablets – something that is especially true of sensors like the kinds in fitness bands and the in-development Lechal. This means that new considerations are going to need to be made in the way of custom software development. It will be important to not only use software as a means to maximize a mobile device's potential on its own, but also in tandem with the tools it will soon be able to connect to.

Organizations who have not yet considered how wearables might be able to improve their daily operations should begin to do so. As a greater number of advanced technologies start to become commonplace, it will be imperative to take advantage of them. 

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Future of wearable technology will be rife with innovation

There is a large segment of people who do not see a future for wearable technology. They believe that what is presently possible will not have any application further down the road. While some of this might be true, it is impossible to predict how a new tool will be embraced by the general public. There were also plenty of naysayers who thought that the smartphone was not going to go anywhere, and we all know how that turned out.

A large number of possibilities for wearables have already been discovered. Many industries are already considering how some of these advancements are likely to impact their businesses – both in and out of the office. Wearables have, in fact, are expected to gain their initial traction as on-the-job assistance for professionals that could be benefited by hands-free displays.

Wearables will need smartphone app support
But while the capabilities of watches and glasses are likely to increase in the near future, they will still require an interface that cannot be provided without a larger touchscreen in place. These devices are going to need software that can help them manage settings and content in a familiar way.

This will be especially true for those enterprises that plan on using biometric wearables like fitness bands. This kind of technology will be called upon to help with things like incentive-based employee health programs that can be used to lower insurance payments. For jobs that require a certain level of calm or alertness, custom software solutions can be brought in to help monitor vitals and prompt workers to adjust their performance accordingly.

But how these devices enter the workplace in the future will also be difficult to predict. According to Fast Company contributor Sindya Bhanoo, the Biostamp is one of those machines that may defy expectation. The device looks something like a band-aid, and can register "temperature, movement, heart rate and more – and transmit this data wirelessly."

Future wearables may not meet present expectations
The Biostamp is one example of how a wearable device might – or might not – look a little farther down the line. In fact, something called the Snaptrax Bluetooth baseball cap, an in-development product from an Australian start-up, could be a new consumer wearable. The hat is able to perform many of the same tasks as a headset or pair of glasses might, and in addition to being another device that could potentially interact with company information, it represents just how inconspicuous the devices of the future might be. Their security will have to be considered, but also their potential.

The Snaptrax, for example, could be representative of things to come for construction workers. Safety helmets may come pre-equipped with tools that will allow for on-the-job communications to occur in a way that is less cumbersome. This is just one area of business that can benefit from hands-free technology, but it is certain that other professions have ways in which they can leverage it, as well.

Wearable tech success depends on interoperability
But because devices like Snaptrax have no touchscreen, they cannot be operated on their own. Success can be achieved through viewing wearables as the bridge between a smartphone or tablet and a task that needs to be completed. Smartphones are not able to meet every conceivable need, but with the assistance of wearable and peripheral items, they can be the epicenter of innovation.

Wearable technology will find a fast home in the workplace, but only if effective custom software development is achieved or sought out. Regardless of if new team members are brought aboard or third-party developers are turned to for side-by-side programming, proper mobile apps can help to boost a business' productivity and visibility

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Effective applications helping to secure BYOD programs

Bring-your-own device policies used to be put in place as restrictions – certain kinds of apps and functions were forbidden by regulation. The problem with this method of mobile device management is that – thanks to the consumerization of IT – it is incredibly easy to work around such rules. 

This has led many organizations to change their approach. It seems as though the companies that are succeeding in their mobile initiatives are the ones who try to enable workers in effective ways rather than inhibit them.

"Many companies that have had BYOD policies for a while have matured their thinking," wrote Network​ World contributor Bob Violino. "They've grown from looking at employees' personal devices as something to lock down to allowing them in a limited fashion to fully embracing them."

Part of what has spurred such a change is the evolution of mobile applications. Now that custom software solutions can be created and obtained, there is much less fear on the part of managers regarding the safety of company data. Being able to understand a program's nuances and have it contoured to a business's subtleties makes it that much more effective as an enterprise asset.

Custom software development is the key to secure BYOD
Part of the issue surrounding consumer devices in the workplace is the tendency for staffers to download their own solutions. Members of the finance department, for example, may be leveraging unapproved free budgeting software alongside sensitive company statistics – and for no other reason than it works in the ways that they need it to. But if records of this caliber should leak out and fall into the hands of competitors, an organization may not have much of a future left ahead of it.

"The convergence of mobile and cloud has increased employee productivity and increased the risk of data loss for enterprises," wrote Dark Reading contributor Adam Ely. "Because both technologies are data-centric and expose corporate data outside of the enterprise, we have to be aware of how we're managing our resources and protecting our assets."

Much of this comes from providing mobile applications that are approved by the business as a whole. In the modern world, things of this nature cannot be left up to chance. Breaches of information have generally been accepted as inevitabilities rather than mere possibilities. In light of this, it will be in the best interest of every company to make certain they are doing all they can – including the development of effective mobile apps.

No room for mobile aversion
Despite all the attention that has been surrounding alternatives to the banishment of mobile devices in the workplace, there are still some professionals that would rather avoid the issue altogether than deal with potential failure. But it is becoming increasingly apparent that, regardless of what regulations are put in place, there are still going to be workers that will ignore rules of this nature in the name of productivity.

Simply enough, the biggest risk of all is to attempt outlawing smartphones and tablets in the office. Decision makers and IT managers need to stick by the old adage – "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Or, in the case of companies and their employees, enable them through custom mobile app development.

"Organizations struggle because they can't take mobile away, and employees use it because it increases productivity," Ely wrote. "It's time to adopt and properly manage the solutions enterprise employees are using each day. There has been an explosion of data outside the four walls of enterprise IT. CISOs need to fundamentally rethink their strategies and approaches to securing that data."

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Apps, wearable technology becoming engrained in culture

There were probably many people who were, when presented with the first iPhone, not sure what to do with it. Seemingly, the applications were limited – it was primarily a communications device with room for some Web browsing and media storage. But as a greater number of individuals discovered the potential for innovation, the increasing use of the machine became prevalent. Daily tasks, be they personal or professional, were being completed in new ways and with greater ease – a trend that is not likely to die out anytime soon, namely as apps become more sophisticated and wearable technology is more widely-leveraged.

As the digital age continues to progress, apps and devices will continue to see new and innovative uses that can disrupt the workplace in the best way possible. It will be important to see how these assets are being applied at-large by the world population and examine how specific examples can be adapted for alternative enterprise environments.

Applications being leveraged in the democratic process
People are constantly finding instances in their lives that can be improved through the use of an app. Be it out of convenience or the actual abilities of the software in question, applications are becoming more commonly found in a variety of situations where they would once have been avoided – including governmental elections.

According to ZDNet contributor Angelica Mari, Brazil will make three different apps available that are designed "to provide information about candidates and the actual voting process, as well as results." All of these programs will be downloadable for Windows phone, iOS and Android. This represents a major truth about the modern world – one of the best ways to engage an audience is through their mobile devices. An ever-growing segment of the planet is using these tools every day, making them an ideal medium to reach out and interact with – in this instance – citizens who are encouraged to vote.

This kind of relationship can also be established by companies and their corresponding clientele. Customer engagement platforms are increasing in popularity as a greater number of consumers desire the experience of an application versus a mobile website. The kinds of streamlined services that can be made available in this way – from online shopping and bill payment to customer service – are seemingly endless, and can benefit any organization that seeks them out.

Wearable tech becomes ally in law enforcement
Some critics of machines like Google Glass see failure in their future because of a perceived lack of applications – both in terms of the scope and number of programs they predict possible. But many sectors and industries are already beginning to explore the potential these devices might be capable of – particularly in law enforcement.

"While RoboCop-type solutions to law enforcement are not yet on the horizon, the Internet of Things (IoT) has quite a promising future in the ongoing fight against crime," wrote Forbes contributor Michael O'Dwyer. "Police departments across the globe are becoming growing adopters of technology, with prominent examples including the NYPD's testing of Google Glass and the LAPD's trial of on-body cameras."

The use of hands-free computing is particularly interesting to these institutions. Criminal records can be pulled up without having to break eye contact with a suspect who may need to be detained by force, and information can be fed to officers who are driving while on patrol. It will be these sorts of systems that have value in areas of enterprise like shipping – stock room workers can have a real-time inventory count displayed on their devices while operating machinery, for example.

These will be the kinds of uses that applications and mobile technology will see in the near future. Businesses seriously need to examine company inefficiencies and consider how wearables and apps could potentially resolve a long-standing problem. 

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Wearables will augment – not replace – smartphones and tablets

There are plenty of naysayers out there who believe that wearable technology is a flash-in-the-pan. They do not see the same benefits in watches, glasses and monitoring devices that they do in smartphones and tablets. The idea of one of these tools replacing an iPhone or an Android seems preposterous to them. 

But that's because it is. Wearable devices, for the most part, are not meant to replace other mobile tools, but to increase their functionality. For the time being, wearables are not going to best the computing power of other machines, but they can change the way they people perceive them.

"Are wearables going to replace smartphones anytime soon? At this point, it seems unlikely," wrote Tom's Guide contributor Dan Howley. "In fact, experts say it will take anywhere from 10 to 20 years before you can ditch your handset. At that point, technology may be so advanced that the devices will be wearing people."

But in the interim, it will be important to recognize that wearables can – and have already started to – appear in the workplace. Like smartphones, enterprise employees will begin bringing their own devices into the office as they discover new ways in which they can be leveraged productively. Organizations will need to start understanding how these devices might end up interacting with company information and view their custom software solutions with these considerations in mind.

'Fitness devices' can have workplace applications
There are a number of reasons why a business might want to invest in development for wearable-geared apps. Commonly, people might take this to mean software for Google Glass or the inevitable iWatch. But in many ways, there will even be enterprise avenues down which fitness and biometric wearables can travel.

This could take shape for something as simple as an employee betterment program. Health-based incentives can be distributed based on readouts supplied by the sensor bands commonly used for exercise. The information collected can even be used to help prompt workers to take breaks if they seem stressed.

This sort of support and care for staff members is on the rise, and will start to become more of a requirement as these devices catch on in the consumer sphere – especially as smartwatches begin to integrate activity monitoring sensors into their wheelhouse of functions.

"Of particular importance is the development of hybrid smartwatch and activity trackers," said ABI Research's Nick Spencer to Howley. "Basic smartwatch functionality (alerts, day screens) are only doing what the smartphone already does, but on a small screen. That's not a powerful value prop for the consumer. Activity trackers, on the hand, do something far more compelling." 

Interest in wearables taking off
Google has an advantage as a major-name tech company. The attention that they have given to wearable technology has helped to spur incredible attention on the concept as a whole. As a result, increased interest is being driven for other devices beyond just Glass.

"Glass is currently one of the most widely recognized mobile devices in the world," Mobile Commerce News posted on its website. "It serves as an example of the potential of wearable technology and its capabilities. Google is not the only company working on releasing a wearable device in the near future, of course, and the market for these devices is growing quickly. Consumers have become quite enthralled with the idea of what wearable devices can accomplish and many people seem eager to get their hands on these devices as soon as possible."

As such, businesses will need to give these tools a fair shake when their presence becomes known in office spaces. By engaging employees and enabling them through custom software development, organizations of all kinds can find new ways to improve productivity and satisfaction.

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Wearables will make great strides in healthcare

There are probably plenty of people out there who see no point in wearable technology. Ideas like Google Glass seem to some as though they have no practical application. But while wearable computers and sensors may have a ways to go before they are consumer darlings, there are plenty of industries that are already brainstorming how these devices can make headway in their respective fields.

Perhaps the most interesting relationship to wearables that is starting to occur lies in the world of healthcare. While there have already been instances where Google Glass has actually saved a life, a stronger momentum is starting to build around the sensor-based technology commonly used to power fitness applications. According to Mondaq contributor Karen Taylor, these kinds of wearables could create real-time health records and patient profiles.

"Indeed, wearable health records may well become the preferred way for healthcare professionals to interact with health data; enabling doctors to record consultations, check-ups, surgeries and other medical procedures – with the patient's consent – while storing videos, photos, and notes about the procedures in the patient's medical history file," Taylor wrote. "This information can then be shared directly with patients online using cloud-based storage platforms."

Wearable technology is already experiencing incredible innovations within healthcare. The uses that many of these devices can find in hospitals and related facilities will help to dictate how they are embraced by the general public. But with this realization should come an acceptance that there will be new considerations to make regarding how this technology will interact with sensitive information and patient data.

Interest in wearable health tech growing
According to a recent Cisco blog post from managing director Joseph Bradley, big data and mobile technology have made an incredible impact on healthcare. He cites a recent study conducted by ABI Research, which predicts wireless wearable medical devices to move 100 million units annually by 2016. Similarly, TMCnet senior editor Tony Rizzo believes that the wearable tech market in general will be worth $50 billion between 2018 and 2020. This means that more people will likely possess the wearables they need to use next-generation healthcare apps – and are likely to expect them from their medical service providers.

"The healthcare industry is already realizing key benefits from mobility," Bradley wrote. "As patients begin to wear monitoring devices before, during and after hospitalization, health care professionals can access critical data via mobile applications. This can significantly boost the efficiency and agility of patient care."

ABI's findings could indicate an evolution for wearables in hospitals similar to that of smartphones in enterprise workplaces. There came a point in time where businesses no longer had to concern themselves with providing company devices to their employees, as consumer tools caught up to the standards held by many organizations. If this is the case, then hospitals will need to make sure that they have custom software solutions that work with a range of wearable and smartphone platforms alike.

Strong, informed development will be key
Unfortunately, launching an enterprise application is not something that can be assigned to just any eager employee. The right training, credentials and experience are going to be absolutely critical to making sure everything functions accordingly. This is especially true for the healthcare industry, which has considerable regulations in place surrounding how patient records are handled – one of the most important being the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

According to InformationWeek contributor Jason Wang, HIPAA was constructed almost 20 years ago, making it hard to determine how it applies to specific pieces of mobile software. As more apps and devices begin to interact with sensitive information, the idea that developers are unsure of what allowances to make becomes more foreboding. Some applications may need extensive protections that they do not already have in place.

"If you're developing a healthcare-focused mobile application or software for wearable devices, it's important that you understand the laws around protected health information (PHI) and HIPAA compliance," Wang wrote. "While not all healthcare applications fall under HIPAA rules, those that collect, store, or share personally identifiable health information with covered entities (such as doctors and hospitals) must be HIPAA-compliant."

This is one of the reasons why healthcare organizations might turn to a third-party developer rather than task their IT staffers with such a massive undertaking. Having a specialized team available to focus on the intricacies and subtleties of custom mobile app development means that there is less chance of an error putting the entire facility at risk – not to mention any patients who might have their files inadvertently leaked.

Preparing for the modern patient
Just as offices have had to prepare themselves for the needs of present-day customers, hospitals and doctors offices will have to do the same with their patients. As technology continues to advance, the expectations held of healthcare facilities will become more demanding. When the idea of an application that can assist in a patient's recovery or general health is not far-fetched, chances are that the actual realization of this concept will be in high demand when its practicality becomes more commonly embraced.

"Importantly, wearable technology puts a patient's real-time personal health data in their own hands," Taylor stated. "Ten or 15 years ago, patients relied solely on a doctor's professional opinion for feedback on treatment and health. Now, patients can monitor their own health from home or on the go. They can educate themselves and make decisions on issues that affect their overall health and wellness."

But with this demand comes a responsibility on the part of healthcare facilities to provide software for mobile and wearable devices that is not only functional, but well-defended. Patient records are of the utmost sensitivity, and exposing it – inadvertently or otherwise – is not good for anyone involved. Healthcare will need to have a clear understanding of wearables and the accompanying software before the industry can see them flourish. This will lead to effective custom software development down the line.

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Mobility must be embraced in the workplace

Smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of enterprise operations for many companies. While it was once necessary to outfit employees with mobile devices on the company's dime, the consumerization of IT has led a number of workers to – of their own accord – equip themselves with touchscreen machines.

Being able to use these kinds of tools is not just a perk, it signifies a redefinition of business.

"Enabling everyone to perform basic and more advanced tasks that are integral to both personal and professional lives, mobile technology allows employees to answer calls, quickly respond to important emails, and efficiently perform their functions regardless of their physical location," wrote Mobile Market Portal contributor Joe Langner. "More and more companies see the benefits of employees who have access to applications that extend their capabilities beyond the office, so they can conduct business anywhere and anytime. When employees get what they need to do their job – no more no less – from remote offices, at home or on the road, companies deliver better customer service and are more productive."

Mobile workplaces need some kind of governance
While it is generally accepted that trying to ban or heavily regulate employee-owned devices can horrifically backfire, doing the opposite and allowing staff members to have free reign with company data is just as dangerous. According to InformationWeek contributor Jim Szafranski, a balance of trust and control is essential to bring-your-own-device success. Part of this comes in the form of effective instruction regarding policies and expectations.

"BYOD deployment should complement employee training," Szafranski wrote. "It's a growing trend for companies to teach employees what is and is not acceptable, and which apps require caution. For example, no employee should forward a corporate document to a personal mail account or take photos of meeting notes if the phone is set to upload all pics to the Web and social platforms."

Custom software solutions essential
But even more than proper training, employees need to be provided with secure applications through which to handle enterprise tasks. If left to their own devices – no pun intended – they will be more prone to downloading free, third-party apps that the company has no background information on. In light of this, custom software development should be sought out in order to achieve both proper security and functionality

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The business value of user experience – INFOGRAPHIC

User experience is more important than functionality

Mobile applications continue to be a hot topic of discussion in the world of enterprise. There is an increasing pressure being placed on organizations to have a touchscreen presence – both inside the office and among the general public. But while there should be a sense of urgency that drives companies to explore investing in these kinds of solutions, it should not obscure the ultimate goal – not only having an enterprise application, but possessing one that functions as it is intended to.
This is especially true for those apps that are consumer-facing. These tools might have, at one point in time, been considered to be the assets of a business that went above and beyond. But as an increasing number of customers elect to engage with companies through smartphones and tablets, custom mobile app development is becoming a necessity.

Consumers craving mobile interactions

Effective software can, in this day and age, become a deciding factor regarding a customer’s continued patronage. This is a very real fear for enterprises – 60 percent of organizations believe themselves to be more vulnerable to lost businesses because their competitors are more engaged in the mobile sphere than they are, according to a study conducted by Appcelerator.

These are not unfounded concerns, either. Forrester reported that only 37 percent of businesses are considered to have “good” or “excellent” customer service, as dictated by those consumers who do business with them. Similarly, a SpeechCycle and Echo Research survey found that half of smartphone users would rather leverage a mobile app than make a traditional phone call to the help desk.

With these figures in mind, it could be inferred that the lack of a mobile, consumer-geared application is the direct result of declining customer satisfaction in many instances. The solution, of course, is to invest in the staffing assets or outsourced help required to build one of these programs – and to do so in such a way that fosters an immersive user interface design.

Experiencing the return on investment

Cost is one of the enterprise’s natural enemies. Many modern company decisions are made on the basis that the funding allocated will reappear further down the line as a direct result of an expenditure in question. The return on investment is critical for a business to have an idea of in any situation, and building mobile apps is not an exception.

Part of experiencing the advertised windfall that accompanies custom software solutions is to invest heavily in the experience of the user. By making sure that everything works as it is supposed to and in a way that is appealing to the customer, companies can save on other costs like those associated with support – less effort will be used up trying to compensate for software shortcomings – and the design process of the app itself. Obviously, if it works right the first time, there will be fewer instances where the program needs to be pulled for retooling.

It is critical in today’s mobile world for enterprises to have at least one well-designed application among their business arsenal. On3 has all the staff and skills needed to make this a reality for any organization.

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No room in enterprise for dated opinions on wearable technology

PC Magazine contributor John Dvorak, increasingly infamous for his opinions of modern technology, recently expressed his belief that Apple should not move forward with their plans for an iWatch.

"Many of you will reflect on the fact that I also told Apple not to do the iPhone," he wrote to his readers in a column. "But over time, I have come to realize that I was right about the iPhone and the smartphone in general. It has become a plague on humanity and a general annoyance."

While there is a segment of the population that probably believes the world was better off without smartphones, chances are that many of them do not work in an enterprise. Advancements in mobile technology have been vast in recent years, and workplaces all over the world have found new ways in which apps and smartphones can be leveraged for company-specific purposes.

But just like smartphones redefined workplace productivity, the next wave of devices will have just as much of an impact – wearable technology.

Wearables about more than iWatch, Google Glass
There are plenty of outdated attitudes regarding wearables, including what actually constitutes one. Wearable tech is about more than just wearable computers, it is also about how sensors can be used to cultivate data. The information that can be collected by biometric readers can be used to improve company aspects like safety.

Truck drivers, for example, can wear watches that monitor their vitals. If a driver begins to fall asleep, the watch may detect a drop in blood pressure that could be attributed to sleep. This will allow an integrated system to warn the driver that they may have to pull over and rest before continuing with the delivery.

Custom software solutions will be critical
Because many wearables will not have computing power of their own, they will need to have an effective mobile interface to be used practically. This will require companies that want to leverage them to invest in proper custom software development. Regardless of if this is accomplished by outsourcing the tasks in question or by bringing on additional employee, On3 will be able to deliver effective assistance. Thanks to talented in-house teams and staffing services, On3 can provide any organization with the mobile and wearable solutions they need to compete on the modern enterprise landscape.

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