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best practices in smartphone business apps

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best practices in smartphone business apps

  1. 1. Adam Blum, adam@rhomobile.com
  2. 2. Background  iPhone has changed the game  All users now want to run real apps on their smartphones  It’s a huge win for businesses  Workers are productive everywhere, anytime  Smartphones are cheaper than laptops  They have senses (sight, hearing, touch) that laptops never had  But  Its difficult to write apps for all smartphones that your people have (without a smartphone app framework)  Good smartphone apps are different than good web
  3. 3. What’s Different v. Consumer iPhone Apps?  get users information quickly  make the information always available  usually tie into some larger backend system 3
  4. 4. What’s Different v. Web Apps  focus on single tasks  less data types  leverage the device 4
  5. 5. Context Sensitivity  take users right to the data  common metaphor: list of records at top level  or a map with objects  using location, time, user info to select  but no top level lists to select the right object type/function  settings as an option on the tab bar 5
  6. 6. iPivotal 6
  7. 7. TrackR (Koombea) 7
  8. 8. Limit Objects/Functions  ideally one main object types  no more than two or three “dependent objects”  limit features/functions/actions on objects 8
  9. 9. What Not To Do: KinitoPro all of this just to get to your accounts? why not just use reasonable defaults? 9
  10. 10. What To Do: Open Health (written with Rhodes) take people to their objects right away. summarize data on the device with dashboards 10
  11. 11. Local Data  make it possible to use the app without connectivity  insure that user’s work on transactions (Create/Update/Delete) is never lost  automatically cache (through database or otherwise) frequently used data 11
  12. 12. IFusion no local data (sync so you can access contacts when offline)? no save to local PIM contacts? 12
  13. 13. InfusionSoft written with Rhodes. data is synced and available offline. robust set of capabilities on each contact (tags, followup sequence, history, action set). save to PIM (address book) 13
  14. 14. Device Capabilities  smartphones have senses: sight, hearing, touch  don’t do myopic web ports  you can probably use:  GPS  mapping  PIM contacts  camera 14
  15. 15. What To Do: Nationwide Claims App great use of device capabilities (GPS, camera) to record accident info. free on App Store 15
  16. 16. Rapid Iterations  deliver small identifiable features frequently  use a toolset that enables rapid iteration  Objective C might not be the best one for that 16
  17. 17. MiniBooks for FreshBooks not a bad app, but fairly flat. but could use more device capabilities. mapping, GPS to show close clients. could load/ save from PIM. 17
  18. 18. RhoFresh for FreshBooks  build on RhoHub  run on emulator  RhoFresh project open sourced at adamb.rhohub.com  userid “adam”, password “password” show how quick and easy it is to create an app with Rhodes on RhoHub. you can take this app nd extend and sell it. there are no Android apps for FreshBooks and no smartphone apps with GPS and mapping 18
  19. 19. The Rhomobile Components  http://github.com/rhomobile  Rhodes  “microframework” for locally executing native smartphone apps with device capabilities  leverage your web skills to build native apps  Contains first mobile Ruby implementation  RhoSync  Sync focused on web service data (needed in the age of SaaS)  Allows users to have their dasta local when offline
  20. 20. Rhodes Architecture
  21. 21. Why Rhomobile?  only smartphone app framework with sync  runs on all major smartphones  first mobile Ruby  first development as a service for mobile - RhoHub.com.  signup for beta now. Production release November 3rd  Questions?  http://rhomobile.com  adam@rhomobile.com 21

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