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Successful Digital Transformation Requires a Strong Mobile Core ›

While Kony has worked hard to expand from our mobile roots to become a comprehensive digital platform provider, mobile remains at the core of most companies’ successful digital transformation strategies. That is why we are excited to be named a leader in the 2018 Gartner Mobile App Development Platforms (MADP) MQ report, and to be the only company named a leader six years in a row. 

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Amway India, Kony Host Joint Hackathon ›

Amway India, the country’s no.1 direct selling fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company and Kony Inc., the leading provider of digital application and low-code platform solutions jointly hosted the first-ever hackathon “Amway AppPlayground” for the students of Vasavi College of Engineering, Hyderabad. With an aim to harness the creativity of students to promote digital innovations and provide hands-on application development experience, the three-days long hackathon started July 19, 2018 and ended on July 21, 2018.

The event began with a video announcing the hackathon.

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4 Areas of Focus for Retail Digital Success ›

It’s no secret that the worlds of brick and mortar and online retail have collided with one another, with some predicting doom and gloom for physical stores and others seeing an opportunity for partnership. In the past year alone, the world’s been shocked by Toys R Us declaring bankruptcy and Amazon acquiring Whole Foods—the two very obvious sides of that debate.

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What is your App Idea? ›

Mobile is not just another channel or device to deliver a reduced functionality of the organization’s website. It is so much more.

Enterprise mobility will yield maximum dividends when organizations create new ways of engaging with their customers, partners, and employees by providing smart apps which deliver experiences that are exciting, context-aware, and super-efficient.

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Celebrating Global Accessibility Day Everyday ›

In honor of Global Accessibility Day today, I thought there would be no better time to talk about our Kony platform enablement for accessibility. For many of you who follow accessibility closely, many of you already understand that Accessibility 508 Compliance, and the supporting standards such as the WCGA 2.x standard, lay out clear features and capabilities that must be adhered to. 

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5 Key Takeaways From the 2018 Financial Brand Forum ›

The Financial Brand Forum took place in Las Vegas May 7-9, and was full of great speakers and a packed agenda. The overarching theme of the event was Digital Innovation leading the way to a world class customer experience. Speakers like Guy Kawasaki from Apple, talked about customer first design and a Zappo’s tour took attendees offsite to see the practice first hand. If you could not attend, here are my top 5 takeaways from the 2018 Financial Brand Forum.

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Who should drive your digital banking strategy: Your IT Group or Your Lines of Business? ›

It’s a common strategy. If you’re leading a regional or mid-sized bank or credit union, you may have looked to your IT personnel to be your primary – and possibly only – driver of your digital banking strategy. As is often the case, IT responds to a digital banking request in isolation. It’s up to them to determine how to accommodate the request with the least amount of pain, expense, and ongoing maintenance. The only problem is that an important voice and source of input is missing – your Lines of Business (LOB).

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Partners Federal Credit Union Accelerates Digital Transformation: Part 2 ›

A few months ago, we shared with you the first video in the Partners Federal Credit Union Digital Transformation Series, which provided an introduction to Partners' "Digital 2X" initiative. This week, we're incredibly excited to bring you the second video of the series, in which the Partners FCU team share their insights on the collaborative process, along with lessons learned as they embrace Agile methodology for the first time.

Check it out, and be sure to keep an eye out for part three.

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Global Energy Leader ENGIE Delivers New Digital Solutions to Enhance Customer Experience, Improve Operational Performance ›

The energy industry is in the midst of a revolution that demands visionary leadership. To support its commitment to take on the major challenges of the energy transition, Kony is helping global leader ENGIE accelerate its digital transformation to meet the demands of this ever-changing landscape, and provide innovative digital applications to its customers, partners, and employees worldwide.

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Connected Core Banking Modernization to Heat Up in Asia Pacific ›

Earlier this month, IDC Financial Insights released its latest report predicting a resurgence of core banking modernization projects among Asia/Pacific banks entitled More Game Changers in Asia/Pacific’s Race for Connected Core Banking. The report estimates a growth in projects that will bring together the principles of iterative core banking replacement with banks’ preference for platform-based, componentized core banking systems.

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In love with your Core provider, but need to break up with their digital solution? ›

A world-class digital experience is not a luxury for financial institutions, it is a must. While our first forays into the digital space were mostly centered around our systems of record, that method is no longer an effective means to keep up with the speed of innovation required to deliver that experience and there is a cost for not staying relevant.

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Utilizing Augmented Reality for In-Event Advertising ›

In my last post, I covered several of the innovation areas which we are exploring and creating solutions within. One of these areas is Augmented Reality or “AR.” To me, when considering AR versus Virtual Reality or “VR,” AR wins from the perspective of how we work and, in many cases, gives us capabilities to enhance how we live. While there is a place for VR, VR normally requires specialized hardware and specific content to be compelling.

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Digital Transformation Doesn't Have to be Scary ›

One of the most popular buzzwords of the past year has been "digital transformation." And while pretty much everyone at the enterprise level knows it's happening--no matter what--and that they must embrace it in order to make customers and employees happy, a lot of business leaders still aren't 100% sure how to get there.

The simple fact is that business leaders can use something that is already known--mobile--as a way to not only embrace but drive digital transformation.

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Kony Driving Digital Transformation Forward ›

Last year was both incredibly busy and productive. Our breadth of technology exploration and integration is wide and comprehensive. Today I’d like to introduce you to several of the technologies that we’re working on and give you both a perspective and sense of how that technology can benefit digital transformation.

Chatbots and Conversational Applications

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Introducing Kony Base Camp! ›

We are incredibly excited to announce the official launch of Kony Base Camp today. As some of you know, it’s been in beta for the past couple of months, and now that we’ve got some of the kinks worked out we’re introducing it to the world.

So what exactly is Base Camp?

The short answer: it’s a resource hub for all things Kony.

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5 Areas of Focus for a Successful Go Live Strategy ›

Launching a digital banking solution is a large task that requires a great deal of planning and detail. After your team has gathered all the requirements and decided on the appropriate strategy how do you ensure that your launch plan covers the needs of your users and frontline staff? The following five focus points help to manage expectations and ensure that the experience is a positive one.

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Kony AppPlatform Enables All Nippon Airways to Improve Service, Communications ›

When All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) needed to develop two new mobile apps, they turned to Softbank and Kony to do so. By utilizing the Kony AppPlatform, ANA was able to embrace agile app development, leading to numerous passenger service improvements.

The two apps that were developed—iCE and iCabin—are both utilized by flight attendants to improve customer service in two very different ways; iCE tracks passenger information and iCabin reports cabin malfunction issues to maintenance.

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Highlights from the Apple September Keynote ›

On September 12th in its keynote, Apple announced several exciting new hardware innovations and the dates for the upcoming General Availability(GA) of iOS 11, XCode 9, and WatchOS 4. Apple also released the Gold Master(GM) versions of these releases.

Here is a quick summary of the latest announcements and how these may affect your applications:

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Low-code or love to code, but need omnichannel apps, where do you go? ›

As a developer, there is this constant dilemma of what kind of toolset/platform to use to build your mobile apps. Do I choose a low-code toolset/platform? If I do, what happens when I need control? If I choose a full stack development toolset/platform I would have control, but would not remain agile.

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Kony Helps Loop Develop New Medical Messaging Application ›

If you've ever waited for a loved one through a surgical procedure, or gone through a surgical procedure yourself, you know that the waiting can be, well, less than pleasant. Surgery days can be anxiety-inducing, and friends and family often feel like they're completely out of the loop as to what's going on with their loved one. Is he still in pre-op? Has she been taken back to the OR yet? How much time is left?

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This Week in Mobile - June 30, 2017 ›

Here in the U.S. many folks are heading into a long holiday weekend and counting down the hours until the end of the work week. To help you in your Friday afternoon winding down efforts, here's a roundup of mobile and app news from the past week. Oh, and ICYMI, yesterday, June 29, marked the ten-year anniversary of the release of the iPhone, so expect at least a few links reflecting on the device that changed many lives.

Enjoy, and have a safe and fun 4th of July weekend!

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Kony German App Playground: A Look Back ›

German AppPlayground participantsWe’re packed – a room full of people all ready to get started to develop their first mobile app. Excitement in the room, all open-minded people well prepared to be able to deliver an app prototype. An app to take back to their business. No wire framing today but developing an app from scratch with a real native experience.

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News from Kony: WWDC and Google I/O ›

Earlier this month we saw several key announcements at WWDC 2017 by Apple for iOS11 and other Apple advanced technologies. This follows earlier announcements by Google about the Android “O” OS release, so we wanted to share a summary of the recent key news you should be aware of, along with the approach and timing for Kony to provide compatibility and support via our Kony OS update program

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Customer Video: Localiza ›

Localiza, based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is the largest rental car company in South America. With over four million rental car customers and nearly 1,000 fleet management clients, its network of 579 car rental branches spans the continent with operations in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Four key divisions make up Localiza: Rent-a-Car, Fleet Management, Retail Car Sales, and Franchising.

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Kony included in first-ever Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service report ›

According to Gartner, “High-productivity, or rapid application development and deployment, platform technology in the cloud is growing swiftly as enterprise IT increasingly exploits cloud-based tooling with reduced skill requirements.”*  In fact, it’s growing so rapidly that Gartner has released its first-ever Magic Quadrant for Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service (hpaPaaS) report.

We’re excited to have been included in this initial Magic Quadrant focusing on a rapidly growing space.

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Need More Technical Content? ›

We like to use this space to talk about ideas, whether those ideas are use-cases or what we think the future of mobile looks like. But sometimes, though, you want or need more technical content.

Good news--we've also got that covered.

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Every month we send out a Tech Talk newsletter, in which we focus on one specific (and technical) subject, like:

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Build Apps at Scale ›

As the use of mobile devices and apps grows, so does the internal and external demand for businesses to expand their mobile app portfolios. At first glance, the idea seems like a costly and difficult—if not almost impossible—task.

The good news? It doesn’t have to be costly or difficult at all, and it is entirely possible to create killer mobile apps that make customers and the C-suite happy by taking a manufacturing-like approach.

To support a rapid app development process, four things are required:

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On-demand Webinar - Measuring Up ›

We recently teamed up with Forrester Research's Michael Facemire to bring you Measuring Up: Your 2017 Guide to Enterprise App Development Platforms. In it, Facemire and Kony's own Burley Kawasaki discussed three key things you need in an Enterprise App Development Platform in order to be successful:

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The Third Wave of Digital Innovation – On-demand Webinar ›

New, innovative technologies are being introduced at a furious pace; in just the past few years alone the number of IoT devices has exploded. Next-gen technologies go beyond IoT, though, and include things like chatbots, image recognition, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence, all of which have amazing promise to revolutionize not just mobile but day-to-day life—and your business.

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This Week in Mobile - May 5, 2017 ›

Sifting through all of the content regarding mobile and apps can be a chore. There's so much information out there, it's easy to feel like a kid in a candy store, eyes wide and mouth gaping at all there is to see. Thus, we thought we would share with you the content we found to be the most interesting and/or noteworthy over the past week. We do this every Friday, so be sure to check back often for some light, Friday afternoon reading to ease your way into the weekend (since today is Cinco de Mayo, we suggest kicking back with a margarita while checking out this week's blog).

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Your 2 Cents Are Valuable ›

It’s easy to spend too much time talking to yourself in the software business. Fortunately, this isn’t a sign of mental illness, but the fact is that it’s much easier to talk to people who already think the way you do about an issue—coworkers, existing customers, and partners—than it is to talk to people who will give you new perspectives on a topic.

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Do European banks need to reassess mobile banking? ›

According to Forrester’s 2016 Global Mobile Banking Functionality Benchmark banks have broadly succeeded at enabling customers to manage transactions. However, within the same report, Forrester points out, too, that one key area that requires development is banks’ capabilities to deliver additional value-added services to customers.

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Infographic: 5 Steps to Planning Your Mobile App ›

When planning your app’s development, investing a little time in the upfront process can help you create a more comprehensive, useful, and innovative app.

So what exactly needs to be considered in the planning stage?

Check out Kony’s 5 Steps to Planning Your Mobile App and take your app from idea to reality.

5 steps to planning your mobile app infographic

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Mobile banking surges as security issues are addressed ›

The adoption of mobile banking will continue to surge across Europe, says a recent ING International Survey – Mobile Banking 2016 report. In its annual survey, ING shows that the share of mobile device users in Europe who bank by mobile has swelled to 47% – up from 41% in 2015 – with another 16% expected to adopt the technology in the next 12 months.

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5 Essential Requirements of a Highly Effective App Strategy ›

The speed at which digital innovation is disrupting business models is truly mindboggling. In the past ten years, I’ve seen some dramatic transformations happening across many industries. New expectations of consumers are significantly impacting how businesses deliver goods, services, and experiences, especially with the dawn of the millennial generation. Today, apps are no longer a cool thing to have, but essential to survival for businesses in most industries. 

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Rentokil Initial and Kony host a joint hackathon ›

Kony hackathonKony recently held an App Playground event--also known as a hackathon--with Rentokil Initial, a pest control and hygiene company based in the UK, during which we worked with their team to develop a functioning mobile app. Rentokil employees split up into three teams, and each created a different mobile app using Kony Visualizer®.

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How Digital is Redefining the Banking Experience ›

man using mobile phoneFew industries have been affected by technology disruption as much as retail banking. Despite banks having the reputation for being “slow to change,” it is phenomenal how fast the industry is evolving. For more established banks, though, transforming to serve the changing habits and requirements of today’s consumers continues to pose challenges--while also creating new, untapped opportunities.

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Digital Banking Capabilities You Need to Care About ›

digital bankingI’m often asked for recommendations for innovative features and capabilities for various financial institutions, so I compiled a partial list of my top features. These are the things I would love to build for a bank or credit union if I owned the digital product for that institution.

DCX—Digital Customer Experience

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