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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.

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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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Kony Visualizer: now with pre-integrated support for the AWS Mobile Services ›

A couple of weeks ago we announced the launch of Kony Visualizer® 7.2, along with the new omni-channel Kony Nitro™ engine.

Today, we’re even more excited to announced that in partnership with Amazon we have added the new ability to allow Kony Visualizer to rapidly build mobile apps backed by AWS. 

So what does this mean for you?

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Bots are a compliment to apps--not a replacement ›

A lot more people have been talking about bots recently and I keep hearing different views about it from different people. A few think that bots are going to just replace apps (in a few or all areas) wherein all the work can be done over text/chat/voice that is currently done using apps. I have always wondered as to how can that be possible and thought of writing this post to hear what others have to say about it.

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Water Deregulation In the UK--How Mobile Can Help ›

Over the past several years I’ve worked with various utility companies, and I see the upcoming deregulation of the water utilities representing both a challenge and an opportunity for companies both within, and outside of this sector. The timetable for the deregulation is 2017 for business customers and 2020 for consumers.

So what can the water sector expect? Fortunately, the energy sector went through this nearly 20 years ago in 1998 and the lessons learnt from that activity can be used to make some educated guesses on what the future holds for the water industry.

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Apple WWDC recap and a peek ahead ›

On 13th June, at their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote, Apple announced quite a number of exciting innovations including the announcement of iOS 10 and WatchOS 3. iOS 10 and WatchOS 3 provide developers many new APIs and features to build innovative and exciting new phone, tablet, and watch applications.

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Mobile Expert Interviews with Kevin Benedict ›

Kony recently attended Sapphire Now, and while there had a chance to interact not only with customers, but also with other field services and mobility experts. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to be interviewed by Kevin Benedict, Senior Analyst at Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work, about current trends in the enterprise and consumer mobility markets and how digital transformation is driving the marketplace.

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App development should be democratized ›

What people tend to enjoy most about a good mobile app is its simplicity—it does a few important things very well.

So why do we let ourselves get bogged down in complexity, rather than turning simple ideas into working business apps? With a little encouragement, most employees could brainstorm dozens of ideas for apps that would make their lives easier and the workplace more efficient.

Certainly, many entrepreneurs have great ideas for apps but no idea how to create them. All that is required to unleash those ideas is the reassurance that they are achievable.

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Mobile Innovation beyond April Fool’s Day ›

No surprise, that you should beware of beliving in news that breaks on April 1st. While I had to play along with everything from my 8 year old daughter (who did, conservatively, 10+ pranks on me during the day, all pretty harmless) to a colleague abandoning a promising IT career in favor of something completely different (not to disregard the art and profession of breakdancing, which he chose, in any way), some news related to how enterprises considered innovating, oftentimes related to either using or not using mobile technologies.

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10 tips for creating secure mobile apps ›

Everyone is using mobile these days, from the registration form at your doctor’s office to the cable technician in the field to the mom and pop shop at the farmer’s market. While mobile has definitely opened up a world of possibilities for large and small businesses alike, it’s also opened those businesses up to increased security threats.

Fun fact: Gartner predicts that by 2017, 75% of mobile security breaches will be because of app misconfiguration.

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Kony/AWS Hackathon: Drones, Dots and a Sushi Spot ›

Kony is super excited to team up with AWS for an AWS Hack Day on Wednesday, March 23, at the AWS Pop-Up Loft in San Francisco. Rather than learning the nuts and bolts of mobile app development and data integration one-by-one, you will get hands-on on our new Kony WYSIWYM (what you see is what you mobilize) development environment and create a functional cross-channel (desktop/mobile/wearable) app--connecting to backend systems--up to 50% faster.

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Gartner recognizes Kony as the most visionary “Leader” in the MADP Magic Quadrant Report ›

The new 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms report was officially released this week, and we’re thrilled that Kony was named a Leader for the third year in a row.

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Celebrating mobile freedom: MobileFabric comes to AWS Marketplace ›

In the next few months, countries around the world will celebrate their freedom. In the United States, we just finished the long July 4th holiday weekend, a time of fireworks, much eating and drinking, and overall merriment and celebration. France looks forward to Bastille Day next week, India’s Independence Day is coming up in August, and Mexico and Brazil celebrate in September. Each of these holidays comes with its own traditions, but they all have one thing in common: the recognition and celebration of independence, autonomy, and the ability to choose your own path.

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Podcast: What’s new in Kony Visualizer 2.0 (and why you should care) ›

Last month at Kony World in Orlando, industry analyst Dana Gardner interviewed our VP of Product Management, Ed Gross, on the subject of Kony Visualizer 2.0. Visualizer is our app design and development solution that helps designers and UX professionals work more closely with the business and development to produce amazing mobile experiences.

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Infographic: 5 must-haves for more efficient app development ›

Last fall, we ran a survey asking over 300 app designers and developers about their work. They told us what works, what doesn't, and what really gets in the way when it comes to designing and developing great mobile apps. You can read the full report here, or check out the infographic for a summary of what we learned: the 5 must-haves for more efficient app development.

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