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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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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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On-demand Webinar: How to Build Secure and Convenient Mobile Banking Apps ›

We recently held a joint webinar with Gemalto, during which we discussed the changing banking landscape, and how banks can be sure to provide security despite all of those changes.

When you get a free hour or so, check it out, and learn the 5 key steps for building secure and convenient mobile banking apps.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ovum Research names Kony a Leader in MADP Decision Matrix ›

Ovum Research recently released a new report evaluating vendors in the mobile space, the Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Mobile App Development Platform (MADP) Solution. We're thrilled to share that Kony was named a Market Leader with top scores in each of the assessed technology dimensions, including:

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Fall Wave Spotlight: Top 5 features in our upcoming fall release ›

There are five points to a star.  We have five senses of perception.  There are five days in a work week.  Your hand has five fingers.  I could go on, but the point is that five is a magical number.  So with that in mind, the subject of this blog is the “Top 5” exciting new product innovations that are part of Kony’s fall release coming later this year. 

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6 ways to counteract low mobile app adoption ›

According to one report from a mobile analytics firm, four-fifths of the 1.2 million apps in the Apple app store have had almost no downloads. It's a discouraging statistic for app developers. Creators of apps have to consider their audience: are they creating apps for a group of employees, consumers, or other businesses? Regardless of the answer, strategic tools exist that help ensure your app gains popularity through increased downloads and routine use. Here's a list of six ways to counteract low mobile app adoption.

Begin with internal testing and marketing

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Introducing Kony Modeler: App configuration and customization built just for the business ›

I am really excited about Kony’s latest announcement. Today, Kony embarks upon a new journey that speaks to a group of users that have, until now, been held hostage by IT. As of today, this group of users will be unleashed, liberated, and empowered to be in control of their own destiny.

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CEO corner: Gartner Magic Quadrant recognizes Kony's vision and execution ›

Last week marked an exciting milestone at Kony. Gartner published its annual 2014 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms, and Kony was named a Leader for the second year in a row.

This is a strong recognition of both Kony’s vision and our ability to execute on our strategy to deliver great enterprise mobility solutions to our family of partners and customers. Some of the key achievements from the past year that we believe contributed to our success include:

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Infographic: Enterprise mobility in the UK ›

The market for mobile apps is often compared to a gold rush, with businesses desperate to be first to market lest their competition profit from their hesitation.

However, the rush to deploy both B2C and B2E apps tactically is leaving organisations a long term legacy to support and maintain fragmented solutions. All of these problems can drastically reduce ROI on any given app.

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8 factors that affect mobile app development pricing ›

Mobile apps are powerful drivers of traffic, increasing advertising, sales, and growth. A recent study by Harvard Business School shows that Americans spend over three hours per day on mobile devices, and purchases from mobile devices are up 18 percent in the last year alone. This trend shows no signs of slowing; businesses are smart to harness the growth potential of mobile apps.

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Top 9 takeaways for enterprises from Google I/O ›

This past week at their annual I/O conference, Google made a significant number of announcements that impact the mobile community.  These spanned everything from the next version of their phone OS (“Android L”) to sweeping updates on all parts of the Android ecosystem, including phone, tablet, wearables, TV, auto, and more.

So what’s Kony’s take on these announcements? 

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EMM in 2014: 5 things enterprises should expect ›

As more enterprises recognize the need for a sophisticated enterprise mobility management solution, we take a look back at the last year to help predict the trends that will shape EMM for 2014.

Mergers, acquisitions and industry changes

Before we look ahead, we need to take a look back at all the mergers, acquisitions and industry changes of 2013 (and there were plenty!) that are sure to shape the direction of EMM in 2014.  Here is a quick list of the most important ones in case you missed it:

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Which of your mobility challenges is keeping you awake at night?  ›

There are more than 1 billion smartphones in use worldwide today. By 2016, Forrester Research estimates there will be 760 million tablets in use and almost one-third will be sold to businesses (February 2013). However, many businesses – from those exploring pilot projects to those making next generation investments - struggle to overcome challenges like building a coordinated mobile strategy, mobile security, lack of mobile connectivity and low levels of end user engagement. 

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Fear & Loathing of BYOD? Put IT Back In Control ›

It’s probably not news to you that BYOD – bring your own device - will soon require action from your enterprise.  Your options are to start working now to embrace it, or continue to enforce policies that restrict mobile devices within your infrastructure. Either way, BYOD is a new fact of life for IT managers because of today’s mobile workforce.

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iOS 6 is here. And Kony is ready ›

As the world awaited another round of exciting changes from Apple, we at Kony were busy making sure we were ready to support KonyOne powered apps on iOS 6, the next major update to Apple’s mobile operating system.  Today, Apple plans to release iOS 6 along with the new version of the iPhone. As Kony customers, there are two things you can expect for a seamless transition:

1)  A continued commitment from Kony to release a set of plugins to ensure that apps work flawlessly on iOS 6.

2)  Support for new features of iOS 6

The Highlights:

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Multi-Channel: Why You Should Care ›

So you have a mobile strategy, but all of a sudden your mobile developers and architects are starting to talk about something new: multi-channel. Multi-channel use cases, management, analysis – the whole enchilada. So what is multi-channel anyway? We can answer that question with three distinct, but related, concepts :

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What Kony Means When We Say “Open, Standards-Based” ›

It must get pretty monotonous, being told by every single one of your vendors that their architecture is open and standards-based. What do they even mean when they say that? Well, I can’t speak for every software maker in the world, but I can tell you what we here at Kony mean by these terms. When we say “Open” we mean specifically “Not Proprietary” – as in no proprietary programming languages, development environments, middleware services, or back-end connectors or adapters.  In other words, no vendor lock-in.

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And the survey says…. ›

A June report from MGI Research shed light on some interesting trends and consensus across smaller, mid-sized and larger company participants in the mobility space.

Priorities and strategies appear to be consistent across the board marking, perhaps, a maturity in understanding around where mobility fits into an overall business mix for companies in general across industries.

 

Some key results are worth discussing here in this blog :

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Your Car and your Phone – Soulmates ? ›

As the US automotive industry finds itself back on its feet and sales back on theupswing, employees in automakers’ R&D and forward-looking business areas are once more spending time on advanced user-experience (UX) road-mapping (pardon the pun), and delivering to the owner – or his employer – a 360 degree experience of the vehicle.

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Microsoft’s New Tablet and Updated Phone: What Do They Mean for the Mobile Apps Space? ›

On Monday, in a hastily-arranged press conference at the Milk Studios in Hollywood, Microsoft announced it has finally decided to try beating Apple at its own game, unveiling a sleek 10-inch, 9-mm wide, ARM-based tablet called Microsoft Surface. This tablet, Microsoft’s first foray into hardware since the ill-fated Kin phone a few years back, will run the new Microsoft Windows 8 RT OS, a slimmed-down version of Win8 optimized for ARM chips.

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Top 3 Reasons to use Open Standards in Mobile Strategies ›

We all have our own preferences; it’s the truth. So why not build your company’s mobile strategy with the technologies that you prefer? While closed platforms, development languages and device form factors can sometimes feel like the only way, an open approach enables you to lean on your preferences, invest in non-proprietary technology and lower or even eliminate the risk of vendor lock-in. Not convinced that open is the feasible for your organization? Here are 3 more reasons why you can – and should -- take this high road approach.  1. Unique user experience.

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Top 3 Reasons to use Open Standards in Mobile Strategies ›

We all have our own preferences; it’s the truth. So why not build your company’s mobile strategy with the technologies that you prefer? While closed platforms, development languages and device form factors can sometimes feel like the only way, an open approach enables you to lean on your preferences, invest in non-proprietary technology and lower or even eliminate the risk of vendor lock-in.

Not convinced that open is the feasible for your organization? Here are 3 more reasons why you can – and should — take this high road approach.

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Why Today’s Businesses Can’t Afford to Ignore Mobility ›

These days, it seems that there’s a “Hype Cycle” for everything: presidential elections, Mommy Wars, Hunger Games. It may even seem that mobility technologies are in the midst of such a hype cycle, with some businesses taking a step back from the initial rush to enhance brand loyalty and “stickiness” with killer mobile apps across the range of devices their consumers carry like talismans.

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Let’s talk HTML5 ›

The hype around HTML5 has been prolific–just last week the people behind Firefox created ‘Boot to Gecko’ – a budget mobile with the power of a smartphone, powered by HTML5.  With so many touting HTML5 as a game-changer in the mobile app space, we wanted to sort the hype from the truth, and explain what you really need to know about HTML5 – in a 

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Yahoo – the “Mobile First” Approach ›

With the mobile market more important than ever, Yahoo’s recent statement about adopting a “mobile first” approach  is a strategic and potentially lucrative move.  At the same time however, the company discontinued ten of its mobile apps that had failed to attract large audiences, underscoring how critical it is for companies to think long-term about their mobile strategy, and build apps that truly engage customers.

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Are you taking unnecessary gambles with your mobile strategy? ›

For many, the rate of innovation in the mobile market is as much a blessing as it is a curse.  With a constant stream of emerging devices and technologies – namely HTML5, NFC, and the iPhone 4S – organizations that lack appropriate infrastructure investments are often left playing catch-up when it comes to delivering a comprehensive mobile strategy.

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