If you've ever listened to a business book, motivational speaker, or high school guidance counselor you've heard about how people procrastinate but you've probably never thought that companies can procrastinate. The sad truth is that most companies are better procrastinators on IT projects then college kids are during finals week. Take this simple test to find out how your last IT or Web Development project went.
After working on web based projects for the last 14 years I've been asked this question a lot. I've seen some of the most innovative web project ideas come from departments in large companies. I've seen large companies sign contracts for initial web prototyping on their mobile kiosks, web apps, etc. but there is absolutely no question that large companies are at a tremendous disadvantage when it comes time to implement a web or mobile application.
Switchbox is excited to announce that we have recently launched the new web application for tracking various medical devices for RightWay Medical here in Columbus, Ohio.
After you build a web application and get your users to start working with it how do you keep them engaged? How do you make sure your web application is used regularly? Using push notification via text message, email or any other medium is a great way to do that.
Web applications often provide one of the highest ROIs possible for corporations looking to innovate but very few projects get completed. Why do so many large companies talk about building innovative web applications but then hesitate to fund them when a good idea comes up?
Interactive wireframes are a great step in the discovery process of any web based project. They go beyond the standard view of static wireframes and help clients explore how the website or mobile application will function instead of just showing what the website will look like.
Every company struggles with backlogged projects. There are always too many projects and too little time. The problem is that a lot of backlogged projects are important and are time sensitive but they get delayed (often indefinitely) because companies don't have a way to prioritize them.
Who actually owns your website? Or maybe asked a different way, who has the ability to shut your site down if they want? We are starting to see panic stricken clients asking this question more and more often and it's one you should be asking now.
As the federal regulations around stopping frivolous lawsuits are handicap accessibility are about to take effect more and more law firms are trying to file their class action lawsuits against organizations. We have had a variety of companies reach out to us to help make their websites ADA compliant. The problem is that while everyone wants to accuse our clients of not meeting the ADA standards no one seems to be able to say exactly what that means.
Most web developers and designers have used the Bootstrap framework for years but apparently the US government is getting involved now too. If you do work at the national or possibly even state level for website and web applications you may see this pop up on an RFP requirement soon.
15 years ago companies saw a need for building out business automation platforms but there was not enough development talent to build them all. This meant that companies of all sizes started using "build your own database" applications like FileMaker and Microsoft Access DB to build business applications. Now those platforms are becoming obsolete and outdated. What should these companies do?
Jacadis (A local web security company) came out to our office to present on web security to our team at our weekly Beer and Code event. It was a huge learning experience and at the end of the day we all took away a few basic practices to make web and mobile applications more secure. Thanks to Doug and Grant for presenting.
As more and more companies start to build web enabled dashboards there are a lot of considerations in just how they look. It's not just about color anymore. Concerns range from how far from how high off the ground will the screen be, will it be accessible on a phone, and do you need to have a print version are all important considerations.
We are probably going to make a lot of IT departments mad by publishing this but we think it's an important subject to discuss. "Shadow-IT" often has a very negative connotation and with all the press on vendors doing really stupid things that ultimately exposed companies like Target to cyber attacks we understand why. However, Shadow-IT does not have to be dangerous and in many cases it's needed to get the job done at large organizations. If you follow a few simple guidelines you can have security and a successful project without the hassles many IT projects face.