SharePoint 2013 has now been in the wild for two years, and with that amount of time comes a LOT of updates to it. A common question I’m asked is “How do I get to the latest version of SharePoint” for clients or projects that are setting up a brand new SharePoint Farm and want to make sure they’re up-to-date on Day 1. Unfortunately, there isn’t a full SharePoint 2013 ISO released with every update, so this post aims to tackle the patching order for SharePoint and all of the associated systems that it relies on.
When investing in enterprise mobile apps, it’s more than just click and install. It’s a whole new buying experience.
How to turn cross-platform apps into cross-platform user satisfaction.
If you’re staying ahead of the curve in terms of technology, you’re probably building enterprise mobile apps that target Windows, iOS, and Android platforms.
Having the vision is great, but there are some significant technical challenges to overcome.
Earlier this year, Gartner claimed that smartphones, tablets and mobile apps would revolutionize the world of CRM.
And although this may be true, Sage UK claims that adoption has been slower than expected, possibly due to the fact that many companies don’t fully realize the benefits to fully integrating their front and back end systems.
But what about companies that have already adopted the technology? Has the new technology benefitted them? Are their sales professionals actually using it? And if they are, how are they finding the experience?
Recently, Software Advice (a site that offers advice and reviews about online CRM software) conducted an online survey of six questions, which brought in 1,940 responses from sales professionals in the U.S. who currently access their company’s CRM system through a mobile device. Their aim was to understand how enterprise mobile apps benefit their companies, which features they find most useful, and which devices they use to access their CRM system.
Jeff Dunmall, talks about the roadblocks to a great customer experience in a mobile world and three ways to remove them to engage with customers wherever they are.
What are the secrets to mobile success?
As sales teams look for ways to engage with prospects in our gadget-dependent workplace environment, mobile might just be the perfect solution.
Mobile solutions can enable Sales Reps to customize and prepare content based on their knowledge of clients, which ultimately leads to a pitch that is more memorable and successful.
What is Sales Enablement?
According to Business2Community, sales enablement is “a systematic approach for helping reps prepare for customer interactions, engage effectively with their audiences, and advance sales opportunities to close”.
Three key words stand out in this definition: prepare, engage, advance.
How can companies use mobile devices to prepare their sales teams, help them engage with clients and advance opportunities?
A well-planned CRM strategy will increase any company’s likelihood of success in meeting marketing, sales and customer experience objectives. However, if you’re a financial services firm, here are a few special considerations to take into account when implementing a CRM.
Today, in the banking and financial services industry, the customer is empowered with choice. Brand loyalty is rare and likely linked to a mortgage, loan or some other contractual obligation. It’s common for many customers to maintain financial services relationships with more than one bank or financial service company.
Since WPC, the world has been abuzz with some new functionality introduced into Azure – the ability to create a SharePoint farm from scratch with the click of a button. It sounds great, but there’s a lot you need to know. So let’s dive in!
Overview of SharePoint Server Farms in Azure
To start off, you need to use the new Azure Portal (in preview) at https://portal.azure.com. When you click on New Virtual Machine, the banner shows the option for creating a full SharePoint Server Farm:
The new Microsoft Apportals will allow enterprises to configure Windows 8 experiences to specific employee roles, and automatically provision all the links, apps and app data an employee needs.
A portal serves an important purpose: to put all of the pieces of information and each tool you need to do your job into one easy-to-find place. There have been portals for as long as we’ve had HTML – a few decades at this point. Over the years, the capability of products like SharePoint have enabled highly sophisticated portal experiences.
A common miss in requirements is the back button. How you design this button has tremendous impact on how users navigate within your mobile app. It’s one of those things that seems intuitive and easy to grasp until you dig into it and find out that none of the platforms you’re targeting agree on a single approach.
At imason, we use Xamarin to build cross platform mobile applications for our clients. Using Xamarin enables us to take advantage of native UI toolkits and design familiar interface to the user.
Our recommendation is to implement your application’s back button based on each device’s native experience. This will make users feel right at home using your mobile app.
|Device||App Back Button||OS Back Button||Device Back Button|
|iOS: iPad and iPhone||✓ Yes|
|Android Phone||✓ Yes (Newer Models)||✓ Yes (Older Models)|
|Android Tablet||✓ Yes|
|Windows Phone||✓ Yes|
|Windows Tablet||✓ Yes|