Creating Mobile Apps: Learn How To Get It Right The First Time

Is your business thinking about taking on a mobile development project? Mobile apps can make or break a business in the digital world. Before investing the time and money, there are several things for developers to take into consideration to get the most out of their app and to get the development right the first time.

First National Technology Solutions (FNTS), headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, offers cost-effective cloud services to businesses that are interested in deploying mobile applications. In business for more than 20 years, FNTS is a leading provider of flexible, customized hosted and remote management services to companies nationwide.

Mobile device users may never get a perfect customer experience when using apps because content that may look great on iOS may look terrible on an Android device. Since there is such a wide variety of pixel counts, screen sizes and functionality, mobile developers start off by trying to accommodate too many variations, or not enough. Developers typically target the top four to five mobile devices and versions they want their app to be compatible with.

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Managing Unstructured Data


The business of unstructured data: effectively store and managed large amounts of data.

In a typical organization, 80% of data is in an unstructured form; meaning it either does not have a predefined data model or it is not organized in a predefined manner (i.e. database or application).

With data sprawl increasing and big data  there are optimal solutions for managing and storing this data in an effective manner.

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FNTS Expands Cloud Services With Public Cloud Solution

First National Technology Solutions (FNTS), is excited to announce the addition of Microsoft Azure public cloud to its growing list of cloud computing services.  As IT demands continue to shift across all industries, FNTS is dedicated to meeting the needs of individual enterprises today and aligning with their strategic growth plans for the future.  The addition of Microsoft Azure serves to validate our mission of helping customers stay on the cutting edge of technology adoption and usage.

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Quick Tip: Office 365 Migration Success

Many companies, regardless of size, are migrating to Office 365 for a variety of reasons - to support a mobile workforce, address security concerns, provide collaboration solutions and lower support costs with an always up to date application model.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin your migration to the Microsoft Office 365 application.

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Failures, Outages, Downtime

Whether human error, natural disaster or hardware failure; outages and downtime can leave a lasting mark on technology providers and customers involved.  When an outage occurs on a large scale it gathers the attention and even empathy from many in the IT business.  See how the IT industry reacts to one of the most recent nationwide outages in this recap from IT Jungle.  https://www.itjungle.com/2017/03/06/ibm-cloud-providers-react-amazon-s3-outage/ 

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Business is better with Office 365

Last week FNTS announced the addition of Microsoft Office 365 to its cloud services offering.  With FNTS and Microsoft Office 365, organizations can work smarter and faster from any device, anywhere, any time.

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FNTS Partners with EMC to Deliver Cloud Object Storage

New Offering Allows FNTS Enterprise Customers to Scale to Billions of Files with Unlimited Capacity

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Pokémon GO: collecting pocket monsters and problems

The Pokémon GO app has gone absolutely viral, and is now the biggest mobile game in US history. As of writing this article, the app tops the charts in downloads in both the App Store, and Google Play, and that’s with just the United States, Australia and New Zealand marketplaces. Not only has the app seen success in downloads, but Nintendo’s stock price also rose 25% the first week. The kid in me loves the app, but as an employee at a technology solutions company, I realize some of the app’s problems can no longer be solved by simply blowing air into a game cartridge like previous Pokémon games.

With all this rampant success and demand for the game, it only makes sense that some issues will arise. One particularly frustrating error was inability to access the game itself due to server connectivity issues. Niantic, the company which developed the app, released the following statement regarding the issue:

“Due to the incredible number of Pokémon GO downloads, some Trainers are experiencing server connectivity issues. Don’t worry, our team is on it!”

A possible solution to this highly demanded server? According to a Network World article, the answer may just lie in cloud technology. Specifically an IaaS cloud computing platform which is ideal for viral workloads with spikes in traffic could be the solution to the server woes.

Whether IaaS is the solution to the server issues remains to be seen, what is very apparent however, is that these issues will need to be improved if they want continued success. Simply, it will be quite impossible to “catch ‘em all,” if you can’t connect at all.

Even more concerning than server problems however, are the privacy issues that have been brought to public view. iPhone users playing with a Google account were unknowingly agreeing to grant Niantic full account access. While the app couldn’t change passwords, delete accounts, or make Google Wallet payments, it was able to see the contents of Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive and Google Calendar. An update was released to resolve this issue, but the damage has perhaps already been done.

Besides these main problems, there have also been complaints of distorted audio, heavy battery usage and temporary resets. The pressure is certainly on Niantic to resolve these issues.

While there have certainly been issues, the Pokemon fan base patiently waits for improvements to the app that brings their beloved Pocket monsters to life. As for this trainer, I need to go, I think I see a Nidoran. “Gotta Catch em all.”

 

Sites referenced:

Apple Insider

Niantic Labs

Network World

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Cloud Myths Uncovered

A widely held but false belief or idea, otherwise known as a myth.  Even though myths are untrue they are sometimes the hardest believe to dispel and prove wrong.  As the evolution of cloud technology has grown into the IT phenomenon it is today many myths have come to fruition, and here are a few. 

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First National Technology Introduces Mobile Application

First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) has released the FNTS Portal, mobile application, announced James O’Neil, chief technology officer.  The app is available now in the Google Play and App Store.  “Businesses today want to be able to access their technology from anywhere, from any device, with the same user experience as if they were sitting behind their desks,” O’Neil said.  “The FNTS Portal was designed to give our customers access to monitor and administer key elements of their IT environment from Android and iOS devices.”
    

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Learning About Cloud Solutions

As a Sales Support Associate in First National Technology Solutions (FNTS), I feel it is my responsibility to understand fully the ever—evolving technology solutions we offer.   I spend time reading white papers, surfing the Internet, listening to my co-workers, and personally find exceptional value in video.  
 
FNTS has offered Cloud Solutions for some time; however, recently we added a Cloud Solutions video to our website.  Watching the video has provided greater understanding to me.  For example, I have always understood FNTS offers a Cloud Solution for the Windows, Linux, Unix and iSeries Operating System, but never realized we also offer a Cloud Solution for Mainframe.    
 
This Cloud Solutions video clip provides an overview of cloud technology and services offered by FNTS.   I work closely with the “Personal Cloud Strategists” at FNTS, and I look forward to expanding my knowledge of the products we offer in our commitment to serve you.   

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Self-Provisioning, what does it mean for you?

A key characteristic First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) prides itself on is the flexibility available to customers. This quality is particularly demonstrated in a project Vice President of Sales, Kim Whittaker is involved in: offering cloud self-provisioning.

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What is Elastic Cloud Storage?

Tim Stephenson is working on big things at First National Technology Solutions. For one, he’s trying to incorporate elastic cloud storage into the FNTS data center. 

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3 Benefits of Cloud You May Not Know About

When cloud first hit the market, some buzz words surrounding it were security, on-demand, lower costs, scalable and bursting. As technology evolved, and more companies implemented cloud solutions, some additional benefits started surfacing as well:

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Technology Solutions Spotlight: Dan Kurtz

Meet Dan Kurtz. As a Business Development Manager at First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) his role requires him to work with partners. This includes resellers, channel partners, and strategic vendors such as EMC Cisco or IBM. Currently his biggest project has him working with CISCO to make FNTS a CISCO certified cloud provider. 

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