Appery.io News: Happy 2016!

Posted: January 19th, 2016Author:

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Happy 2016!

2015 was a great year for Appery.io, and we’re looking forward to another fantastic year in 2016!

In 2015, we hit some amazing milestones, including:

  • Surpassing 300K users (see below)!
  • Adoption of Appery.io into educational curriculums at over 1K academic institutions worldwide!
  • Selection as a 2015 top 100 global Red Herring winner!

As the new year unfolds, we’d like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2016!

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New Nonprofit Case Study: Bharatiya Mahila Federation (Thane Samiti)

Posted: November 6th, 2015Author:

Screenshot3About the Organization

Located in Maharashtra, India, the Bharatiya Mahila Federation (Thane Samiti) [Thane District Chapter] is an Indian charity dedicated to improving the lives of Indian women. They are an affiliate of one of the oldest Indian women’s organizations, the National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW).

The organization helps women and children in a multitude of ways, from running family counseling centers to putting on street plays to highlight women’s struggles against poverty and violence.

Problem

The organization needed to solve a dire social problem: Many Indian cities have a large percentage of their population living in crowded and congested housing without individual bathroom facilities. The people living in these conditions rely on poorly maintained community facilities, which are usually built by local governmental authorities.

The people who use the facilities cannot afford to spend hours or days navigating the bureaucracy to file a complaint about the conditions and manage repair requests. Further, the complaint resolution process is complicated, with little accountability.

Solution

The organization decided that there must be a better way to file complaints and request maintenance: a mobile app. Cell phones are widely used in India, with about 75% to 80% of the population using them. The rationale is that even amog poorer populations, some people in these areas will have smart phones, which can be used to file and monitor complaints.

The organization designated Appery.io as the platform they’d use to build their app, which they will offer to the affected municipalities. The app will have four modules: a citizen module, a municipal officer module, a contractor module, and an initial facility survey module.

The goal, according to Dr. D.G. Mahajan, a volunteer with the organization, and creator of the app, is to facilitate repair and maintenance of the facilities.

After investigating the best methods to build the app, Dr. Mahajan decided to go with Appery.io. He cites a number of reasons for his choice:

  • It comes with immediate access to essential components such as GPS, Camera and Map features.
  • It offers a hosted solution for development and the final app, and allows for easy app testing.
  • Its excellent training materials, user forum, and support.

Further, Dr. Mahajan says, the platform’s learning curve is short, and the platform itself is flexible, giving developers the ability to build an app via a visual editor and edit the source code.

Results

Over 42,500 people are projected to use the app to file and manage complaints in Mumbai alone. If the app is successful, the organization plans to expand its reach into other Indian cities.

According to Dr. Mahajan, the success of this app will mean improvement in the lives of tens of thousands of people: “If we are successful in reducing the number of unusable facilities due to maintenance issues, then that is a benefit to people living in low-cost areas.”

 

Appery.io News: Price Increase, Gartner AADI Conference, Education News & More!

Posted: November 5th, 2015Author:

Price Increase Coming November 8th – Subscribe or Upgrade to Lock In Today’s Price!

On November 8th, 2015, we will be revamping the online pricing for the Appery.io platform. All the details are available in this post on our blog, but here are the main highlights:

  • A new 14-day free trial of the Pro plan will replace the free Starter plan.
  • A new Team plan will replace the Premium plan.
  • We have updated our Basic, Standard, and Pro plans along with our pricing for developer seats.
  • We have also added some custom enterprise offerings.

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New Non-Profit Case Study: The Conservation Council of New Brunswick

Posted: October 13th, 2015Author:

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Located in New Brunswick, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB) is a registered Canadian charity. They focus on environmental education and community engagement and provide research and offer solutions to protect the health of Canada’s environment.

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Developer Spotlight: MySizeIn

Posted: October 2nd, 2015Author:

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Shaun Summers is a developer who leveraged the Appery.io platform to build an attractive and functional app. A B2B Marketing Director by day and “a technophile by night,” Summers designed an app to help people collect information about their clothing size in order to simplify clothing shopping.

The app is aimed at busy people that like clothes but have little time to go shopping and/or find little pleasure in the process of trying them on. The idea is to allow these individuals to accumulate some knowledge of their sizes for different brands so that they may confidently buy without trying the item on in the future.

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Enterprise Solutions: MEAPs or DIY Tools?

Posted: September 11th, 2015Author:

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Today, many companies looking to enter the world of enterprise mobile app development seemingly face a difficult development strategy choice: DIY tools vs. traditional enterprise mobile app development platforms (MEAPs). Choosing the right strategy for your enterprise can be a daunting task, especially when complicated by the influx of many business users within enterprises that want to participate in mobile development. In that case,  the lowered skills barrier would make DIY tools an attractive choice, but the results of such tools are not typically enterprise grade, due to their lack of flexibility.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the two options. It’s important to remember that both options have pros and cons, and either choice requires compromise. The options become largely a choice between flexibility and efficiency.

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Appery.io Newsletter: August 2015

Posted: September 4th, 2015Author:

Appery.io has reached over 250K developers!

Appery.io is now 250k Developers Strong!

As you may have heard, Appery.io has hit another milestone! We’re thrilled that our platform now has over a quarter of a million developers.

Check out these two articles to learn more about this important milestone (and more!):

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What Makes an Ideal Low Code App Development Platform?

Posted: August 31st, 2015Author:

The Current State of the Mobile Landscape

If someone stepped forward a decade or two ago and claimed that, in the near future, we would all have pocket-sized touchscreen devices that acted as gateways to multiple technological feats such as browsing the internet at high speeds, playing graphics intensive games, hailing cabs, booking flights, scheduling restaurant reservations, and purchasing products, you probably would have thought it nothing more than a creative mind’s wishful thinking. And who would have blamed you? At a time when these devices existed only in the realm of science fiction, no one would have believed, much less predicted, that one day, these incredibly high tech, hand-held gadgets would have such a huge impact on our day to day lives.

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Identity Integration for Mobile Apps: LDAP & Social Login

Posted: August 20th, 2015Author:

Most apps require a user to register and log in with credentials. Most often, the app requires that the user create a user/password that is specific to the app. This is a cumbersome process that requires the user to remember yet one more password. It’s also not very secure.

A much better approach is to enable the user to simply log in with existing credentials from another service that is trusted, like an LDAP directory in an enterprise or a social identity provider such as Facebook.

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The Hybrid vs. Native Question Answered: Appery & Ionic

Posted: July 23rd, 2015Author:

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The debate between developing hybrid vs. native apps has been going on for a long time, and while it’s sure to continue long into the future, the argument for the hybrid model is getting stronger every day.

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