How to Build Better to Run Better Business Apps?

Businesses are increasingly using applications of all sorts. Mobile apps usage for business purposes is on the rise. Whether you have a formal BYOA/D program in place or not, It is happening in your business.

Efficiency needs drive automation demands of every typical enterprise out there. Big or small all companies have to facilitate the smooth running of applications to constantly serve their users’ needs.

Users expect business apps to be reliable and perform consistently.

Running business applications better starts with having better apps. If you have sloppy, buggy and ageing applications, slow or hard to understand applications or applications that lack the features needed for today’s needs then you are already on a weak ground.

Users have less tolerance to lack of quality and accessibility. They tend to desert bad providers fast even if it is their own IT department. They find alternatives on the cloud and app stores then voila, you have BYOA happening right under your nose.

This state creates massive issues and risks for businesses. Apart from the well debated, well known data and privacy issues, there is a major issue of your Key business processes and IP walking away with your staff. This is never a good position to be in today’s competitive market.

Running business apps better is a requirement with far reaching consequences.

If you get this right you will amass benefits to out gun your competitors easily.

Running apps better requires a good infrastructure, decent connectivity, pretty good security, effective change management processes and efficient support people.

jEyLaBs believes in using a well rounded business apps platform is the key to a better running business.

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Book your PowerToolz Training Course

jEyLaBs PowerToolz for K2 has been used by many customers around the world for efficient testing, administration and management of K2 applications. The current version of PowerToolz is 2.6 and it includes mobile apps, Visual Studio plug-in, Scheduler, Test planning and many reports.

Our PowerToolz training course enables participants with hands-on knowledge of the PowerToolz for K2 product. This Course arms you with the knowledge on how the tool helps to automate many aspects of K2 such as testing, administration and management.

PowerToolz training course focuses heavily on how PowerToolz integrates with the K2 environment to deliver efficient automated testing.

The training is portioned into five sessions with corresponding practical self assessments to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the material covered in each session.

This is an online course delivered by our PowerToolz consultants. At the start of each session, time is allocated to provide participants to ask questions and fortify their knowledge. Both development and managerial staff are welcome to participate and contribute to the sessions. Our trainers cater for staff with various levels of technical knowledge and experience.

The course also covers functional and administration features of PowerToolz in detail. It is delivered as 5 sessions and you can pick and choose the sessions. See the details below and email us at powertoolz@jeylabs.com.au to book your Training.

PowerToolz Course Session Details
PowerToolz Course Session Details

How can a configurable business apps platform profit your business?

We all want more from our lives. We are increasingly appreciative of living well now and getting more out of life every day.

The days of working on a job for 40 odd years and retiring well in the 60s feels more like the 60s.

Nowadays People are working on the go, working in very different ways, working at different times, working from different places, doing multiple things and enjoying more.

Citizens, employees, presidents, entrepreneurs, app users, uber drivers, facebookers, paypals and friends are all now more connected, more sharing,  more dreaming, more doing and more demanding.

This has increased the world’s online activity massively and eCommerce is the real commerce of our times.

New business opportunities around newer products and financial models to suit them are all on the rise.

Information is actually the power and empowering workforce to do more and enjoy more at work is now an expected duty for many organisations.

Small or large, each enterprise of today has to deal with workforce productivity very differently than 5 years ago.

Traditionally qualified Technical people on this planet are not enough to serve the needs of the demanding global economy. This is why the so called “citizen developers” and  “business power users” are getting a crucial role to play and get well deserved recognition when it comes to enterprise systems delivery.

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10 features you need to overcome SharePoint limitations

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 has many great new features. But why then 60% of SharePoint users purchase a third-party solution?

It’s because users just want more power and features. 

The out-of-the-box capabilities of SharePoint are often limited when it comes to mobility, forms and workflows, management, and data integration.

A third-party solution such as K2 helps overcome these limitations by helping SharePoint integrate its services across other systems.

Here’s a list of the top 10 features to overcome SharePoint limitations:

1.Reusable

When it comes to workflows and forms, the keyword is reusable. 

Without the hassle of writing, testing, deploying and upgrading code, you want to build workflows and forms that are not subject to SharePoint limitations and that can be reused across the entire SharePoint environment.

2. Mobile

Be sure your solution fully supports mobility. 

You’ll want all of your SharePoint users to have access and the ability view reports and dashboards from any device, anywhere. 

Native mobile apps that can work with your solution is another important aspect for improving mobile use.

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Want to Build and Run Reliable SharePoint Apps?

Reliability is key and K2 gives you that in the Cloud.

Microsoft is moving its software models to the cloud as fast as it can. For SharePoint this has profound impact.

In a hosted or cloud model customisation is very limited simply because the options for “custom code” are specifically limited within this architecture. Yet customers need custom forms, workflows and access to data to drive business value in SharePoint 2013 and O365.

These capabilities are extremely limited and in some cases non-existent in the new SharePoint and O365 architecture.

Despite the addition of new features, workflow in SharePoint 2013 remains limited in many scenarios. SharePoint does not offer this functionality out-of-the-box (OOB), which forces organisations to spend time and resources on customisation. Without server side code the level of customisation is limited.

Unless managed carefully any customisation could cost reliability of your Apps. To Learn more, click here

What is your Approval rating this week?

Approval ratings are not just for Politicians.

Every day, organisations of all kinds deal with application forms. Interacting with Internal users, contractors, casual employees, customers, partners, institutions, governments and other parties to conducting business involves forms of all sorts.

We have seen forms for quotations, cover notes, rental applications, loan approvals, purchase requests, software request, petty cash forms, market research questionnaires,  leave applications, expense claims, feedback forms, parking fines, refund requests, product order forms, ownership transfer forms, delivery requests, application of interest, vendor onboarding forms, complaint forms, training request, travel request, health and safety survey forms, insurance claims, tender submissions, proposal forms and so on.

People put some effort to fill these out and they expect an outcome to be achieved.

Every day, A good percentage of these forms end up getting rejected for all sort of reasons. Some reasons are simple, valid and straight forward. Some are stupid and even funny.

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Who is protecting your brand?

All Websites on the Internet are constantly under attack. Whether it is state based actors, criminals or competitors, every website is on the waiting list to be attacked. This is the sad reality of the Internet.

So, Who is protecting your brand from this increasingly alarming threat?

Your website is your 24x7x365 shop front. It is your online entity. If you don’t actively protect it, protect the data you have behind it, protect the systems & processes behind it and most importantly Protect the users who visit your website, pretty soon your brand will become the next victim of an attack.

The last thing you need is your website to become Infected with malware and/or get blacklisted. This will tarnish your brand name. Not to mention the sales opportunities you will lose.

Did you put ALL that effort, time and money on building up your rankings, conceiving and implementing sophisticated features for your site and marketing, only to let an attacker ruin it in minutes?

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5 Tips to Accelerating Success with K2 Projects

5 Tips to Accelerate K2 Project Success

At jEyLaBs, our daily routine mainly involves project delivery. We work on projects that apply technology such as K2 to solve serious business problems. This typically involves building apps to remove business process bottlenecks, reduce paper use, provide new ways to conduct business transactions and support executives to make precise business decisions.

Our projects have no choice but to succeed and increasingly the pressure is on us to help our customers succeed fast.

We have employed various techniques to help our K2 project delivery and perfected them over time. We dropped some outdated practices, we tuned many of the traditional software engineering practices to suit our needs and also created some drastically different ways of doing things.

I am very excited to share the following tips with you from our K2 project delivery play book. I am sure these will help your projects succeed.

Tip 1: Consistently apply an Agile approach

Agile is a given. But, of all the organisations employing an agile approach IT project delivery, only a small percentage actually do it right and do it consistently.

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PowerToolz 2.2 is out now!

jEyLaBs has just released our latest version of PowerToolz for K2. Version 2.2 now fully support great new features in the latest K2 4.6.9 release.

Please check out PowerToolz at PowerToolz.net.au or at jEyLaBs.com.

We have also launched our PowerToolz online training which covers our 2.2 release.

Please contact us at empower@jeylabs.com.au for our training schedule and a course brochure.

K2 releases 4.6.9

Here’s some highlights of the new release:

  • The K2 for SharePoint Online app has officially moved from preview mode to release status. Hurrah!!! The 4.6.9 app version (version 4.4120.5.1) is only compatible with K2 4.6.9. Be sure to upgrade your K2 environment before upgrading to the latest K2 for SharePoint Online app.
  • K2 smartforms 4.6.9 now includes Internet Explorer 11 support. BTW, Internet Explorer 8 is no longer supported. New Lithium theme gives a responsive design and is perfect for mobile devices. Offline forms are in preview in this release.
  • K2 smartforms controlpack 4.6.9 now includes new controls such as auto complete, tree view and timer
  • K2 blackpearl 4.6.9 adds comments and attachment SmartObjects into the framework. On top of the existing DateTime property type, two new Date and Time types for SmartObject properties are now made available.

Download the latest release from K2 customer portal. jEyLaBs will be releasing our PowerToolz for K2 version 2.2 to fully support all the new features of K2 4.6.9 shortly.