Executive management at Ukuvuma Solutions believe the latest solutions emerging within the mobile space and the level of innovation that now defines software reflects a fast-maturing market with plenty of opportunity.
Ukuvuma Solutions is focused primarily on IBM ICS Products including IBM Smartcloud, Social Business Software and IBM Domino, as well as IBM Worklight for cross platform mobile development.
John Jardin, CTO at Ukuvuma, says the company has a strong and established tradition of developing software for mobile browsers, a competitive area of the market fuelled by the advent of HTML5 and Web standards to encourage widespread adoption of mobile technology.
Vendors like IBM have been quick to meet market requirements and expectations. IBM has released a mobile platform called ‘Worklight’ which allows for the development of HTML5, Hybrid and Native applications to support smartphones and tablets.
With the rapid growth of mobile technology and the undeniable influence of data analytics and apps in trade and commerce, businesses could easily become over-zealous in their approach to mobility.
“There has been discussion in the market about how companies, in their quest to acquire and implement the latest and greatest mobile solutions, create a void because their selection does not match up with their market focus. The reality is that chosen technology must fit with a target market… there is little point in developing an app for an iPhone if your target market does not yet use smartphones, for example,” Jardin explains.
Jardin also cautions over the term ‘latest technology’ and believes businesses need to seriously consider the credentials of service providers in this respect – particularly in terms of their level of experience.
“Any software company that has had extensive experience in this particular area will know what is involved to test cutting-edge technology and will be confident as to which of these “latest technologies” will rise and which will fall. In this regard, I would recommend that the market not concern themselves with what technology gets used, but instead find the right software consultancy to partner with moving forward,” he explains.
Looking ahead Ukuvuma Solutions believes that cloud adoption will increase as the market becomes used to- and more comfortable with the dynamics, and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are being embraced in the business environment.
From a custom solution point of view, Jardin points out that while issues like speed, memory limitation and user experience still represent hurdles to a complete breakaway from desktops/ laptops, continued research and development will help facilitate improved user experience to run day-to-day applications.