Over the last couple of weeks we’ve published a series of blogs on the rise of apps, how businesses can take advantage of them and some suggestions based on the apps we use at Swarm HQ.
Apps of all shapes and sizes are having a huge impact on the way businesses work. The apps we build for our clients are specifically built to fulfill their needs. However, there are plenty of generic internal business apps that businesses can and should be taking advantage of.
In our last blog post we talked about the dramatic rise of apps and the affect they’re having on individuals and businesses. However, it’s difficult for businesses to keep up with developments because technology is moving at such a rapid pace. Similarly, there is so much to consider when thinking about bringing new technology into a business. Unfortunately, these issues cause many businesses to shy away from implementing apps into their future strategy.
The digital world has been around for a long time but apps are still relatively new. Did you know the Apple App Store only launched in July 2008! 8 years on and now 7 of every 8 minutes spent on a smartphone is on an app! It’s not easy to think of anything that’s ever received this kind of consumer adoption ever before.
The summer transfer season is well underway in the world of football. This is when football teams pay astronomical amounts of money for football players that like to roll around on the ground a lot. We thought we’d get into the spirit of the transfer news by announcing some of our own summer signings!
Yesterday we travelled to the dark side once again (aka Edinburgh) to attend and take part in Scot-Cloud 2015. It’s not easy to cover the cloud in a one-day conference but the organisers of the event did a great job by securing some engaging speakers who covered some very interesting topics. Especially Professor Bill Buchanan – we certainly haven’t heard anyone like him before!
Did you know 25% of CEO headaches are due to difficult IT decisions? Ok, that’s made up (like most stats) but it can’t be far from the truth.
There’s usually nothing exciting about checking the SwarmOnline mail. It just involves separating letters into junk and bills! However, we recently received a welcome surprise in our mailbox. It was a letter from Sir Tom Hunter informing us that we’ve been nominated to enter the Scottish Business Awards.
2015 is going to be a pivotal year for businesses operating in the UK’s energy industry. It’s the year when plans will be finalised for the smart meter roll-out. This will be the biggest national infrastructure project of our lifetime.
It’s not often that you get to share a room that’s absolutely brimming with innovation, experience, investors and creativity. Yesterday however, we did. We were at Scotland’s annual premier investor showcase, EIE.
Last week Glasgow welcomed the All-Energy Conference to the SECC for the first time in it’s long history. All-Energy is the UK’s largest renewables event and it was fitting that it should take place in Glasgow – the UK’s first green energy super-city. Since 2007 Scotland’s installed capacity of renewable electricity has nearly tripled, our renewables output has more than doubled and our emissions have greatly reduced. Growth in the renewables industry is set to grow as investment continues to rise.
Just as you thought the excitement around SenchaCon 2015 was beginning to fade we’re delighted to announce that we’re partnering with Sencha to deliver the SenchaCon 2015 Roadshow in London on 19th May.
It’s always nice when achievements get the recognition they deserve and that’s exactly what happened this week when the news about Andrew’s Silicon Valley visit hit the headlines.
The Herald, Scotsman, ScotlandIS, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Creative Clyde, BQ Live, Academic Entrepreneur and Silicon Valley News are just some of the news channels that drew attention to Andrew’s latest speaking engagement.
We're delighted to announce that our MD, Andrew, is speaking at this week's prestigious SenchaCon in Silicon Valley.
The three day conference will include speakers from the likes of Intel, KPMG, Cisco, Blackberry and Nielsen. Andrew is one of 12 international speakers and the only speaker from the UK.
You were willing to swap a great job at E.ON to become our new technical director. What did you see in SwarmOnline that made you make that decision?
I first encountered the guys from Swarm when I was working for E.ON. They came into the team for an extended period of time and impressed everyone. As I worked alongside them we built up a good friendship and I realised we have similar aspirational goals when it comes to business and technology. They want to be the best and so do I. Similarly, they have a passion and commitment to delivering great solutions that you can’t help but admire. It’s a great match!
Yesterday we made a trip to the dark side, also known as Edinburgh, to attend what was a very worthwhile event. The event, Mobile Scotland: Modernising the Workforce, turned out to be a great opportunity to mix with IT professionals who are interested in the impact technology is having and will have on tomorrow’s workforce.
1. Variety of work
Two days are rarely the same. That’s because we work on lots of different projects and like to get everyone involved. It keeps everyone thinking, learning and adopting new skills. If you like mundane jobs, we’re probably not for you.
Last night we were delighted to watch Team McCleary take on team Murdoch in the Scottish Curling Championships in the Dewars Centre in Perth. We’ve been sponsors of Team McCleary for quite some time and it was great to see them wearing the SwarmOnline name and performing so well against an Olympic medal winning team.
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Richard Gamble has recently joined SwarmOnline as our new Technical Director. Richard is a highly qualified Solutions Architect with over 18 years of experience. He has spent considerable amounts of time in senior positions on IT teams including that of LexisNexis and most recently, E.ON.
We built upon our reputation as expert app developers last night when our Andrew took part in a webinar discussion about html5 apps with representatives from Netflix, Apigee, Modus Create, Sencha and Salesforce. Andrew was the only non U.S. based panelist in what could be the first of many similar webinars.
If you do, there’s a good chance your questions will be covered during next week’s Sencha webinar – “Best Practices for Building HTML5 Applications”.
Our Andrew will join an exclusive panel of guests including representatives from Netflix, Microsoft and Modus Create. The webinar will cover strategies for building scalable and maintainable code, approaches to consider when building web applications for mobile or desktop and which tools and resources the experts recommend.
…But you haven’t the faintest idea what to do with it. You’re not alone. While exhibiting at the Scottish Business Exhibition a couple of months ago, we were inundated with people who wanted to talk about their app idea. It was encouraging to hear people talk so enthusiastically about our industry and see the appreciation they had for the impact an app can have.
It’s that time of year again and we're beginning to think about holidays, presents, family time, Christmas dinners, resolutions and so on. At SwarmOnline we’re embracing the spirit of Christmas and New Years but we’re also using it as a time for reflection and planning.
It may only be the beginning of December but the Swarm Sonos system has already been hijacked by Santa obsessed Swarmers, which means we’re firmly in the Christmas mood! This being said, it should be no surprise that this week’s App of the Week is the highly acclaimed ElfYourself app by Office Depot.
This week’s app of the week is something for the future. It’s called EyeVerify. It’s a piece of technology that’s been created for developers who want to integrate biometric authentication into their apps.
On Friday 21st November the SwarmOnline Managing Director, Andrew Duncan, travelled across the city to speak to the Glasgow University MBA students.
He was invited to speak by Dr. Thomas Anker as part of a series of talks by successful business owners to the MBA students.
Andrew’s chosen topic was, “The right strategy isn’t binary”. It covered a brief history of SwarmOnline, how he found a gap in the market and the strategy he developed to grow the business.
Exhibition attendee: “Hello, who is SwarmOnline and what do you do?”
SwarmOnline: “Hi there, we’re a technology company that specialise in bespoke web and mobile apps, which we build for lots of different businesses...”
Multiply that conversation by 100 and you’ll understand what we were doing at the Scottish Business Exhibition on Thursday and Friday last week.
Just when we thought consumers were happy with the size of their phones, along came the Samsung Note & Galaxy devices, Blackberry passports and a giant iPhone! They symbolise an unforeseen change in the way consumers want to use their mobile. When handsets first came onto the scene they were too big for a pocket, then they became so small that they could be lost in a handbag, and now they can’t fit into pockets again. The speed of change has even been too quick for once indestructible phone manufacturers like Nokia and Blackberry.
It’s been a busy week at SwarmOnline (most weeks are) and we’re always on the look out for anything that can make our days more productive. Perhaps that’s why our newest app of the week is a top productivity tool. The app is called Post-it Plus and it’s a quite brilliant attempt at integrating the legendary Post-it notes into the modern age.
If you know anything about SwarmOnline, you’ll know we spend most of our time making cool apps for a wide variety of businesses. However, you may not know that we make cool websites too! Last week we launched the newly developed Rowan Gallery. website www.rowangallery.com
It’s been a crazy year at SwarmOnline – we’ve moved into our new office, added lots of new staff and been nominated for all sorts of awards. We must be doing something right! Last night we dusted off our suits (we don’t wear them often) to attend the Glasgow Business Awards. We were nominated for the Best Performing Business (1-10 employees) and our Managing Director was nominated for Young Business Person of the Year. Unfortunately, we didn’t win either award but it was a real privilege to be nominated along with some of the best businesses in the city.
We are delighted to announce that we have continued our sponsorship of Team McCleary curling team this year. The team, consisting of Ross McCleary, Ally Fraser, James Stark and Gavin Baird, posted a number of notable competition wins last year, including the Goldline Scottish Curling Tour and the Scottish Rink Championship Finals.
The most talked about event after the referendum happened last night – the Apple announcement – and households and offices around the world are sharing thoughts and opinions on the Apple Watch, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple pay and iOS 8. We’re already arguing about it but perhaps we should reserve judgment until we’ve actually used the new products. Until then, here’s a rundown of what new Apple products you’ll be able to get your hands on shortly…
The August issue of Glasgow Business is here and what an issue! The referendum, naturally, dominates the headlines but we were more excited about seeing Swarm and our Managing Director, Andrew, take up several pages.
This month, two years ago saw the release of our first book – the Ext JS 4 Web Application Development Cookbook. Like any good cookbook it’s filled with easy to follow recipes helping you to create anything with Ext JS 4 from basic components to advanced web applications.
Scottish Enterprise set up a temporary Dragon’s Den at the RBS campus in Edinburgh on Monday as the final round of the Scottish EDGE contest took place. The Dragons were made up of a panel of expert investors and business gurus who could offer grants up to £50,000 to businesses that impressed.
We’re delighted to announce that we’re finalists in the Outstanding Performance in Business Growth (small company) and Best Newcomerat this year’s Scottish Digital Technology Awards, which take place in Glasgow in June.
Swarm started just over two years ago and in the last year things have gone from strength to strength. We’ve moved to funky and creative offices in the Digital Media Quarter of Glasgow, grown the team to 10 and built web and mobile software for some of the biggest brands on the planet!! What an achievement for a small team.
The Sochi Winter Olympics were certainly a successful one for Scottish Curling. It has also been a successful year for Team McCleary who, with the support of SwarmOnline, have had the pleasure of competing against a number of the teams that graced our televisions screens throughout a gripping Winter Olympics.
We are proud to announce that SwarmOnline will be sponsoring the upcoming ModUXCon in Amsterdam. The conference is a 3-day event that will focus on desktop and mobile web technology and features speakers from around the world, including our very own Andrew Duncan who will be presenting on the topic of Securing Client Side Data.
This week we announce the official launch of Sencha Insights, with the first issue arriving in subscribers’ inboxes today. We’ve worked hard creating the website, promoting the launch and compiling the first issue and are excited to see it coming to a head, and looking forward to the future issues to come.
In the week running up to the first issue being released we have had close to 100 subscribers signing up and are delighted to see that number growing every day. We hope to continue this growth once the first issue is sent out and the word begins to spread.
What is Sencha Insights?
Sencha Insights is a curated newsletter focusing on Sencha and other related web technologies. We created Sencha Insights because we we felt that there was a lot of great content being produced and thought that it wasn’t always being seen by the community (ourselves included!). A place where this material was collected and distributed in an easy to consume way would be very beneficial to the community.
How can I subscribe?
You can subscribe to the newsletter by heading over to www.SenchaInsights.com and entering your email address in the form. Once you’ve confirmed your email address you will receive the newsletter every second Wednesday.
Today marks the day we launch SwarmOnline’s new website which has been in progress for the last month or two. The new website showcases SwarmOnline’s fantastic work on various mobile applications; applications; a technical book and several Open Source projects.
2013 is looking to be a very exciting year for SwarmOnline and we would like to thank all of our previous and current clients for making this possible. We have many new things in the pipeline and hope to be able to share these with you all very soon!
For now, enjoy the website and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want to discuss your project or if you have any questions!
Packt Publishing are celebrating their 1000th book this week and are offering a free eBook for everyone! This includes the Ext JS 4 Web Application Development Cookbookwhich we released last month!
You’ll need to hurry because the offer is only available from 28-30th September 2012.
Click http://bit.ly/RXnAMc to for more information and start building apps with Sencha’s Ext JS 4 Framework today!
It gives the two of us great pleasure to announce the release of our writing efforts over the past year.
Packed with over 100 easy to follow recipes which demonstrate, through real life examples, numerous features of Ext JS 4. This book will help you create anything from basic components to advanced web applications using Sencha’s unrivalled Ext JS framework.
Packed with over 130 easy to follow recipes which demonstrate, through real life examples, numerous features of Ext JS 4. This book will help you create anything from basic components to advanced web applications using Sencha’s unrivalled Ext JS framework.