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A Blueprint for Disruptive Thinking

If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve probably already come across the theory of disruptive thinking or innovation. Many entrepreneurs swear by it as their guiding star. However, not many of them truly understand what it is about. They therefore aren’t able to truly harness its power.


What it’s all about

Disruptive thinking is often misunderstood by entrepreneurs. There have been many different interpretations of the concept that have caused people to move away from the original purpose of the theory.

The idea behind disruption is that a smaller company that has fewer resources can challenge a much larger establishment successfully. This is possible because large or more established organizations tend to focus on improving their current products to meet the demand of their most profitable customers and therefore often ignore some segments of the market.

For an entrepreneur to be disruptive, they would need to focus on the segment of the market that is being overlooked. They can target this section of the market by delivering a functionality or product that is tailored to suit their needs e.g. products at a lower price.

In many cases, the incumbents in the market do not react vigorously since they are chasing higher profits with higher demand segments of the market. Eventually, entrants in the market are able to move up and deliver performance to the mainstream customers of the incumbents and therefore become even greater competition to them. By this time, disruption has occurred.

Your blueprint

If you’re looking to cause a disruption in any market segment, consider the following tips.

  1. Take a closer look at the industry

Some industries face very few disruptions while others face so many disruptions that companies are always on the lookout for new innovations and how to adapt to changes in the market. It is important to ensure that our innovation:

  • Offers the opportunity to reshape current business models and therefore present a new way to make money
  • Offers new opportunities to customers that they didn’t have with previous products
  • Will provide you with the opportunity to move upmarket when the time comes
  1. Begin assembling your Innovation such as building an IT Product with a reliable software development company.

This is a key step in the process. It involves a great IT team that helps to gathering your ideas, developing them and planning how you can profit from them.

  1. Get the engine running

With your product ready, it is time to go to market. Be sure to test the product in the market to see how customers receive it. At this point, you can make changes to your product based on feedback from the market.

Mobile Application Development Trends in 2016 – 2017

Mobile apps are the in-thing in the software development industry. With an app it becomes easier to target mobile users and increase the chance of converting a lead to a sale. A study by Pew Internet Research shows that over 64% of Americans own a Smartphone which makes mobile app development even more important.

Whether you are a business owner or mobile app developer you appreciate the fast changing nature of the software development industry. As such it is important to stay abreast with such changes in order to leverage new information in your operations.

Mobile App Development Trends in 2016

Here are some of the top app development trends to be on the lookout for in 2016:

  1. The Big Brand Battle

According to IDC Apple controls only 13.7% of the apps market with Google’s Android hogging over 82.8%.  Windows lags behind at only 2.6% but with the success of Windows 8 among other company changes you can expect it to fight harder in 2016. Apple and Android’s war is expected to get nastier in 2016 but this is good news for mobile app developers.

  1. The year of Mobile Video

A study by IAB shows that 58% of the people interviewed watch a video every day. Developers will take advantage of such data to make it even easier for users to access quality video. Brands will be now be more interested in linking to video content with the IAB study projecting that over 70% of online content will be video by 2017.

  1. User Focus

More focus will now be on user total experience.  It is one thing to use an app to promote your brand but another to enhance user experience during the interaction with the app. More focus will be on features that will make the app more appealing and ensuring a seamless experience across all touch points.

  1. Emphasis on Security

This has been a big concern and it is no wonder that Apple won big with the launch of the iOS 9 platform. Developers will have more assurance of app security with Google also already upgrading its Android 4.0 Marshmallow security protocols.

With improved security users will also have a better time using the apps considering more sensitive information is transmitted when using banking apps among other apps that require personal details.

  1. Mobile App Payments to Go Bigger

When Apple Pay was launched there was so much hype about it but then again not everyone is on iOS. However, Samsung is developing its pay app and according to research over 50% of online transactions by 2017 will be done on mobile devices.

  1. Growth of the Citizen Developer Trend

While it is still a much debated issue the fact remains that citizen mobile app development has largely helped the industry. Ordinary people might not have the skills required for app development but they team up with IT professionals to churn out mobile apps much faster. Intuit QuickBase in a study pointed out that the companies helping non-programmers develop apps include WaveMaker, PowerApps, Mendix, Telerik among others. They also pointed that the trend is one to watch as more companies join the fray.

There are many other areas for app developers to watch including the rise of content driven apps, deep linking, the New-Wave JavaScript, enterprise apps, the role of the cloud, Internet of Things (IOT) and rise of messaging apps among others. Whatever you do, don’t ignore these trends.

Mobile App Development Trends in 2016 – 2017 Infographic 

Mobile application development trends 2016 infographics

Unplugged Thoughts of Enterprise IT Leaders

We read and hear about them all the time. Sometimes you wish to be like them. We hope one day to achieve a similar level of success. Enterprise IT leaders are the new sports stars. They are redefining what success means for modern society. If you’re hoping to one day have the same kind of success that these enterprise IT leaders have, you no doubt would do well to take advice from them.

Enterprise Thought

There’s a lot of advice that can be given on how one can achieve similar success. However, little is said of the common mistakes that enterprise IT leaders make on their way to success. The following are some mistakes that many people make on their way to the top that you can avoid.

  1. Failing to truly understand the impact of market changes

Markets aren’t stagnant. This is especially true when it comes to technology. It is therefore important for leaders to keep tabs on market changes and understand how these changes will impact their business.

Being able to grasp transitions in the market and articulate them clearly isn’t beneficial only for the leader but also his team. If you’re able to clearly communicate the context of these changes to your team, you can be an extremely effective leader.

It is therefore important for leaders to keep tabs on market trends.

  1. Allowing yourself to be held hostage

If you’re experiencing success in one area, it is not unusual to want to stick to this area of ‘expertise’. However, many organizations fail to venture out and take up new paths. Many new proposals are shut down because some members of the team didn’t like the idea or fear it.

It’s important to remember that many enterprise IT leaders have founded their success with ideas that others would have thrown out. Venturing out of your comfort zone will allow you to acquire broader skills set and discover new areas of success.

  1. Not educating your users

After spending some time in enterprise IT, you may have noticed that it can be hard to deal with business leaders. However, they are your primary clients. Without them you wouldn’t be able to pay the bills. It therefore makes sense to take note of their complaints and educate them instead. Many business leaders aren’t IT experts. However, with a little education, you can bring many of them up to speed.

If you’re not thinking about your internal customers, then you’ll soon be on the losing end. Avoid the mistakes listed above and you’ll be a little closer to achieving success.

4 Tips for Automating Workflow

Using process automation software can dramatically improve productivity and efficiency in your company. However, this greatly depends on how successful you are at implementing automation. The following tips will help you integrate automation software more effectively and therefore fully benefit from using the software.

  1. Begin with your goals in mind

If you want to see improvement in your business, you should know what improvements you actually want to see. This ensures that you’re working towards something. You can’t hope to achieve something significant if you don’t know what you’re working for or towards.

Begin by identifying your goals and breaking them down to areas that need to be improved. Be specific when setting goals. This will help you better measure your progress.

  1. Identify areas that can be automated

This means understanding key processes that you can automate. Some areas you may want to look at including employee training, timesheets, job card submission, task approval and other such processes. What are the deficiencies in your current processes? What can you improve on? What parts of the process would benefit from automation?

In order to effectively evaluate each process, you need to do the following:

  • Take time to learn each process from beginning to end
  • Document each step or task. Step by step documentation of a process ensures in-depth understanding of the process, who is responsible for each step and the resources required in each step.
  • Understand what needs to be done to successfully complete the process.
  • Identify bottlenecks in the process and how automation can improve the process.
  1. Choose an automation tool

Now that you fully understand the processes and areas that can be improved through automation, you can select a tool that will meet your needs. The software tool should be user friendly especially if many people need to access it regularly. It should also be easy to access.

An automation tool should make the process efficient and therefore increase productivity. You should therefore reduce redundancies and make it easy for employees to complete tasks without significantly slowing down the process.

Implementing a simple and straightforward tool that can be easily customized to meet your company’s needs will make the implementation quick and simple. Employees can adjust faster to a user friendly tool.

  1. Inform and train your team

The new system will only be worth it if your team makes good use of it. It is therefore important to ensure that they understand the importance of the new system and how it will benefit them and the company. They should be trained to use the system. Be sure to address any fears or problems they may have with the system early.

These tips will help you get the most out of automation. And if you are looking for effective tools to improve your teams performance, you should read Tools to increase your Team’s Productivity.