Zco's Creative Media Director, Matt Henry, has been creating videos and doing photograpy for Zco since 2010 and keeps a constant eye on the world of mobile devices, apps, and accessories. Outside the office he enjoys gaming, paintball, and watching all the Steelers games.
Turning everyday business work into productive engagement for employees is challenging. Gamification of enterprise apps is one solution that has emerged in recent years.
So why is gamification gaining so much popularity? With strategic planning and careful design, a business environment can enhance productivity and gain long-term benefits with the help of enterprise gamification apps.
One of the most important things to understand while developing an enterprise gamification application is that a quality result cannot be earned through brute force. An interesting method has to be developed to achieve a great result in a desired manner. This is where gamification comes into play. It allows the app user to get engaged, motivated, and achieve results with reward points, which in turn help to accomplish organizational goals.
When employee potential is unlocked, the whole organization benefits from maximum productivity.
Developing an enterprise gamification app follows a similar process as any other app:
Identify the User: To design an enterprise gamification app, you must first understand the workforce. Analyze the hierarchy of roles and find out what inspires individuals and teams. Keep in mind that employees can be motivated by different things.
Align Goals: It’s nice to imagine that employees want only what’s best for the company, but the truth is that everyone has individual goals and aspirations. Once personal goals can contribute to organization objectives, motivating workers becomes almost automatic.
Introduce Game Dynamics: Games use elements like reward points, level achievements, and badges to keep people playing. When business apps include similar ingredients, employees have specific, incremental goals to reach for. Achieving success in various game dynamics is a reflection of increased productivity and progress toward organizational goals.
Monitor Progress: Deploying any app is an ongoing process. Analyzing how employees use a gamified app can suggest improvements. Is the “game” helping to foster friendly competition? Are the game goals properly aligned with real-world productivity goals?
Measure Success: When all is said and done, an enterprise app should benefit your organization in some way. A boost in morale is great; if your people are more productive as a result, even better. See if your goals were achieved, as well as unforeseen benefits or complications.
If you’d like to learn more about developing a gamified enterprise app, email us or call 603.881.9200.
Are you planning to create an app to reach a wide business or consumer audience? Choosing an app development framework might not be high on your lists of concerns – but it should be.
You may think about developing apps for the most popular mobile platforms like iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Building your app separately for each mobile platform can require a large amount of money. In many case, costs can be reduced by using a cross-platform development or hybrid application development framework.
The “Write once, run everywhere” approach is getting more popular among mobile app development vendors. A hybrid development framework works sort of like an automated translator, accepting code in one programming language and outputting native apps for different platforms. Depending on the app’s functionality, up to 100% of the code can be translated, leading to faster development, lower maintenance cost, and better app performance.
Many hybrid app frameworks are available in the market – commercial, free, open source; bare software development kits (SDKs) to full integrated development environments (IDEs). We asked some of Zco’s custom software engineers about their picks for the best cross-platform development frameworks. This is what they said, in no particular order.
A world-class native as well as hybrid development framework that helps to create high performance, multi-platform mobile apps. It supports iOS, Android, Windows and Mac OS X. Recently, Xamarin has announced their integration with Microsoft Visual Studio 2015, which eases the transition for Windows coders. It has full API coverage and up to 90% code sharing across platforms.
Building apps with Xamarin helps retain a native user interface (UI) across platforms. Its enhanced IDE provides automatic code completion, advanced solution management, an extensive project template library, and integrated source control. The Xamarin mobile library delivers an integrated
Application Programming Interface (API) to access shared resources from iOS, Android, and Windows Phone platforms.
Appcelerator has wide access to high level APIs and native UI interface components to offer device-specific features and functionality. The framework provides packages for enterprise-grade mobile security and distribution on each platform’s app stores. Sub-components like the Alloy MVC framework, Arrow backend-as-a-service builder, and Titanium SDK offer flexibility in building different kinds of applications for phones, tablets, desktops, and wearables like Apple Watch.
PhoneGap’s powerful APIs allow your app to access native device features like camera, contacts, storage, media, accelerometer, etc. Developers can build the app once and then wrap it in the PhoneGap framework to make it work on different platforms.
An award-winning hybrid app development framework, Marmalade is one of the most popular toolsets that ensures performance, portability and flexibility across all major mobile, desktop, and TV platforms. Marmalade offers developers a creative workspace to build and distribute highly interactive apps and games across multiple platforms, easily and quickly.
A hybrid app framework with all the powers of HTML5 and CSS3. The tool packages HTML5 device APIs into mobile apps to make them compatible with multiple platforms. This framework supports Cordova and PhoneGap builds for native packaging.
Sencha Touch provides highly responsive touch features to allow users easily navigate through the app, including hardware acceleration and more than 50 built-in UI themes. The framework provides adaptive layouts (to switch from portrait to landscape instantly), fine scrolling, and animation features to deliver natural mobile app experiences to end users.
To get started with hybrid mobile app development for your business, contact our expert mobile developers at (603) 881-9200 or email us today!
Advancements in medical technology have changed the way people view and understand healthcare. For educating patients, 3D animation technology is on the forefront and it opens doors to find healthcare solutions.
Sometimes merely words cannot explain the complex mechanisms of the human body. Well, here is where a professional medical animation works to meet the challenge.
A 3D animated video can illustrate internal processes that cannot be seen with the naked eye. In contrast to a 2D illustration or photograph, a 3D image or video presents the human body in dynamic detail, allowing in-depth visualization. Many medical organizations are now opting for 3D medical videos to depict their treatment procedures.
It’s true, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Most patients do not have medical education, so a quick 3D video of a surgery can tell a lot more than an hour of consultation.
A 3D animation can also be used as an educational tool for medical research and training. Surgeons can review animations as they train for their specialties. It also allows them to illustrate concepts, medical theories, treatment processes, detailed anatomy, physiology, and other health related areas through medical simulations in an interactive manner.
The intricacies of science can be explicated with a 3D medical presentation. 3D is an effective tool to demonstrate surgical procedures and pharmacological Mechanisms of Action (MOA) to educate both doctors and patients.
When it comes time to present a brand new medical device, a 3D representation of product features allows the potential investor to better analyze how new medical equipment will work. The 3D medium helps instill a powerful impression in the viewer's mind.
These days people rely on the Internet to search for everything; a medical inquiry is no exception. Patients often consult the Web before speaking with a physician. Hospitals and surgery centers incorporating educational medical videos into their marketing and social media sites boost their name recognition and reputation among existing and prospective patients.
The medical animation industry is growing and it has become a powerful medium for healthcare communication. Accurate animation requires 3D artists that interface with medical manufacturing companies and healthcare professionals to create high-end 3D visuals. To learn more about creating medical animations, email us or call 603.881.9200.
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