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  Platform in Action

Change Management Simplified – Grant Me Your User Feedback!

In a never-ending attempt to reduce the amount of time it takes to get changes incorporated into apps, OutSystems has up-leveled your ability to properly capture context and user feedback directly – across all devices.

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Whether it be a QA engineer that spots something that doesn’t quite look right or a business user that just wants that OneMoreThing™, the days of crude screenshots, emails, spreadsheets, and steaming abyss of unfindable requests are over. Use your tablet to let your development team know exactly what you want. Draw on the screen. Add a voice note (“I would love to see a graph here that shows the relative efficiency of my different service techs”), or just type something in. Everything the user sees and annotates gets balled up into a nice user story that developers can review in a beautiful interface that also allows them to jump directly to the screen in question and begin implementing the change. Ridiculously efficient and effective! (more…)

  Platform in Action

Make your Mobile Web App Native with PhoneGap

Building a Mobile Web Application is the fastest way to get a mobile app in the hands of your users. You get to build an app at a fraction of the cost of building native, it works on multiple devices from day one, and you don’t need to go through the appstore publishing process (if you want to find out why Mobile Web Applications are the way to go, check this free eBook).

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  Dev Zone

3 Steps to Measure Your App Dev Productivity

Today, more than ever, analytics are the keys to success.  One of the areas that is still very hard to measure is the productivity of your application development teams.

While finding out how productive your teams are might seem scary, it is far better than not knowing. In this post I will provide three steps and some resources to help you start down the path to understanding the productivity of your application development teams. Once you have a means to measure and monitor, then you can iteratively improve your application development productivity. (more…)

  Platform in Action

Developers & Processes: A topic for Programmer Day 2010

Following Rodrigo’s last post on Caixa Seguro’s Programmer Day, I would also like to share with you my session on OutSystems’ Business Process Technology. The Caixa Seguros team relies pretty heavily on Business Process Management, and they were eager to learn more about our capabilities and experience!
As such, I was pleased to show them how OutSystems’ approaches with the application of BPM technologies and implementations for their specific industry: Insurance – Policy and Claims handling.

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  Dev Zone

Celebrating Programmer Day with Warp Development

Annually, on the 256 day of the year, developers worldwide celebrate “Programmer Day“! This was a surprise to me but I was ready to join the festivities when I got the invitation to present at an event organized by one of our customers, Caixa Seguros. With a group of over 300 developers this company’s IT management decided to celebrate this special day with an event dedicated to Development Practices, Innovations and Challenges.  (more…)
  Dev Zone

The Departmental Web App – From Niche to Mission-Critical

There’s no pattern for innovation in an enterprise – while R&D might be responsible for driving new products, someone in logistics or facilities might think up the multi-million dollar selling feature as opposed to a product-design PhD.  The same goes for innovation with corporate IT – new applications aren’t always driven by developers but often by the specific necessities of a certain business unit, whether it’s sales, HR or management. (more…)

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  Dev Zone

The Departmental Web App – From Niche to Mission-Critical

There’s no pattern for innovation in an enterprise – while R&D might be responsible for driving new products, someone in logistics or facilities might think up the multi-million dollar selling feature as opposed to a product-design PhD.  The same goes for innovation with corporate IT – new applications aren’t always driven by developers but often by the specific necessities of a certain business unit, whether it’s sales, HR or management. (more…)

  Dev Zone

Discussing Agile Platforms and Tools

Last Monday I had the pleasure of participating in a Sogeti event dedicated to Agile Platforms and Tools. The event was organized by Samuel Ranzato and it was split into three talks: one about Visual Studio 2010, presented by Clemens Reijnen from Sogeti; one about the Rational tools, presented by Ton van Velzen from IBM; and one about the OutSystems Agile Platform, presented by myself. (more…)
  Dev Zone

Developer Diary: Justin James gathers user feedback with ECT

With Rat Catcher deployed in public Beta, it was now time for Justin James to start gathering user feedback on his application. To do this, Justin installed and configured OutSystems’ Embedded Change Technology (ECT.) You can read about his experience in his latest diary entry in Tech Republic.

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  Dev Zone

A Developer Diary: Justin James on the Agile Platform Service Studio

There’s no better way to try technology out than to build a real-lifeapplication with it. Taking an idea for a product and developing it is a great way to understand the value and shortcomings of any new tool.

This is exactly what Justin James decided to do with the Agile Platform and he’s journaling his experience of developing his new web app, Rat Catcher, in a series of diary entries that are being published in Tech Republic. You can check out his first set of entries: Diary #1, Diary #2.

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