Today, Clutch published the results of their annual research highlighting the top UK mobile app development companies. The research evaluates each company’s depth of focus in their area of expertise, as well as the company’s proven ability to deliver results for their clients.

The top UK mobile app development companies are recognized for their innovative approaches to mobile app development, with a focus on providing high-value and high-quality products for their diverse range of clients. The top companies are:

Intellectsoft, Mubaloo, Fueled, 3 SIDED CUBE, hedgehog lab, Magora, Ready4S, Ampersand + Ampersand, Waracle, Brightec, Apadmi, The Distance, Corporation Pop, Glance Creative Ltd, and The Sound Pipe Media.

“In today’s market, clients are demanding mobile apps that surpass user expectations in order to keep up with the current competition,” said Amber Dewey, Analyst at Clutch. “The leading companies in our research have proven their ability to create mobile apps with impressive features while providing excellent customer service during the process.”

Consultancy Director, JP Luchetti, introduces Mubaloo’s hands-on guide to introducing bots to your enterprise.

Good bot, bad bot

A paper exploring what makes a good bot opportunity today

Bot technology has been hyped up recently, we have all been talking about it and most importantly we all want to start delivering on it. Now, if we refer to the Gartner “Emerging technology hype curve”, under “Conversational User interface” we can see how this technology is today in the Innovation Trigger Phase, showing mainstream adoption within 5 to 10 years. Successful companies looking to innovate in this space will have to find a way to cut the curve, avoiding not only the peak of inflated expectation but most importantly the “Trough of Disillusionment”. In this phase, we see companies building solutions for technology’s sake and not aligning their expectations with the current capabilities that the technology offers.

In this expert blog post, we discuss what a good opportunity looks like for this technology in its current state of development. A practical scorecard to assess opportunities within your business moving forward is available upon request.

For many organisations, investing in Business Intelligence (BI) as a capability is a decision that requires significant planning and investment. For anyone stuck in analysis paralysis, this PoV is designed to offer some basic criteria for identifying a use case that lends itself to getting value from your data today.

The promised land

Some people haven’t begun to collect data at all; others are struggling to make the business case for a team to setup, host and manage an enterprise-ready data cluster; others still are struggling to give employees the right tools to make something of the data they have already without needing to come to IT. In all cases people are struggling to realise the value of this data for their business, i.e. insight that will drive revenue, reduce operational costs, improve capital decisions etc. These benefits are the promised land.

Have you ever opened an app for the first time and immediately got attacked by a string of pop-ups asking if the app can use your location, have access to your photos or send you notifications? This is something I see time and time again and unless the App Store page makes it really obvious as to why the app might be asking you these questions, then the average user is most likely going to say no or decline access.

According to Google, as many as 25% of app users open an app once and never return. This can be down to a number of things, from bugs and crashes, to poor user experience. However, poor onboarding plays a massive part in whether users continue to use the app or delete it. One vital part of onboarding is how app providers ask users for permission to use or gain access to certain services or areas of the user’s device, and how they can make the app feel safe and secure to use.

Calculating your Investment in Enterprise Mobility

December 19, 2016 | Share this article

In collaboration with Red Hat, this White Paper considers which steps should be undertaken in order to win investment in mobility and deliver successful mobile transformation at the front and back end of an enterprise.

Enterprise mobility is maturing. Today, most organisations have considered or implemented initiatives around enterprise applications to solve common business challenges such as expense management or customer relationship management.

Story of an Acquisition: IPG and Mubaloo

December 8, 2016 | Share this article

In January 2016, IPG Mediabrands acquired Mubaloo, best known for developing enterprise apps, for an undisclosed sum. Almost a year on, we caught up with the two companies to find out how their integration companies is progressing.

Media planning has always been at the core of IPG Mediabrands’ business, accounting for 95 per cent of its revenues historically, principally through its UM and Initiative media agencies. But the business has evolved in recent years, with digital specialists now accounting for more than 60 per cent of the company’s headcount. In January 2016, the company made another move to bolster its non-media capabilities with the acquisition of Bristol-based app developer Mubaloo.

IPG already had one mobile brand in the shape of Ansible, but that is principally a media buying agency so in that respect, the acquisition of a company focused more on the delivery of mobile content made perfect sense. So 11 months on, how has the move panned out?

This White Paper looks at the various ways in which UX design has changed over the last few years and retraces the evolution of Slippy UX.

Statistics from virtually every market around the globe show that the average person does more on mobile now than any other channel. Whilst the increased use of mobile vs desktop is due to various factors such as improved 4G technology and public Wi-Fi signals, the popularity of mobile has also incrementally increased with the enhancement and improvement of user experience design (UX design).

Mubaloo is delighted to announce a new addition to its board of directors with Mark Stewart, Chief Technology Officer. Mark joined the team in October and will be based at Mubaloo’s Bristol office.

Mark’s new role will see him take responsibility for Mubaloo’s technology strategy which includes managing the delivery arm of Mubaloo involving iOS, Android, Web, QA and UX as well as project management. In addition to this, he will also be creating and driving the vision for Mubaloo’s Innovation Lab.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the IT industry, Mark has worked in various technology leadership roles for the likes of EE and Fujitsu as well as operating his own consultancy company. He joins Mubaloo from IBM, where he spent the last 2 years as Head of Development/Architecture, working across Monitise and managing large technology delivery teams.

Round-up of Gartner Symposium 2016

November 18, 2016 | Share this article

Last week, Mubaloo sponsored Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. Over five days, IT professionals and technology leaders from around the globe met to discuss this year’s theme, ‘Lead 360. Drive Digital to the Core’. Mubaloo offers a round-up of the event and the key findings that CIO’s must address.

In his opening keynote presentation, Peter Sondergaard, Gartner’s senior vice-president, encouraged the CIOs attending to “build again” and to think of IT as an asset, not a cost. He said that in modern digital businesses, measuring IT costs per employee was the wrong metric.

Sondergaard reminded the numerous attendees that in an ever more connected, fast-moving business world, a digitally-enabled business needs to build a partner strategy through electronic touchpoints, using application programming interfaces (APIs) on which other organisations could create value. “APIs implement digital policies in the digital world,” he said. With the help of APIs, companies could become part of wider commercial ecosystems, benefitting both the participating companies and the consumer. He referenced companies such as Airbnb and Uber as prominent examples.

Day 1 at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Barcelona

November 9, 2016 | Share this article

Mubaloo Consultancy Director, JP Luchetti, sums up day one of this global IT summit and talks about how enterprises need to embrace the digital ecosystems of the future.