Monday, 29 June 2015

4 Advantages of the 2 Day Mobile App


A friend called me a while ago after visiting my blog about our Instant Business App solution on our company’s website, telling us that there are SaaS solutions that do not even require you to spend two days on your app – you can get them instantly. While I do admit that the online app building solutions are more flexible, there are some pitfalls which makes our “two day app” stand out – even in terms of speed:

1- Not everyone is a techie. Sure, the argument here is that no coding is required. But still you must know a minimum of how to organize your buttons, how to offer the features, and what look to apply. You must also keep in mind that there are standards set for each platform, dictating how an app should look. At a minimum, you need consultation from a friend. Otherwise, you could risk being rejected by the app stores.
The thing about the “two day app” is that it requires no customization at all; only some skin and text changes. It is already based on industry best standards, and it has already been approved by the app stores. The user is getting more for their money, not less.

2- One-time payment vs. recurring. SaaS systems typically charge on a monthly basis. That’s how they make their money after all. Over a period of time, your costs can increase beyond what you initially anticipated.
The two day app, on the other hand, is a one-time fixed payment only. There is only an annual fee of $99 and that is because of the Apple App Store price. And let me guess; this price is not even included in the price the SaaS companies charge you.

3- See everything upfront. The “two day app” is already published; uses may download samples of it and play with it. As such, the client knows exactly what they will get in the app. Compare this to a solution where nothing is defined in advance. We have also seen negative comments about the SaaS services, stating that things were not performing the way they were supposed to do. There are no such hidden caveats in our app.

4- Offline capabilities. SaaS and online apps are designed to be online. At the time of this writing, we
are not familiar with any SaaS which supports offline capabilities as well. Offline capabilities are complicated and require good coding to
be applied properly. While this feature is a necessity especially in countries or locations with little or no internet connection, clients in those areas can simply not use those services as this feature is missing.
In the “two day app”, this feature is built-in. The app collects the data anytime it is online, and stores it for usage anytime it is disconnected. The client will never notice the difference.

Conclusion

Naturally I believe our solution is better – otherwise we would not have come up with it ;) I hope this post has clarified this point to you as well that not only is the “two day app” superior in terms of quality – it is really faster to get done too.

DavidNiki is the Operations Manager of Comelite IT Solutions. He has been in the software development industry since 1995, working on games, sites, desktop applications and mobile apps.

How to Turn Your Worst Clients into the Best

The Case

Last year I was working on a website project for a Canadian company. The client came to us
requiring changes and upgrades to the existing code. It seemed that their developer had left the project in the middle. We accepted the project and gathered the work scope in a meeting with the client. But the more we worked on the project, we noticed holes, pitfalls and shortcomings in the existing code and site (I’m sure many developers have experienced this when taking over someone else’s code). The site lacked many admin functionalities, and several parts of the data was only dummy html, just to show something to the client.
We raised all these issues with the client, informing them of all room for improvement there is. The client was happy with the proposed changes - but then, everything got screwed. As soon as we raised the issue of additional funds requested to implement those changes, the client went mad, threatening to completely abandon the project and wanted a full refund for the work done as well! Naturally, many were upset about this behavior on our side, insisting that the client should not only get a refund, but should pay the remaining amounts as well. Things were heating up.

How We Solved This

The most primary issue is not to panic or react negatively to such pressures. So, while our marketing guy was our primary link with the client, I stepped in and issued a very friendly letter to the client. I told him that we could not give him any quote before the scope of work had been determined, and that he may gladly take the job to any other developer but the same problems would exist. And finally, since we were at the beginning of the project applying these changes would be most favorable to the client as applying the same changes on a live system requires a lot more care and precaution, and might even affect the live data and require migration.
The result? We got the job, at the same budget we proposed. And the client was super-pleased, telling our management that he looks forward to work with me again (and no, I had not asked him to do that!). And he came back to us with other jobs.

Lessons Learned

-          We should have told the client about the possibility of increased costs right at the beginning. Most probably we could avoid the whole hassle that way.
-          It’s very important to be calm, and honest. Honesty prevails.
-          We won because our set-off point was really the benefits of our client. Our intention to go the extra mile was primarily to the benefits of our client, more than our company’s benefits. People are fair and do notice these things
Stay with me as we come up with more examples.


David Niki is the Operations Manager of Comelite ITSolutions. He has been in the software development industry since 1995, working on games, sites, desktop applications and mobile apps.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Comelite Bitrix Services




I came to know Bitrix  24 a few months ago; when one of our clients asked us if we could integrate a POS solution we had worked on with Bitrix.
Ever since, the experience has been astonishing. Bitrix offers and exceeds many of the features our clients had asked us for years; all in a centralized solution. It offers collaboration, attendance tracking, HR, CRM services, Document Management Systems and business workflows all in once. The cloud version can be customized through the API while the self-hosted version offers even more customization options as it comes with the full source code. Besides that, it is backed with a mobile app for iOS and Android too!
Now, our company can offer much more cost-effective solutions to our clients. Instead of focusing on developing tools that are already offered in Bitrix24, we can simply focus on translating their current workflows and data to its Bitrix24 counterpart – an absolute win-win case for both parties (you could include Bitrix24 here too!)

Depending on the scope of the requested customizations and the budget of the client, we can offer the Cloud version or the Self-hosted version. We can even develop an app that will be integrated into Bitrix24, further expanding its features. Apps bring new functionality into Bitrix. For instance there is an app that allows you to sync all your Zoho data into Bitrix24; all you have to do is to install the app and link it.
You can base your entire site on Bitrix24. While being mostly focused on the internal workflows of a company, Bitrix24 also offers an external website that is gracefully tied to the “intranet” website.
We can customize Bitrix per your needs. Besides the graphical design, we can develop workflows and business processes to track and alert you about the progress of your business. We can transfer your data and ensure everything is placed in a manner that most efficiently utilizes the full potential of this system.
Last but not least; Bitrix24 is localizable too.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

How to get your business running with a mobile app in 2 days

 Mobile users have bypassed the number of desktop users as this report from comScore shows. So it's no longer a case of asking whether mobile marketing important, we know it is!

Some statistics show this trend:
1)    Mobile devices are becoming omnipresent across the globe.
•    1 in 5 people in the world own a smartphone (Source: BI Intelligence)
•    1 in 17 people in the world own a tablet (Source: BI Intelligence)
•    25% of smartphone owners aged 18-44 can’t remember the last time their phone wasn’t next to them (Source: Fast Company)
2)    Consumer app-etite is growing because app retention and engagement have improved.
•    There are 224 million monthly active app users in the US (Source: Search Engine Journal)
•    The amount of time people spend using apps has increased by 21% since last year (Source: Localytics)
•    In 2014, the percent of apps used only once shrunk to 20%, improving from 22% from last year (Source: Localytics)
•    During the last four years, the percentage of apps used 11 or more times increased to 39% in 2014 (Source: Localytics)
•    In Q4 of 2014, apps were opened more than 10 times per month (higher than Q4 of 2013) (Source: Localytics)
3)    Mobile is winning the battle for consumer time in key categories, like social networking and entertainment.
•    Digital radio and photos now generate 96% of their total engagement from mobile devices (Source: comScore)
•    Total mobile engagement on social has grown 55% in the past year (Source: comScore)

(Graph courtesy of comScore)
4)    Brands are investing more in mobile ads because they perform better than online ads.
•    Mobile ads perform 4-5 times better than online ads (Source: HubSpot)
•    62% of smartphone users are “ok with 15-30 second ads” in exchange for video content (Source: ReelSEO)
5)    Mobile app revenue and the number of m-commerce transactions completed in apps will be higher than ever.
•    More than 2 billion mobile users will make a mobile commerce transaction by the end of 2017 (Source: Juniper Research)
•    In 2014, 42% of all mobile sales generated by the leading 500 merchants came from mobile apps (Source: Internet Retailer)
•    74% of smartphone users use their phone to help with shopping (Source: HubSpot)
•    Mobile coupons are redeemed 10x more than print coupons (Source: HubSpot)
•    Global mobile app revenues are expected to grow to 76.52 billion US dollars in 2017 (Source: Statista)

What the Numbers Tell Us
Businesses are definitely missing out if they don’t have mobile presence. Not only will their services go unnoticed, but they are also missing the great sales potential, not to mention the much more effective ad performance. Offering ads in your app could get you 4-5 times more revenue than online ads would.

I’m Interested, How Do I Jump In?
Now you know the benefits, question is how to get the right app? Verifying the quality of an IT company can be a daunting task which could limit you to recommendations of a friend, or you would need IT consultation. Eventually, this could lock you to the local market and you’ll never know if you got the best value for the price. Also, the app must be published at least for the two most popular platforms: Android and iOS, and this adds to the costs. Besides that, mobile apps in the business industry need to stay up-to-date, and you cannot publish a new version of your app every time you want to update a change in prices or services. To handle all these, you would need a hosting website, a Google Playstore account, an Apple App Store account etc.

The App for Every Business
In Comelite we have come up with a solution that addresses ALL these needs. That’s right; we do the hosting, app store publishing, multi-platform development – and with great, verifiable quality. What better way to check the end result, by seeing it upfront? We are offering one of our most successful business apps at the fraction of the price to all those who wish to get a jump-start in this business. This app allows you to demonstrate your products, certifications, catalogs and other info to your clients. It comes with a contact form, and also allows you to show your stores on the map. It also comes with Google Maps Directions, which allows your users to navigate right to you. And all of this for $500 only.
Our Instant Business App plan allows you to enter the mobile business world only in two days – you pick the template, we publish the app*.
This is how it’s done:
Day 1:
-    You pick the template that you want applied on your app
-    You offer us the app name, logo and descriptions
Day 2:
-    We offer you the completed app based on your request, and publish it. We also offer you backend website access
You can browse our library of many design templates we offer, with new samples offered every month. Additionally, we accept changes to the color theme per your suggestions.
Enter the mobile world and get your first business app at www.comelite.net now!
If you need any further features, we are open for suggestions. We can extend the app in any way you need, adding push notifications, payment gateway integration, chat services etc. Just give us a call at info@comelite.net to get your offer done.
* Please note that while we will instantly publish your app, it will take around 2 weeks for Apple to review and approve the app. This is beyond our control, but the Android app is usually released the same day we publish it in Google Playstore.

The game


Everyone has a special sense of humor. Each individual has his/her dreams and fantasies. Each mindset is a beauty of its own. You just have to discover it.
As a former shrink, working for several kindergartens in New York, I truly watched and observed hundreds and thousands of colorful and varied forms of a child’s imaginary. Some of them fashioned the most innovative creations. Some of them scared me with their virtual belief of the outside world.
As I quit and left my old office and started working and studying as an IT guy, I became interested in developing video games. I discovered the power of imagination, affecting the most popular trends in Twitter and Google. Some people have earned millions of dollars in this industry. As an ex-shrink, I’ve already learned that no one can possess 1000 good ideas… but thousand personalities can have one good idea individually!

The solution
And this is what all is about. I’m up to give everyone a chance to create his/her own game in mobile devices. Everyone remembers how Dong Nguyen hit the trends with his simple idea of a flying bird. He got rich with just a simple mechanism of getting that bird through some pipes (read about it here). Herewith, I want to give everyone the chance to come up with the next world trending idea.

Who's it for?
Anyone. Everyone. You. If you have an idea that needs to be brought to life in a game, my company is at your service.
We offer a solution, were you can create your own scenario of a video game and share that with us. We than care for the performance and build everything precisely based on your instructions.
We can make your game do what it needs to do in a visual and human readable way with the powerful event system. There's no need to memorize cryptic languages. We’ll focus on what really matters: designing your game!
With 10 years of experience, we know that it’s ideal for beginners, and powerful enough to let experts prototype faster than ever before.
For people who aren’t game designer and painter themselves, but have a great passion for games, we allow them to rapidly prototype their ideas and even vague sketches.
Liberate your inner game developing mindset!

Samuel, K. Laurent, a Comelite columnist and game developer

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The region is mobile; how do you compete?



Based on some research we’ve done, we came to the following conclusions:
-        Smartphones represent 40% of total impressions in the Middle East which is 45% higher than the global average.
-        Smartphone penetration in the Middle East region is continuing to grow up to 40% this year.
-        72% of smartphone owners are less than 34 years old
-        Nearly 80% of shopping found place through smartphones.            
-        Despite the fact that India and China are traditionally considered the most potential smartphone markets, Middle East has actively joined in the race and is becoming the next big market for mobile applications, according to the latest Smartphone research, conducted by Google.
-        Out of 26 countries that participated in Google’s survey, UAE ranked the highest in terms of smartphone penetration in the world, with 62% of mobile phone users reporting that they own smartphones. It’s a staggering 18% growth in just one year! Other countries, like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan have also experienced an impressive boost in smartphone usage: with KSA market growing from 54.6% to 60% penetration rate, as well as Egypt and Jordan closing up the ranks with up to 50% smartphone penetration rate. Interestingly, over 20% of mobile users in UAE and KSA also own personal tablets, while only 5% of cellular owners have tablets in Jordan.
-        Additionally, more than 90% of smartphone users in the Middle East notice mobile advertising, while surfing the mobile web. Mobile users in Egypt are also among the heaviest social networkers in the world with 91% of smartphone owners doing this, while 48% of smartphone users in the UAE call a business after a local smartphone search.
-        Smartphone applications annual revenue in 2011 totaled over 43 million USD in KSA, UAE and Jordan combined, and expecting to reach over 200 million USD by the year 2015. Arabic language applications are also on the rise, with over 46% of mobile users in Saudi Arabia market preferring Arabic, while browsing their smartphone.


How long do you think you can withstand the sensation to get a mobile application?
Do you want your business deprived from the future?
At Comelite IT Solutions we have 2 different Strategies:
1)      We contract major corporations around the world, especially in the Middle East, and accept all kinds of orders. Whether it might be website developing, web design, install and run complete management systems or what matters most: mobile application developing.

2)      Based on our motto “An App for Everyone”, we offer for smaller businesses a special package with a specific list of menu and services as the following:

v  Instant Apps and web building software
v  Access to company catalogs via PDF reader or browser
v  Photo Gallery
v  Distributes
v  Offline Access
v  Contact Us page
v  Product details list
v  News Page
v  Google maps


Through a catalog, you will have the option to choose from a variety of prepared design samples. After determining the pages and features, you can contact us and get your mobile app designed by our professionals and published on Google Play as well as Apple Store.
For just 500 bucks you can get your own app in order to establish your own network with suppliers, employees and customers. This solution is for those who want to prove the taste of being “on app” and making profits by handling everything with just some few finger tips. Welcome aboard!

What’s more: we can also offer additional features such as push notifications, video files etc. Contact us at info@comelite.net for more info!


An App for Everyone, an App for Every Company


 Based on our motto “An App for Everyone”, we offer for smaller businesses a special package with a specific list of menu and services as the following:

             Instant Apps and web building software
             Access to company catalogs via PDF
reader or browser
             Photo Gallery
             Distributes
             Offline Access
             Contact Us page
             Product details list
             News Page
             Google maps

Through a catalog, you will have the option to choose from a variety of prepared design samples. After determining the pages and features, you can contact us and get your mobile app designed by our professionals and published on Google Play as well as Apple Store.
For just 500 bucks you can get your own app in order to establish your own network with suppliers, employees and customers. This solution is for those who want to prove the taste of being “on app” and making profits by handling everything with just some few finger tips. Welcome aboard!

What’s more: we can also offer additional features such as push notifications, video files etc. Contact us at info@comelite.net for more info!



Monday, 1 June 2015

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Get a Special Restaurant App: a Table Top Digital Menu

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