At CAF we work closely with clients to shape their requirements in the mobile app space. We draw on our teams’ extensive experience of the app market and best practice examples often help us in our shaping discussions...
I took my summer break back in July this year. One of the reasons is that, unlike the majority, I love London during August.
Far from being a hot and overcrowded city, it’s a joy to do business here in the summer months. This year it’s been surprisingly easy to get around the City (despite the dire warnings of PT disruption), and I’ve been amazed at the urgency to get projects moving, ready for a September kick off. When I swipe back through my calendar of the past few weeks what strikes me is the sheer variety of businesses with digital challenges that engage with Chelsea Apps Factory. It’s all made for a very busy month…
The UK is facing serious technical skills shortages. According to the British Chamber of Commerce’s paper published in February 2017, three in four businesses now have a digital skills shortage amongst their employees.
The survey carried out amongst 1400 UK businesses also revealed that 84% of companies saw digital and IT skills as more important to their enterprise now than they were two years ago. For 21% of these companies the shortage was ‘significant’ and for 3% it was ‘critical’.
I have the pleasure of having worked in technology for at least three hundred years.
Some pretty exciting technologies with which to play have appeared on the horizon during my odyssey. From the Mosaic web browser and HTML version 1 hits of the early nineties, through some interesting search-engine software that used web services before they were called "web services", Java, .Net, LAMP and MEAN, to today's cross-platform presentation technologies Xamarin and React, the commoditisation via simple APIs of cognitive services such as machine learning and artificial intelligence ... to name but a few and do an injustice to many by omitting them.
The architecture of software applications has evolved radically in the last 15 years. From purchasing expensive hardware for every application that a business runs, costing tens of thousands of pounds, to running virtual machines on a hypervisor, like VMWare.
Today we have cloud platforms, including AWS from Amazon, Microsoft Azure and, more recently, Google Cloud. The cost of hosting and running applications and services in the Cloud is much lower than previous options. However this is not the only reason you should be thinking about using it.
In the seven years since Chelsea Apps Factory set up shop, mobile has transformed our lives, bringing with it new ways of working, playing, shopping and connecting. For the travel sector, mobile is ubiquitous, with consumers quoting their mobile device as their top travel accessory (75%) ahead of a loved one (38%) or their laptop or tablet (28%) (source Booking.com, 2016). It is no surprise, therefore, to learn that mobile tops the list of technology roll outs for hotel and travel operators in 2017.
We all know that online retailers such as Amazon have put traditional “bricks & mortar” retailers under tremendous price pressure. They’ve made it much easier for consumers to find and compare product prices across a wide range of brands, consult user reviews and complete a purchase with just a few clicks.. oh, and did we mention free delivery?!
As a book lover myself, I’m always curious about the titles lying around my colleagues’ desks when I walk around the office. Buried beneath the ubiquitous volumes about Lean, Agile or Scrum, I spotted some hidden gems that I wanted to learn more about.
In an attempt to map out the reading habits of CAF’s employees, I asked ten of my colleagues to tell me which of their recent reads had left a mark. The selection that follows, is as diverse and multidisciplinary as our teams.
In the wake of last week’s cyber attacks that targeted the UK’s NHS, as well as affecting over 100 other countries, IT security concerns have, once again, gone mainstream.
Not since the attacks on Three Mobile and Tesco Bank (which resulted in the loss of millions of pounds and large chunks of personal data) have there been such loud mutterings about Ransomware, cyber crime, bitcoins and SMB file transfers amongst the general public.
Pre-election this cannot be considered to be a ‘good thing’.
The fast pace of work and life is a given. We are all told that anything is possible if we push ourselves to work hard, achieve more, keep the pressure on, break that glass ceiling. But sometimes the fall-out of our can-do work attitude is something quite different. A feeling of can’t-do and won’t. This is burnout.
We are now well into 2017 and we thought we would take stock of the state of the Mobile Economy, which we define as the sum of all socioeconomic impacts mobile communications and services have on consumers, businesses and nations. Our research shows that the Mobile Economy is thriving and will continue to grow.
In 2010 when we started the Chelsea Apps Factory we had no idea what or how an apps company should be. All you could be was an IOS developer and there was only one platform, so we started hiring developers for it.
At that stage we had to dream up the solution, design the app and then build, develop and launch the app to consumers. Our first ever project was an app for CNBC to use during the 2010 World Economic Summit which took place in Davos, taking live feeds of the news connecting delegates.
By 2011 things got more interesting:
After seven successful years of growth, Chelsea Apps Factory has started a new chapter in its history by moving the London HQ from Fulham to Farringdon.
Whilst SW London will always remain our spiritual home we are excited to start this next phase of growth - and our new premises provide the flexibility to deliver more projects for our clients, grow our teams and attract the best talent on the market.
Situated above the iconic Smithfield market the space is not faceless and corporate but full of quirky character, in keeping with our company. Most importantly it’s light and airy with room for everyone on one floor. Great for collaboration and team communication.
Why not drop in for a cup of tea if you’re passing and we’ll give you the grand tour?
Our new address:
10 Lindsey Street,
London, EC1A 9HP
+44 20 3141 9800
Last month we ran our 2016 Hackathon. Promising fantastic prizes, crazy ideas and of course, a ridiculous lack of sleep all round. Here are the highlights of this insanity.