Mobile Strategy & Development

When thinking about mobile applications, Executives are faced with an ever changing gauntlet of mobile development options. With experience in native iOS, Android, hybrid (PhoneGap), and HTML5, we can help you select and implement the right technology.

Ion Three works closely with project owners and technical teams to establish mobile strategies, then plan, design, develop and support custom applications.   We make sure each mobile solution is intelligent, user friendly, scale-able and includes full integration with existing platforms and applications.  Our team has expertise and experience in delivering industry leading user experience, performance, management and support.

Industries

Healthcare

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Ion Three provides mobility solutions for hospitals, medical device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies. With decades of success in healthcare IT, Ion Three supports clinical trials, medical device manufacturers, health plans, labs and clinics.

Supply Chain

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Logistics and supply chain mobility solutions include custom Warehouse Management Systems, distribution and fleet Management applications, as well as tools for monitoring performance, streamlining fulfillment processes, and increasing efficiency.  Connected vehicles, sensors, and load tracking applications can generate an immediate ROI.

IOT (Internet of Things)

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Provide exceptional user experiences and access real-time data.  The Internet of Things presents the opportunity to connect, engage and analyze in real time.  IOT solutions include sensors for production and warehouse management, wearables, healthcare, connected vehicles, connected homes, appliances, and retail solutions.

Education


Ion Three develops cross-platform apps for Publishers, School Districts, Universities and companies to provide publications,  interactive media and notifications. Custom Apps allow users to easily update reference materials, conduct evaluations, track progress and manage employee on-boarding, production, compliance and real-time support.

Banking

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Provide managers and customers with secure access to view, analyze and take action on all accounts.  Ion Three provides integration and real-time mobility solutions for financial institutions both large and small.   

Media

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Create dynamic cross-platform experiences and turn passive viewers into active community members and customers. Collect, user/viewer data in real-time.  Mobility solutions for program management, live streaming, interactive customer experiences, Augmented Reality, games, and real time data reporting.

Utilities & Services

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Give customers and employees the tools to monitor, control and analyze every aspect of their usage and maintenance requests. Build powerful tools for field agents to increase efficiency and eliminate miscommunication, while giving customers the power to access account information and support in real-time along with helpful tips.

Hospitality

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 Manage operations and track data in real-time.  Mobile solutions offer the intelligence and scale-ability to transform the customer experience while to collecting data from your systems, sensors, and ”smart” connected devices. Mobile solutions for resorts, casinos and tourism offer cost-effective ways to establish a powerful competitive advantages.

 

Technologies

There is an ever increasing onslaught of ways to build a mobile app and the environment is constantly changing.  These technologies can be broken down into four categories:

HTML5

A responsive view of your existing application that scales the design and functionality to suit the device. If built correctly, the same system can meet the needs desktop, tablet, and phone users. Some of the many responsive frameworks include: Twitter Bootstrap, Foundation, and jQuery Mobile.

Hybrid - HTML5

Hybrid-HTML5 apps consist of a wrapper that embeds HTML, CSS, and Javascript into a native app that has limited access to device hardware such as the camera, addressbook, and accelerometer. Since you are building your app using commodity technologies such as HTML and Javascript, you can use existing web developers to support your mobile app. While this technology allows you to code once for multiple platforms, it does have limitations when it comes to speed and performance. Hybrid apps typically use Phonegap/Cordova to package the HTML5 along with an HTML5 framework such as jQuery Mobile or Sencha touch to provide the native look and feel.

Hybrid - Native

Hybrid-Native apps allow developers to build in a common language such as .Net or Javascript. Using the common language as a set of instructions they compile a complete native app. Hybrid-Native apps have a steeper learning curve than HTML5 apps, but they allow developers to target multiple devices with a native look and feel. Some examples include: Appcelerator and Xamarin.

Native

Building an application using native libraries on the device. Objective-C for iOS and Java for Android. Native applications have the highest learning curve, but offer complete access to the device functionality along with the best user experience. In order to code for multiple devices, the code will need to be re-built using the programming language for that device. However, native applications are the only solution for certain business requirements.

 

Hybrid vs. Native?  (Try our Assessment tool to see which is best for you.)

Depending on who you ask, the question of ‘Hybrid vs. Native’ may spark a minor religious debate.  However, we don’t believe that any one is the ideal choice for everything.

graph (3)In general we feel that HTML5 and Hybrid applications are easier to build and allow you to build for more than one platform, but they have a limited user experience and access to the device hardware.

Native frameworks are more expensive to build, but offer the ideal user experience.

With experience in each of these technologies, we know that your individual requirements should determine which technology is used. We can help you make this critical decision.

 

These are some of the questions we can help answer:

“You’ve just realized that you need a mobile application, now what?” 

“Do I really need an app, or will a mobile website accomplish the same goal?“

“I need to make sure that my Intranet application can be used from a mobile device.  What is the best way to support the tablets my employees are bringing?”

“I need to support Apple and Android, but can’t hire a teams to support both platforms, will a Hybrid or Phonegap application work?”

“How do mobile applications fit into my long-term strategy?”