Likelihood to Recommend
Apache Cordova is well-suited for enterprise applications that need the ability to talk to a wide variety of platforms. Using Cordova you can scale mobile applications quickly into full-featured applications easily. Adobe provides extensive support so any major issue is surely able to be investigated through forums or user groups.
It depends on who you are. If you are very small it won't be worth the money. If you have a very cranky site with nested tables coming out of every orifice, maybe you should look at a replatform or desktop rewrite first. If you have a site with vast numbers of custom content pages, it will work but may not be cost effective. Moovweb is well suited to you if you need the ability to control mobile experiences and respond to changes in mobile and the demands of mobile aware executives who want to move more quickly than your current IT processes allow. It is well suited if you need something quickly but also want the option to bring mobile development and support in-house some time in the next year or two (which you should). It is well suited if your desire to improve a responsive experience has been thwarted by internal fears over the impact that it might have on desktop. It is well suited if you want to experiment on mobile but do more than just change the color of a button or make a font larger. It's very good at letting a UX team try things out and see what real customers do.
- Excellent UI team for mobile friendly designs
- More robust technology that allows for desktop changes to flow naturally through to M&T with minimal updates
- Strong partnership and commitment for keeping the business' and customers' needs as the top priority
- It is not completely automatic since if you write individual style information for each platform objective, you can not make Córdova automatically apply the transormation at compile time; you have to change the linked style manually.
- The support is deficient in general.
- Configuration and use can be complicated as it requires the use of the command line.
- They have built a scripting language, Tritium, that is a useful tool, but hasn't really caught fire among developers. It's easy to understand and use (very jquery like) and it's good for what it does. But I think some teams get confused and think that it's a whole new programming language to learn. I don't know whether it delivers enough value.
- I'd like to see them push an entry level package so they can be accessible to a broader range of ecommerce players, particularly smaller retailers.
Likelihood to Renew
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Personally as a Mobile Architect I am a huge proponent of building mobile-first responsive websites. I will always fight for a lobby for businesses to build sites with all devices in mind and not focus their attention on desktop driven sites which are then adaptively scaled to meet the demands of the business, in my opinion leading to a never ending cycle of building separate media queries to compensate for every device the business chooses to market to
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Good set of customer success people combined with the flexibility to use high-quality onshore partners if workload increases at busy times. I think Moovweb's support efforts are pretty solid.
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- Don't spend weeks in design. Because of the way the technology works nuances of design can change very quickly further down the line. We have changed the look of the product list for a client a week before launch.
- Push for getting the project into UAT within four weeks of the kickoff of the project. There are few retailer projects that need to take more than that. In my experience the more concentrated the timeline the more effective the implementation.
- Check that there are no major changes planned on desktop during the time of your implementation (another reason to keep the development to four weeks).
- If you have custom mobile content requirements, get them to your implementer at the start. Moovweb is great at heavy-lifting existing content, but your implementer will need to recommend solutions for custom content that will need to be tested. Get these requirements out at the start.
- Make a list of your desktop plugins. Moovweb can handle them all, but they can be handled in different ways
- If you have Paypal/Google Wallet and want it on mobile as part of your project, talk about that early on.
Mobify: Another open technology, very solid, technically well thought out. Essentially it takes the same approach as Moovweb to utilizing desktop content, but it shifts the transformation burden to the device. That has the advantage of allowing a single URL (though Moovweb has worked with the Akamai's of this world to solve that too I think). But it does mean that there is a heavier burden on a device whose capabilities are not necessarily known in advance. Moovweb uses the cloud to do the heavy lifting and sends a lower load to the device. We have considered working with them as a partner at some point and wouldn't rule it out. Usablenet, Branding Brand, Skava etc. Though they are usually in the same conversations when it comes to mobile the key question to ask is whether you can ever take over your own site if you are unhappy with their services, and the answer is that you can;t. That would keep me away from them. Usablenet's reputation is for cheap upfronts and then a stream of SoWs and Change Orders every time you want to do anything. Branding Brand has an awesome customer base but if you;re not going to be one of their top 5 clients, they tend to struggle to support you. My team has worked with ex-customers of both Usablenet and Branding Brand and transitioned them to Moovweb and they are happy with the switch.
Return on Investment
- Very economic for ROI purposes
- Scalable for code reusability down the road
- Convertible, easily switch platforms if Apache Cordova doesn't suit your needs
- Moovweb has shown higher conversion rates and better click through rates on our converted web sites.
- A better UI/UX for our users has shown and increase in sales and a decrease in the visitor bounce rate.
- Our users were generally happier to use our site once they were able to view the mobile experience. Desktop sites can be so cluttered on mobile phones.
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