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A Magical New Way To Test Your Apps on Real Devices

September 29, 2017

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Apps are the ‘new thing’. We are living in an era, where, you click on your mobile screen for your evening cup of ‘cuppa’. With the advent of technology and internet, mobile phones and services are getting personalized like never before! And to compliance these services, numerous number of apps are appearing everyday to suit different platforms. Among the apps, the demand for consumer apps is the highest, but various enterprise applications are also evolving to support various businesses. Due to the ever-growing demand for mobile apps, app makers and developers are shifting their focus towards creating strategies and roadmap before launching their applications. It is easier to launch an app with features and functionality required by a particular service, but it is pretty critical to have a rigorous and a flawless mobile testing plan before the deployment.

“70% of Apps get deleted by the users within a couple of minutes of their installation”

Testing is a crucial step, where developers can ensure the quality of the app they are going to release. No one wants to release an app full of bugs, or which allows a lot of pop-ups. A faulty GUI, or a confusing UX, can be the reasons for the sad demise of your app before it creates its own space in the app market. That’s why mastering the art of mobile app testing has become the primary objective for any developer to sustain in the market.

Mobile App testing throws many new kinds of challenges

  • There are numbers of real devices available in the market and for which developers have to go through large numbers of tests
  • There are frequent changes in mobile apps. It has become difficult to keep pace with the changes.
  • Availability of the right Mobile App Infrastructure, the right device matrix and the right tool set is a very selective process!
  • Simulating or reproducing bugs reported by users are extremely difficult as they are mostly related to a specific device.. Bugs are always progressive in nature. And that’s why the cost of development increases significantly.

Current ApproachThe typical testing approach involves use of simulators/emulators with a combination of internal mobile lab (selected set of devices). These approaches don’t provide full testing coverage. Bugs are found when an app is launched in the market. It leads to overall high cost of quality. Organizations have started to look at Automation to reduce cycle time and increase test coverage. But, without a proper Mobile lab infrastructure, it doesn’t yield good result.

Solution: Future is we cloud

Why is cloud based Mobile App Testing the way to go?

  • Produces better quality apps by testing on the widest possible variety of devices available, while reducing capital budgets.
  • The Cloud offers a ready infrastructure for Automation runs, which results an Increase in test coverage.
  • Quickly reproduce bugs reported from the market.
  • It allows easy collaboration between various teams.
  • Boosts the Agile development process by allowing easy integration within a continuous process.
  • It saves cost as the same lab can be accessed by geographically distributed teams.
  • The cloud lets you access devices which have been stopped in the market. For example, there are still many users in India use the old Android versions like 2.3 on phone, like Samsung Galaxy Star Duos.

Conclusion:
Effective use of the cloud can shorten cycle times, improve app quality, and reduce capital budgets by bringing order to the chaos of mobile app development and testing.

How Church Management Software Helps in Growing a Community


Usually one would not think of church management software as a primary tool to expand the community. When you want to have a large community in the congregation a properly planned process is needed that can be executed well with the help of software.

For growing the church community you would require three things-

1. Developing a relational community
2. Constant communication between the administrative members, volunteers and leaders
3. Events for fundraising, festivals and important announcements

Let’s take a look how church software helps you in expanding the community –

1. Unification Through Constant Communication

At times the communication process is interrupted, people do not know about what is currently going on in the church and may even believe false information.

Using church software you can eliminate all the feuds that occur due to bewilderments when the people are not informed about the current scenario of the church. Most of the ChMs contain a calendar through which you can share the events, services, gala etc. commencing in the church. The chat system, bulk emailing facility and forum are effective in creating an understanding between the individuals working in the church.

2. Engage and Empower the Volunteers

One of the vital ingredients of growing a community is to empower the volunteers to multiply the ministry’s impact. If you are not using a strategy for engaging the volunteers, the number of volunteers joining and leaving the church will not have a major difference.

Sometimes the leaders feel contented when an old volunteer is replaced by a new one because they get better service. With such perspective the church community can never grow.

Through the church system you can engage the existing volunteers and also persuade the new ones.

3. Help the Donors in Financial Reports

Most of the people who join your community and donate to the church would be pleased to have a quarterly statement and a yearly receipt for filing their tax return. Using a ChMs you can send the donors their donation receipts and even generate a report of yearly donations. Some software even allow you to attach the details in the form of PDF and Excel files. This is an innovative way of saving papers (used in envelopes and stamps) and the time.

4. Processing Personalised Emails

Bulk emailing sounds good to the members you interact everyday but a person who is being invited in an event or a new member receiving a mail for the first time would appreciate if they are addressed by name. Most of the ChMs have the options that allow you to include the name of the person and subject. Also, sometimes the software lets you select a specific group which results in sending mail to the intended people only. For example – For a children’s day celebration only the families having kids will be approached.

You can manage the text in your mails on the basis of some criteria. If it is an email inviting people for an event, you can design two formats –

  • One which contains just a synopsis of what will happen. This will be sent to people who have already attended a similar event in the church.
  • Another format having in-depth details of every element of the event for the newcomers.

If the event is age specific you can customise the email according to the age of the person receiving it. The attachments such as posters, pdfs, documents etc. should be included only for those people who would really like to read them.

Every church has its own ways of growing their community but with the church management software, you not only engage more people but also maintain a deep connection with them.