Microsoft Acquires Sensei Task Master App developed by Evon Technologies

Sensei Project Solutions approached Evon Technologies, a web and mobile app development company, in May 2013 with an idea of a mobility task management app for Android, iPhone and Windows mobile platforms. The idea behind the mobile app was to allow project team members to update tasks and get access to timesheets on the go from Microsoft Project Server’s Project Web App (PWA).

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The client wanted the app to support both Microsoft Project Server and Microsoft Project Online.

The client shared with Evon details of an app that was already developed for Office called the “Sensei Project Dashboard”. The application ran within Microsoft Project Professional 2013 and worked on the SenseiDev2013 environment that was being used for the Time Reporting app. This app used HTML5 and C# code and had implications for the new mobile app. The code had significant importance to draw an outline of the business logic that the client needed in the new app for Android Phones, iPhones and Windows 8  Phones.

The app’s idea was very exciting for Evon as it was going to be the first app to support Project Online to both view and update tasks on the three most famous mobile platforms, as we know them – iOS, Android and Windows.

Challenges

The Evon app development team had to cope with some challenges too while developing the app. First was to develop features for iPhones and Android phones capable of working with  Microsoft Project Online and Microsoft Project Server. Another big challenge was to support Project Online due to authorization issue and scarce documentation… Read Full blog at- Microsoft Acquires Sensei Task Master App developed by Evon Technologies

Lean Start-up – Lean Product Development for Start-Ups

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Most Technology Start-ups take the following conventional approach in their endeavour to start a successful business :

– prepare an elaborate business plan

– pitch it to investors

– build a team

– develop and introduce a product

– sell the product

Research shows that 3 out of 4 start-ups end up failing in their endeavour somewhere along this path. In most cases, further the stage of the failure from the point of inception, higher is the cost of failure.

 The alternative Lean approach for Product Development by Start-ups is essentially based on the following philosophy :

 – build a ‘minimum viable product’ based on continuous ‘customer development’

In the Lean Start-up model the founders do not begin with a business plan, instead they begin with the search for a business model. In this approach, multiple quick iterations of experimentation and feedback are conducted which result in a business model that is executable.

This will typically follow the following sequence :

– Translate idea into business model hypothesis.

– interact with one or more customers to test the hypothesis and validate the assumptions about the customer needs.

– create a ‘minimum viable product’ to fulfill a customer need

– let your customers try out the product and get feedback

– based on the customer feedback develop the next iteration of the ‘minimum viable product’

 Business Model Hypothesis :

Founders are expected to briefly describe the hypothesis in a framework called Business Model Canvas. This involves listing out how the company will create value for itself and for its customers in the Business Model Canvas (shown below) provided by Business Model Generation…Read full blog at – Lean Start-up – Lean Product Development for Start-Ups

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