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Ideas to App Store – Get it right 1st time

One story that I frequently hear from our customers is that they have had some problems getting their ideas quickly and efficiently turned into new applications or services. Oftentimes they have had a previous attempt at building the application, only to give up on the project part way through.

It is gratifying that they come to us to try to resolve these issues but there are some simple steps that you can take in order to improve your chances of a good development cycle the first time.


I’ll show the 5 steps that I believe can be used to best nurture your ideas and give you the best possible chance of ending up with a useful, market pleasing and hopefully, money earning app at the lowest risk.

The whole process looks like the diagram below, created by the guys at SkoreApp, which you can see in more detail at this link

The process defined as a workflow using SkoreApp

The idea to app process recorded in SkoreApp

1. Think

An ape looking very thoughtful in a zoo.

How often do you think deeply about your ideas?

It’s really important to eke out a little time for thinking during your day. A little time out from the grind can often help you to de-stress, to remember why you work so hard. Often you will subconsciously enhance your idea without concentrating on it.

It helps to find tools to help you to record your valuable thoughts. I use a combination of Trello and Evernote to capture notes, speech and scans of everything that I think might be useful later.

Once you have had some ideas and recorded them then you can approach the first checkpoint in our 5 step plan.

Can I coherently and concisely talk to other people for a couple of minutes about my idea?

If the answer is yes and you can talk about simple things like “Who is going to benefit from my idea?” or “How will my idea pay for itself?” then you are ready to move to step 2.

2. Workshop

This doesn’t have to be a formal workshop session with paid consultants picking apart your ideas. You can start with a simple conversation with your family, friends and business associates about your great ideas. The key is to get your thoughts in front of a diverse group of people so that you can hear various different user groups talk about how they might use your idea, product or service.

An innovation workshop

It can however be highly cost effective to get the thoughts of experienced people at this early stage. It may be that by spending a little money now, you save yourself a whole lot of money and pain at a later date. They may also be able to suggest ways to optimise your eventual development process and reduce the costs that you are likely to incur along the way. A good workshop should tease out those nuggets that show there is valuable competitive advantage in your idea.

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Innovation Workshops with our CTO Chris Cooper

Innovation workshops from KnowNow


Does your business see innovation as the way to keep one step ahead of your competitors? Could you use an expert to quickly get you up to speed in the world of Big Data, the Internet of Things or Industry 4.0?

“KnowNow is one of just a few companies at the forefront of dealing with data in a manner that is suitable to the IoT” – Clive Longbottom, ComputerWeekly.com July 2015.

We are offering qualifying organisations the opportunity to engage us for a half day innovation workshop to help uncover new business value in your existing data and find out where connecting your assets will create new sources of valuable information.

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Bluemix: Poacher turned Gamekeeper

This month has seen a momentous occasion in the early history of KnowNow Information. We have received our first invoice from our former employers at IBM.

IBM invoice for Bluemix use

First invoice from IBM for use of Bluemix

We use IBM’s Bluemix to create our customer’s applications. It enables us to quickly deploy our code in conjunction with services provided by the platform. As an example, if we create the web front end and server PHP then we can set this up against one of the available runtimes whilst using services such as the Rules Designer to process the data in a RESTful way.

KnowNow Information became an IBM Business Partner earlier in the year. The intention was always to resell the technologies from IBM that we ourselves used in deploying customer solutions. It is Bluemix that has been used in all of our customer’s systems so far and our Beta usage was converted into billable usage in late summer.

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