In open-plan advertising offices, conference rooms, and design firms everywhere, employees are being encouraged to gather together and reach inside their noggins to pull out the most original and creative ideas for good brainstorming sessions.
Turns out, decades of psychology research have shown that traditional brainstorming may not be the best way to innovate. On the contrary, collaborating in such ways yields less quality ideas than working in solitude and later meeting to share. Find out the effectiveness of brainstorming in this infographic created with Mavenlink.
Individual mobile users aren’t the only ones browsing virtual app stores. Turns out, American small-business owners are embracing mobile apps in hopes of making their small-scale ventures more efficient. With countless service apps and quick-solution apps at their fingertips, small businesses are gaining the competitive edge by going mobile. But are those app downloads worth the megabytes? We take a look at the latest survey by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) in this infographic.
The popularity of tablets cannot be denied. Our infographic compares Apple’s three tablet offerings: the original iPad, the iPad 2, and the New iPad. Find out more about the typical iPad and tablet user, and which one is right for you. Also interesting are the amazing initial figures from sales of the New iPad.
Apps are in. There’s no denying it. Seems everyone these days has a great idea for a mobile app: apps to find food, apps to find rides, apps to find more apps. The list goes on.
But just how do you become an app developer anyway? As with so many paths to success, there’s no one rote way. But there are some common, helpful and progressive steps to turn your great kernel of an idea into reality, or land you a gig with that hot startup you’ve had your eye on.
A degree in computer science or software engineering is a very strong foundation. Alternatively, there are specialized courses you can take that are geared toward mobile app development specifically. Getting certified in different aspects of development will only make your case stronger to employers looking to hire. But the best way of all to prove you can build something great? Build something great!
To do that, you’ll need a well-rounded skillset, including UI design, familiarity with a range of programming languages, backend computing knowledge and — this one’s very important — some savvy business knowledge. Once you meet your goal, though, the hard work should literally pay off; the average annual salary for employed app developers in 2011 was nearly $90,000, according to one survey. And by 2016, the total revenue from consumer mobile apps is expected to top $50 billion, according to some estimates.
The online education portal Schools.com recently surveyed the app landscape, and pulled information from a variety of sources around the web to put together the infographic below, which serves as a primer for aspiring developers. Check it out for the fuller picture, then let us know in the comments: Does this information ring true to you?