Chapter Meeting: "How App Usability, Functionality, and Analysis are Changing with Mobile" - WELLESLEY, MA


April 10, 2014
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Sun Life Learning Center, Wellesley MA
112 Worcester St, Bldg. 4 (Learning Center)
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

IIBA-GBC April 2014 Meeting

  "How App Usability, Functionality, and Analysis are Changing with Mobile"

Speaker: Dan Hermes, Lexicon System 


Now we’re building apps for Android, iOS, Windows phone, and mobile web but is requirements gathering really any different? This talk will cover mobile mock-ups, usability, and important differences between PC web browser and mobile application analysis.  Many of the fundamental concepts remain the same, so how do we leverage what we know?  Wireframing certainly won’t go away but mobile UI patterns change our approach.  A touchscreen isn’t a mouse at all.  Instead of drag and click we have tap, swipe, pinch, press, and rotate.  What about offline use?  With mobile it’s standard practice.  Learn how apps should work even when the connection is down.  Desktop PCs don’t move around like mobile phones do – so location services are a key difference: GPS, cell triangulation, to the newest location technique: iBeacons.  Enterprise apps are now a family of apps: web, mobile web, and mobile native, for as many as 4+ platforms!  Some are HTML5 and some are native.  What are the differences and how do we approach these differently from an analysis standpoint?  Lastly, what technologies are available to develop all these apps and when should we use what? 

We’ll address these topics from the standpoint of mobile application analysis: 

  • wireframing
  • user interfaces
  • offline use
  • location
  • HTML5 vs. native apps
  • Technology options 

About the Speaker 

Dan Hermes is a sought-after speaker and advisor to dozens of software-building or­ganizations, including Fidelity Investments, EDS, Blue Cross Blue Shield, TJX, and Computerworld Magazine. Specializing in mobile development and strategy, Mr. Hermes has over twenty-five years experience as a software consultant, .NET architect, and developer. He has taught software architecture and development at Northeastern University and Microsoft User Groups, and Microsoft Certification classes at corporate training facilities. A thought leader and innovator in several fields, Mr. Hermes is also active in the arts. His music compositions have aired on NPR. He has taught his music curriculum at Boston Conservatory. His audiovisual artwork has exhibited internation­ally. Cited on Forbes and Reuters, Mr. Hermes has written articles pub­lished by Media-N and MIT Press. Mr. Hermes is certified by the National Speakers Association New England (NSANE). He has served on the board of the Institute of Management Consultants New England Chapter and is currently director of Art Technology New England (ATNE). He is founder and principal of his consulting firm, Lexicon Systems, providing Microsoft .NET and Xamarin mobile development strategy nationwide. 

His book, Agile Development in .NET, hit the shelves in March of 2014.


Dan’s blog is

He can be reached by email at


Meeting Location 

  • The Sun Life Learning Center is on the second floor of Building 4, the first building on the right
  • Parking is available to the right (just before) the building, or in front of the building
  • Check in with security at the front door
  • The Sun Life campus is located just off of I-95 (route 128) at exit 20 (Route 9)
  • From Route 9, use the 'jug handle' turn to enter Sun Life by turning right into the Harvard Pilgrim complex


5:30 - 6:30PM Registration, Networking and Pizza
6:30PM Chapter Announcements
6:45 - 7:45PM Feature Presentation
7:45 - 8:00PM  Questions and Wrap-Up



$0.00 Chapter Member

$15.00 Guest / Non-Member
$20.00 after 05:00 pm April 10


Link to Slides