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Outlook Add-Ins

By Nick McKenna | 7th January 2019
Outlook Plug-In

If your users spend a lot of time in Microsoft Office (specifically Outlook) then you should consider augmenting your software with an Outlook Add-In. There are a few different forms of the Outlook Add-In, but the one I am going to discuss today is the … more

Progressive Web Apps Part 4: Variable Connectivity

By Nick McKenna | 3rd January 2019
Poor Internet Connectivity

One reason to prefer building a native mobile App over a Progressive Web App has historically been that a mobile App can work (to some extent) without an Internet connection using cached data, whereas web sites only work whilst an Internet connection is present. Service … more

Progressive Web Apps Part 3: Engagement

By Nick McKenna | 2nd January 2019

Progressive Web Apps seek to improve engagement with your users using Push Notifications (just like the ones you get on your iOS or Android phone). For Progressive Web Apps this is achieved using two different technologies in combination: Push and Notifications. For the purposes of … more

Progressive Web Apps Part 2: Responsive And Progressive

By Nick McKenna | 1st January 2019
Progressive Enhancement And Responsiveness

In part 1 of our series on Progressive Web Apps, we discussed how a user might install your App on their device via either their web browser or the Microsoft Store. In part 2, we discuss the importance of responsiveness. Responsive Design Responsive design is … more

Progressive Web Apps Part 1: Installable

By Nick McKenna | 31st December 2018
How To Install A Progressive Web App

At the start of December, we ran a short article introducing you to Progressive Web Apps. In that article we discussed several common traits of Progressive Web Apps. In a series of articles, we are going to drill into this traits in more detail. Today … more

New Digital Transformation For Santa Claus At The North Pole

By Nick McKenna | 17th December 2018

Over the last fourteen years we’ve been involved in a lot of digital transformations for a huge variety of organisations, but even we were amazed back in early 2017 when Santa came to us for help! The Problem The population of the world is around … more

What Is A Progressive Web App?

By Nick McKenna | 5th December 2018

If you are interested in having a progressive web app developed by McKenna Consultants, please fill in the contact form at the bottom of this page and see our page on Web Development. So What Is A Progressive Web App? A progressive web app is … more

Friday Flash! 30th November 2018

By Nick McKenna | 30th November 2018

It’s been a while, but we’re starting up our Friday Flash again! This is where we keep you guys up to date with everything that’s been going on around here. JR Ewing First off, we’re spending a lot of time out in Dallas. If you … more

Are You Drowning In Spreadsheets? Do You Have An Unwieldy ERP System?

By Nick McKenna | 29th November 2018

We start off with the best of intentions. We’re going to manage this new service / product / project using a simple spreadsheet. It won’t be complicated. We’re going to put it on a shared drive so we can collaborate. But… Someone needs access offline. … more

Why Having A Disaster Recovery Plan Is A Failure

By Nick McKenna | 29th November 2018

I was asked to fill in a supplier questionnaire recently. One of the questions was “Does your organisation have a disaster recovery plan?”. The answer to this for us is “yes”. It’s four lines long and you can find it on Confluence. This is a … more