What does Lateral do (and what does Lateral not do)?

 

We get asked this question a lot and with something like custom software development, it can be difficult to explain because there is a fairly intangible component to what we do. No project is the same as we work with our clients to deliver individual solutions for them.

Plugging the gap

Bespoke software solutions can have the shape  you want, specified to your needs

However the missing puzzle piece looks like, Lateral can build a tailor-made software solution to fill the exact gap

If you can’t find a software solution “off the shelf” (referring to an existing product), we can build a bespoke software solution tailored to your needs. There’s lots of software out there for common needs, i.e. Microsoft Word for word processing, accounting packages, etc. If your organisation is quite complex or has something unique that sets you apart from all the others for whom the standard software has been predominantly created, then it may not be possible to get a ready-made solution.

That’s where we can help; we work with you to understand your challenges and build a custom solution tailored for you. Like a missing puzzle piece that is exactly the right fit for your business, giving you a competitive advantage. Make the software work for you, not the other way around.

Connecting it all together

Integrating parts of systems to one working solution

Lateral specialises in software integration – connecting seperate systems into one

The other big thing is integration. In many corporate organisations there are various systems running in parallel, making the workflow difficult. Sometimes the components or parts of systems and devices already exist, but you need to connect it up in order to achieve a working solution.

That’s what we do, we work with you to understand your information flow and build integration so systems work together. The result is a smooth workflow.

 

What we don’t do

Recently we got asked the “What does Lateral do?” question at an event we ran on wearables and mobile technology for the health industry. So it was important to point out that we don’t manufacture or endorse any of the wearable devices nor have we developed an app that we market in our name – there is no “Lateral App”. What we do is taking existing components, such as wearable devices, the cloud and your clinical practice system and integrate them together with a solution that turns components into complete end-to-end solutions.

Fitbit Flex – an example of a wearable device that could be one component of a tailor-made software we can develop to your specific needs

Fitbit Flex – While we had this wearable device as our door prize for our last event “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”, we don’t sell them. It could be one existing component of a tailor-made software we can develop to your specific requirements.

We help customers to get quick wins, get solutions in place quickly and get a return on investment. One recent example is a workflow-improving mobile app we have built for a Perth-based Fertility Centre, eliminating paper and saving them 50% of their time. Read a case study about it. Another example is a unified diary, increasing internal transparency and productivity, see this case study.

At the same event there were also questions around more complex issues of patient information data exchange among medical practitioners. Again this raised another key aspect to the work we do. Unashamedly we avoid big problems. Why? Well there’s a lot more people and even the government working on these bigger scale problems, taking a great deal of discussion and time. In this particular context just take a look at the complexity and debate surrounding the PCEHR (Patient Controlled Electronic Health Record). We certainly don’t claim to solve those issues. Instead, we work at an operational level solving our client’s specific business problems.

 

If there is still anything unclear or you would like to discuss in more detail, just give us a call on 1300 585 355 or send us an email info@lateral.com.au.

 

 

How is the iPad app game series we have developed for PLD performing globally in the App Store?

 

In May, we had a look at the performance of PLD’s first ever iPad App in the Australian App Store. We were delighted to see that after four weeks of its release, it ranked number 6 in the category Word.

Meanwhile, Lateral has been assigned to develop four apps in total for PLD for their category “Learn to Read”. The fourth has been released to the App Store in early September.

The iPad app series Lateral has developed for PLD, helping teachers and parents teaching literacy to 3-11 year old children

The Reading  Games iPad app series Lateral has developed for PLD, helping teachers and parents teaching literacy to 3-11 year old children

What is PLD?

PLD, founded by the renowned Australian Speech Pathologist and Educator Diana Rigg, is the abbreviation for Promoting Literacy Development. The team at PLD provides teachers as well as parents with services and resources to enhance literacy learning outcomes for children between 3 and 11 years of age. Typical physical resources are activity cards, worksheets, posters and assessment sheets, used in the classroom and at home.

Diana had the idea for a series of paid iPad game apps as a digital addition to the traditionally used resources. It is no substitute, but complements the traditional materials as more and more children and teachers utilize iPads in their learning endeavour. Read more in this case study.

The apps are offered for AUD 4.99 each in Apple’s AppStore and $2.50 if bought in bulk through Apple’s Volume Purchasing Programme (VPP), specifically designed for Educational Organisations.

Why a series of four Reading Apps?

The Reading Apps are designed to assist teachers and parents with the instruction of early decoding.

The app series reflect PLD’s learning process, increasing in complexity; as reading is broken into four steps, four apps were needed for the following reading sub categories (see page 28 at PLD’s current catalogue):

a)     CVC – regular alphabetic decodable Consonant – Vowel – Consonant words (for example “hat”)

b)    CVC words which contain early phonic concepts – sh, ch, th, oo, ee and ck (for example “fish”)

c)    CCVC words (Consonant – Consonant  –  Vowel – Consonant) (for example “crab”) and CVCC words (Consonant – Vowel – Consonant  –  Consonant) (for example “hand”)

d)    Basic words containing the phonic concepts ar, or, er, ai, ay, all, oi, and oy (for example “spark”).

PLD chose the app’s names “PLD 2P Read 1a”, “PLD 2P Read 1b” and so on as

  • “PLD” reflects the brand name
  • “2P” stands for “two players”
  • “Read” addresses the category Reading (there are others such as Spelling)
  • the number/letter combination stands for the first app in the different reading decoding categories as explained above

We worked closely with PLD’s graphic designer who delivered the look and feel, while we covered the technical part to put the app idea into reality.

Meanwhile we have finished the development of the Reading App series for PLD, have released them to Apple’s App Store and had a look at their overall performance. This time, we not only had a look at the Australian App Store, but globally. Utilising App Annie as analysing tool, we figured out the highest ranks reached so far, concentrating on the Top 100:

PLD’s Reading App Performance in the category “Word” globally

This table shows the highest reached rankings for the PLD Reading Apps in the App Store in the category Word globally as of 05/11/14  as well as the app icons and one screenshot each inside the game

Highest reached rankings for the PLD Reading Apps in the App Store in the category Word globally as of 05/11/14

We can see

  • the PLD Reading Apps have not only reached high rankings in Australia and New Zealand, but also world-wide, especially in European countries; in Austria, the first Reading app (1a) was even number one shortly after its release
  • in Australia, the highest ranking so far is no. 3
  • the first Reading App (1a) has reached the highest rankings in five countries in Australasia under the Top Five
  • the second Reading App (1b) has also reached rankings under the Top Five (Australia and New Zealand), with an interesting number six in the United Arab Emirates
  • the subsequent two Reading Apps (1c, 1d) have scored two rankings in the Top Ten each in Ireland and Australia

Congratulations to the PLD team on this positive performance worldwide!

Have you used PLD’s Reading Apps? If so, please write reviews in the App Store  as reviews provided by people who actually have used the apps helps others to decide if they should download the iPad app.

In case you also want to have an app developed for your app idea, contact us and see how we can help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our mobile developer Tim who won the Australian Web Awards 2014!

logo australian web awards 2014 where Lateral's Tim Oliver won for his blog in the category Personal

Lateral's mobile developer Tim won the Australian Web Awards 2014 in the category “Personal” for his blog. Congratulations!

Lateral’s mobile developer Tim won the Australian Web Awards 2014 in the category “Personal” for his blog. Congratulations!

We are stoked about Tim being the State Winner for Western Australia of the Australian Web Awards! In the category “Personal”, his blog won. Last night, the awards ceremony was held at BankWest.

The Australian Web Industry Association holds a set of awards for multiple categories in every state.

The goal of the award (and the association itself) is to help foster a community of Australian web developers and help drive innovation in the creation of new Australian sites and services ranging from personal sites, government services, and general social media up to commercial client services.

Tim has been blogging since 2008, sharing insights in his personal as well as professional life such as development, tech, but also travel (did you know he used to live in Japan?) and his passion, games.

Just last week Tim returned from Melbourne where he was a speaker at /dev/world.

Well done Tim, keep up the good work!

Our Mobile Developer Tim presented at /dev/world in Melbourne this week

devworld logo

The /dev/world conference took place in Melbourne on 29/30th of September 2014

“/dev/world” is an annual national conference where software developers come together to explore the latest trends in Apple’s software development. It attracts people who have an interest in developing for Apple computers as well as mobile devices running iOS.

Over two days (29/30th September), 27 presentations were held. One of them was given by Lateral’s iOS specialist Tim.

Tim is one of Lateral’s qualified Apple specialists. As written before, we recently gained membership in the Apple Consultant Network ACN as WA’s first qualified organisation for Mobility Solutions and Mobility Deployment. Tim is also an active member of the Perth iOS developer group on Meetup.com.

While his colleagues of our Perth-based office along the rest of WA had a public holiday celebrating Queen’s Birthday, Tim attended the sold-out conference and shared his knowledge in Melbourne with other developers coming from all over Australia.

Lateral's Tim was one of /dev/world's speakerHe presented on “Graphics Optimisation on iOS” including techniques on writing code at the near hardware level to achieve incredibly smooth performance, something that needs to be taken into account for all app development. If app interfaces are not responsive (a prime example of this is when users physically rotate their devices), or when scrolling and suddenly it freezes, the code should be analysed for bottlenecks and subsequently improved upon.

Tim elaborated on how to identify these bottlenecks in the code and shared tips and tricks from his practical experience. The result of this sometimes tedious process which requires attention to detail, is a smooth, polished app that the users just like.

/dev/world, now in its seventh year, was valuable to Tim not only as a presenter, he also enjoyed learning from others at the conference about App Store trends, tips and techniques for prototyping and to mingle with other developers at a national level.

On a side note, Tim who has taught before at Perth’s ECU, was delighted to see that Melbourne’s RMIT University, where the conference was held, announced they want to put more emphasis on Macs and iOS in addition to their existing Windows equipment.

The next /dev/world will be held in 2015. It is open to everyone, but if you’re in the iOS or Mac developer community, this is definitely the conference to go to.

 

Lateral is WA’s first qualified organisation for Mobility Solutions and Mobility Deployment in the Apple Consultants Network (ACN)

Lateral is now member of the Apple Consultants Network (ACN)Lateral is now a member of the Apple Consultants Network.

This is great news for us after going through a fairly rigorous assessment with Apple.

Lateral is  qualified for both Mobility Solutions and Mobility Deployment in the ACN program. We are also very happy to be the only Western Australian organisation currently qualified for both categories. That means we can help you with developing iPhone and iPad Apps, Cloud Integration and Enterprise Mobility.

Why should I work with a member of the Apple Consultants Network?

The Apple Consultants Network comprises independent companies who offer a range of solutions and professional services based around Apple products. Every member of the Apple Consultants Network has met the strict requirements for inclusion in the program and must maintain comprehensive, up-to-date knowledge of Apple products and services, to ensure they continually provide the best possible solutions for their customers.

For more information on the Apple Consultants Network program, visit Apple Consultants Network

If you want to talk to a local Apple expert in Perth, just give us call on 1300 585 355 or send us an email info@lateral.com.au. We are happy to help.

Breakfast Event “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology” August 14th 2014

 

Lateral’s “Learn About” Series at Matilda Bay Restaurant for registered guests

Lateral’s “Learn About” Series at Matilda Bay Restaurant for registered guests

More than 50 people in the health industry accepted our public invitation for breakfast in our “Lateral Learn About” series. This time we were at the beautiful Matilda Bay Restaurant and the topic was wearable technology and mobile health, also referred to mHealth or Digital Health.

We teamed up with Amazon Web Services who covered the aspect of security, thanks to James Bromberger our guest speaker.

Mingling at Lateral's Breakfast Event "“Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

Mingling at Lateral’s Breakfast Event ““Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

Our Mobile Expert Richard started with a definition of mHealth; according to the WHO (World Health Organisation), it refers to “medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices,… and other wireless devices.”

Richard demonstrated live two tracking devices he had been using over the last weeks: The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor as well as the Withing Pulse O2, capturing his physiological parameters such as blood pressure, sleep, blood oxygen levels and heart rate. Both devices have companion apps as well as websites where users can follow their data over time, utilising a visual representation.

Lateral’s Mobile Expert Richard speaks at the “Learn About” series on “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

Lateral’s Mobile Expert Richard speaks at the “Learn About” series on “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

The demonstrations showed what is already available in the consumer market; asking throughout his talk “are you ready?”, Richard initiated a thought process; we are in a state of flux, where, a provider controlled environment is being displaced for a more consumer/patient driven one. These changes are pushing healthcare organisations to look beyond their accustomed world of physical infrastructure, paperwork & forms, and established administrative procedures.

He didn’t stop there; what if health care providers would use the patient’s data for a better patient outcome? Benefits would include

  • Improve One to One Communications
  • Drug & Diagnosis Information
  • More Complete Patient Data Records
  • More Efficient While Cutting Costs
  • Improve Clinical Decision Making

The answer could be a health care provider’s custom mobile app. Mobile apps are at the heart of the mHealth world. Apps will be the gateway for patients to receive personalized care through accessing drug & diagnosis information, appointment scheduling, virtual video e-visits, and one-to-one practitioner communication. mHealth’s possibilities are virtually limitless with the largest benefits of enabling patients to take an active role in monitoring their own health.

Richard continued with a live demonstration of a mobile app he built as part of a fictional practice management software system. The app integrated the data he tracked over time with an appointment setting functionality and a one-to-one communication capability just as an example of what functionalities mobiles apps can have.

Guests at Lateral’s Learn About series listening to “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

Guests at Lateral’s Learn About series listening to “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology”

 

 Our Guest Speaker James from Amazon Web Services on Security in the Cloud


Our Guest Speaker James from Amazon Web Services on Security in the Cloud

After a small break, James from Amazon Web Services (AWS) continued addressing a topic that is often a concern when it comes to personal health data: security in the cloud. He explained that the organisation using the cloud service retains ownership of the data and controls what level of encryption is used, where in the world the content is stored (Amazon Web Services has a facility in Sydney) and who holds the encryption keys. He explained the physical and logical environment and gave some examples of organisations using AWS’s services, including Emergency Medicine Business Intelligence

(EMBI) and the Salt Lake City Police.

In the following Q&A session, questions ranged from the quality of data collection and regulation approval. We also spoke about  Lateral’s offering of custom software solutions solving our client’s specific business problems on an operational level.

One recent example is a workflow-improving mobile app we have built for a Perth-based Fertility Centre, eliminating paper and saving them 50% of their time. Read a case study about it here. Another example is a unified diary, increasing internal transparency and productivity, see this case study.

Rebecca Newton takes the door prize home, a Fitbit Flex. Congratulations!

Rebecca Newton takes the door prize home, a Fitbit Flex. Congratulations!

Last but not least, the door prize was drawn, a Fitbit Flex. Congratulations to Rebecca Newton from WA Department of Health!

The slide decks from Richard and James as well as further examples including clinic-grade wearables can be seen here. Or have a look at further photos.

If you want to be notified if another event comes up, follow us on LinkedIn or on our blog. Contact us if you are interested in a certain event topic you would like us to present on, on 1300 585 355 or info@lateral.com.au.

 

Slide decks and further clinic-grade examples of Wearable Technology of today’s event “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology” August 14th 2014

 

We hope you enjoyed the breakfast on us today and found the event valuable.

As promised, here are the slide decks from our speaker Richard…

Slide deck "Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology"

Slide deck “Bringing Mobile Health & Wearable Technology Together” by Richard Piazza from Lateral

 

…and our guest speaker James from Amazon Web Services (AWS)…

Slide deck Amazon Web Services

Slide deck by James Bromberger from Amazon Web Services “Mobile Health and Wearable Technology – Secure on the Cloud”

…as well as a compilation of further examples including clinic-grade wearables as we could not fit all into the presentation:

Further examples including clinic grade wearables

Further examples including clinic-grade wearable technology in Health

Read a blog post about the event  and click through further photos.

If you want to contact us, call 1300 585 355 or send us a mail to info@lateral.com.au.

 

Invitation Event “Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology” on August 14th

We are hosting another breakfast event in Perth. Are you considering leveraging mobile technology for your organisation? Save your seat! Press the green “Register” button on Eventbrite:

Eventbrite - Integrating Mobile Health and Wearable Technology

Invitation Event Wearables

We are hosting another breakfast event in Perth. Are you considering leveraging mobile technology for your organisation? Save your seat! Register here: