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The complete intro to web applications and mobile (tablet) apps. How, why, and when to use each?

The average time spent online using a mobile device such as a smartphone, a tablet computer or wearable has reached 110 minutes daily for the Generation X and 43 minutes daily for the Baby Boomers generation. Considering that 30 years ago mobile devices were unheard of among the Baby Boomers, the amount of time spent online today - each day - by people born between the '45 and the '65 is remarkable.

Unsurprisingly, Board Members belonging to this age group are starting to be more and more curious about the advantages and functionalities of the technological advances that have taken over their companies - AND their boardrooms. With more than 5,670,000 apps available for downloading in the leading app stores, however, things might get confusing at times.

There is a lot of uncertainty in regards to using terms such as web applications and mobile applications, and accessing the apps by users. A web-based application often runs inside a web browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or similar. They are also known as web applications, and encompass all the applications that are accessed over a network connection using a HTTP(S) e.g. https://board.sherpany.com/ without the need to download, nor install them on a desktop.

Mobile applications - most commonly referred to as apps - on the other hand, are a type of applications designed to run on a mobile (tablet) device such as a smartphone or tablet computer, only after previously downloaded and installed on the mobile (tablet) device. While many web-based applications have a similar counterpart in mobile applications, these differ in the way users choose to access them. One example is Skype - a software application that offers free calling between users. The app can be accessed using a browser on a desktop (PC) or a laptop by accessing the link https://www.skype.com, or it can be downloaded from an app store such as App Store or Google Play, on a mobile device (smartphone or tablet), and be accessed from the mobile (tablet) devices directly.

What are the differences and similarities of different types of apps?

 

1. Sherpany Boardroom - web application

You can use Sherpany Boardroom on your desktop (PC), regardless of your browser, while in the comfort of your office. A browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web. Sherpany Boardroom works on the most popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer (version 11 and later), Google Chrome (version 45 and later), Firefox (version 41 and later), Safari (version 9 and later; the app does not work, however, on incognito mode). You can manage different mandates using only one user account and login data. Click on https://board.sherpany.com to access your web application and start working with your Sherpany Boardroom.

Below you can take a brief look of how Sherpany Boardroom web environment looks at present, followed by a glimpse of Sherpany Boardroom new web environment that will be released soon for members. The latter has been adapted to visually fit with the iPad version of the app, Sherpany Boardroom 3.

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2. Sherpany Boardroom 3 - iPad app

Sherpany Boardroom 3, the latest redesigned Sherpany app for iPad, is available on App Store end of 2016. The app for iPad comes in a compact version that enables you to access and edit your documents offline, without a permanent internet connection, (e.g.) on the train or airplane. For an optimal functionality of the iPad app, you need to keep your synchronizations up-to-date. Regular updates, preferably no later than once a month, ensure that you have the latest version of the Sherpany Boardroom 3 app and that your annotations are saved.

Printscreen of Sherpany Boardroom 3 iPad app

 

You may check the latest version of the Sherpany Boardroom 3 app by accessing 'Updates' in the App Store. This will show you the last time you updated the app and it will allow you update it again anytime you wish. You can, however, turn on the 'Automatic updates' feature on your iPad by accessing 'Settings', then 'iTunes and App Store', and by turning on the 'Updates' option - slide over the button to turn it green. This way, the app will automatically update itself every time you are connected to the Internet. Similar to the web environment, you can manage your various mandates using only one user account and login data.

Mobile (iPad) device settings

 

At Sherpany, we highly recommend you to use the iPad app for maximum flexibility, regardless of your location. If you do not have it already, you may download and install it by accessing the App Store on your iPad. Be sure to have the latest version of Apple iOS operating system on your iPad, and a 128 GB minimum storage. The iOS is a mobile operating system created and developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for its hardware. It is the operating system that presently powers many of the company's mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. For the mobile (tablet) device, and all the apps installed on it respectively, you should make sure the iOS operating system is up-to-date as well.

 

3. Sherpany Boardroom - Windows app

At present, Sherpany Boardroom app is available on Windows Store and can be downloaded and installed on a Windows tablet. The Sherpany Boardroom Windows app is different from the iPad app in the sense that is uses a different operating system - Windows, which has been developed by Microsoft. You can download Sherpany Boardroom Windows app on any laptop or notebook that runs on Windows 10. On a mobile (tablet), users can use their surface in similar way as their laptop computers. The touch screen function, often not available on desktops or laptops which do not have an integrated tablet function, allows for the computer to be simultaneously used as a tablet, and that at the same time, it grants a full functionality of the Windows package (Office Documents, Excel, Powerpoint etc.). In other words, users who have the Windows (tablet) device running on Windows 10 can access and work with Sherpany Boardroom as a mobile app when offline. Unlike the iPad, they have access to all their data on their personal computer when online and a mobile app where they can use Sherpany Boardroom when offline. Another important aspect is the way users interact with the tablet: this can be used as a computer by clicking the folders and going through the documents and data stored on it or as a tablet by swiping through the mobile applications installed on it. We advise you to use the Windows app for maximum mobility while you are travelling and during your Board meetings.

View of Sherpany Boardroom Windows app

 

Sherpany Boardroom app can be downloaded either from the App Store - for iPad users only, or from Windows Store - for Windows tablet users only. Both the App Store and the Windows Store are prime online platforms which make apps available for procurement and download. Users can install software programs (apps) free of charge or paid.

Apart from the iOS and the Windows operating systems, however, apps can run on Android operating system as well, a system developed by Google. Sherpany Boardroom app is not available on Android due to the fact that this operating system is mainly known as an open-source software - based on apps whose design is publicly accessible and that are less secure than iOS and Windows operating systems.

 

How to access Sherpany Boardroom web-environment?

You can now simplify your work while preparing Board meetings. Sherpany Boardroom web-based application helps you to easily, efficiently and securely set up the agenda meeting and upload corporate documents. Important to remember is that you can only administer the Boardroom via the web environment. You may not, however, set up meetings on mobile apps installed in mobile devices such as iPad or Windows tablet.

Admins rights are more extensive and given the significance of your role in setting up meetings, you have a different view of Sherpany Boardroom on web environment than members using Sherpany Boardroom web application. In the process, we recommend that you always pay attention to how the meeting looks like from a member's perspective, as well. We advise you to access Sherpany Boardroom via web, the iPad app or the Windows app to have a member's perspective over the meeting and its documentation.

The choice of titles, for examples, can make a great difference in the way members search through documents. You may need to carefully consider the selection of document titles and labels to help your Board Members find the information faster, and save time. Sherpany Boardroom web application is created to ensure maximum time management in planning and organising board meetings. Its intuitive and user-friendly design allows you to work with it from any desktop computer. The only thing you need are an up-to-date PDF creator installed on your computer, a stable and efficient internet connection, and the latest browsers of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari, preferably.

Click on https://board.sherpany.com and enjoy planning your board meetings with Sherpany Boardroom.

 

 

 

 

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