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Bizagi Workflow Client now in Windows Store

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They’ve just released a client in the Windows Store. Bizagi is a business workflow vendor and popular for their Business Process Flow Management Software. Note that this Client is only usable with Bizagi Service backend in the Enterprise and is only meant for companies running this Service. Following is the App description from the Store:

Description
Bizagi for windows 8 enables your mobile workforce to stay connected to your business processes. Stay productive and take action while on-the-go: approve, monitor, complete pending work, start new processes, attach documents or photos, and more!
Start making your business more efficient, more flexible… and more mobile with Bizagi Go – Business in motion.
Bizagi is an enterprise solution, the user accounts are created by the Bizagi administrator.
If you do not have an user account, contact your Bizagi administrator.

Features
Pending cases
New case
Widgets

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Download now in the Store if your Enterprise is using Bizagi Service.

Source: Windows Store

SAP Manager Insight App is now in the Store

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A  few days back, I mentioned the presence of an App from SAP to manage and keep appraised with Company Policies, now they’ve released yet another App bringing there total Apps in the Store to 5 in total.

imageHere at the left you can see the complete list of SAP Apps currently in the Store, and with this current App they’ve released their crowning glory for Managers. Yes, this App is specifically targeted towards Top Management Team of Companies to provide insightful information about your Human Resource, their capabilities and qualifications. Here is how SAP describes it from the Store:

Description
With the SAP Manager Insight mobile app for Windows tablets, you can access mobile reports and employee profiles anywhere and anytime. This app accesses the SAP ERP application and supports HR business partners, HR specialists, and managers in preparing and holding meetings with line managers and employees and in making quick and meaningful decisions.
Note: To use SAP Manager Insight with your business data, you must be a user of SAP ERP that has mobile services enabled by your IT department. You can try out the app first using sample data.

Features
Drive quick and substantial decisions and answer ad hoc requests
Access relevant reports and KPIs
Drill down to display employee details quickly
Track the status of HR processes and visualize HR challenges
Check the talent ratio of teams and pinpoint diversity issues

Following are a few Screenshots from the App:

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You can see the rest SAP Apps in the Store by just Searching for SAP in the Store. To download this Manager Insight App, please follow the Source Link.

Source: Windows Store

InfoWARE Fincance App updates in the Store

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Here is another awesome Update from Solutaris LLC to their InfoWARE Finance app in the Store. The App is a must have tool if you are an Entrepreneur on the continent of Africa, you’re an investor and you’re interested in continent’s Nubian economy in general and the Nigerian economy in particular. The is a trove in the hands of the knowledgeable and it will assist you to make quick financial decisions in your transactions with the continent. I have a vested interest in the continent and I am glad to see these enterprising people taking the bull by horn to change the negative image we have in the West about the continent. Get this InfoWARE App, its free and you wont regret it. Here is the full description from the Store:

Description
InfoWARE Finance – Nigeria provides access to business and financial news on Capital markets and specifically about Nigeria and its capital market. It includes stock prices, daily top gainers and losers, top movers (volume), bond prices, Nigeria Naira currency rates as well as other world currencies. It also includes various analytics such as weekly, monthly and yearly charts with drill in capabilities, moving averages etc.
This app does not ask for, collect, store or transmit any personal information.

Features
Nigeria, African and emerging markets information
Investment tool

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Please feel free to download the app now from the Store via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

SAP GRC Policy Survey Business App in the Store

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SAP has started releasing its Business Apps into the Windows Store. Microsoft mentioned partnership with SAP during the launch of Windows 8 as an example of its Business Enterprise push for the new Windows Platform. The series released by SAP are more of information sources apps to aid your workforce. This current one is one of them. SAP GRC Policy Survey is to poll Policy compliance in the Enterprise. It presents a  coherent GUI for evaluation of your business policy compliance forms and data. Here is concise description from SAP AG in the Store:

Description
With the SAP GRC Policy Survey mobile app for Windows, you can manage enterprise compliance assignments anywhere and anytime. This app connects to the SAP Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) solutions and allows employees to receive, complete, and submit GRC policy surveys, quizzes, and acknowledgements right from their Windows tablet device.
Note: To use SAP GRC Policy Survey with your business data, you must be a user of SAP solutions for governance, risk, and compliance, with mobile services enabled by your IT department. You can try the app first using sample data.

Features
Receive, complete, and submit GRC policy surveys, quizzes, and acknowledgements
View general information about policies
Read policy documents (distributed as attachments)
Maintain a local archive of completed tasks

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Of course this is an Enterprise App, which means you’ll have to have access to SAP Infra Servers to really use this app, but they’ve provided a test data environment to test it if your are just curious to take app for a spin. You can download the app now from the Store via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

PushBI – A Quality Business KPI Dashboard App in the Store

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Here is another awesome Business App. PushBI is a visualizer for disparate Data Sources like SharePoint, MSSQL, Analysis Services, Oracle and SAP. Did your manager just purchased a Windows 8 device, you can make him happy by deploying this app for your major Business Process KPIs. The app function as a Dashboard for data, whether live or stored. as you can see 5 people already rated the app with 5-Stars. This is worthy of your curiosity if you are BI professional or just a data dabbler. Full description is as follows:

Description

PushBI is a business intelligence tool that delivers key performance indicators directly your computer. Whether you are across town or half way around the world you can monitor key business metrics that are always available so you can make decisions faster and drive business performance. PushBI with its server component can connect to data sources like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPivot, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft SQL and Analysis Services, Oracle and SAP. With Windows 8, you can also pin key metrics right to your start screen to monitor and launch directly into that metric with one click.

Features
Key performance metrics
Advanced data visualizations

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Download via Source below.

Source: Windows Store

Total App Count -– 2012-10-13

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[Data per  2012-10-13]

Current Total App Count in Windows 8 RTM Store = 3350
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App Stats:

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App Class:
Total Paid Apps: 613
Total Free Apps: 2737
Total Desktop Apps: 86

Localization:
Total English Apps: 2718
Total Localized Apps: 632

Accessibility:
Accessible Apps: 723
Non-Accessible Apps: 2627

Store News:

Welcome to this week’s News from the Windows Store. The week saw a flurry of activities in the Store, I was expecting doldrums this week given the trend of last week, but Microsoft surprised us by releasing one of the most expected app: Netflix this week.

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The debate is on-going whether this is by overt or by covert, a sleight of hand from Microsoft. Did they accidentally released this app or was it intentional to keep the buzz going? This coming week will tell if Microsoft decides to release another major app, that will then point to keeping the buzz going. Those of us tracking MS know they’ve got some serious Apps in Keeps for the GA. So the question remain “What Will MS Do” this coming week :-).

Coupled with this bang from the Store this week were the completion of the updates to the Windows 8 Built-In Apps. Every App from Microsoft is now updated bringing more features to these apps and welcomed stability updates. The most noticeable for me is the Mail App which now supports Conversations view. Another surprise from Microsoft is the release of two paid XBox Titles this week. Microsoft added 4 Elements II Special Edition at $9.99 and Rocket Riot 3D at $4.99. Click on the Pictures to get them from the Store.

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I mentioned a flurry of activities, this is not only limited to Microsoft this week. The Indy Developers were also hot on the heels of Microsoft in releasing updates to their Apps. I think I counted about 10 App updates this week. The most popular of course is the Update to MetroTwit Twitter client in the Store, followed almost immediately by the release of the update to the FlipToast my personal favorite Facebook/Twitter integration App. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to blog the update to FlipToast.

But the flurry of activities does not limit to Store Apps, Microsoft also release what we could call SP1 to Windows 8 this week. BuildWindows8 Blog detailed these updates here. The updates brought needed performance tuning and Stability to the Windows 8 Core systems, including increased Graphic Acceleration performance.

So here I was expecting a boring week in the store, but it turned out to be anything but boring. There are some noticeable apps released this week too. Early in the week debuted AppSwitch, an app to make life easier for Windows 8 users coming from other platforms like iOS and Android by recommending similar apps in the Win8 Store. I was contacted by the Vendors to request you lovers of Windows 8 to help make the app better by submitting your personal recommendations. Do you know a similar or better app in Win8 Store compared to other platforms? Please submit so we can all make Win8 go bang!

ArcSoft ShowBiz also debuted this week. This is another Video Editing app in the Store. Then you have what I called the most practical app in the Store: Windows 8 Cheat Keys. An app that help newbies and Pros alike to find and remember major keyboard combinations. If you love keyboarding on your PC, this is the app for you. Logitech also joined other Hardware OEMs in the Store by releasing their first Metro App in the Store: Logitech Camera Controller.

There are so many good apps this week that it will make this post too long to mention them all one for one. Please search for the following Apps in the Store, you wont be disappointed:

  • Additive Warning
  • Audio Analyzer
  • Farming Simulator 2012
  • Spiral
  • EVEision 8′
  • Rubik’s Cube Solution
  • Granny Tips
  • Sorting Algorithms
  • Graphing Calculator+
  • Physics Equations
  • myStarjob.com
  • Checkers Pro
  • Backgammon Pro

On App Stats, as you can see we’ve crossed the 3K milestone in the Store! I was actually expecting the crossover last week, but then it’s still an incredible performance that Windows Store has more than 3K Apps before General Availability. And please don’t sneer and say that number includes Desktop Apps, yes specifically for this week I counted the total Desktop Apps in the Store, they are 86 in total, so deducting that from the total number, we still have more than 3000 Metro Apps in the Store. That is a huge Performance! How many Apps does Mac has in its App Store again? No wonder Apple didn’t release the Total number. Go Microsoft!

The Crown has returned to the Games Category and we see a sharp drop in the delta number for Sports category. As you can see from the graphs, Games, Entertainment, Education and Tools are the most published Categories in the Store. They maintain a comfortable lead on the rest of App Categories.

I will close this week by personal recommendation of two Apps, one in the Social Category and the other for the Toddlers. These are apps that are worthy of mention because of their quality and concept. First is MathBoad for Toddlers. The app supports Touch and Pen for scribbling, it brings the concept of Scribble Board back for toddlers. Second App is NowFloats, a Social App that brings new twitst to Sharing. I won’t give a spoiler here, but please see the app in the Store for yourselves. Note these apps are receiving average of 4.8 Stars in the Store. Click on the Pictures for the links.

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Well, that is the news from Store this week. The Roller Coaster is now gathering momentum, we are speedily approaching the Apogee of Windows 8 Events. Whatever happens you can expect yours truly to be all over it. Just another week and then the party will start. I will probably have missed something in the Store you might think is important. Let me know what you think. Please find the archive of last week’s post here below. Have a great week ahead.

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- McAkins

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 Source: Windows Store

Disclaimer:
All data and Information provided in this report is provided AS-IS! It does not warrant any commitment neither from me nor from Microsoft. The data is tallied from the information Microsoft made visible to the outside world, and is subject to change at any time. Applications are constantly being submitted and pulled from Store, and also subject to Store Cloud propagation, which means the data you see here may not be current at any time, and possibly different from your part of the world. Errors in this report are mine  and not Microsoft’s and does not constitute any binding agreement.

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