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The Need for Mobile Analytics

As companies begin to embrace mobility, chances are they are forgetting one major and critical aspect: user analytics. As we work hard to perfect our users’ mobile experience (which is a journey, not a destination), we need to make sure we have the data to make the decisions around what to build next and what we might consider removing or refactoring.


What data do we need in order to make these decisions? The data we collect should answer these questions:

  • What should I add next to our mobile solution?

  • How are users using our mobile app?

  • Where are users using our mobile app?

  • What devices are they using it on?

  • What OS versions are they using?

  • What time of day are they using it?

  • Are they getting exceptions as they use it?

Customized dashboards set up in Salesforce help us and our customers keep an eye on these questions and how they change day to day and month to month as more users adopt the mobile app and use it in differing circumstances. Example dashboards and reports are listed below:

This screenshot shows us which devices, which versions and even which network operators our users are using to access our mobile apps.

This screenshot shows the path users take in a series of screens – think of this like conversion tracking for flows we want users to take in our solution.

For any solution extended to our users, Cloud Sherpas needs to ensure we know how they are and are not using the features we develop. In today’s minimalist view around user experience and functionality, our users are mainly concerned with doing what they need to do quickly. The days of extremely complex navigation, dropdowns everywhere and lost time trying to accomplish what you do 90% of the time are over. We need to design our applications around knowledge of what our end users want to do and what they actually do with our applications. If we keep adding features just for the sake of adding them, we are not looking out for the best interests of our user community.

One word of caution: analytic data should be supplemented by the use of surveys and focus groups. Analytics alone can’t paint the entire picture!


As with any complex deployment, data is key. By incorporating analytics upfront, you can ensure that you are capturing the right amount of information to help make future decisions around mobility in your workforce. As devices and Bring Your Own Device “BYOD” continue to challenge organizations of all sizes, the need for data will become even greater. Cloud Sherpas ensures that proper reporting is set up from the very beginning. This helps us and our clients collect the correct data and enables smart and educated decisions around future releases.


Cloud Sherpas Certified Salesforce.com Technical Architects created this solution, and can help your organization with this task should you have a similar need. Contact us at (888) 260-7660 for more information.

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Cloud Sherpas [www.cloudsherpas.com] is a leading Google Apps Reseller, systems integrator and application developer. Our Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialists have migrated tens of thousands of users from legacy, on-premise messaging systems to Google Apps and Google App Engine. We help organizations adopt cloud computing to innovate and dramatically reduce their IT expenses. SherpaTools for Google Apps [www.sherpatools.com] is a free app from Cloud Sherpas that enhances the functionality and ease-of-use of Google Apps for both administrators and end-users.