Apps are undoubtedly an indispensable part of our life. With the dependence on apps and smartphones for personal tasks, tech-savvy organizations are turning this into an opportunity by exploring ways to deploy apps and to make employees more productive. If you or your company is planning to deploy enterprise mobile apps in the most economical way, keep in mind the following development platforms and thoughts to start with.
Open Source Hybrid Mobile app development Platform
Mobile app development starts with the search for Mobile development platforms.
• Open Source Mobile platforms and
• Proprietary platforms.
Open source hybrid mobile platforms, unlike Proprietary platforms, are completely free and allow one set of code to be built for multiple mobile Operating Softwares. One thing to expect from hybrid apps is that they are a little slower than native apps. However, enterprises are looking for rapid app development and are shifting towards hybrid app development apps.
Among Open source cross-platform frameworks, Ionic stands strong. Ionic supports offline capability and has other built-in plugins such as barcode scanner, Bluetooth, wireless printing, etc.
Rapid Mobile Development Platforms
Companies such as Kony, Capriza provide visual editors to develop apps with low code and Zero API’s. The apps developed are hybrid and works with major mobile Operating Systems. These are becoming popular and serves the needs of enterprises without compromising on security. They also offer templates for specific workflows. Overall development costs from these tools are way below that of native development.
With the increase in demand for mobile app developers and the lack of available talent, it’s important for enterprises to build systems with reusable components. That’s only possible with MBaaS. The Middleware/Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) makes the job of developers easier and enables faster app deployment. MBaaS lets you reuse microservices across various apps and cuts down the time required to build a new app. MBaaS securely integrates mobile apps with core enterprise systems, applications, and other services by linking applications to APIs and backend cloud storage. These services are provided via the use of custom software development kits (SDKs) and application programming interfaces (APIs).
Middleware services provide built-in features such as user management, push notifications, and integration with social networking services. MBaaS tools such as Oracle Mobile Cloud Service are client agnostic and can work cross-functionally with multiple mobile OSes, you can build once and run everywhere. Apps that companies build for business purposes should be easy to extend and quick to deploy. With MBaaS, the task is easier.
Easy to extend and quick to deploy
When companies create enterprise mobile strategies, it is necessary to keep in mind the long-term view of ever changing technologies and develop apps that are easier to extend and flexible to deploy. Apart from this, if the mobile apps are micro and functionally specific, it’s frustrating for high-level people to switch between apps. However, if the app is flexible to configure, a developer can easily make changes, combine the workflows needed for these people and deploy it quickly.
Thus, flexibility and lesser deployment time enable companies to easily adapt to the latest technologies that business may see in the near future and to maintain an advantage over the competition.
User experience should be so simple to achieve full adoption
Large companies such as Google and Apple have incorporated UX design as a centerpiece of their successes. Here’s why: The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) released a report in 2005 titled “Why Software Fails.” The report notes that up to 15% of IT projects are abandoned and developers spend approximately 50% of their time on rework. It is common knowledge that the cost of fixing an error after a product is in the field is approximately 100 times the cost of fixing the same error(s) before the product is released.
Technology itself does not lead to the simple customer experience. Design and user experience play a much deeper role in the successful integration of technology into business. Clunky UI, complex instructions and too many clicks are no longer tolerated by users. Great design reduces the friction between the user and the application. The user interface becomes simple and beautiful. By discovering people’s unmet needs through rapid prototypes, you can offer solutions that are designed for end users. Straightforward and aesthetically pleasing products are compelling to use and more relevant in the mobile-first world. Simple solutions are easy to use and get the work done.
Mobile app development is a great way to create and increase business value. These platforms help minimize the development and deployment costs of enterprise mobile apps.