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Mobile systems or smartphones are undeniably pervasive in this post-modern era. The small yet potent devices are omnipresent in almost all spheres of our daily routines – whether it is for grocery shopping, finding a food outlet, or even getting the right birthday present. Present day ‘apps’, which were unknown until a few years ago, are a necessity, more than choice. So much so that we see a visible synergy between people’s behavior and the capabilities of their mobiles. Quite naturally the increasing use of smartphones and portable devices has completely changed the way we communicate with enterprise software systems.
With the incredible growth in the use of mobile devices, there is an exponential demand for deploying customizable enterprise mobile application development solutions within various organizational structures. If that happens, you can easily ensure remote access to relevant corporate applications and data whenever the business needs it.
Just deploying enterprise mobile apps without any strategic framework or improper thought behind is only going to disrupt your business operations and reduce ROI. To suit the increasing and ever-changing demand of modern-day business workflows, you first need to develop a sustainable mobile application development strategy. By this we mean, an approach that can boost the productivity of your employees, and help you gain a business edge over your competitors in the long run.
Deciding upon a mobile application development strategy consumes time and is effort-intensive too. To ensure that the enterprise mobile apps have good usability and performance in the long-run, determining the strategy is the most critical part. Consider the following aspects of enterprise mobile application development, to make the development process easy for your business:
Your app developers need to have a concise idea about the nature of the gadget for which they need to develop the enterprise mobile apps. For example, if the majority of your employees use smartphones, their attention span is likely to be shorter than the desktop application users. Now this means, your enterprise mobile apps need to be developed keeping this factor in mind. On the contrary, if you need faster data processing and input, the tablet is the right thing for you. Therefore, you need to decide on factors, such as, where and how the data would be viewed and for how long. It would certainly simplify your enterprise mobile app development process.
UI designs are likely to vary, depending on the device used for enterprise mobile application development. Various types of interfaces and designs exist that may have compatibility issues with specific kinds of configurations systems. Your UI design requirements should add value to your enterprise systems in a short time-frames. Not only that, it must be aligned with the long-term objectives of your business.
HokuApps’ automated platform features a design studio with hundreds of UI options suited to various industries and workflows. This deep library features designs that incorporate industry-best practices and follow guidelines suggested by Apple and Google. All technology built on the platform automatically incorporate these features.
Once the enterprise mobile app successfully passes through tests on usability, performance, and application, you need to ensure its strategic development. Needless to mention here that the development should be per your organizational structure. Four key development approaches for enterprise mobile apps, which are as follows:
As the name itself suggests, a native app is customized per the specifics of your system and configuration settings. Having said that, the apps have the capacity to use device-specific software like iOS or Android, and hardware alike. As a result, it can leverage the latest technologies to the table and customize per own app related needs.
This approach allows you to utilize input/output devices for mobile applications. As a result, the apps will provide a feel and look that is consistent with other native apps on select devices (OS specific). The mobile application development platform following native development makes use of OS-specific programming languages, such as Java for Android and Swift for iOS. Natively deployed apps thus have the ability to easily access and use the inbuilt capabilities of the device in question like camera, GPS, and an address book. This makes an enterprise mobile app simple to use.
This enterprise mobile app development approach demands specific skillsets. You also need to consider certain security risks associated with hybrid development before finalizing on it. If you are considering this development approach for multiple devices, you need to ensure that the deployed enterprise mobile app supports at least two OS languages like iOS and Android. However, there are multiple versions of such languages available, and new versions get released quite frequently. Hence, there is also a need for constant maintenance of developers possessing good technical programming skillset.
This development approach enables organizations to use HTML5 for mobile web app development that can be used for multiple purposes. After the enterprise mobile application development process is complete, you can put the web app on your own server, or choose any third-party hosting services. HokuApps uses the Amazon AWS server as it is the most secure server service provider in the world.
Typically, there are two types of app development platforms: traditional and low-code. With traditional app development, apps are made from scratch, which increases time-to-market from months to even years. This has a direct bearing on costs of app development. Every tool and feature integration needs to be hand-coded.
With low-code app development, the mobile app development platform is automated and features deep libraries of pre-configured business modules, pre-connected technology components and a design studio with hundreds of UI designs. Armed with a pre-built connector, all three elements can be integrated via a drag and drop process. Apps can then be customized at a business-level to suit a business’s unique ecosystem. Apps come featured with a communication framework for chat and collaboration, enterprise admin backend that includes a granular reporting engine, a scalable infrastructure and industry-best security features.
Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAP) offers a greater degree of flexibility for developing mobile apps. MEAP enables the rapid development of enterprise mobile apps with good cross-platform connectivity. With provision for high-level languages, MEAP can manage a wide variety of devices, user groups and networks at the time of development, and throughout the lifecycle of the developed solution. With this platform, you need to develop your enterprise mobile applications once and deploy them on all platforms in one go.
The primary reason for the quick creation and development of apps is that the MEAP uses reusable components and modules which offer developers a ‘drag-and-drop’ method of app creation. This saves on app creation and development by up to 10 times.
Stating the obvious, enterprises are on the look-out for a method that is not only adaptive, allowing you to flex your muscles but also offer a shorter time to market, are reliable and affordable. While there are multiple industry-standard approaches for deploying mobile apps, you require full-scale integration with your business-specific mobile devices to fetch better and faster results. This is exactly what HokuApps delivers.
The revolutionary technology platform has created a platform that is automated, i.e., the platform features pre-defined elements for every type of business, to which tools and functionality can be integrated via a drag and drop approach. This approach makes app delivery 10 times faster than traditional app development, which creates apps from scratch.
If you are looking for agile and smart enterprise mobile solutions that can be deployed right away, you can trust our technology platform. The enterprise mobile application development platform offered by HokuApps helps you develop fully-customizable mobile solutions tailor-made to suit your business ecosystem. Whether you need a native app based on Android and iOS, or great cross-platform apps, our end-to-end technology would offer you compatibility with all devices and platforms, and can seamlessly integrate with the back-end systems of your enterprise.
Have you tried any of the enterprise mobile app development approaches mentioned here? Which development option do you think suits your business needs best? We would love to hear from you. Share your thoughts with us.