Step 4 in Creating an Enterprise Mobile App Strategy Mobile Technology Selection

Step 4 in Creating an Enterprise Mobile App Strategy Mobile Technology Selection


for blogWatching the emergence and rapid rise of mobile mobile business apps, one harkens back to the advent of the internet and how it was transformed from its earliest static stages to the highly interactive solution of today. Part of this change occurred as a result of the continually new and improved development technologies.

In the informative phase of the web, HTML web servers were the foundation of web technology. With companies constantly having to meet their growing requirements and competitive needs, new tools such as JavaScript and other app servers quickly became an integral part of the interactive phase. The web showed companies’ they could dramatically change and influence their customer relationships by taking advantage of the full-featured web opportunities and applications that had been developed. This was then the time for companies to develop their enterprise web strategy. They took, and had, the time to plan IT budgets, interact with client and employees, integrate internal company systems and of course, time to innovate.

Mobile technology development and adoption is following a very similar course to the web only at a highly accelerated pace. Companies started by building native mobile business apps using SDKs and frameworks. These offered the most robust and user friendly mobile business apps, but was (and still is) a costly and time-consuming process that can only occur with experienced mobile app programmers. Then HTML5 came about allowing non-Objective-C and/or JavaScript programmers to build mobile mobile business apps quickly, more easily and without the concerns of rebuilding for various mobile device platforms. But a number of issues such as major security risks, poor offline accessibility and a much less robust overall user experience make this a faster, yet less effective offering. Now hybrid mobile business apps have begun making their way into the corporate mainstream offering the option to basically take the HTML5 technology, and wrap it in native code. However, since Hybrid mobile business apps are doing their best to emulate native mobile business apps the work required to create the “virtually native” look, often takes even more time and coding knowledge than simply building a native app to begin with and there are still some potential performance and compatibility issues.

Just as there is no one single mobile device platform and no one mobile device type, companies may also want to consider adopting an enterprise mobile app strategy, and development tool, that offers native and HTML5 options. At the end of the day, native mobile business apps simply offer the richest most ultimately satisfying end user experience, being able to take full advantage of native device features and functionality, and should be part of any organization’s mobile app strategy. That may mean going wholly native, which is the ideal scenario, or possibly even hybrid if the organization feels strongly in that approach. But with the opportunity to offer data rich, cross platform, native mobile mobile business apps in tandem with HTML5 offerings, all from a single development platform, companies can take advantage of reaching users directly through their mobile devices in whichever way the user wishes to engage.

More and more organizations are realizing that not offering mobile mobile business apps to their employees and/or consumers is simply not an option and instead the question has become how to address the burgeoning app development backlog perpetuated by high consumer demands and a shortage of programming resources. Mobile app development platforms like snAPPii allow developers to quickly and easily build data rich, cross platform, native mobile business apps. It enables rapid development, testing, deployment, new version distribution and analysis of all mobile business apps. With its visual build methodology programmers can create mobile business apps faster using drag, drop and configure capabilities, without having to write any code at all for many mobile business apps. Apps can be launched in tandem across Android, iOS and HTML5 platforms without having to rebuild for each platform. Experienced programmers can work faster and more effectively taking advantage of maximum scalability, performance and code re-use. The snAPPii architecture facilitates creation of enterprise mobile business apps that access data from back end and cloud based servers.

Using the snAPPii Mobile App Platform companies can:

– Accelerate app development and shorten it to days, not months

– Develop real, high performance, secure, native, data rich mobile business apps by leveraging existing programmers without having to retrain them on Objective-C and Java technologies

– Exercise greater project control by keeping mobile app development in-house

– Leverage company employees who understand the business

– Accelerate development for experienced programmers providing them a solid app development foundation to enhance only as needed with business specific code.

Once your development platform has been selected and mobile business apps have been built and released, the work is really just beginning . On-going app analytics and management, to understand how your app is performing and what users are saying, will be key to further enhancements. Having an app isn”t enough. Having an app people want and will use is what matters and will be essential to long term success. More on that in step 5.

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