The previous post discussed with regards to the best practices followed for development of enterprise mobility using flawless strategy. Once down, the next step is to plan, develop applications, while ensuring across enterprise, successful app management.
Business is currently driven by mobile applications and devices. Countless possibilities are looked upon by organizations resulting from mobile enterprise applications deployment for internal and customer-facing mobile solutions.
Researches state, by 2015, it is by 6.7 billion that smartphones sales are to increase worldwide, thereby creating for consumer-oriented businesses, huge opportunities. Moreover, application and web apps development through 2014 would be outpaced by consumer-facing mobile application growth.
Besides security, deployment, maintenance and development are other concerns haunting decision makers and IT managers.
Things to consider for developing mobile enterprise applications, while ensuring enterprise-wide roll-out and acceptance
Business objective and goal clarity: Clear vision of goals to achieve is necessary before determining target platforms for developing mobile apps. The mobile enterprise apps’ targeted internal constituents are to be identified like security, legal, supply chain, employees and other departments.
Considering user requirements when developing apps: Mobile user behavior, like how mobile devices are used, factors affecting usage, how user experience are to be optimized, the answers of which can assists to steer app development efforts to fulfill user expectations.
Mobile development platform: Development is both rewarding and challenging. No single platform has clear dominance. Hence, apps are to be developed for all the platforms for tablets and smartphones.
HTML-5 based apps
It helps to reduce costs of custom development across all platforms, but does not offer benefit to leverage device capabilities and native APIs.
It is for specific platform using tools, SDK and language that they are developed. Being much superior with regards to performance, it offers access to device attributes like camera, geo-location API, audio, video, etc.
Hybrid apps (HTML5 + Native)
Core functionality across all platforms are leveraged by combining bother their capabilities.
Developing policy for managing app within enterprise
What is to be installed and removed by the employees from the mobile devices is to be controlled by IT departments.
MAM (Mobile application Management) is more about managing applications which are installed on users’ devices.
Information protection is necessary for healthcare and finance industries requiring data encryption, virus protection and password enforcement.
It has specific usage rules defined for every user type and device.
MDM tools to be used for implementing common security settings like remote wipe and passwords.
App downloads ongoing usage and installation results can be tracked by Monitor mobile application.