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Simplify mobile app development for the enterprise

Without the right resources, app dev can be complicated. Start out the process on the right foot and have all the best tools in your arsenal to avoid an enterprise mobile app development dilemma.Enterprise mobile app development

Enterprise mobile app development can be an expensive, complicated process — or a relatively cost-effective and simple endeavor.

Here are some tips to ensure that your organization’s app build falls in the latter category.

Make core decisions first

It can be intimidating to begin mobile app development for an enterprise, but making a series of decisions early on offers an approachable first step into the process. Determine which devices the app will support and whether the app will be native, hybrid or web-based.

Developers have to build native apps from scratch, so they are, therefore, more complicated and costly to build, but generally perform better than other app types. Web-based apps are simpler and cheaper to build, and hybrid apps fall somewhere in between. Like web apps, hybrid apps can use open standard technologies — but they can also take advantage of a device’s native features.

To cut costs, make a plan

If you jump the gun with mobile app development in the enterprise, it could lead to costly dead ends and unforeseen mistakes. Instead, plan out your app by sketching workflows and interfaces before you write any code. Device templates such as Interface Sketch offer a less intimidating way to approach the planning stage. Continue reading

The changing shape of mobile apps

In the mobile device world, there is no such thing as one size fits all. Although just two mobile platforms dominate the market today – Android and iOS – applications will need to work well on devices of all shapes and sizes, from the sleekest smartphones to the bulkiest tablets.- Mobile app developmentMobile app development

Apps might also need the ability to support new classes of a mobile device as and when they take off, such as smartwatches or augmented reality viewers such as Microsoft’s HoloLens. And the explosion of fixed and mobile connected sensors and appliances – the internet of things (IoT) – opens up countless opportunities
to develop ever more useful mobile apps that control and/ or communicate with these devices to enable innovative capabilities and services.

So how do organizations achieve the agility they need to develop useful and compelling mobile apps and services, in a timely and repeatable way, that continually delight customers? Should they opt for cross-platform web apps or create separate native apps for Android and iOS, optimized for different-sized devices? And what is the best way to organize development teams and processes? Among those at the forefront of mobile innovation, opinions on the most productive approaches to mobile development vary, but it is possible to draw out some common threads.

Native versus cross-platform apps – Mobile app development

On the question of whether it is better to develop native apps or go for a cross-platform approach, there is no right or wrong answer – it depends on the business’s needs and its customers’ preferences. Many organizations deploy both.

Innovation consultant Nick Lansley spent three decades at Tesco, including over 10 years as head of research and development and latterly as head of open innovation at Tesco Labs. Having talked to many customers, he believes that although there are pros and cons to both the native and cross-platform approaches, native apps generally offer
the most advantages for retailers. Continue reading

Three mobile application development trends IT should track

Keep up with the latest advancements in mobile application development, such as AI and big data integration, and see which trends IT and developers are tracking in the enterprise.- Mobile app development Mobile app development

Just like the trees through the four seasons, mobile application developers are used to changing. This new season has brought three trends that are quickly becoming essential to keep track of for organizations both big and small.

One constant in mobile application development is that nothing is constant for long. Emerging technology has adapted to the modern mobile world and is geared toward advancing mobile app development at a rapid pace. The enterprise is looking for applications that can work across multiple platforms and still provide an excellent UI. Developers are now using artificial intelligence (AI) to produce and integrate big data, enhancing the user experience and application integration into workplaces previously untouched.

The driving force behind the latest mobile app development trends is user experience (UX). If employees cannot do their work on the application due to an incompatible user interface or continuous lags, productivity halts. The quicker IT and developers embrace these top mobile app development trends and implement them, the sooner organizations can get ahead of the game. Continue reading

Buying mobile app development tools

Expert, Matthew David goes over key factors to consider when buying mobile application development tools, like security, testing, and hosting.- Mobile App DevelopmentMobile App Development

Purchasing mobile solutions is made complex by the increased support for multiple operating systems, a broad selection of hardware choices and the rapid evolution of the core operating systems themselves. With that said, there are several clear metrics you can leverage when making a choice to buy tools to enable the development of mobility within an enterprise:

  • Security
  • Development environment
  • Cost
  • Ease of use
  • Testing
  • Hosting
  • Delivery

It does not matter if you are building native Android, iOS, or Windows apps or hybrid, cross-platform solutions using HTML, these seven touch points will inform your decision as to what mobile app development tool you should buy.

Security

The highest concern for any mobile solution is security. A mobile device is designed to be highly portable, always connected and easy to use. These traits are inherently insecure, which is why security should be a top priority when selecting a mobile application development tool. Continue reading

Three mobile app development trends IT should track

Keep up with the latest advancements in mobile application development, such as AI and big data integration, and see which trends IT and developers are tracking in the enterprise.- Mobile app developmentMobile app development

Just like the trees through the four seasons, mobile application developers are used to changing. This new season has brought three trends that are quickly becoming essential to keep track of for organizations both big and small.

One constant in mobile application development is that nothing is constant for long. Emerging technology has adapted to the modern mobile world and is geared toward advancing mobile app development at a rapid pace.

The enterprise is looking for applications that can work across multiple platforms and still provide an excellent UI. Developers are now using artificial intelligence (AI) to produce and integrate big data, enhancing the user experience and application integration into workplaces previously untouched.

The driving force behind the latest mobile app development trends is user experience (UX). If employees cannot do their work on the application due to an incompatible user interface or continuous lags, productivity halts. The quicker IT and developers embrace these top mobile app development trends and implement them, the sooner organizations can get ahead of the game. Continue reading

Four tips for reducing mobile app development costs

Don’t get stuck with hidden fees and unnecessary designs with mobile app development. Cut off the high sticker price by focusing on the user experience and going cross-platform.

Developing a mobile app can be a pricey undertaking.Mobile App

Just consider the multiple platforms and device types on which the app must run, not to mention all the differences in screen sizes, resolutions, storage, performance, security and countless other details.

Given these factors, it’s no surprise that mobile app development projects come with such hefty price tags. Here are four tips for driving down the mobile app development cost for organizations.

Design first, build later

Before writing any code, have a good sense of what the plan is for the app. Try to sketch out the app’s workflows and interfaces early in the design process. Sketching is an incredibly cheap and easy way to iron out an app’s initial design and flesh out its requirements.

Produce as many sketches as necessary, and explore design options with the app’s stakeholders as part of an interactive process, while incurring few up front mobile app development costs. Be sure to define directions and rule out dead ends. At this point, there’s no need to come up with a high-fidelity representation of the final interface.

If freehand drawing sounds intimidating, device templates provide a structure to work within. Interface Sketch offers a free set of downloadable sketch templates for desktop and mobile platforms. Continue reading

User experience shapes the future of mobile app development

Mobile application development trends may come and go, but one thing remains constant: keeping the user at the forefront of the design process. Mobile App Development

” Mobility has created a major shift in the consumer and enterprise technology markets, and application development has felt the brunt of it.

As more organizations consider developing and deploying their own apps, the need to keep up with consumer apps poses a significant challenge. To keep up with the future of mobile app development, organizations should take a cue from the consumer market and focus on user experience, said Bob Egan, CEO and founder of Seraphim Group, a mobile analyst firm in Falmouth, Mass.” Continue reading