Enterprise-App-DevelopmentA few days back we, I along with one of the senior members from our software unit, were casually discussing Enterprise Mobile App Development Market & Key Trends in Mobile Application Development. Honestly speaking I thought of penning down the same for the benefit of all my readers.

He was of the opinion that though there has been exponential development and now everyone around knows the tack tics of Building a Successful Mobile Application,  there are a lot of myths about enterprise app development; which if taken care could help one and all – big time.

Based on our discussion, I have tried and formulated five myths about enterprise app development along with suggested solutions. We did a small analysis on organizations having more than 1200 employees in order to reach to those pain areas – common to all.

The common observation that we had was the across businesses, people were more than engaged in just one activity and that was to control the turmoil created as a result of development process. They, Business managers – developers – IT; though highly literate and experienced, need to know that technology today conveniently allows you to outsource enterprise mobile app development, for transforming your business process, that also compliments your existing IT platform. I would sincerely suggest all the businesses to take full advantage of new technologies and facilities offered by these outsourcing partners at competitive pricing.

  1. Enterprise Apps Take Long Time than Normal

The development is happening at a pace that is unbelievable and so we are sure about the fact that time is money. A lot of companies are of the opinion that enterprise apps may take more than half a year to build and further some more time to be implemented. However; selecting an appropriate mobile platform may cut on the development time to half – bring it down to merely 60 to 90 days; resulting in decreased time to market and decreased development costs.

  • Ultimate solution for developers is to decrease app development time by reusing the code and backend services; as and when possible so as to expedite the integration.
  1. Legacy Systems Won’t Entertain New Apps

Legacy- conventional-Existing systems are one of the barriers for businesses to embrace the new technologies. They all, who have invested in these systems, hesitate to opt for Mobile Apps unless they are fully convinced that they would successfully integrate with their existing technologies. Let’s acknowledge that a suite of enterprise apps is equipped to connect usually between to two to six APIs and backend systems. Now the existing or conventional systems, may be two of three, do not have accessible APIs, which hampers the development or will render the entire mobile app of no use.

  • Mobile backend as a service; has worked out successfully for a lot of businesses. Put in control an enterprise – grade mobile backend as a service with an API infrastructure that empowers mobile devices to access legacy systems.
  1. Mobile Apps Means a Lot of Coding Languages

Numerous coding languages and keeping a tab to all of them may prove fatal and time consuming. This inculcates in to continuous hiring various platform developers for a lot of businesses.

  • Instead, use familiar languages and start hiring developers well versed with several coding languages including HTML 5 – JavaScript - Objective-C - C# - Sencha Touch and many more. Innovate and Implement Your Own Toolkit approach. It will allow your developers to use languages and toolkits they are comfortable working with.
  1. Apps Means Heavy Data Management

Enterprise apps are usually very heavy in terms of data, resulting in high load on handsets and backend systems.

  • 4G Smartphone and tablets are expected to use 5,114 and 5,387 MB per month of cellular data, respectively, by 2017.
  • That will push data usage up to 292% and 556%, respectively, over five years.

Filtering data sets to handsets is one of the solutions one may look forward to. We know that all good platforms consume large amount of data from backend and transmit a small filtered set of data on the handset. Try your way out to ensure that the size of data that is transferred for every individual app keeps as low as 1 MB.

  1. A Mobility Chief with Heavy Remuneration is The Solution

A lot of businesses try & assign app development and deployment to a person – who happens to be the chief of Mobility programs and come in at high remuneration. However it is noteworthy that industry standards suggests that an average project needs a minimum of 20 personnel including business heads – developers -  project managers - IT &employee participants.

  • A pool resource happens to be the best solution. A mobile steering committee may join forces and use the existing technology standards and requirements to guide new mobile projects across numerous business units.

About Chirag Shivalker: Chirag Shivalker is a Head of Content Marketing Team at Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services. He is a seasoned Marketing Writer & Editor with extensive experience creating print and Web content across varied industries. His exceptional portfolio includes feature articles for trade and consumer publications, marketing collateral, press releases, and online content.