Tuesday, 8 August 2017

How to Manage Mobile Devices in an Enterprise

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The huge increase in smartphone and tablet adoption, paired with faster mobile connections to the Internet, are giving rise to a trend businesses everywhere are seeing: enterprise mobile devices for employees. As Elizabeth O'Dowd, editor of mobile technology and wireless networks at Solutions Review, says:
What makes an enterprise mobility solution even more important is the value it holds for the future of your enterprise. Computers are only becoming smaller; laptops are considered mobile devices to most of the top solutions, not just smartphones.”
Moreover:
Sooner than you realise, mobile devices in the enterprise will be a necessity as the lifestyle of the workplace begins to change. Ignore this and not only will you have less efficient workers than your competitors, but employees will seek to work other places with more favourable and modern work environments.”

Enterprise Management for Mobile Devices

The mobile rise, in turn, is leading to one of two outcomes: first, enterprises provide their own devices for their employees in what’s called mobile device management, and second, enterprises enact a BYOD (bring your own device) policy in which employees use their own devices with company-owned applications.

Mobile Device Management

The first option for enterprise management, mobile device management (MDM), entails IT personnel to pair employees with enterprise mobile devices. This allows remote tracking and management, which is good if a mobile device is lost or if an employee leaves the company. In such cases, IT can enforce device security and lock everyone out and wipe the data. The company can also configure WiFi access, install and manage applications, and address any problems with the device.
The problem with this option is that employees typically prefer using their own devices and, when using enterprise mobile devices, don’t like the idea of having their phone wiped if a situation in which corporate data is at risk rises. We therefore land on the second option, a BYOD policy.

BYOD Policies

When choosing a BYOD policy, IT departments are turning to a variety of restrictive mobile device management solutions that protects information without impeding on the owner’s personal data. For example, we have mobile application management (MAM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM).

Mobile Application Management

A more targeted solution than MDM, MAM creates a distinction between business and personal by allowing companies to control access to their applications and the content associated with them instead of the actual physical device. In other words, the only thing that IT can access is the application itself and its features. So if the devices is lost or stolen, access to the app can be removed without touching personal data. Another plus, the application can also be remotely updated with new features and security patches if threats arise.

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Under this category, employees may be given access to an array of applications, such as corporate email, sales support, cloud storage, etc. When this is the case, enterprise management can take an extra precaution and limit certain functions, like copy & paste, to prevent employees from sharing sensitive data.

Enterprise Mobility Management

Because EMM can handle large numbers of devices with different operating systems, one of its goals is to get various software management tools under one umbrella. Falling under the BYOD category, it’s a hardware-agnostic option of remotely managing devices that entails remote access to corporate applications, internal websites, etc. In a way, EMM is an all encompassing approach that bridges the gap between MDM and MAM by centrally managing and enforcing corporate security protocols.

Final Thoughts and TL;DR

From schools to enterprises, mobile devices are popping up everywhere. They’ve infiltrated most businesses for one simple reason: they’re versatility. Anyway, here’s what we covered today:
Mobile adoption is leading businesses to choose between enterprise mobile devices and BYOD (bring your own device) policies
Mobile device management, when employees use company devices, entails  remote tracking and management (including remote wiping)
Some BYOD policies are mobile application management (MAM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM)
MAM allows companies to control access to their applications and the content associated with them instead of the actual physical device
EMM bridges the gap between MDM and MAM by centrally managing and enforcing corporate security protocols

Good luck managing your enterprise’s mobile devices!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

5 Ways Enterprise Mobile Apps Can Increase Your Business’ ROI

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Enterprise app trends have changed the enterprise landscape in various ways. For example, they’re great branding tools that help your Brand stay in the mind of your users. In this way, a mobile app can act as a marketing channel that works 24/7 — as long as the app is on a phone, it can market. 
More specific to our topic today (and if done correctly), they can help businesses increase their ROI. 

This can be done in two ways:
1. Internal apps that drastically improve productivity, thereby increasing ROI 
2. External, client-facing apps that bring in their own revenue and help with marketing efforts

Enterprise App Trends: Adoption to Increase ROI
Fueled by increased ROI through a one-time investment that goes into a mobile app,  businesses are adopting more and more enterprise mobile apps in an effort to adapt to smartphone-dominated world we live in. These companies are seeing that apps, both internal and external, help boost ROI directly through revenue, and indirectly through increased employee productivity. 

Here’s what they can do for you:

1: Employee Tools

The first two ways enterprise mobile apps can increase ROI entail increased employee productivity through internal apps. This line of thinking is as follows: with mobile apps helping employees, they can work faster and better, improving overall company productivity. 

As Van Baker, Research VP at Gartner said, “The mobile app should make work faster, and better, for the employee, as well as less expensive…Don’t simply extend existing applications — make them better for the mobile worker.”

The beauty of mobile apps, or apps in general, is that they can be programmed to do whatever you want. The first way, therefore, is by using mobile apps as tools for employees. As such, if there’s something that’s currently lagging or can be improved, an app can be developed to fix it. Even better is the mobile aspect of the app because it entails mobility and flexibility. 

2: Streamlined Efficiency

Going off of using mobile apps as tools for tasks, they can similarly be used to streamline tasks and improve employee efficiency. This is because the best sources for information on how a company runs and how it can run more smoothly are the ones in the front lines everyday, the employees.

With mobile apps helping them navigate through tasks, employees can not only work more, but also better. This translates to more productivity for the company as a whole, and more productivity usually means more money.

3: ECommerce

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Moving on to external, client-facing apps, the first way to increase ROI is by opening a revenue channel. More specific to eCommerce businesses that sell products/services, it’s easy to see how these apps result in more money for the enterprise. You put in a one-time investment to develop the app (with maintenance updates every now and then), and then let it do its magic — sell to your users 24/7.

4: Customer Data

Another beauty of mobile apps is that they’re a goldmine of user data that can be used to improve marketing efforts. Once installed, mobile apps provide a company with a picture of how their users are interacting with the app. This includes the products/services they’re interested in, the ones they’re not, and general demographics that can be used to tailor and better target marketing campaigns.

5: Marketing Channel

Rounding off the list, enterprise app trends have shown that apps serve as marketing channels all on their own. From our last point we see that user data can be mined from apps. The next step, therefore,  is to use that data to better target marketing campaigns. For example, if you notice that a certain demographic is more likely to purchase a particular product/service, you can shift marketing efforts to target that particular demographic.

In an alternate vein, mobile apps can also help your company’s marketing team with push notifications that ensure that your Brand will always be in your user’s minds.

Final Thoughts

For enterprise mobile mobile apps to be successful, they have to have a positive impact for users. More than that, they have to have provide a real value. That is to say that they have to actually streamline tasks and help them work better (internal apps —> employees), and improve their interactions with your Brand (external apps —> users).



Best of luck!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

7 Benefits Fueling the Adoption of Mobile Apps by Enterprises

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“I can’t use a mobile app for my business, there’s no use for it.” False, whether you’re a small business of a large enterprise, the benefits of mobile apps transcend industry and size. This is why a poll of mobility specialists focused on enterprise app trends found that 43% of respondents said increased productivity was their primary goal for an enterprise app rollout, and 22% said that new revenue or service delivery opportunities were the key focus.

Grow Your Business with a Mobile Application
At the end of the day, enterprise mobile apps have a positive impact on your bottom line. Internal apps are excellent employee tools to streamline tasks and create an efficient work environment, and external, client-facing apps give your business the added ‘oomph’ to get a leg up over your competition.
The point being that through mobile apps you can get the much needed boost to grow your business. How? Well, to whet your mobile appetite, here are 7 benefits you can expect by adopting the enterprise app trends and getting a mobile app for your business.

1: Streamline Tasks with Internal Apps
The first benefit comes from internal apps. Look at this way, who knows more about the day-to-day activities that it takes to make a business run that the employees who spend their days in the front line?
Employees know what works and what doesn’t. Listen to any watercooler conversation and you’re bound to hear things like, “if only I could ________, I would work so much faster!” or “man, that ________ is really cutting my productivity. We should ________.”
Listen to your employees and help them help you.

2: Open a New Revenue Channel

The next set of benefits come from client-facing enterprise mobile apps. These are the ones that have the most impact on growth, as they’re usually associated with increased revenue. As such, our second benefit is creating a whole new revenue channel.

Most easily observed by those in ecommerce, pairing an app with your business can lead to a drastic revenue influx. An ecommerce business has a leg up over normal brick and mortar shops in the sense that they’re ‘open’ 24/7, offering their products and services around the clock in the form of a website. Add a mobile app in the mix and you not only have 24/7 coverage, but also mobility.
Mobility translates to sales at any time, in any place. You can also send push notifications every now and then with special offers to incentivize your users to make a purchase.

3: Stay Ahead of Your Competition
There are two possible scenarios when talking about mobile apps and your competition:
1. Neither you nor your competition have a mobile app.
2. Your competition has a mobile app and you don’t.
In the first scenario, you need to take the first step and get ahead of them, and in the second, you need to catch up with them and compete. The truth is that in the consumer’s mind, a business with an app is better than one without. Pairing an app with your business demonstrates that you want make a connection with your users; you want to facilitate future interactions with your brand.

4: Greater Customer Convenience
Leading off of the previous benefit, a mobile app is excellent for making your users’ lives easier. Being a consumer yourself, you know that a three-step purchase journey is better than a five-step journey. Similarly, a mobile app that gives users the same functionality as a desktop site, with the added benefits on this list, is great for making your customers’ lives easier.

5: Improve Your Branding Efforts
Do you know what a splash screen is? If not, it’s the loading screen that appears when you launch an app. Anyway, by putting your company’s logo or slogan on your app, you’re essentially solidifying your brand in your user’s mind every time they open it. And as we covered earlier, push notifications are excellent for getting their attention. Use them every now and then with updates or informative content that ensures you’re a constant presence on their phone and mind.

6: Foster Customer Loyalty
With customer loyalty program in place that rewards users for purchases or referrals, you’re bound to see a spike in repeat purchases and conversions. This is because everyone likes deals, everyone likes saving money, and everyone likes exclusivity.
An easy option is to implement a program that rewards purchases with points that can be used for anything from discounts from future purchases to free giveaways. This ensures that customers stay loyal and keep coming back to you for more.

7: Increase Customer Satisfaction
Rounding up the list of benefits is something that can make or break your business, customer satisfaction. The simple reality is that an unhappy customer is a ticking time bomb that you need to diffuse. Just like positive reviews can turn potential customers into customers, negative reviews do the opposite and deter future prospects.

Enterprise mobile apps with a 24/7 customer service feature are perfect for unhappy customers because you’re giving them an option to vent and relieve their frustrations. Even if you don’t have someone working around the clock answering calls, the option to send a report or email can act as a temporary salve to ease their frustrations until you can get in there and take care of the situation.

Wrapping Up
There are instances in life in which it’s best to be a follower. This is exactly the case when it comes to following enterprise app trends. And in case you forgot, here are some benefits of pairing your
business with an app:

1.Streamline Tasks with Internal Apps
2.Open a New Revenue Channel
3.Stay Ahead of Your Competition
4.Greater Customer Convenience
5.Improve Your Branding Efforts
6.Foster Customer Loyalty
7.Increase Customer Satisfaction


Monday, 1 May 2017

6 Ways You Can Use Mobile Apps to Grow Your Enterprise

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If 77% of companies are saying that the enterprise mobile application world is different today than it was two years ago, then it’s time to take heed of the changing enterprise app trends and adapt to the times.
“They’re too expensive,” some say. Actually, with templates and services that offer cheap enterprise app solutions, this no longer has any credence, and pairing an application with your enterprise can actually lead to growth.

Grow Your Business with Enterprise Mobile Apps
What are enterprise mobile applications good for? Many things, but most importantly, they’re key for business growth and securing a strong foothold within your industry.
On the growth through increased profits side, mobile apps offer a whole new revenue channel, especially if you have a commerce business. How? By using the app and selling through it. Delving deeper into this, you can increase profits by opening a new marketing channel and increasing your reach, and similarly, brand awareness.

Of course, we can’t forget about the customer either. After all, they are the ones who will lead your business to growth. Don’t neglect them, use a mobile application to improve their experience with your brand and steer them away from the competition, and toward you.

Let’s begin:

1:  Open a New Marketing Channel
An easy first, an enterprise application opens up a whole new marketing channel, especially if you integrate it with social media platforms and open the avenue for users to share content with their own friends and family. And as the following section explains, a new marketing channel translates to increased brand awareness.

2: Increase Brand Awareness
Out of a new marketing channel, comes improved brand awareness. Think about it. An application for your enterprise will undoubtedly display your company’s logo, slogan, messages, etc. Therefore, every single time they open the app and see your company’s splash screen, they’ll be exposed to your brand.
And with push notifications enabled, your customer base is always one message away. As long as you don’t overdo it, a notification every now and then can serve to keep your brand a constant presence in your audience’s mind.

3:  Greater Customer Convenience

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We, or at least many of us, lead fast-paced lives and are addicted to our smartphones. Being on-the-go means means that we’ve long since entered the smartphone age in which they’ve become an extension of us, not unlike an extra appendage. This, in turn, means that if we want to get our customers’ attention, we need to be available on a format they’re likely to use many times throughout their day.

With a mobile application attached to your enterprise, you’ll not only be more accessible to your customers, but if you’re an ecommerce business, you’ll also simplify and reduce the steps from beginning to checkout. Your customers will no longer need to go to a physical store or sit down in front of a desktop computer, now all they have to do is reach into their pockets, tap a few times, and there you go, you have a sale.

4: Improve Customer Service
Customer service is key for business growth because a happy customer is a repeat customer, and a repeat customer means more revenue. This especially true if an unhappy customer decides to leave negative comments in one of the many review sites out there. Why? Because negative reviews lead to fewer customers, and fewer customers lead to less opportunities for growth. DO NOT let this happen.
The question now becomes, how can a mobile app improve customer service? Accessibility. There’s no doubt that it’s hard to offer 24/7 customer service. An easy fix is to offer the option for your customers to leave feedback or make inquiries any time, any day. Even if you can’t respond immediately, the ability to voice their concerns (and a helpful follow-up email that ensures their concerns will be heard) will serve to ease their otherwise flared tempers.

You can also take an extra step and program a chatbot within the application for true 24/7 customer service. It’ll be more expensive, yes, but it will also greatly improve your customer’s experience with your brand.

5: Boost Customer Loyalty
Loyal customers, they don’t just come back, they don’t simply recommend you, they insist that their friends do business with you. - Chip Bell
As Chip Bell’s quote above suggests, loyal customers are extremely beneficial for business growth. This can be done through the use of reward, loyalty and referral programs.
A program that gives your customers a discount for each referral is bound to boost loyalty. The same can be said for loyalty programs that reward users for each purchase, as they’ll be inclined to use your services over and over again to  further boost their rewards.

6: Get a Leg up over Your Competition

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66% of organizations are expecting to increase their investment in enterprise mobile apps within the next three years. Do the same because at the end of the day, you want to be number one; you want to be the brand that consumers turn to in times of need.
There are two possible scenarios with your competition and mobile apps. One, they have an application and you don’t, and two, neither you nor them have an application. In the first scenario, you need to catch up and surpass them. In the second, you want to get a leg up over them and use the momentum to further boost your business.

Looking Back
Enterprise mobile apps and the changing enterprise app trends are changing the way consumers interact with brands. What you want is to capitalize on this change and use it to grow your business. That being said, let’s look back and do a quick recap of how you can do this with an enterprise mobile application:

1. Open a New Marketing Channel
2. Increase Brand Awareness
3. Greater Customer Convenience
4. Improve Customer Service
5. Boost Customer Loyalty
6. Get a Leg up over Your Competition

Monday, 3 April 2017

How Can Enterprise Application Integration Benefit Your Business?

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Enterprises of all sizes, from small to large, rely on a variety of software applications to execute critical business operations on a daily basis. In order to communicate with internal and external teams, maintain relationships with customers, acquire business intelligence, and carry out other business objectives, enterprises have had to rely and acquaint themselves with multiple software programs.

The issue here comes from the lack of coordination between the different applications. Some businesses turn to enterprise app development to create custom applications that maneuver around the issue, but to truly get passed it, you have to integrate enterprise applications into a single interface.

What Is Enterprise Application Integration?

Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) enables data flow from programs by creating an interface that allows applications to communicate with each other. By bridging the gap between different software programs, EAI helps organizations exploit the full potential of their technology. Its implementation results in a well-rounded view of an organization’s business model, enabling higher operational efficiency.

How Can EAI Benefit Your Business?

The goal of EAI is to combine data generated by different programs to streamline business operations and create a more efficient business. It helps businesses remain flexible in terms of infrastructure. As we covered earlier, enterprises usually purchase a variety of software programs for alternate business operations. Some of the applications that EAI can target are related to:
Ecommerce Optimization
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
Human Resources Data
Internal and Marketing Communications
Supply Chain Management (SCM)
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Business Intelligence and Analytics
Because intercommunication in the above processes is not automated, they can’t communicate with each other, leading to inefficiency. And now, here’s how EAI can be of great benefit for your business:

Simplified Exchange of Information

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As the ‘integration’ part of its name implies, enterprise application integration allows the integration of different software programs. Naturally, what follows is a simplified flow of information between separate software programs.
If you think of the interface created by EAI as a single point of data access, those within and connected to the enterprise can access the combined data, eliminating redundancies that come with separate and detached systems. The outcome is a consolidation of data that’s not only easily accessible, but also a big time saver.

Automated Business Processes

Similar to a simplified flow of information, automated business processes are a natural byproduct of EAI because it streamlines operations from various applications. The combination of processes allows you to figuratively ‘kill two birds with one stone.”

Simplified Technological Processes

Not everyone can be tech savvy. It’s no great surprise that some people have a harder time that others adjusting to new technologies. This problem is magnified further when new applications and existing software don’t mesh well together. By combining the information and functionality of multiple programs into a single user-friendly interface, EAI reduces the complexities of technology that some people struggle with. As such, instead of learning various systems and applications, one need only familiarize themselves with one.

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Improved Efficiency

By nature, the single interface that EAI creates greatly improves efficiency. Organizations no longer have to go back and forth between applications when completing a task; they can quickly locate information in one simple place.

Picture an employee seeking to use information from one application for another. Without EAI they have to go back and forth between both, risking inconsistencies. These can be a missed word, number, or anything else that may arise out of human error. With EAI, on the other hand, everything is consolidated in one location. Easy, simple, and efficient.

Wrapping Up

Enterprise application integration is the answer to the question you didn’t know you had. With it, an enterprise can:
Manage the flow of information in a simple manner.
Automate business processes and streamline operations.
Reduce the complexities associated with new or challenging technologies.
Improve efficiency with a single interface that reduces the impact of human error.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

The Rise of Enterprise Cloud Apps

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We live in a time of technological advancements. Drones are delivering packages from Amazon, self-driving cars are taking to the highways, advances in natural language processing are gearing up to shake up the world of smart digital assistants, and cloud computing lets us store unimaginable amounts of information on remote servers.

Enterprise Cloud Applications

Let’s begin with a brief overview of enterprise mobile apps and enterprise app development. Enterprise apps differ from consumer apps in that they’re predominantly productivity-focused. More often than not, they’re created by enterprises to streamline tasks and create an automated environment. In the past, enterprises wanting to develop an app would need to contact vendors, complete an RFP (request for proposal) process, and jump through numerous other hurdles. Things are much better today. Now, organizations can go to a cloud marketplace and submit their app without the worries that previously troubled them. And, if for any reason they’re not pleased with the app, they just need deactivate it.

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This simplified development process, with less involvement from vendors, was formerly reserved for consumer apps. It has, in turn, taken pressures off selecting the optimal cloud strategy and led to the consumerization of B2B enterprise mobile apps. As a matter of fact, Oracle, the world’s largest software company announced in 2016 that all of its apps would be moving to the cloud. Moreover, a survey found that 75% of enterprises with greater than 1,000 employees have at least one app or platform running in the cloud, and 90% of all companies today either have apps running in the cloud or are planning on doing so in 2017.

Enterprise Cloud Applications in the Public Marketplace

The growing consumption of enterprise cloud apps has led to an increase in both the number of enterprise mobile apps moving to public cloud marketplaces and ease of enterprise app consumption. This shift in the enterprise app development process has been largely driven by Amazon Web Services (AWS), a pay-as-you-go suite of cloud computing services that make up an on-demand computing platform. AWS is an easy and affordable solution to cloud computing, and one that reached an all time high in popularity in 2016, with 57% of companies running it in the cloud. In fact, AWS is actually more popular than Microsoft, Google and IBM’s clouds combined.

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The Demand for Enterprise Cloud Applications

As we covered earlier, developing enterprise apps on the cloud is much easier than the on-premise alternative. Not only easier, but cheaper, and as we’ll cover in the next section, safer as well.

The Security Misconception

There’s a big misconception about the cloud and security. Many believe the cloud to be unsafe because it’s ‘the cloud,’ an abstract concept that most don’t fully understand. In other words, because data is stored on servers and hardware that are largely out of their control, people believe that it’s more susceptible to breaches.

In reality, and as this post explains, “Offsite cloud applications typically require more stringent firewalls, access credentials and security protocols than onsite stored data. With onsite stored data, security protocols tend to wane because they nest behind a local firewall onsite. On the other hand, offsite cloud applications must adhere to much more stringent security protocols, to make sure business owners are comfortable storing materials offsite and to make sure that access to those materials remains muted from the outside world.”

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The Takeaway

“What’s happening in the market is cloud—it’s just the way the industry is going to be going forward,” says Dan Miller, Oracle senior vice president for ISV and OEM. It’s safe to say that if you’re going to embark on an enterprise app development journey, the cloud is the way to go.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Your Guide to Choosing the Mobile App Development Platform That’s Right for You

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Mobile apps are for everyone. The common man can use them for directions, the tech savvy young adult to streamline work by utilizing voice technology, the protective mother to keep watch over her children, and now more than ever, by enterprises looking for innovative ways to tackle specific business issues. The difference between the populous and the enterprise is that the latter must bypass the common app store, venture into the backend world, and try their hand with an enterprise app development platform.

Mobile App Development Platforms
At its most basic, a mobile app development platform is software that enables developers to build, test and deploy apps. It can made in-house or purchased from a third-party vendor. When made in-house, it can include tailor-made customized features, and when purchased, it’s features differ from vendor to vendor. Some platforms are also technically ‘codeless’ and facilitate the development process. These platforms save time, money and resources with reusable components and templates, but make sacrifices in the form of customizable options. Codeless platforms also require minimal developer expertise and knowledge of programming languages. They ease the development process and are especially useful for in-house developers who want an app but don’t have enough resources for an expert.

‘Purposeless’ Enterprise Mobile Apps
Enterprise apps are as diverse as their non-enterprise counterparts. While by no means purposeless, some enterprise apps have a less defined purpose than those filling specific niches in the workplace. These ‘purposeless’ apps can range from informing you of the lunch specials in the corporate cafeteria to letting you know when the vending machine down the hall is out of your favorite drink. In the end, they still help the business by saving time that could be better spent working, but their purpose isn’t as business-centric as other apps.

Enterprise Mobile Apps for Productivity

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Here’s where the purposeful apps that boost productivity come in. To start things off, why are enterprises developing apps? Take a look at these stats to find out:

● 39% of employees agree that enterprise apps make the workplace more efficient
● Enterprises gain an average of 240 hours per employee each year by utilizing mobile apps
● 66% of enterprises are expecting to increase their investment in mobile apps within the next three years

The takeaway here is that enterprises are investing more in mobile apps because they increase productivity, enhance task performance, and are a key ingredient for business growth. They can be external and benefit a company’s customers by providing loyalty programs and instant support in the form of a chatbot, or internal and solve the daily work needs of a company’s employees by managing inventory, tracking orders, generating leads, and much more. The possibilities are literally limitless because each business has its own set of needs and can develop a myriad of apps for each need.

Enterprise App Development Platform Considerations
The first consideration to be made is what type of app you want. Is it for internal or external purposes? What will it do? Once you answer these questions you can move to the next consideration, which is choosing between an in-house platform or one provided by a third-party. The codeless platforms we covered earlier also come into play here, and their use is called rapid mobile app development (RMAD). They make apps that are ‘good enough’ to address internal issues, but shouldn’t be used if you plan on developing a client-facing external app. Next comes mobile platform. Because different platforms require different operating systems, cross-platform capability is also something to consider. The two most popular mobile platforms are Android and iPhones, which use the Android and iOS operating system respectively.

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After you choose a platform it’s time to decide on an app type. Native apps are designed and coded for a specific platform, and can tap into the device-specific hardware such as the camera, flashlight, microphone, compass, etc. Web apps are like mobile versions of websites that load within a web browser. Their scope is more limited, but because they load within browsers, work across devices. The combination of the two creates hybrid apps that are built with cross-compatible web technologies, and native code for improved performance within each platform. Last but not least are a new type of apps called progressive web apps (PWA). These are similar to hybrid apps in that they combine the best of mobile and web, but are inherently different. They’re built using an app shell that keeps the app’s user interface and content separated, and service workers that allow for offline use. Read more on PWAs here. Something else to consider is method of deployment. Do you want a cloud-based service or an on-site deployment? Cloud-based services tend to be easier and faster because everything is kept online and can be accessed from multiple locations, but on-site deployments bypass cloud-based subscription fees and offer more control.

To wrap things up, keep in mind that enterprise mobile apps are rapidly becoming a must-have in the world of business. They increase productivity, streamline tasks, and create efficient work environments. But before embarking on your enterprise app development journey, take time to think of the considerations we went over today as you decide which development platform is best for you.