Mobile app development presents specific challenges: not just different operating systems and devices, but also display sizes and on-device features. End users today expect elegant and easy-to-use mobile apps. Otherwise, the app will be deleted. This often means that mobile apps need to be updated every 2-4 weeks, versus annually for many traditional desktop apps. Getting a new app to run flawlessly on all devices within that schedule requires a powerful platform.
As competition increases and the sophistication of mobile apps grow, so also does consumer expectations. Today mobile apps needed to be personalized in real-time, contextually relevant, and mobile payments and wallets supported. These requirements break IT. Traditional IT environments are not meant for such speeds. Business processes are not designed for real-time operational tempos. Humans are not capable of scaling up to process, analyze and understand millions of data transactions daily.
FIVE STEPS TO ENTERPRISE MOBILITY
It can be difficult to know where to begin. Here are the five things that you can do now to succeed with enterprise mobility.
- Develop an enterprise mobility strategy. This means asking the big questions, starting with, "What is our business objective for mobility?"
- "Future proof" your investments. Let your service provider worry about supporting new platforms and operating systems.
- Ensure both business freedom and IT control. We call this "Freedom within a Framework." The business can have the freedom to build market-driven applications to support core initiatives, while IT can maintain the control required to ensure operational stability and governance as well as data and device security.
- Create an approved BYOD strategy. As we see it, enterprises have two choices when it comes to BYOD—do it now or suffer the consequences, later.
- Find an enterprise mobility partner. Select a partner that understands IT and the business, with expertise in integration, security and cross-platform mobile development.