Mobile first and cloud first are becoming the mantra for the enterprises. Are there misconceptions about the barriers in the path of these deployments ?
Despite having a clear understanding of the benefits of mobile-first, the majority of the organisations still have an ad-hoc approach to app development and are only beginning to consider platform selection to help them to formalise their mobile strategy. Most of the companies start looking at Mobility as a mere “problem solver” rather than creating a complete blue-print of the mobility strategy and the core benefits that the organisation aims to achieve.
Research shows that Just 7% of the organisations having more than 1000 employees had implemented a mobile app strategy and few organisations were using app reporting and analytics to measure productivity gains, and by association, return on mobility (ROM).
Understandably, a third of senior IT executives cited authentication and security of corporate information flowing to and from mobile device as their main concerns. The same proportion cited the cost and complexity of developing and managing apps as a barrier and stated that backend integration of enterprise apps in the cloud would be the next pressing issue.
The research also throws light on some of the persistent myths surrounding the building of enterprise mobile apps for today’s mobile-first cloud-first world:
Myth 1: Enterprise apps take lot of time to develop and deploy
Industry received wisdom dictates that apps, especially those designed for enterprise, can take at least half a year to build and launch. With some organisations requiring anywhere from 10-100 apps to serve different business units, the time required to build apps can appear prohibitive.
However, the right mobile platform can halve app development time to just 60-90 days. The key is to reuse application code and backend services where possible in order to speed integration. The organisations must look at re-inventing the process through mobility and not just extending the IT platform to a mobile app.
Myth 2: It’s too complicated for apps to access legacy systems
Enterprise organisations that have already made large investments in legacy systems such as ERP and are hesitant to develop mobile apps that cannot seamlessly plug into these existing mission-critical technologies.
On average, a suite of enterprise apps connects to between two and six backend systems and APIs, including Sharepoint, Oracle, MySQL and SAP. Because two in three of these backend systems do not have accessible APIs, this can slow down the development process or make mobile apps unusable.
Enterprises must look at a platform that has capability to integrate into diverse ERPs or legacy systems with an API infrastructure that allows to integrate legacy systems easily.
Myth 3: Mobile app developers must keep up with a myriad of coding languages and frameworks – it’s impossible
Learning new development languages in order to build individual apps for each device platform can be tedious, and for some enterprises entails constantly hiring fresh developers with different skill sets.
According to Forrester, when creating hybrid cross-platform apps, developers often employ as many as 10 different coding languages for enterprise app development projects.
To simplify development, developers can use mobile app platforms using a ‘bring your own toolkit’ approach that allows them to use the languages and toolkits they are most comfortable with. Choose a platform that allows developers to use both native as well as hybrid development environments.
Myth 4: Enterprise apps are always data-heavy, placing high loads on handsets and backend systems
The best mobile app platforms take large amounts of data from the backend and transmit a small filtered set of data to the handset: reducing overall demands. For each enterprise app session, the size of data transferred for each app should be less than 1MB.
Myth 5: Companies need a Chief Mobility Officer to successfully handle company-wide app development
This myth assumes that one central figure will successfully oversee app development and deployment across the enterprise. In reality, the average enterprise mobile app development project requires at least 20 personnel, including business heads, developers, project managers, IT and employees.
By collaborating and using the same technology standards and requirements, a Mobile Centre of Excellence or Mobile Steering Committee can guide mobile projects across multiple business units without creating new silos.
“This has elevated mobility to a strategic level. Companies should look more to cloud based and agile mobile application strategies to support their growing mobile workforces, without which enterprise productivity and profitability improvements will suffer.”
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