Category : Enterprise Mobile App Development

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14Jun
454399125-100356564-primary.idge3 Approaches to Building Mobile Apps

3 Approaches to Building Mobile Apps

If you’re up in the air about how to build your mobile app, it helps to narrow it down to three options:

  1. Developing native, directly for iOS or Android
  2. A mobile-optimized development tool
  3. Some sort of hybrid approach

Here’s an overview of some advantages of the first option over the others.

When to Develop Native

The world of app development involves more than iOS or Android, but those two comprise 97 percent of the smartphone OS market. Developing native makes the most sense in one or both of those worlds.

Optimal Experience

When customer experience is paramount, nothing beats native. Apps built within the official app guidelines and within the proper ecosystem have a distinctive look and feel shared by all native apps. Typically, users will register this as a responsive, high-quality, intuitive app experience. You are also able to directly use any of the peculiar affordances of the device, such as the camera or the GPS, whereas in other approaches you may have indirect access through a variety of plug-ins.

App Store Placement

Some developers say that the biggest benefit is getting placed in the app store of the respective OS. Native apps will automatically be considered for inclusion on the app store. If you are using some other mechanism than native apps, then developers need to ensure that the output will produce an artifact which the app store will consider for approval.

After all, if you can’t be found in the app store, you’re basically wasting your time since it will be much more difficult for your potential audience to find your app if they have to go to some other source to find it, and it will take a lot more time, money, and effort to educate your potential audience about where to find your app. This may not be as much of big issue if your app is intended only for a private audience, such as a company’s internal stakeholders only, for which they may operate a private enterprise app store, vs. the general public.

The counter argument is that the app store is no replacement for marketing. Regardless, you have to get out there and promote it no matter where users go to download it. Unless it’s immediately popular, it could easily get buried amid all the other apps. The whole art of mobile app marketing and user acquisition, engagement, and retention is an entire subject unto itself, usually referred to as Mobile Growth. You can look for meetups in your area or entire conferences which are dedicated to the tools and techniques for acquiring and growing your app user base.

Regardless of your app store or mobile growth strategy, it won’t matter how many people download your app, all of your efforts for engagement, retention, UI/UX design, A/B testing etc. will be completely moot if the app doesn’t perform well. There are innumerable studies showing that consumers will delete or abandon an app/brand due to a single poor mobile experience, and app performance is one of the single largest contributors to the consumer’s experience of the app.

Ultra-Fast Graphics

Another differentiator where native apps excel is if your app depends on ultra-fast graphics. If you are creating a static, information-rich app, it won’t matter. On the other hand, native does better at handling animation and rapid refresh rates. On Android, in particular, you can program directly at the operating system layer using the NDK (native development kit) in conjunction with your Java Android app. You need native if you intend to have fluid access to high-level components like the camera and geolocation.

The biggest costs derive from the development time and the fact that you are tied to the OS. When it’s time to scale up and expand to another OS, you have to start all over again.

Security

Security is the second most quoted reason for going with native. The more moving parts, the more holes there are for cybercriminals to exploit. For the security of your native app, pay attention to the most common attack vectors that seek out weak SSL, unprotected data storage and areas where malware can deliver code injection. Also, make sure that you stay on top of the latest updates from the platform vendors, which frequently include security patches for vulnerabilities that have been identified. In some cases, your app may actually be removed from the store if it hasn’t been updated to include the latest fixes.

If your team has chosen to go native, your next decision is whether to start with iOS or Android. Here are a few considerations:

When to Go iOS Native

Apple continues to come in second in mobile market share, but the iOS app revenues are enormous. Depending on who you talk to, developers chalk it up to better quality or better branding. Strong engagement with loyal Apple users is certainly one of the top reasons to develop an iOS native app. In any case, the truth of the matter is that94% of US app store revenue goes to the top 1% of monetizing publishers. Many developers say that the biggest benefit of iOS is a lower degree of fragmentation. You’re dealing with one manufacturer, instead of the wide range of different hardware types on Android. But even Apple now has devices in the market which can no longer run the latest versions of iOS, so you will have to make determinations if you will only support the latest devices and cease updating your app for older devices.

When to Go Android Native

Android is where many developers start due to the relative ease of working in Java. More importantly for most companies, Android has the largest user base around the world, not only in developed economies, but especially in developing countries where the much lower cost of Android handsets makes them much more attainable. This is particularly true in the largest growing market of China where there are also many local domestic Android handset OEMs.

If you are looking to expand to new markets and other countries, Android will get you much broader reach. And while each individual Android user may not monetise as highly as iOS, many strategies are linked to having a larger audience at lower ARPU.  If you’re going to go to Chrome OS in the future, Android is the logical place to start since Google is making it possible to run Android apps on Chromebooks. Even Microsoft is getting on the Android bandwagon with its acquisition of Xamarin, which can output Android apps (though not native).

When to Use a Hybrid-Native Mobile-Optimized Development Tool

When mobile was young, development tools that worked across platforms were the way to go. These tools became the preferred platforms for developers when skills were scarce for native programming. There was (and still is) intense pressure to get to market quickly and teams could use these tools to support both platforms from a single code base and development environment. These mobile-optimized tools helped developers collapse the learning curve and incorporate features and functionalities from other popular apps as they only had to learn one IDE but could create native apps for both major mobile OSs.

Today, these platforms are still popular for beginners who may be intimidated by trying to learn native development in Swift or Java and companies using a single dev team to support both iOS and Android or whose developers have existing programming and development skill sets that they are leveraging for mobile development. Here are a few of the most prevalent mobile-optimized tools on the market now:

1. PhoneGap

 Adobe acquired this powerful, enterprise-level development tool a few years ago and it has flourished. Adobe also donated the open source project called Cordova to the Apache project where it continues to be developed and maintained with committers and contributors from both Adobe and many other companies. Both beginners and experienced web development professionals tend to love it because you can start from basic HTML and Javascript. Also, if you use the Cordova open source version, it is entirely free, but you also have the option to get advance for fee features with the Adobe version, which will appeal to many enterprises.

This technology essentially allows you to embed HTML5 apps in native containers, and it even includes plug-ins that allow you to access native affordances like cameras, gps etc. from javascript code. The main advantage of this approach is that it allows develops with skills in web applications to become mobile application develops. Many companies have web development teams that can now extend their capabilities to develop mobile applications. For many people, it’s also much simpler to learn HTML5, CSS, and Javascript than it is to learn a native IDE like xCode and Android studio and their respective programming languages.

There are also many projects such as Monaca that have developed entire UI/UX libraries that very closely resemble native design guidelines like Material Design, so that apps built using it look for all intents and purposes indistinguishable from native applications. Even more importantly, the ability to use the styling properties of CSS it makes possible to quickly and easily change the look and feel of these apps.

Of course, one of the disadvantages of this approach is that it relies upon having a web container embedded in a native wrapper. The embedded web container does not have any of the chrome of a stand alone web browser (which is why it can look like a native app), but it also doesn’t support the standard web timing and navigation APIs defined by the W3C, so it becomes much more difficult to monitor the performance of the app. The web container also can add significant overhead and may limit the ability of the app to work off-line without significant effort to use local storage.

2. Appcelerator Titanium

Over the years, Appcelerator has added capabilities like cloud services, mobile back-end as a service, a vast library of extensions, support for Node.js and crash analytics. Developers from all over can come together and work in the most popular languages, including HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby and Python. Developers tend to love it or hate it, to the point where it has broken up application teams.

3. Kony

This is another one that’s been around for nearly a decade and has seen the app market flip from B2C to B2E. Kony is a good rough and ready system that always seems to be one step ahead of technology. Kony seems to be particularly useful to companies that can’t or don’t want to have dedicated native app development teams.

4. Xamarin

Nobody can say Microsoft isn’t trying. They seem to have turned on a dime from advocating for Windows Phone to pushing a cross platform app development IDE. Part of that strategy involved acquiring this independent app development environment which is based on the open source Mono project, though there has always been close collaboration with Microsoft over the years. It’s a good platform to help developers learn C# for native iOS or Android. Microsoft is still the standard in many large corporate environments and those types of companies tend to have internal developers who are skilled in using Visual Studio and .NET to develop both internal corporate apps and external customer facing applications.

Xamarin makes it possible for these types of developers to use their existing skill sets to develop mobile applications for the most common smartphone platforms. This is particular important since in many large enterprises, employees had already adopted these devices for their personal use, so it was not practical to mandate use of Windows Phone devices, which, in the end, Microsoft is now de-emphasizing with its recent write-offs in its phone hardware divisions. Given the tiny market share of Windows Phone devices, these companies were also hard pressed to produce apps iOS and Android, and they needed a way to do that with their existing teams and skill sets.

In the meantime, it gives you a clear cut, interactive dashboard with real-time metrics for the most common app KPIs, though there can still be some bugs, such as the problem with the way Xamarin wraps NSProxy. This can cause an issue if you want to monitor the performance of an iOS app produced using Xamarin, since you need to wrap the NSURLSessionDataDelegate in order to interpose on delegate operations so that its usage can be monitored.

When to Go With a Hybrid

More developers have turned to hybrid options over the past few years just to keep up with customer expectations. B2E moves fast and competition is fierce, so companies feel pressured to generate the user experience of a native app, but with the shorter development times and pre-built components of a mobile-optimized platform.

1. Ionic

Whenever developers mention hybrid, Ionic usually comes up among the top hybrid options. Some teams start out by building a CSS framework with the SASS extension language to contain the native look and feel. It’s built on HTML5, and AnjularJS is emerging as the go-to way to drive app features. The next gen Ionic will have drag-and-drop programming capabilities, so expect a flood of new developers to try it out. The community of Ionic developers is already strong and helpful.

2. React Native

Many developers have said that React Native is the closest thing to working in native, but with the addition of a framework and active support community. It was put together by Facebook developers, so the development itself is done entirely with a combination of React and Javascript. You have to come in with plenty ofJavascript experience and know how to solve common app development issues around containers and APIs. On the other hand, if you want to build an app on both iOS and Android at the same time, and want performance that is close to native, this is a very useful tool.

It is somewhat ironic that this approach has come out of Facebook, since Facebook itself very publicly and spectacularly made a complete architecture switch from a hybrid native approach several years ago to fully native apps, and the main justification for making the switch was improved performance which resulted in very significant improvements in key business outcome KPIS such a the time spent in app, number of photos being uploaded etc. which are critical measures for Facebook that have a very direct influence on their bottom line which is dependent on selling ads.

There was much debate and discussion in the technical community at the time about whether or not Facebook’s hybrid implementation was the problem, and not the architecture choice itself. For example, some argued that Facebook had essentially just been cramming it’s website into a native container rather than explicitly programming it as a native/hybrid app from the ground up.

Of course, very, very few companies have the scale of a Facebook both in terms of the number of users (wouldn’t we all love to have the problem of a billion plus MAUs?) and the amount of the content being run through the app, so any performance hit from taking a hybrid approach is much less likely.

3. Mobile AngularUI

This is one of the new advanced hybrids. Mobile AngularUI is ideal for enterprise-level developers who are comfortable with Bootstrap 3 and AngularJS modules. However, it also has built-in mobile components like switches and overlays that aren’t in Bootstrap 3. If you’re not a fan of jQuery, this hybrid bypasses it for libraries like fastclick.js.

Summing Up

Native development in iOS or Android (or both) makes the most sense to take full advantage of the native capabilities and if you have development teams that are experienced in the native IDEs or you have hired a third party development house that can do the same. Mobile-optimized platforms like Appcelerator Titanium and native-hybrid Phonegap are best for single environment development teams and when devs don’t have the skill sets or inclination to learn Java and Swift. However, a hybrid approach using technologies like HTML5 can run the risk of making it harder to monitor the performance of your application, especially once it is in production. It can be a fast way to get a minimum viable product on both Android and iOS especially by leveraging existing skill sets from the web or other programming languages.

Regardless of what approach you take, it is imperative to monitor the performance of your app once it goes into production, so you can then iteratively upgrade and refine the app based on metrics and user feedback. It may be tempting to just rely on app store ratings and reviews to get feedback from your users on problems, bugs, crashes etc., but by that time it may already be too late if the user has deleted the app due to a poor performance experience. More over the poor ratings and reviews are public and may negatively influence other new users from even trying the app.

Consequently, no matter what approach you take, it is absolutely imperative that you have a strategy and plan for monitoring the performance of your app in real time.

We’d love to hear which route your dev team chose in the end and what were the deciding factors. If you used a mobile-optimized platform or a hybrid that wasn’t listed here, let us know in the comments what you found and how it worked out. Similarly, let us know about your experience in monitoring the performance of your application, and if you haven’t started yet, then get in touch so we can help you get going.

By Peter Kacandes

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16Mar
bnTrends, Challenges, & Strategies For Adoption Of Enterprise Mobile Apps

Trends, Challenges, & Strategies For Adoption Of Enterprise Mobile Apps

Over Half Of Organizations Are Deploying Mobile Apps For Extended Enterprise Workers

Enterprise Mobility (EM) support offered by businesses is incomplete at best, according to findings from the 2016 Executive Enterprise Mobility Report. The report is an analysis of results of Apperian’s third annual mobility survey and examines the key mobile trends, describes drivers of success, and concludes with recommendations for expanding enterprise mobility programs.

Only 17 percent of respondent companies had fully deployed EM, 53 percent had partially implemented EM, and 27 percent were still in the planning phase. According to the analysis, companies that are lagging with EM adoption are losing a competitive edge in a quantifiable way, costing respondent organizations an average $36 million annually.

The report surveyed a random sample of executives from a wide variety of industries on key challenges and opportunities of enterprise mobility programs and found the number of enterprise mobile apps continues to grow as a means to fuel business strategy with 57 percent of all organizations surveyed offering two to 10 custom enterprise apps. Twenty-three percent of large organizations (10,000+ employees) are deploying more than 20.

“Our research and experience suggests broadening the types of end users that are supported by apps – beyond full-time, in-office workers — produces the highest ROI for businesses,” said Brian Day, President and CEO of Apperian. “This often requires a different approach than legacy EMM and MDM-based systems, which weren’t built to accommodate BYOD and unmanaged devices. In these cases, securing and managing the app itself instead of the device is critical to enabling the wide range of workers who can benefit from these apps.”

The study found that, while 91 percent of organizations are targeting corporate employees, 51 percent of all companies also currently provide apps to at least one type of “extended enterprise” worker — hourly workers, contracted employees, and business partners. And while significant business benefits can be gained by providing mobile apps that access critical backend enterprise systems, doing so presents a formidable security challenge, especially when IT must enable workers who are not using corporate owned or managed devices.

The report also found, “Companies deploying custom apps to such large bodies of workers is important, and it suggests they recognize that mobile apps can be transformational to a wide segment of their user base.”

Some significant roadblocks to expanding apps exist, including the complexity of the mobile landscape, security issues, and visibility. Yet, despite the roadblocks, improving business processes (30 percent), improved productivity (23 percent), and competitive advantage (20 percent) were cited as the key benefits of enterprise apps.

The research also revealed companies are supporting businesses processes that are unique to their organizations by creating custom apps that interact with enterprise systems, and more than one-third report having an enterprise app store, up from 23 percent in 2015.

In addition, the survey found adoption strategies drive satisfaction, with nearly 60 percent of businesses currently mobilizing access to critical enterprise systems. And productivity apps and field service apps ranked highest in terms of impact.

 

By Christine Kern, contributing writer for Jameson Publishing

This Original Article Appeared On: Business Solutions

 

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3Mar
The-Mobile-App-Modern Trends & Best Practices in Enterprise App Development

Modern Trends & Best Practices in Enterprise App Development

Today’s life has become hectic indeed and businesses are moving at a rapid pace. The need for apps in today’s businesses and enterprises cannot be discounted as apps now hold the answer to many a business problem.

Modern Trends – What is RMAD
Realizing the speed at which businesses need to gain competitive advantage, senior level executives have been trying to get the apps rolling out as quickly as possible. This approach has given rise to the term Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD).To enumerate, according to Techtarget.com, RMAD uses code free programming tools so that the process of creating applications for mobile platforms can be speeded up to match today’s business environment requirements. RMAD gives businesses the possibility of quickly building good-enough internal apps for the purpose of addressing extremely particular business issues.

RMAD, which is the mobile counterpart of Rapid Application Development (RAD), can be used to create both internal as well as customer facing apps. By using RMAD software, which is generally web based and object oriented, it is possible to create higher quality products that can be developed faster by using more advantageous processes such as early prototyping, reusing software components, and involving less formality in team level communication.

What is Bimodal IT

Today, if you observe keenly, the enterprise has developed a strong demand for apps, and this thirst for apps just cannot be quenched. Along with RMAD, another trend is now rising up the horizon, called Bimodal IT. Gartner defines Bimodal IT as “the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.” This is expected to bridge the gap b

The Best Practices

Nevertheless, the various push and pulls many enterprises are facing presently when it comes to app development methodologies which may vary from utilizing RMAD tools such as, or through MbaaS, or through operating a cloud-based back-end system for mobile apps, can be effectively solved if enterprises consider following best practices to overcome app development practices.

Apps development can be prioritized

According to Gartner, there is a lack of “value-driven prioritization” for development of enterprise apps. This methodology has already led to an inefficient use of IT resources. Since apps should not be built on a first come first serve basis, they should be prioritized so that the needs of business stakeholders are met effectively.

Adopting a Bimodal IT approach

As brought on in the initial stages of this discussion, Bimodal IT, which is the two-track style of IT that is advocated by Gartner can be utilized for apps development.

RMAD tools can be utilized

Various RMAD tools can be utilized. These tools include Buzztouch, Telerik Icenium, Socialize AppMakr, and others. Thus, those with no programming skills can rapidly assemble prototypes for mobile apps.

Build apps that are smart and lightweight

Today’s enterprises are thirsty for newer and newer apps that help them solve their business quandaries. Hence, utilizing techniques that can build smart and lightweight apps can help enterprises in capturing the limelight and emerge as winners in competitive businesses. The use of apps as effective marketing tools will then surely become an impelling strategy.

Solve an enterprise level problem

Make sure that your app offers value as well as solves a problem that is faced by the user. Try your best to solve a problem that has not been solved by anyone else.

Stress on security and functionality

Make sure that while building enterprise apps, you stress on enterprise security and functionality. This means that you need to live up to the highest expectations that enterprise users expect from such apps.

Mixed-sourcing can be adopted

It might so happen that a completely in-house development environment might not be possible for many companies. For example, it might be better off if some parts can be outsourced. For example, in the case of mobile application development, cellular coverage testing along with UX design could be outsourced, while the rest of the activities could be carried out in-house.

Conclusion:

Enterprises are always dynamic as they continue to thrive in a modern ecosystem. The availability of apps as a way of tackling business competition with agility, speed, as well as thoughtfulness and proper consideration is the right way ahead.

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15Feb
what-security-testing-tools-miss-showcase_image-1-w-720How Can You Maintain Application Security During the Software Development Life Cycle

How Can You Maintain Application Security During the Software Development Life Cycle

We all know how important it is to secure your organization’s Web, mobile and desktop applications, but how do you maintain critical application security during the software development life cycle (SDLC)?

Evolving State of Application Security

During the development process, a large amount of new code is added to applications being developed. Of course, all of us want to write the code as securely as we can. However, the problem is that most of us don’t have the skills and/or knowledge to really know what we are defending the applications from.

In addition, attackers’ techniques are constantly evolving, and there are many attack vectors that don’t directly target your code. Many attacks leverage weaknesses in your IT infrastructure or third-party components to reach your applications, databases or other valuable resources.

In cases like those, solely scanning your own code won’t provide you with the security coverage you need.

Making the Case for Application Security Testing on Cloud

There are many on-premises application security testing solutions on the market, and generally they do a great job. But for smaller organizations or special application security projects at larger organizations, on-premises solutions can be prohibitively expensive. Integrating an on-premises solution into your SDLC can also be complex and frequently requires specialized skills to configure properly.

In these specialized use cases, cloud solutions are the way to go since:

  • No specialized security expertise is required.
  • Configuration is usually straightforward.
  • Certain solutions provide an API that can be integrated into your build and deployment systems.
  • Cloud solutions can be less expensive than an on-premises licensing model.

Taking Your Application Security to Cloud Nine

Take, for example, IBM Application Security on Cloud. The configuration is very basic; you require no more than the website’s URL and access credentials if applicable. It provides an API that can be easily integrated into your deployment system. In addition to performing application security testing on your Web applications, you can conveniently scan mobile and desktop apps. It generates a detailed report that your development team can use to remediate vulnerabilities and report progress to key stakeholders.

By utilizing the API, you can trigger security scans in just a few lines of code. Additionally, through incorporating cloud technology, you can save lots of time and money while still maintaining application security during the SDLC. This is critical because the earlier you detect security vulnerabilities in the development process, the easier and less expensive it is to remediate them.

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2Feb
appTips to Develop Your First Enterprise Mobile App

Tips to Develop Your First Enterprise Mobile App

Connect and chat with your friends, book movie tickets, make your “selfie” look stunning with photo editing tools – there is a mobile app for everything. From a business perspective, mobile apps are the most cost-effective and powerful way to reach out to a vast mobile market and generate revenues. What more! Fast-paced consumerization has paved the way for building apps that make business management and handling day-to-day operations easier. In fact,the enterprise mobile market has seen an exponential growth in popularity among startups as well as Fortune 500 companies in the past few years.

On the flip side, there are many organizations that still fail to harness the potential of enterprise mobile apps. Several companies are still figuring out how they can take the advantage of these cutting-edge mobile apps to streamline business operations, manage projects, and improve revenues. If you have not yet found a reason to invest in this, now is time to do so because the enterprise mobile app market is emerging as the latest trend. There are many organizational and operational benefits of having a mobile application for your company such as optimizing business processes, leveraging analytics,and increasing productivity.

So, if you are considering building your first enterprise mobile app, it is vital to start off with a problem or business challenge, and then move to the development phase. Discussed here are some important tips to help you create a business application that’s worth your investment.

  1. Choose the Right Mobile App Development Platform

    Considering the fact that enterprise apps may be used across different mobile devices, with unique screen sizes and resolutions, it is important to make your app responsive in nature. This means your app will deliver the same look and feel across different mobile devices, Operating Systems and capabilities. For this, it is vital to determine what platforms your organization or employees are using. Based on it, decide on a list of mobile app platforms that you would target – iOS, Android, Windows, etc. Make sure that you do not miss out web-based business apps that are more generic in nature and can be used widely, irrespective of device platform. Cross-platform application development can also be a good option here.
  2. Focus on Task-Specific Apps

    If you want your enterprise app to be successful, make it task-specific rather than trying to do too many things at once. The latter will make your app bulky and you will end up confusing your users with things that are less relevant to them. Therefore, first identify a specific business challenge or problem, and then design an app that targets that particular task. The idea is to focus on fewer things so that your app performs better and faster.
  3. Design an App with Amazing UI/UX

    User experience should be your foremost priority when you design an enterprise app. No matter what superb features you include in your mobile app, unless it delivers a seamless, easy-to-use experience, it will not be successful among your users. A simple and intuitive app that is bug-free and has amazing UI/UX is the key to building a great app. Therefore, focus on improving your employee experience with the app and enhance their productivity.
  4. Iterations to Improve App Performance

    Once you create the basic design and structure of the app, continuously make iterations to add new features and fix bugs. It is only when the basics are built strong that you can easily push out the latest updates of the app. Moreover, your app should also include a feature for the users to report problems and provide feedback. This is a great idea to make further iterations and add brilliant features in the future. As your users will always expect frequent enhancements and updates, you should plan well in advance how to render iterations in a speedier and efficient manner.
  5. Create a Mockup

    You cannot build it all at once. When you are doing it for the first time, it is important that you create a demo of the app and seek recommendations from the decision-maker. There are several wireframing and mockup tools with which you can build a mockup of your enterprise app and show it to your team to give them an idea of user experience, key features, and capabilities of the app. Creating a demo will always help in integrating new features and making iterations that will help build a fantastic product.
  6. Deliver Highest Levels of App Security

    When you build an enterprise mobile app, rendering highest levels of security is most important. This is because the app will deal with critical and confidential business information, and employee data. Thus, you cannot take a chance with factors affecting data integrity and security of your company. When designing an app, security should be your priority. You can integrate key features like encryption, login credentials, 2-step security authentication remote access, etc. to control who can access your app. At the same time, you should strive to improve user experience.
  7. Know the Cost to Build an Enterprise App

    No matter whether you build your enterprise application internally or get it done from an outsourcing company, the steps to create an app are the same. However, it is crucial to determine what it would cost whether you develop it yourself or outsource it. At every stage of mobile app development, you have to incur a cost. When you outsource, developers generally charge for the entire project or on per hour basis. So, before you make a jump in building an application, know the cost of app development.
  8. Support and Maintenance

    Since most mobile app platforms roll out updates continuously, it is important that you regularly update and test your enterprise app on the latest versions to deliver improved and better performance, high security, and a bug-free, seamless user experience. Moreover, as your enterprise will undergo changes, its connectivity with the app will change. You have to be ready to provide support and maintenance for such changes in the long run. Unfortunately, many companies do not have mobile app development expertise internally and they have to outsource their app support and maintenance needs to an outside firm. Organizations should take into consideration the cost of support and maintenance; as well, this is an integral part of building a successful app.Based on these valuable tips, you can build your first enterprise mobile app in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and ensure success.

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