Mobility turns out to be a bit huger every day. Now, we have more active mobile phones than the total human-population on the planet, according to UN’s International Telecommunications Union (UTI). Mobility is purely a consumer-driven economy, which means that the more mobility and apps are becoming effective and useful, the more consumers will buy them. But, there is an absolutely different scenario with enterprise mobility and enterprise mobile application development.
Typically, businesses use hundreds of apps, but they still largely depend on legacy systems only. This is how they run their core business processes.
The reason why businesses’ core applications are still based on desktop systems is the time of months to years they will need investing in building full-fledged enterprise mobile apps that can work and deliver the results similar to the same apps running on desktops.
Still, the demand of mobile based enterprise apps is all time high and, CIOs know it that sooner or later, they will have to invest the required time to bring in mobility to their prospects, people, and partners. A Gartner CIO Agenda report confirms that spending on mobility and apps is one of the five top priorities for most of the CIOs.
Unfortunately, there are many myths that keep deterring enterprises to fully go mobile. These myths have succeeded to convince businesses to count on the disadvantages and in result, not to pay enough attention on enterprise mobile application development for their procedures.
This post aims to list, discuss, and discover the truth about all those top myths which are associated with enterprise mobile app development and because of them businesses encounter obstacles to achieve mobility at its full potentials. Let’s begin.
Myth #1: Merely customizing / optimizing a desktop app to work on mobile devices will work.
Many businesses think that the simplest way to adopt mobility is to force their existing desktop apps supporting and running on mobile devices. This is one big misconception due to which businesses aren’t able to take all advantages of mobile technology. Forcing a desktop application to mobile devices will do nothing but making it support small screens; however; such apps will not be able to use internal-device hardware features which can make an operation way easier and quicker.
Companies customizing / optimizing their existing web applications to be rendered by mobile browsers are in fact making things more complex.
Truth – When desktop web applications are forcefully run on mobile devices, users are seen spending more time in pinching and zooming to choose the right functions. They either need to scroll around the app which isn’t absolutely a good practice at all. This does not aid to productivity of employees who will use it. In fact, it makes it more complex than using the same app on desktop.
Myth #2 – Mobile apps can be implemented for simple processes only, not the complex ones.
Many businesses believe that mobile devices can only handle simple processes and procedures. They will not be able to executive heavy tasks. This is why core apps needs to be desktop-oriented only.
Truth – One-to-one functioning micro apps are the critical requirements of every business, for their success.They can start mobilizing their works processes with these simple solutions but mobile devices can be implemented for improving the efficiency of several other business operations.
Why not power you sales representatives with mobility so that they can meet with clients even when they are not carrying their laptops and various other business-intelligence related information. If their mobiles have apps to connect to your core system, they can be relived with the burden of carrying heavy devices and other materials. Mobile technology has all grown to a level where it can support apps for almost every business operation need quickness and simplicity. When employees have such apps, they will have more means of closing a lead.
Myth #3: Software vendors will provide mobilize versions of our apps
Many enterprises believe that developers will provide packaged apps supporting their existing apps.
Truth – This is not an easy do at all. In fact, it raises more questions than giving any answers, instead. It’s difficult to assume whether any enterprise app developers will be able to customize a desktop app for mobile devices without any costly upgrades or the need of re-plat-forming. Can a single customization or optimization turn an app capable of supporting multiple screens? No, it won’t. Using any ready-made solutions from software providers are not just costly but in most cases, businesses can hardly fulfill their needs because of the complex customizations required in these ready-made solutions to make them suitable for specific business requirements.
Myth #4: We will implement mobility by getting it developed from our internal team.
As of now, enterprises with their internal developers are implementing an average of 2-3 apps per year, however; there are potentially hundreds more in queue.
Truth – No doubt mobile application development is a quite time consuming and complex process.Then add the cost and time required in their maintenance and upgrades.In comparison to other technologies which annually require almost 20% of the original investment for maintenance and upgrades, mobile apps need more than 50%.It’s because technology is changing quite rapidly and there is huge ocean of platforms and devices an app needs to have support for.Mobile Backend-as-service MBaaS and Mobile Application Development Platforms (MADPs) look like better solutions to cut the cost but then there are associated complexities and exotic requirements to which these ready-made solutions can hardly be customized. Plus, getting an app built from internal teams which may or may not have hands-on experience, also adds to the total cost. This can be avoided when apps are built from professional developers.
Myth #5: Mobility isn’t actually important for businesses and their procedures
Almost all businesses which do not have mobile apps so far can present reasons why a mobile app isn’t important for them.
Truth – If enterprises have been ignoring mobility because they think it’s not critical to their success then they have failed to assess the revolution taking place right under their nose.The concepts of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) BYOW (Bring Your Own Wearable) are already growing each passing day. Smart enterprises have realized that it’s just not the matter of user-preference but it’s the way through which users can become productive.
New business-processes being introduced are already mobile-ready.They allow users (employees) to easily engage with their customers even if they are away from office.
Now if a business is still not convinced, they are deliberately giving an advantage to those counterparts which have already implemented mobility to their work procedures.
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