Mobile application development has changed businesses forever. It has increased the types of devices (phones, tablets, wearables) and the amount of devices that connect to a company’s enterprise resources. There are over 6 billion mobile phone subscribers globally and the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) promises to connect tens of billions of devices to the Internet within several years.
Flexible Platforms Encourage Scalable Mobile Application Development
Once a company moves beyond developing five to ten mobile apps, it searches for software tools to scale its mobile application development efforts. Platforms provide modules to support important management elements such as testing, app version control, application catalogs, performance analytics, security and lifecycle management. Unlike the rigid platforms of yesteryear, today’s mobile application development platforms are modular, offer standards-based interfaces and work with multiple front-end design methods. But do not fall prey to these flashy platforms blindly, only after analyzing the market and understanding the user base choose the right platform which works for your mobile application development process.
Data Should Be Secured
Mobile and cloud computing have made advancements in how data is accessed and where it lives. In a mobile world, the concept of a data perimeter where data can be secured has been eliminated. Data must flow seamlessly and securely between a corporation’s data center, the cloud and mobile devices. With over 67 percent of companies supporting BYOD, companies must be able to separate and control business data across personal and corporate-owned devices.
Mobile Application Development Has Moved To Transactional
Applications must be connect to data from numerous back end systems. An application is meaningless if it can’t access the data a person needs. Companies can look to mobile platforms for middleware services to securely connect this data into applications and cloud services.
Mobile Application Development Has Become A Collection Of Data
In the mobile world, data must be collected from multiple systems and presented in a format where a person can take action. This action could be as simple as an approval or as complex as searching and buying a product. To do this, companies will use enterprise integration and sync software (mobile middleware) to link data from systems such as enterprise resource planning, databases and financial systems into mobile applications.
The good news is that all of the technology a company needs to mobile-enable a business are available as a set of modular platform capabilities that can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. With technology solutions readily available, companies can concentrate on the important process of defining the workflows that need to be mobile-enabled.