Smartphones and tablets are completely changing business. More and more businesses are looking at creating mobile apps for their business eco-system – employees, partners, customers.
But developing apps for a global distributed enterprise eco system is not simple. Enterprises have to work with multiple technologies, highly distributed environments and computing networks. More importantly, apps need to be developed for the long term and next generation experience. Those who specialize in creating enterprise apps need to keep in mind the following factors:
User Experience: Simply porting an application from desktop to mobile will not cut it. Mobile devices have a different real estate as well as different user Interfaces. Furthermore mobile devices are governed by context that is different depending on the location at the time of usage. An application needs to take all of this into account. Next generation mobile app needs to be designed with the user experience at its core.
Incorporating power of sensors: It¹s worth remembering that most of today’s mobile devices are powerful. They have cameras, GPS, accelerometers, Bluetooth and wi-fi (and some also include near field communication sensors too). Next Generation mobile app needs to make most of these sensors. It must be complete with many features such as the ability to reorient the display if the device is tilted to features that enable users to snap a picture and upload it straight into the system or get real-time updates based on location.
Incorporating newer form factors: The latest focus of all device makers is to move to a smaller, but functioning consumer form factor i.e. a watch. Design apps that are future proofed, that can be used on a TV screen to a watch.
Incorporating peer level services: The cloud is a programmable hub. All apps loaded on local devices that are in close proximity to the mobile and accessible to the mobile app can provide for a rich experience. Next generation mobile app should be in a position to integrate these peer level apps and bring them into pay to create a richer experience.
Empower the users: It is important to empower the user by enabling the user to configure her own experience and allowing her to integrate other business services, third party apps, themes into business applications e.g. social, mapping and traffic information feeds etc.
An app transformed with these factors can enable users to be more productive, make their jobs easier and even revolutionize a workforce. MoNimbus™ is the industry first cloud based mobile platform that allows creation of rich, customized, and managed mobile enterprise experiences in no time and with zero code.