Considerations for enterprise mobile app development
Mobile apps are the natural solution for companies seeking to reduce paper, eliminate manual processes and access IT business systems. This is especially true for large organisations with highly dispersed employees because many important cost savings and productivity enhancements can be derived through a well-executed mobility strategy.
Enterprise mobility is a unique segment of the IT landscape due to the distinct complexities in developing and maintaining secure mobile apps. These complexities are driven by the high degree of skill required to work with an assortment of app technologies and compounded by the never ending maintenance following each new phone, tablet and operating system update. For these reasons, the mobile app lifecycle never truly ‘finishes’ with every app requiring ongoing resources to resolve issues and perform upgrades multiple times a year. Employees, managers and executives are familiar with these issues when their apps drain their battery, are slow, don’t install, hang during login or regularly crash.
The purpose of this important article is to bring to light the various difficulties that businesses face when engaging mobile app development projects and to introduce Mumba Cloud’s unique response to these issues.
The journey towards mobile app enlightenment follows a predictable course as follows:
- Seek out the ‘off the shelf’ app that comes with the software package
- Develop a custom app with an in-house team
- Outsource development of a custom app to a third party consultancy
- License Mumba Cloud - a SaaS mobile app solution for enterprise
A quick summary of Mumba Cloud versus Custom Mobile Apps versus Off-the-shelf apps is as follows:
|Mumba Cloud||Custom Solution||Off the Shelf|
|Rapid Time to Deploy||Yes||No||Yes|
|Low Total Cost of Ownership||Yes||No||Yes|
|Includes Ongoing Maintenance||Yes||No||Yes|
|One App, One Interface||Yes||No||No|
1. The off the shelf app
This is the first port-of-call for any business seeking a mobile solution. Indeed, most modern IT systems include a mobile app, usually at no additional cost. Some businesses are fortunate that the off the shelf app meets their needs however the vast majority will find that the app does not meet their business requirements or their IT systems require a major upgrade. Software vendors are vague about their product roadmaps adding little comfort that the app may indeed support their requirements within a realistic timeframe.
If you are reading this document, then it is likely that you already know this to be true and are therefore ready to explore step 2 (or 3) below.
This is a must read for CIO's and Senior Executives seeking to understand the broader enterprise mobile app market.