Developing software for today’s distributed enterprises is not a simple task. Add the pressure to develop applications for the growing range of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices and as the “bring your own device” (BYOD) phenomenon grows exponentially, companies are looking to capture real productivity from all the mobile devices their employees are using. To develop an enterprise mobile app that will make employees more productive, here are some practices that your company can employ to ensure that any apps you develop in the future are doing their jobs and making your employees and company successful.
1. Less is more
Think of your favorite mobile apps. I’m guessing that nearly all of them have a specific function that they do really, really well. I use individual apps on a daily basis for email, project tracking, app deployment, note taking, personal to-do lists and file management, to name a few. Each of these apps has chosen a specific problem and does a great job at solving it. So for your enterprise apps, sometimes you may want to focus on one major feature in order to help your employees work better and smoother instead of trying to solve too many problems in 1 app.
2. Don’t mobilize everything
When we talk about mobilizing our business process and operation using apps or other mobile services, we tend to mobilize as many things as possible. However, you shouldn’t create a mobile app for the sake of it, not every aspect of a business is suited to being run over mobile. It is important to actually sit down and analyze the whole business process, pinpoint the key problems and study how mobile technology can be used to solve them effectively.
3. Give employee options
When you’re trying to deploy enterprise app to your employees, it’s important to give your employees more flexibility to use the enterprise apps (eg, optional notification, cross-platforms access and etc.). BYOD strategy is another great way to encourage employees to adopt the enterprise app more quickly and easily.
4. Invest in UX
As more businesses invest in mobile enterprise application platforms to design in-house software, great care must be taken to ensure that these tools are being created with the end user in mind. Just because an engineer or app developer can effortlessly navigate a mobile app does not necessarily mean that the average employee will enjoy similar success. Despite the increasing technological knowledge of the business user, a gulf still remains between developers and their enterprise audience. Bridging that gap can greatly enhance the success of a company’s mobility software.
5. Plan for the future
Think about potential future mobile application requirements as well as the scale of distribution. A long term plan will help to set foundations for future adaptability and quick scalability. It is likely that, in the future, the original deployment will need to be extended to new users or certain new features are needed to be added so it is important to be flexible.