Recently we have been hearing a lot about enterprise apps and how its growth has evolved the modern business practices which has further enabled organizations to provide valuable services to clients and customers. As noted by Gartner, Enterprise mobile apps will outstrip available capacity five to one. With that, recently Apple and IBM united to release 10 new enterprise apps incorporating analytics and iBeacons. These apps use predictive analytics and are for business travelers and mortgage officers, among other professionals.
With the increased consumerization of IT at a fast pace, companies are gathering towards those apps that are less common and more peculiar; hence a large number of enterprise apps are already launched and scores of them are on the way. That said, there are both, startups and Fortune 500 companies that have played equal amount of role in making enterprise apps as popular as they are.
However, there are many organizations that have been still in the process of understanding the ‘how to’ of cracking the enterprise app market. Here, at this stage it becomes crucial for these organizations to understand different scenarios: It could be about leveraging data and analytics, increasing productivity as well as helping optimize business processes.
Below, we have jotted down quick tips that will assist potential enterprise app developers in developing a robust app:
- Need not be the jack-of-spades
Your goal should be to create a task-specific app as it will reward your app with greater chances of success. To develop with a mobile approach means to consider the vital part and maximize it. An app that’s bulky and nothing more than scattered pieces of software have minimal chances of being liked. Hence, the idea is to do concentrate on lesser things so as to perform better.
- Be careful while choosing the platform
It comes to analyzing your own company in terms of whether your company is BYOD or is it that you offer devices to your employees. It is always recommended to standardize your app just because different platforms have different capabilities to serve. Once you have analyzed what platforms your company and its employees are using, you can finalize a list of platforms that you would wish to target. However, make sure that you do not miss out on web-based app which is more generic and can be of a great help off-the-shelf.
- Design for your users
Always put user experience on priority, no matter what all features you choose to include in your app. An application that’s simple and provides a bug-free and seamless experience is much more valuable than an app that’s complex but fails to provide a flawless experience due to collective bugs in the app. Also, keep in mind that your employees are the users and therefore they would expect the same quality that’s delivered in B2C apps. Hence, it always makes a great idea to keep the managers and the employees in the loop during the development process.
- Reduce potential security complications
Making your company’s own enterprise app means being responsible for protecting your employees’ data as well as proprietary company information. Here, you cannot take chance with elements concerning to security and data integrity and therefore these elements should fall in your priority list. The list would include login credentials, encryption as well as remote access that are much needed. Also, you can create a security policy such as 2-step security authentication to control who can access your application.
In the process of developing a robust enterprise application, every enterprise app developer’s utmost focus should be on bringing value to your organization and thereby making your employees’ life easier. While the development and launch of the app are to be taken care of, you will also need a support system post launch that can guide you to leverage the app’s usability and functionality in the future.