Nowadays it is impossible to imagine the work of any enterprise without IT-systems and applications which allow to manage all processes from production to logistics effectively. Mobile apps become an integral part of the modern enterprise infrastructure - it is the most effective way to optimize and control all business operations.
Moreover, enterprise mobile applications development and apps integration will help to simplify work of employees, automate and speed up communications within the company.
Enterprise applications are divided into internal and external ones. Internal mobile apps are used by employees for remote access to corporate systems.
For example, warehousing and logistics services. Mobile apps for employees:
Reduce operating costs and downtime.
Synchronize the work of individual teams / work teams / field managers.
Help to control work processes.
When it comes to companies which work in retail niche, “mobility” term involves the development of applications for customers. The leaders of this process are banking organizations. Let’s now consider the best and major enterprise app development trends and will cover several tips which are inherent to the field of enterprise applications development.
Trend #1. Software Personalization
The structure of demand is changing together with the development of the enterprise mobility market. Although previously solutions for managers, which allow to control key business processes, were in great demand, now it is time to meet the demand of average employees.
People get used to using tablets and smartphones for work purposes, and want to have access to corporate services in the cafe, plane, car, as well as the employers are interested in the fact that the employees are always available outside the office. Thus, mobile applications are radically changing company’s work.
Also, mobile users need applications that connect them to the enterprise resources. This greatly improves productivity and facilitates collaboration between employees. At the same, time employees should have unlimited online access to information and applications.
But let’s now consider mobile enterprise ideas for the optimization of transport processes and production registration for example. Users of such applications are usually warehouse managers, storekeepers, and drivers. However, it absolutely doesn’t apply to the personnel department.
Consequently, it is necessary to consider the access policies for different departments and user groups, even if they (as in the case of small businesses) consist of 1-2 people. What a manager needs is not necessary for a secretary or accountant.
For external applications, personalization involves the creation of the customer base and the ability to maintain feedback with customers. First of all, it applies to trade companies and service enterprises.
Trend #2. Usability
Like the common mobile applications, business software should be user-friendly and easy to use. Thanks to it, companies are able to reduce the time and resources for staff training.
Now organizations need their employees to use a variety of technological tools and work in different business areas. And this means that the process of the software usage should be convenient for highly specialized experts.
Thus, if we want to make an enterprise app, we need to take into account a principle that the application must not only carry out its tasks but also be easy to use. It should allow collaboration, information sharing, and be simple to implement and support.
As mobile applications have great functionality, developers are tempted to implement full system functionality in the mobile app. However, you need to constantly monitor whether it is comfortable for the user to work with the app and it is possible to do something useful in a short time.
For example, to write a short e-mail or save a photo in one minute. It is easy to achieve by using the following tips:
Divide your application into separate components.
Imagine a complex system in a clear, concise and easy-to-use form.
Increase business productivity by simplifying workflow.
Provide a user-friendly design that makes it easy and convenient to work with app.
Trend #3. Functionality
Previously, enterprise application development companies saw the smartphones mainly as additional screens to access operational data, not covering all they could get from the interface of these devices. Mobile applications have very rich functionality, access to navigation and the camera of the mobile device and, as a result, have a greater number of features and functions.
Now there is a trend towards the full use of smartphones characteristics for business. It is necessary to build a package of software development tools for the solution of complex problems: the collection of data from the smartphone sensors, battery life optimization, ensuring data confidentiality, etc.
This will allow mobile enterprise applications developers to use a smartphone to its full potential. Application functionality depends on the objectives of a particular department or company in general.
For example, mobile applications perfectly interact with all integrated services: social networks, GPS-navigation, notifications. This tool is a must for enterprises whose business is in the service industry niche.
Trend #4. Protection of corporate data and mobile apps security
Modern enterprise applications have to ensure isolation of corporate information and protection of corporate data from modern risks such as:
Unauthorized usage of mobile / cloud applications by staff for their personal purposes.
Leakage of corporate data through unmanaged mobile / cloud applications.
Directed malware attacks on mobile devices.
Unauthorized access to corporate data.
Loss or theft of devices.
IT solutions must provide a unified level of security in the enterprise, regardless of the devices usage policy. It is possible to create white and black lists, customize the compliance policies and limit the internal applications. Prevent data leakage with such features as user authentication, data encryption, backup control and compliance tracking.
Trend #5. User privacy preservation
High-quality mobile application for enterprises should protect employees. It sounds strange because the emphasis is often placed on prevention of unauthorized usage of corporate data for the personal needs. But it is also true that personal information should remain personal.
Staff and partners must be calm knowing that the company doesn’t control their personal data. It is also good for developers who don’t want additional responsibility and expenses for personal data management.
Today mobile business environment requires an integrated approach to security and management. It is perfect when security problems are hidden from the user thanks to the advanced technology of creating the apps shell that allows corporate applications to run isolated from the individual applications. This gives employees the opportunity to select a device and user-friendly interface. The company retains control over the enterprise applications and data.
Here are the most popular trends of enterprise web application development. These apps should be useful for business, scalable and information-rich, user-friendly, clear and easy to use. They have to meet all customer's’ requirements and move their business to the next, higher level. After all, their main goal is optimization of business processes, time and materials costs reduction and, as a consequence, growth of company's profits.
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