A rapid transformation has been observed in the approaches and tools for Mobile App Development. The advancement in App development tools has encouraged developers to follow different techniques. Axiomatically, the emergence of the iPhone has defined the new parameters to the Smartphone realm. And, applications being the cornerstone of Smartphones has garnered enormous attention of the developers across the globe. Hence, it can be said that the evolution of the iPhone has revolutionized the mobile application development.
Like other consumer domains, enterprises are also reaping the greatest benefits of mobile applications. And, it has been observed that most of the organizations are contributing the majority of their total development resources for handling or enhancing the existing applications. However, this doesn’t imply that they are not taking initiates in new development approaches, most of their latest projects dictate the characteristics of advanced mobile app development.
Modern App Development Techniques:
Let’s have a look at some of the modern application development trends which are implemented by enterprises for maximum benefits.
1. Support Data from Multiple Back-end Systems:
In order to target potential consumers, organizations are creating applications keeping in mind the versatility aspect. Thus, developers integrate multiple back-end data sources, systems and applications and allow enterprises to conveniently cater to the needs of users with diverse mobile devices.
2. Extended Their Reach to Mobile Users:
Extended Reach to Mobile Users
Mobile audience has become a prime target for most of the companies. The mobile applications not only help one to reach a wider customer base and promote their products and services with ease, but they also help enterprises enhance their productivity to meet their customer’s demands efficiently. There are numerous features that have been adopted by organizations, which represent their move towards mobile. Here are some of them –
Applications are embedded with latest touch interactions and support multiple screen sizes with high quality designs, thus they offer navigation ease to Smartphone users.
- Implementing short and simple workflows for app functions.
- They prefer to factor the whole system into applications and APIs.
3. Adopted Supple Behavior:
Yes, agility can be observed in the latest applications released by enterprises. You might have noticed frequent releases of enterprise applications for small bug fixes or for updated novel features. App development teams are working in an integrated fashion to support instant response to the fluctuating trends. Moreover, the apps also facilitate user integration into the development process, (by releasing public versions to perform testing at user level, prior to its complete launch) and include social tools collaboration as well.
4. Ensured Compatibility with a Variety of Third Party Applications:
The cross-platform applications have become an essential aspect today. There is a plethora of mobile platforms available out there that are coupled with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend. This ultimately adds to the demand for diversified mobile applications. The cross-device approach can be created by implementing the create once and run anywhere planning. However, the enterprises that create native apps and integrate cross-device technologies, make the things a bit complex by opening the doors for new challenges.
5. Enhanced User experience:
Ensuring navigation ease makes the user interface more intuitive and interactive. It is imperative that the created application must deliver a hassle-free and convenient user experience.
While enterprises are paying more attention into the visual appearance and design of the app, there is a great demand well-versed app designers and programmers in the businesses. They are keen to higher updated and experienced designers and developers for ensuring an easy-to-use interface.
6. Simple Software that Consume Minimal Time to Install, Learn and Run:
There is a rapid increase in the trend of lightweight software that can be installed, understood and run efficiently. For creating such application, a transformation in development tools and environment has been observed.
Developers prefer implementing less complex tools instead than those that makes the task rather daunting. For instance, online IDEs and editors are used more frequently in the deployment architectures, the relational database is removed by NoSQL, containers are used instead of virtual machines, and the Web Servers replace App Servers.
7. Seek Benefits from the Existing IT Services:
Reusing the existing resources are considered as a good practice and most of the enterprises are following this approach while creating mobile infrastructures. These resources may include security, SSO, directories, etc. Integrating the available IT assets not only allow them create a cost-effective framework, but will also facilitate one to work more efficiently.
Basically, there are two approaches : closed mobile infrastructure and open mobile infrastructure.
- Close mobile infrastructure: This approach ends up investing a huge amount in the beginning as with this strategy, developers are not facilitated with the available IT assets, rather they need to invest in new resources as per their need.
- Open mobile infrastructure: While enabling developers to work with greater efficiency, this approach also helps generate higher ROI by implementing the current IT assets to leverage enterprise architects.
And since, open mobile infrastructure offers more benefits, it has become a viable choice for most of the companies.
The above mentioned are seven features that prove that enterprises are also adapting the modern mobile development techniques to reap the maximum benefits.