The revolution will be coded.
This simple declaration — a blatant rip-off of the oft-misquoted song— is a fitting motto for the coming transformation of workforce mobilization. That’s because enterprises of all sizes are working to topple existing benchmarks for innovation and productivity through the development of compelling mobile apps and the efficient mobilization of core business processes.
Sure, the latest and shiniest mobile smartphones and tablets still grab all the enterprise mobility headlines. But it’s app development — which empowers those devices with beyond-email capabilities — that will revolutionize the way enterprises do business.
“The undisputed star of the next phase of enterprise mobility will be advances in the mobilization of core business processes — the literal extension of organizations’ core applications and content to a mobilized workforce,” declares a recently released white paper from BlackBerry, The Transformative Power of Multi-Platform Mobile App Development.
The App Gap
From a business-to-employee (B2E) application standpoint, enterprise mobility has, up until now, been largely restricted to the mobilization of email and personal information management, such as calendar and scheduling capabilities. The lack of a more meaningful library of mobile applications for enterprise workers has created what Forrester Research refers to as an “app gap.” In its November 2013 report, Workforce Personas and the Mobile App Gap, Forrester defines the app gap as the chasm between the mobile apps supported by the enterprise and the roster of applications employees believe they need to maximize productivity.
While efforts to extend the accessibility of core business information, such as databases and internal systems, to mobile devices have resulted in a trickle to this point, the growing recognition by business leaders that a new wave of application development will yield significant levels of return on investment (ROI) is expected to lead to a flood of development activities in the coming years.
As if on cue, independent mobile app developers are increasingly targeting the enterprise, according to a recent report highlighted on the tech news site ReadWrite.
No Room for Failure
The adoption of a mobile application development strategy requires CIOs to navigate a staggering number of options. Native or Web? Best of breed or integrated? Cloud or premise?
With so much at stake, then, it’s imperative that this crucial undertaking be done correctly – and only once. With nearly every business racing toward the same mobility-fueled objectives, second chances will be in short supply and failure to execute could be disastrous from a competitive standpoint.
App Dev Essentials
While developing a solid enterprise app strategy can be daunting, enterprises enabling mobile access to core business processes through in-house development should start with some fundamental principles. To create an approach that is flexible, forward-thinking and effective, only consider tools, platforms and solutions that meet the following qualifications:
- Open and extensible
- Backed by an engaged developer community
- Possessing extensive analytics and reporting tools
- Tightly integrated with backend systems
- Supports a wide variety of tools and standards
- Integrates security into apps at creation
- Aligns closely with app and device management tools
Find Out More
Learn more about the power of enterprise mobile app development — The Transformative Power of Multi-Platform Mobile App Development is available for free and takes a comprehensive look at the state of enterprise apps. Designed as a guideline to assist CIOs and other business leaders through the planning of a mobile app development strategy, this white paperprovides useful advice for overcoming the unique challenges of mobile development related to network connectivity, application lifecycle management, standards support, user experience and security.
Viva la Revolution!