An interesting survey by Gartner predicts that by 2020, mobile application development will soar higher than creating programs for computers. In fact, mobile app developers will have more projects than software developers by 4:1. Well, it is not actually surprising, given that many people already have smartphones in their hands. To be able to develop an application that people would love to use (and for a long time at that), app developers would have to face a lot of challenges. Today, I am going to give some tips on how to avoid some common mobile app development challenges.
Elevating the User Experience
You want to provide the best user experience possible and for you to do that, you have to make sure that your application looks nice. In addition, it must also have a clean and clutter-free user interface so that it will be much easier for your users to navigate and use the app. Enterprise apps, although robust in its features, should also follow the same principle. Perhaps, implementing hamburger menus can help de-clutter the interface, among many other possible solutions of course.
Making Your App Innovative
If you are going to create an application that will be used in your company, brainstorming ideas for it may result in implementing just some basic features like a calendar, calculator, etc. However, making your app innovative is actually harder than it seems. You have to think about the new features that can be implemented in your app and it has to be integrated in a way that will not bog down the performance of the application itself.
Most companies would have their employees use their enterprise apps using their own mobile devices as a means to help cut down on company expenses. This may result in a couple of problems pertaining to security. Should the employees be able to use their own phones, company data may be leaked, thus exposing sensitive information.
What companies do by default is using mobile device management solutions, but when used incorrectly, this may result in poor user experience, as well as making its adoption to more mobile devices difficult. To avoid this problem, you may need to tell your employees not to use the application whenever they are out of the office premises. In addition, if the employee were to leave the company, their device would have to be free of the app so that it won’t be used to extract sensitive data.
Device Fragmentation and the Differences in Operating Systems
As the company owner, you also have to think about device fragmentation as well. With so many different mobile devices out there- each having different versions of the Android and iOS operating systems- it may be hard for you to come up with an app that will work for all of your employees’ devices. Continuous testing may be required to ensure that everything runs smoothly to as many devices as possible. And, because this is going to be done, you will also have to think about spending quite a bit of money as well.