Enterprise mobility is a top priority for CIOs who want to maintain a technological and competitive edge.
Mobile apps are changing how employees, partners and customers communicate, share content and collaborate. Here are six trends that are influencing how mobile apps will be developed and used in the future.
1. Sensors and M2M Communications
New sensor networks are being leveraged by mobile apps to enable location-specific processes and insights like never before. Relevant real-time data will accelerate business decision-making, streamline supply chains, enhance customer insight, and compress time-to-market.
2. Next Generation Interactivity
With the advent of proactive context-aware notifications, pattern recognition and enhanced speech technologies, user interfaces are evolving from passive point and click designs to dynamic context-aware interactions. Greater voice control, vibration alerts, motion and orientation detection, and interaction with small wearable tethers and devices are all making the screen a less significant part of how we interact with mobile apps. Context-aware apps will use sensors and web services to anticipate user needs and provide the relevant type of interaction, such as touch and voice control, when and where appropriate.
3. Improved Performance
Consumer-scale apps put enormous pressure on the scalability of mobile app servers. Gaps in network communications generate the need for offline capabilities. Backend systems need to support in-memory computing in order to achieve the elastic scalability needed while at the same time providing synchronization approaches that enable offline app modes. As more and more enterprises discover solutions that support offline and in-memory approaches, robustly performing apps will become the norm.
4. Focus on Value
As enterprise mobility enters the mainstream, businesses are demanding value for money in their enterprise mobility initiatives. One of the best ways to control costs is to adopt platform technologies that provide the flexibility to deliver best-fit solutions for varied development needs. Platforms that support native, HTML5 and hybrid app development and deployment enable developers to choose the appropriate method for each situation. Users tend to perceive greater value in native apps but time-to-market considerations and device coverage often point to the need for HTML5. Choosing a best of both worlds approach will yield the value desired by users while controlling costs in complex environments.
5. Attention to Data Quality
So much attention is focused on devices, interfaces and business logic that data quality is often overlooked in enterprise mobile apps. We see increased priority being placed on data quality and de-duplication efforts by IT departments. Many new enterprise mobile apps have, quite frankly, created data duplication issues in the past. It's time to start clean up operations by incorporating back-end de-duplication efforts through the use of advanced matching algorithms. Enterprises will employ data quality solutions such as integration platforms to match and de-duplicate data across multiple sources and records to allow users to work more effectively.
6. End-to-End Backend Integration
Better enterprise mobility necessitates business apps to be truly integrated with back-end systems, enabling end-to-end process integration. This requires business integration solutions which provide pre-built connectors with automated processes and platform-agnostic methodology for future-proof interoperability with cloud, mobile, and any other future enterprise technology. In designing and deploying integration solutions, enterprises need agility and flexibility to adapt to changing business needs, without getting bogged down in complex, costly, and resource-intensive coding.
Enterprise mobile apps are at the heart of business transformation initiatives. Enterprises need to continue to invest in new mobile application development and deployment infrastructure to increase competitiveness in the face of broad and sweeping business and technological changes. Understanding these trends can help you to make your infrastructure choices wisely with an eye on the future of enterprise mobility.
Stephan Romeder is General Manager of Magic Software Europe
Originally published in Apps World
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