Debunking Five Myths of Enterprise App Development

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 10-29-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Myth 1: Enterprise Apps Take a Long Time
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    Myth 1: Enterprise Apps Take a Long Time

    Many companies think that enterprise apps take at least half-a-year to build and launch. The right mobile platform, however, can cut development time in half, decreasing it to 60 to 90 days.
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    Solution: Decrease App Development Time
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    Solution: Decrease App Development Time

    One key is for developers to reuse code and backend services whenever possible in order to speed integration.
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    Myth 2: Apps Can't Access Legacy Systems
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    Myth 2: Apps Can't Access Legacy Systems

    Enterprises that have invested in legacy systems hesitate to develop mobile apps unless they seamlessly plug into existing mission-critical technologies. On average, a suite of enterprise apps connects between two to six backend systems and APIs. Two in three do not have accessible APIs, slowing development or making mobile apps unusable.
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    Solution: Mobile Backend As a Service
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    Solution: Mobile Backend As a Service

    The solution is to leverage an enterprise-grade mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) with an API infrastructure. This enables mobile devices to access legacy systems.
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    Myth 3: Mobile Apps = Many Coding Languages
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    Myth 3: Mobile Apps = Many Coding Languages

    Keeping up with myriad coding languages can be difficult and time consuming. For some enterprises that means constantly hiring different platform developers.
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    Solution: Use Familiar Languages
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    Solution: Use Familiar Languages

    You don't have to hire developers who know 10 different coding languages, like HTML 5, JavaScript, Objective-C, C# and Sencha Touch. Use a Bring Your Own Toolkit approach that allows developers to use the languages and toolkits with which they're most comfortable.
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    Myth 4: Apps Are Data-Heavy
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    Myth 4: Apps Are Data-Heavy

    It's assumed that enterprise apps are always data-heavy, which places high loads on handsets and backend systems. 4G smartphones and tablets are expected to use 5,114 and 5,387 MB per month of cellular data, respectively, by 2017. That will push data usage up to 292% and 556%, respectively, over five years.
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    Solution: Filter Data Sets To Handsets
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    Solution: Filter Data Sets To Handsets

    All of the best platforms take large amounts of data from the backend and transmit a small, filtered set of data to the handset, reducing overall demand. The size of data transferred for each app should be less than 1 MB.
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    Myth 5: Hire a Chief of Mobility
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    Myth 5: Hire a Chief of Mobility

    Many people think hiring a Chief of Mobility is the best way to oversee app development and deployment, but the average project requires at least 20 personnel such as business heads, developers, project managers, IT and employee stakeholders.
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    Solution: Collaborate
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    Solution: Collaborate

    A Mobile Center of Excellence or Mobile Steering Committee can collaborate and use the same technology standards and requirements to guide mobile projects across many business units and thereby avoid silos.
 

Many businesses harbor mistaken beliefs about building mobile apps, according to FeedHenry, which makes open standard-based mobile platforms for enterprise. The Burlington, Mass., firm has formulated five myths about enterprise app development and debunked them with five solutions. FeedHenry analyzed internal customer data and industry RFPs of organizations with more than 1,000 employees in order to identify the common pain points. "Across the enterprise, businesses are trying to control the chaos of development," says Cathal McGloin, CEO of FeedHenry. "Business managers, developers and IT must realize that today's technology allows for the swift creation of apps without vendor lock-in. Businesses should take advantage of the new technologies at their disposal: agile, open, collaborative and ultimately powerful cloud-based mobile application platforms now render many long-held notions around development and deployment obsolete." The five myths and their accompanying solutions appear below.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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