10 Steps to Swiftly Deploy Mobile Apps

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 05-13-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Bring LOB and IT Together
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    Bring LOB and IT Together

    Plumb the strengths of each department so that they work together to create streamlined mobile apps and modern mobile user experiences with intuitive user interfaces on a range of screen sizes.
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    Agree on Business Goals
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    Agree on Business Goals

    Agree in advance on the business goals apps are meant to achieve, otherwise stakeholders may have different expectations and measurement criteria for success.
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    Understand the New Challenge of Mobile
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    Understand the New Challenge of Mobile

    Mobilizing your business means more than just "appifying" legacy business applications. Streamline mobile device experiences so users don't have to click on multiple screens.
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    The Importance of User Interfaces
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    The Importance of User Interfaces

    User interfaces must intelligently use the real estate on all different-sized devices, regardless of the manufacturer or OS. Understand the unique needs of standing mobile workers on tablets, employees mainly using smartphones or Web-based users to create successful apps they'll adopt.
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    Identify a Time Horizon
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    Identify a Time Horizon

    LOB users often must mobilize part of a legacy app. Sometimes an app must solve an event-driven business challenge and will only be temporary. Consider how much time should be spent building an app. Understanding who is best to build it could make or break your timeline.
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    Look at All Options
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    Look at All Options

    Empower in-house talent by selecting a "low code" rapid development and deployment platform. This offers speed of development and the ability to code to ensure that the app can, in fact, be built.
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    More on Choosing a RMAD
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    More on Choosing a RMAD

    A platform should have a vast array of tools for automatically dealing with requirements such as mapping, reporting, charting, client-side templating, responsive design, error detection, off-line capabilities, etc.
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    Think About Deployment in Advance
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    Think About Deployment in Advance

    Don't leave deployment to the last minute because how and where you deploy your app can bring up important security and access issues. Factor in both the front-and back-end while working offline.
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    Understand Usage Requirements
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    Understand Usage Requirements

    Carefully consider the load-balancing you may need ahead of time–whether users will connect via cell or Wi-Fi, or how an unintelligent offline approach could save your organization significant money on data plans during periods of high usage.
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    Constantly Iterate and Improve the App
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    Constantly Iterate and Improve the App

    The best apps evolve and improve in order to ensure wide user adoption and the best business results. Monitor how the app is used, offer a channel for user feedback and adapt the app along the way.
 

To bridge the gap between mobile app supply and demand, speed is essential, and a Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) strategy helps IT teams meet the challenge. According to Gartner, 20 million enterprise apps will be built in the next five years. IT leaders are expected to speed up the development of enterprise apps, but also to balance users' demand and the needs of the IT team that develops and deploys these apps. "IT departments and line-of-business managers are now under pressure to speed up the delivery of these critical business apps, which have specific requirements in the areas of security, back-end data integration, offline support and UX," said Richard Rabins, the CEO of Alpha Software. "Enterprises are increasingly turning to RMAD tools, (which are) the natural tools to answer this business need." Here are his tips to quickly build the best apps for mobile.

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

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