Revolutionary Trends in Enterprise Mobile App Development
Mobiles have been in the limelight for many years for being the driving force in enterprise software. Enterprise mobile apps, in just a couple of years, have set some great trends for businesses and the future of mobility in general. You are already aware of the role of mobile app development in bringing efficiency and becoming a growth factor for businesses. Nevertheless, it is now time to predict what this escalating mobile invasion is heading for when it comes to businesses.
VeztekUSA identifies a few popular trends and global statistics on enterprise mobility which will aid mobile app development business in introducing some trends that will be revolutionary for these enterprises in the coming future.
The rise of enterprise mobility can be summarized in the following statistics that have changed drastically in the recent past:
- In 2012, accessing web through mobile browsers was a mere 8% of the total usage while desktop browser usage stood at 92%. Just in 3 years, these numbers have changed dramatically, with mobile browser usage standing at 33% and desktop browser usage decreasing to 66%. With the rapid and widespread mobile adoption in every sphere of life including workplace, this trend will continue for years to come.
- In 2015, the number of mobile workers stands massively at 1.3 billion.
- By 2017, mobile apps are predicted to be downloaded more than 268 billion times.
- Around 67% of IT professionals harbor a belief that mobile apps will change businesses more than how internet did, back in the 1990s.
- Three fourth of Fortune 500 companies either made or are in a process of deploying HTML5 based mobile apps for their business.
- The year 2014 alone experienced a 714% growth in custom developed enterprise mobile apps.
- In the 2014, there has been a huge 500% increase in mobile CRM apps.
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment is forecasted to amount to $181 billion by 2017.
- By the year 2020, global enterprise mobility businesses are predicted to reach $140 billion per year.
Through the aforementioned statistics, you can clearly identify that enterprise IT is swiftly transforming into enterprise mobility and the following trends in enterprise mobile app development aim to further evolve this field dramatically:
BYOD is Expected to Win Over Business Owned Devices
While the discussion and battle at your workplace between Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and business owned devices will continue for some time to come, from the rapid mobile attack in enterprises, it is quite clear that the usual differentiation between personal and business owned devices will become distorted. BYOD is thought to be unavoidable because most businesses are finding it imperative for increasing productivity and engagement at their workplaces. In the near future, the security focus may solely rest on authentication methods and device usage monitoring for business purposes.
However, while BYOD is attaining monopoly across the business workplaces, privacy and security concerns are increasing. Two concerns that will continue to brawl across your business environment are how far private devices can be permitted to handle critical business data and how far can businesses monitor employee owned devices and activities in workplaces and beyond. Regardless of the growth of BYOD, security and privacy apprehensions need to be addressed to determine the success of this mobile approach.
Rise of Web Apps
When mobile apps rolled out for businesses for the very first time, just a few years ago, there were two distinct choices, native apps and mobile web apps. While native apps with additional platform specific features looked more promising, mobile web apps were just simple cross platform alternatives to business websites. However, since then, you may have come across a great deal of developments on both sides.
Now, with the new and improved capacities of HTML5 and CSS3, there is barely any difference between these two types of apps, as far as features are concerned. Mobile web apps can deliver almost all the features you were once fond of in native apps. While there is no need for you to compromise on these features by switching between the two types, mobile web apps are definitely winning the advantage of cross platform development. This is why most enterprises are turning towards web mobile app development, with the addition of mobile web apps also being less costly than native apps. Businesses need to optimize existing web apps for mobile devices in such a way that it not only reduces the mobile app development cost, but also facilitates quick development, without having to heavily invest in native app development.
Businesses Emphasize on Mobile Ready Infrastructure
In the last two decades, enterprises focused on making their business internet ready by the advancement of their backend systems to the emerging IT standards. Now, this focus has shifted to making the business infrastructure mobile ready. As the mobile employees make up a substantial portion of the overall workforce in any business and as companies are spending hefty dollars to benefit from increased productivity through mobility, mobile readiness will be the single most vital criterion for enterprise IT.
Business Analysts as App Developers
Mobile apps gave enterprises a radical way to dig into relevant business and user data to be able to take monetizing steps. Naturally business analysts, in any mobile ready enterprise, need to work with mobile apps to gather organizational outputs, customer engagements and ROI. Because of this evolving role of business analysts, they are the potential candidates to be prepared to take over the role of enterprise grade mobile app developers.
Two other contributing factors to this trend are, firstly, the great investment involved in hiring competent enterprise grade mobile app developers and, secondly, the significant decrease in emerging low-coding development platforms learning curve for developing. Business analysts, with more business particular insights and clear idea of the app objectives, are emerging as the next breed of enterprise developers.
The Rule of Mobile Apps on the Physical World
Interacting with the physical world has become the emerging trend and location technologies like iBeacon, Geofencing, etc. are great examples of how you can transmit in real world through mobile apps as business relevant information in real time. Another example of how mobile apps can replace physical transaction into a digital one is mobile payment through geometric authentication.
As you can evidently see from these trends and statistics, mobile presence is about to get even stronger with time. Mobiles have taken the world by storm and enterprise applications are definitely in its cross-hairs. Our society continues to evolve with faster, real-time and readily available information for a true overall internet era in the near future.