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Getting comfortable with the low-code development platform :-

Mobile application development: Those three words strike fear in the heart of, well, just about anyone, because mobile is difficult. The pace is fast; the unknowns, like user experience, are many; and the technology advances so rapidly it can be hard to keep up.

That’s where a low-code development platform comes in. These solutions — offered by big name brands and niche players, in and out of the cloud — make it easy to pull the building blocks of mobile together without any coding background required. Business analysts, office administrators, small business owners or really anyone with an idea and a low-code development platform can create apps by doing nothing more than drag and drop objects. These so-called citizen developers are solving problems quickly and delivering fully functional apps to both internal users and external customers. And most of the time, they’re able to do so without the help of traditional IT departments.

But this capability isn’t about replacing software developers. They’re in short supply around the world, and hiring them requires a combination of salary and perks that can be difficult or impossible for many companies to manage. The growing number of low-code development platforms allows organizations to extend their mobile (and web) app development efforts without hiring new developers. But these tools will work for developers, too. Many of these tools let developers “get under the hood,” and some tools are sufficiently robust, so a developer can streamline delivery of a simple request.

This handbook examines how the low-code development platform is becoming more prevalent in organizations looking to expand their mobile development options. And citizen developers aren’t going anywhere.

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MobileMonday is here again with your top mobile headlines. Kicking things off is the struggle faced by DevOps developers, followed by AI’s alluring outlook for job hunters. Also, mobile deployment is growing due to doctor demand, while Facebook’s F8 conference pushes the boundaries of mobile development.

Siloed operations holding back DevOps development

DevOps remains an intrinsically useful yet somewhat mysterious technology, according to a recent survey. Case in point, of the executives taking part in the study, 59 percent didn’t have a firm grasp on what DevOps was or what it could do for their organization. Though 41 percent of organizations were leveraging DevOps to some degree, only 17 percent had data that was openly accessible to cross-functional teams. With mobile development ready to take DevOps to the next level, enterprise data needs to catch up.

AI development salary investments exceed $650 million

Looking for a new job? AI might be worth a look, if new research from Paysa has anything to say about it. Pumping some $650 million into AI employees, companies have opened up more than 10,000 positions in the US alone. Amazon and Google are setting the tone with an impressive $357 million in combined money spent on luring prospective AI candidates.

Hospitals embrace mobile strategy thanks to demand from doctors

They say the easiest way to gain traction in a given market is through product demand. At least in the case of mobile technology in healthcare, this wisdom holds true. Doctor demand has led almost two-thirds of hospital organizations to implement mobile device strategies. Despite concerns over Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, these organizations have seen steady growth in mobile policy adoption, from 34 percent in 2012 to 39 percent today.

Facebook’s developer conference focuses on AR and AI

Facebook’s F8 conference has always been a wealth of innovation for mobile development, and this year’s edition did not disappoint. Headlining the list of announcements was an increased investment in VR and AI. On the VR front, Facebook Spaces lets users interact in a completely digital world. Championing the cause of AI to its 1.2 billion monthly Messenger users, Facebook will be adding innovative bots and features, thanks to the efforts of its 100,000 developers.

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Developing mobile applications is not yet a pain-free process for IT shops. Red Hat Summit session speakers and attendees sound off on some of the challenges.

BOSTON — App development is changing along with the mobile landscape. And for organizations that want to develop their own apps, challenges remain.

Speakers and attendees at last week’s Red Hat Summit addressed some of those challenges. Here is what they had to say about designing apps with the user experience in mind, getting ROI from mobility and more.

“App development is being driven by mobile; modern application development is mobile.”
Steve O’Keefe, product line director, Red Hat

Today, mobility and the app development process go hand in hand. A modern application now means agile apps that translate seamlessly from desktops to smartphones and tablets, O’Keefe said.

IT shops delving into mobile application development have options — from shifting legacy desktop apps to the cloud or building native in-house apps. But no matter the method, developers have to keep the mobile user experience in mind.

“There is no way you can be doing modern app development without considering the screen real estate for smartphones and tablets,” O’Keefe said.

“Mobile apps can take off or totally flop.”
Chad Holmes, senior mobile solutions architect, Red Hat

For organizations that are trying to modernize apps for employees or customers, there are costs to consider — from mobile app development to deployment and lifecycle management.

These costs can be difficult to measure and are often retrospective, but “get more accurate over time,” Holmes said in a session on the ROI of enterprise mobility.

Chief components of mobile ROI include increased productivity and time to market. Companies looking to save money on the mobile application development process would do better launching a set of the five or six business apps the workforce needs versus one big, “killer app,” Holmes said. Otherwise, it can be expensive to build in-house and not worth the time and effort.

“There is no easy answer,” Holmes said.

“Mobile has created a demand for streamlining.”
Joe Stanganelli, enterprise technology consultant, attorney and writer

The advent of mobility has fueled the user’s need for instant gratification. Due to this expectation, “data needs to be more instantaneously and ubiquitously accessible,” Stanganelli said.

Another need that has arisen in the mobile age is enterprise adoption of flexible software to help meet user demands. To keep up with user demand, IT admins must push out apps and their updates more quickly. Because of this, some organizations are beginning to adopt a more continuous delivery model, Stanganelli said.

One thing that can stymie app developers, on the other hand, is if they get hammered with bad reviews in the app store, for instance, he added.

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The explosion of mobile devices and apps has completely disrupted .NET development.  While desktop and web applications remain popular in enterprises, the same developers have had to adapt their applications for mobile devices or develop entirely new mobile apps.  Syncfusion was an early supporter of Xamarin that continued to enhance its offerings as Xamarin matured and was more deeply integrated with Microsoft products post-acquisition.  Syncfusion has also changed its revenue model from per-seat licensing to flat-fee, which is great news for enterprise developers in any size organization.

“The rapid expansion of mobile space was somewhat of a shock for C# developers because up until that time, everything was Microsoft-centric,” said Daniel Jebaraj, vice president at Syncfusion.  “A number of them had to figure out how to get their critical applications onto iOS and Android devices, which was challenging because they had to learn Java, Objective-C or Swift, or hire the talent.”

Some developers side-stepped the problem by building mobile websites or mobile applications that were really wrappers around a website, but the user experience wasn’t the same as a native application.  The Xamarin platform was an attractive option, and it’s a lot more attractive now that Xamarin dovetails well with the .NET stack.

Reuse Code
One of Xamarin’s main features is its ability to reuse code.  However, developers also want best-of-breed functionality.  Syncfusion’s Xamarin controls that are similar to the ones it built for desktop and web environments.  Now, Syncfusion offers more than 90 Xamarin controls which include chart and grid controls, a calendar control, a Kanban control, a treemap, an Excel-like spreadsheet, gauges, and reporting packages for Excel, PDF and PowerPoint – all in one package.

“Our controls are well-integrated with the Visual Studio environment so you can work with them just as you work with Microsoft’s native controls,” said Jebaraj.  “They behave the same way as Microsoft controls and they are designed for optimal performance.  If you’re maintaining an application on a XAML platform such as WPF, then a lot of that code will simply carry over.”

Syncfusion provides about 80 percent of the standard building blocks enterprise application developers need to build app so they can focus on innovation rather than reinventing controls that are available off-the-shelf.

Get Everything You Need, And More
Syncfusion’s unlimited license gives developers access to more than 800 components and ready-to-use platforms for Big Data, data integration, dashboards and reports – everything developers need to build stunning applications for desktop, web, and mobile users plus the tools they need for data, analytics and reporting.

“We’ve spent a lot of time and effort building our finished platform products because we see customers building things like dashboards and reports over and over again,” said Jebaraj.  “They’re fairly complex products to build and support, and fairly expensive to license from other vendors.”

Syncfusion has spent several years building its dashboarding and reporting products, both of which rival some the most popular data visualization and reporting packages available today.  Users get access to all the functionality they need to build highly aesthetic, high performance decision-making tools on which today’s businesses rely.

“We license those products along with our controls so the same team using our controls can benefit from pre-packaged products and deploy them as these as they stay fit,” said Jebaraj.
“You can also customize them and embed them in an application using our SDK.”

Get a Flat-fee License
Syncfusion now offers annual flat-fee licenses so the number of developers using the product is now irrelevant. In addition, its licensing model has flexibility built in so customers can buy licenses scoped to a project, a department, or a line of business.

“We used to license by the seat, but it was challenging for us and our customers,” said Jebaraj.
“We don’t want to be a position where we’re counting heads, we don’t want to put our customers in a position where they’re counting heads, so we came up with the idea of a flat license which is a flat fee paid every year.”

For example, an organization with $100 million annual revenue would pay just $4,000 for a global license, which is what Syncfusion used to charge for two seats. The new revenue model has been popular among existing customers and it has also attracted many new customers who have discovered that the flat fee is more affordable than competitive options.

“Any company that is doing a lot of development in house can potentially save a lot of money on licensing costs,” said Jebaraj.  “We find the new model to be better for our customers and better for us.”

Another thing that distinguishes Syncfusion from its competitors is its heavy investment in R&D.  That strategy has enabled Syncfusion and its customers to continually deliver greater value.

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The mobile app development market is expanding its reach with every passing day. Today, saying that ‘there’s an app for everything’ isn’t wrong at any point. Mobile apps have made an impeccable space in the ‘to-do-lists’ of many companies. Even the smartphone users have built a distinct relation with these mobile applications.

The mobile app market

According to a report released by Statista, the Gross Annual Revenue of mobile app market will cross $189 billion by 2020. Another report shares that in the preceding year, users have downloaded 149.3 billion apps to their connected devices. And it is expected that t he same figure will touch the mark of 352.9 billion app downloads by 2021.

But Wait!!

Before the astounding figures attract you with its exponential growth, here’s the other side of the coin. According to a Mobile commerce daily report, 45% retail mobile app users aren’t satisfied with their mobile app experience.
Another report shares that in its first three days, an average mobile app loses 77% of its daily active users and 90% in 30 days.

Things to consider

No doubts that the mobile app market is expanding at a good pace, but as reports suggest, the users are still having incomplete expectations from the mobile applications. If you want to surpass the hurdles and succeed in the app world, it is important to build a user-centric mobile application.
Though everyone might plan to build an app of the kind, but not all succeed to win the hearts of users. This is why here we are sharing few points that you need to consider while building a mobile app.

1: Understanding the user

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that, you need to do a thorough research of your target audience, their current status, and what they expect to have in their mobile application. You need to study their likes and dislikes before adding the features to your mobile application. You can also try learning about the device that the large section of your target audience is using.

2: Impel yet attractive UI

You don’t really have to show all your ‘creativity’ while building the user interface of your mobile application. Keep it simple and easy to access. Ensure that the content is clearly visible, design elements are friendly, and the controls are placed at the right place. A tangled user interface can be a major reason behind user in satisfaction.

3: Compatibility

There are numerous smartphones and tablets available in the market. This variety has different screen sizes and orientation. You need to code and design your application keeping in mind all these smart devices irrespective of their screen size, OS, etc. To ensure this, you can test your mobile application on various devices.

4: Internet bandwidth

The primary reason behind this massive inclination towards the mobile applications is the time and efforts people save through them. If your mobile application takes a comparatively extra time to load at low internet bandwidth, your app users may eventually abandon your application. It is important that during the testing phase, you conduct a thorough test for the connectivity related performance issues also. Once you have the result with you, it’s time to work on presenting the best surfing experience to your users, irrespective of the network connectivity.

5: Release updates

You don’t have to present all your skills and expertise at the first launch of your mobile application. And the fact is, you can’t even do that. It is important that with the passing days, you learn through your mistakes and accordingly release updates. The best way to do this is through user reviews. Don’t leave them unattended. Check what your users expect from the application, and how you can retain them for long. It has been noticed that app updates are the best way to keep users engaged with your brand.

6: Security

With the increasing reach of IoT, the security breach has become quite common these days. Users think thrice before sharing their personal details or giving app permissions. While on one hand, you need to ensure their data safety, on the other side you also need to take care that you don’t ask them for the app permissions which are not linked or relevant to your mobile app.

Conclusion

The mobile app industry is going through series of changes. With every passing day, users are expecting something new, innovative, and more user-centric. The enhancing needs have indeed given rise to a tougher competition. The points listed above can indeed be of great help if implemented religiously.

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Mobile apps are designed to fulfill several business objectives such as to generate new revenue streams, enhance brand equity and to engage users to name a few. Today, the app market is flooded with innumerable apps and due to this, it has become a challenge to compel your target audience to download your app and use it on a regular basis. Hence, it is important to offer a great app and for this there is a need to understand the fundamentals of mobile app development. When it comes to knowing the fundamentals, it is essential to know about UI/UX. This is because the success of a mobile app largely depends on its UI/UX. Due to this, several renowned app development companies like Appinventiv pays a lot of attention on UI/UX design for apps.

There is no denying that when you are ready with amazing UI/UX design then only you are at a higher chance of achieving your goal of developing best apps. Before delving deeper, learning the differences between the terms User Interface and User Experience is beneficial for great mobile app development.

This is what I am going to discuss in this blog so that you can grab a better understanding of both these design terms. So, without further ado, get into your learning shoes.

Taking a Glimpse of User Experience

User Experience which is commonly used as UX is defined as the area of the design where designers work on enhancing the overall experience of the user. UX of a mobile app influences how users perceive it.

This aspect usually determines if a user will return to your app of if he will abandon an app after only one use. In order to accomplish the task of creating a wonderful UX, there is a need to follow a process, which generally involves proper research and strategy, user personas, user stories and prototyping

A Brief Insight Into User Interface

Talking about interface design, it is not just about buttons as well as navigation menus, but it is about the interaction between the user as well as the app. In simple words, it is about the way an app works.

Listed below are some essential elements of a great UI:

Clarity

In order to provide great UI in mobile app development, you have to make sure that everything is clear through language as well as visuals. There should be no need of manuals to show the working of an app.

Consistency

Don’t forget to keep your interface consistent across your app so that usage patterns can be easily recognized.

Good Speed

Good UI should not feel slow. You can provide feedback when the screen is loading and this will enhance the UI by informing users about the happenings.

Familiar Elements

You should use common symbols, icons, buttons and colors. This way you can make your users feel more comfortable and confident when using the mobile app.

In conclusion, you should not forget that people may be drawn to your app because of its great design, but they are likely to stick around if they are able to fulfill their goals. Hence, UI and UX are very important for qualitative mobile app development services.

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Which Apple Mac should you get to begin app development? With Xcode and Apple Swift, app development on iPhone and iPad has been simplified. Here’s our recommendation of the right Mac to get.

If you’re an app developer, or are considering trying your hand at creating your own app in the future, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we look at which Mac is best for developers.

Apple’s Swift programming language means that creating and building an app for MacOS or iOS is more accessible than ever, and it’s easy to get them onto the App Store in order to sell them too.

If you’re keen on learning app development, this article will also give you some pointers about what you’ll need to get started with app development once you’ve got the right Mac.

How much power does your Mac need?

Choosing the right Mac for development can be a challenge. Apple creates a whole range of Mac laptops and desktop computers. All Apple Macs are great computers but some are better suited to app development than others.

Software development scales up depending on the size and complexity of the program you are making. Macs vary in power from the entry-level MacBook right up to the Mac Pro.

If all you want to do is start to learn development and get a regular app onto the app store then any of Apple’s current Mac line-up, including its laptops, should be powerful enough to do the job.

Unlike creating video or music; creating code doesn’t use up huge amounts of hard drive space, and if you’re creating iOS apps you don’t need a lightning-fast processor or a high-end graphics card.

Obviously, this doesn’t narrow the choice down much (or at all, for that matter). It now becomes a question of how much money you want to spend, and which will provide the best coding environment.

What screen size is best for app development?

What is useful for software development is screen estate. Coding is a complex task that sometimes requires intense focus, but more often it requires research and tracking.

Coders often need to have several programs and windows open at once: the Xcode developer environment, web browser, and perhaps a separate text editor, SQL Database editor, and much more. Development seems to be one of a task that requires everything MacOS has to offer.

So you need a Mac with a big screen, or you need to attach a big screen to your Mac.

Let’s be clear: if you value a notebook and portability is important to you, then a MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro will do just fine for app development, and you can attach a monitor to these models for larger screen estate. (Find out more in our complete guide to buying a MacBook).

But with a MacBook you pay a lot extra for a small screen that will feel cramped when programming, so if portability is important we’d look to Apple’s Mac range instead.

What’s the best value Mac for app development?

Mac Mini

The Mac Pro is overkill for most developers so the choice is between an iMac or Mac mini with a display.

At £479 the Mac mini is the best value Mac, and it offers more than enough power and storage for app development. What it doesn’t come with is a display, so you’ll need to source one separately.

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Modern apps excel not only because of slick user interfaces but because of their back-end services. Through these cloud-based, back-end services, app data can be accessed through different devices. With the increasing complexity of mobile apps, modern development is getting more complicated. Eighty percent of developers’ time is taken up by back-end development, developers need a better way to meet the demands of the market.

Mobile back-end-as-a-service (MBaaS) is designed for a simple purpose: to give mobile developers the ability to build quality apps faster, without neglecting security or availability. This is accomplished by reusing proven back-end services through unified integration methods.

MBaaS can be compared to putting different phone cases onto your phone. You can change how it looks, similar to changing how an app looks through its user interface, but that core functionality of the phone is still the same. Each time you want to update the look of your phone, you can get a new case, rather than a completely new phone.

MBaaS provides a consistent way to connect to prebuilt, external, behind-the-user-interface functionalities, like enabling push notifications, linking to social media, or connecting to cloud storage, so developers are not required to reinvent these services that their applications need to access.

This technology helps to boost mobile innovation in a number of ways, including productivity, flexibility and agility:

Productivity

These days, MBaaS can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, depending on project needs. Although there’s no standard definition of what types of services should be included in MBaaS, the following are some common MBaaS APIs for reference:

  • User management
  • Push notifications
  • Social network integration
  • File and data services
  • Usage analytics

These services are required in most of the modern mobile applications. It may be wise to reuse them across different projects and applications with centralized control and monitoring. Through a survey of 100 developers, it was found that back-end-as-a-services could reduce dev time by about 44 percent. Furthermore, the services provided by MBaaS are usually well-tested and optimized in order to stay competitive in the market. With those shared APIs, development productivity can be greatly improved and developers can refocus their front-end core features from the low-level back-end tasks.

Flexibility

Some leading MBaaS vendors provide advanced-service APIs and software development kits (SDKs), which allow developers to assemble apps with their advanced yet inexpensive services. These services, such as mobile AI solutions, would be very difficult and time-consuming for developers to build on their own from scratch. Such services are usually billed in pay-as-you-go models to minimize the up-front investments, giving companies the flexibility to assemble and test those advanced features for market testing. The development costs can now be spread over a longer period of time, and the investment can be easily justified once the market needs are verified.

Agility

In traditional mobile development, end-to-end development is needed from the back-end infrastructure to the front-end application. Developers only need to focus on their apps and data, and they don’t need to worry about the underlying infrastructure and networks. Because most of the infrastructure is automatically provisioned and back-end services are prebuilt and tested, the development cycle can be much shorter, with reduced time spent on testing. With the shorter development cycle, application products can be rolled out faster, with shorter iteration cycles, to gather user feedback.

In short, there are a couple of benefits of leveraging MBaaS for mobile innovation instead of building everything on your own. Start leveraging MBaaS as an emerging powerful platform to boost your company’s innovations.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 14th annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium today announced Alpha Software Corporation has been selected, as one of only ten companies and as the only mobile development platform, for its 2017 Innovation Showcase. The Company’s Alpha Anywhere rapid application development and deployment platform allows companies to gain a very significant competitive advantage because it allows them to move much faster, react more rapidly and spend substantially less on development of mobile and Web applications.

Complex, rich-data capture applications can be built in hours with Alpha Anywhere versus weeks or months with alternative products. This represents a 2 orders of magnitude advantage for Alpha Anywhere users. Many of the world’s most influential IT executives will receive key exposure to Alpha Software at the Innovation Showcase on May 24, 2017.

“Selection as the InfoWorld Technology of the Year, selection as a Finalist for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium’s Innovation Showcase and other recent recognition further validate Alpha Anywhere’s uniqueness, relevance and value in the market,” said Richard Rabins, CEO. “Enterprises continue to adopt the product due to its unmatched speed of development, rich feature set with no limits and cost savings. We look forward to participating in the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium to educate a wider audience of CIOs about the productivity that well-designed, low-code application development platforms can afford companies.”

With organizations under pressure to quickly mobilize hundreds of business processes, Alpha Anywhere offers 80-90% reduction in both time and development costs to build and deploy enterprise mobile apps. The platform’s coding-optional, front-end and back-end architecture empowers less skilled developers in business units and in IT, expanding the base of employees who can build mobile apps. The standards-based platform offers the industry’s most robust, built-in offline capability; exceptional rich media support, easy integration with corporate systems of record; and the fastest path to building mobile optimized forms with rich mobile data capture. Alpha Anywhere apps can be deployed on premise or in the cloud, and can be easily updated from a single code base. Apps built in Alpha Anywhere run on the desktop or any mobile device and are indistinguishable from native apps.

“It is with great honor that we recognize these 10 companies for our 2017 Innovation Showcase,” said Anton Teodorescu, Co-Chair of the Innovation Showcase. “The Symposium provides an opportune environment for these companies to form valuable partnerships with CIOs and a platform to demonstrate their technologies that are building the digital enterprise.”

After careful consideration, the Innovation Showcase Judges evaluated and selected Alpha Software as the only rapid app development platform for this honor based on important criteria:

  • Have a B2B or B2C enterprise IT solution product in the market;
  • Are selling enterprise IT solutions to CIOs or corporate IT departments; and
  • Show innovation and/or strategic value and potential impact on the top and/or bottom lines.

For a full list of Innovation Showcase finalists visit http://www.mitcio.com/innovation

The Innovation Showcase will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Kresge courtyard tent on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at MIT in Cambridge, MA. The full agenda for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is available at www.mitcio.com/agenda.

About Alpha Software Corporation
Alpha Software products deliver significant productivity gains to developers of all levels building cross-platform mobile and web business apps. Alpha Anywhere is a front-end and back-end, low-code, rapid mobile application development and deployment environment. Alpha Anywhere applications showcase built-in offline capability, easy integration with existing data and applications, and advanced security. Developers and business leaders in thousands of organizations across one hundred countries have used Alpha Software products to cost-effectively deploy enterprise applications with outstanding user experiences. For more information, visit www.AlphaSoftware.com, or follow us on Twitter at @AlphaSoftware.

About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global conference for CIOs and digital business executives to become more effective leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives explore enterprise technology innovations, business practices and receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today and the future. The Symposium offers a unique learning environment by bringing together the academic thought leadership of MIT with the in-the-trenches experience of leading, global CIOs and industry experts. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR).

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Developing mobile applications is not yet a pain-free process for IT shops. Red Hat Summit session speakers and attendees sound off on some of the challenges.

Speakers and attendees at last week’s Red Hat Summit addressed some of those challenges. Here is what they had to say about designing apps with the user experience in mind, getting ROI from mobility and more.

“App development is being driven by mobile; modern application development is mobile.”
Steve O’Keefe, product line director, Red Hat

Today, mobility and the app development process go hand in hand. A modern application now means agile apps that translate seamlessly from desktops to smartphones and tablets, O’Keefe said.

IT shops delving into mobile application development have options — from shifting legacy desktop apps to the cloud or building native in-house apps. But no matter the method, developers have to keep the mobile user experience in mind.

“There is no way you can be doing modern app development without considering the screen real estate for smartphones and tablets,” O’Keefe said.

“Mobile apps can take off or totally flop.”
Chad Holmes, senior mobile solutions architect, Red Hat

For organizations that are trying to modernize apps for employees or customers, there are costs to consider — from mobile app development to deployment and lifecycle management.

These costs can be difficult to measure and are often retrospective, but “get more accurate over time,” Holmes said in a session on the ROI of enterprise mobility.

Chief components of mobile ROI include increased productivity and time to market. Companies looking to save money on the mobile application development process would do better launching a set of the five or six business apps the workforce needs versus one big, “killer app,” Holmes said. Otherwise, it can be expensive to build in-house and not worth the time and effort.

“There is no easy answer,” Holmes said.

“Mobile has created a demand for streamlining.”
Joe Stanganelli, enterprise technology consultant, attorney and writer

The advent of mobility has fueled the user’s need for instant gratification. Due to this expectation, “data needs to be more instantaneously and ubiquitously accessible,” Stanganelli said.

Another need that has arisen in the mobile age is enterprise adoption of flexible software to help meet user demands. To keep up with user demand, IT admins must push out apps and their updates more quickly. Because of this, some organizations are beginning to adopt a more continuous delivery model, Stanganelli said.

One thing that can stymie app developers, on the other hand, is if they get hammered with bad reviews in the app store, for instance, he added.

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