If you’re looking to build better mobile apps more easily, it’s a good idea to turn to the pros. So we’ve rounded up advice from them.
One interesting source was a recent blog by Erin Dale in SearchMobileComputing, titled “Mobile application development process comes with hurdles.” Citing speakers at the Red Hat Summit 2017 recently held in Boston, Dale talks about usability, design and ROI. Perhaps the most telling piece of advice comes from Steve O'Keefe, product line director at Red Hat, who said, "App development is being driven by mobile; modern application development is mobile." He continued, "There is no way you can be doing modern app development without considering the screen real estate for smartphones and tablets.” Dale summarized that all applications being currently written “means agile apps that translate seamlessly from desktops to smartphones and tablets." Focusing on the ROI of Mobile Apps Chad Holmes, senior mobile solutions architect, Red Hat, had a lot to say about how to measure the ROI of enterprise mobility. He noted that it can be tough for companies to gather all the costs related to mobile app development, but that despite that, it was something that needed to be done. And he added that things get easier once you finally bite the bullet and start gathering financial facts, and your accuracy in pinpointing them gets more accurate over time. As for the most important benefits that go into calculating mobile ROI, he says they’re improved productivity and a faster time to market. And he says that he’s found that enterprises would do well to launch five or six business apps that would truly help its workforce, instead of focusing all efforts on a single killer app. Big killer apps, he says, often are too expensive to build in-house, and rarely pay off. Joe Stanganelli, enterprise technology consultant, attorney and writer, had a relatively simple piece of advice: Push out app updates quickly, and adopt a continuous delivery model. While this is good advice, we also have additional advice we're offering our customers:
- Make sure to consider a low-code, rapid mobile app development (RMAD) platform for building your mobile apps. That way, you’ll be able to easily design for multiple form factors and quickly iterate your apps. You'll also be able to use a wider range of developers to build those apps -- speeding time to market at your organization.