When you’re a developer, it’s easy to keep your head down, focused single-mindedly on the task at hand in order to meet deadlines. While that’s often necessary, it can also be problematic, because it means that developers may not spend time tracking the mobile app development trends that can lead to business innovation and digital transformation.
5 Key Mobile App Trends to be Aware Of
Help is on the way. The article, “The latest trends mobile app developers need to know,” in Mobile Business Insights lists six important technologies and trends developers need to know.
Using Cloud Back Ends
The first on the list is the use of cloud back ends for mobile apps. Why is this so important for mobile development? Primarily, the article writes, is because it “frees mobile users from some traditional end-point security and infrastructure concerns.” The article adds, “Digital transformation has become a driver for migrating to the cloud, with mobile apps becoming the new front end to legacy apps. There are a lot of decisions to make around workloads, storage, security and other concerns, just like with other cloud migrations. Likewise, mobile app startups benefit from economies of scale by putting their mobile app back ends in the cloud.”
The next trend is making sure to provide a superior mobile experience. The article says, “A move to mobile apps sets user expectations that they’ll get the same level of user experience (UX) with corporate apps that they get with the apps they use on their own personal devices. Mobile experience becomes a key imperative for engaging with users.”
Augmented Reality (AR):
The third important trend is the use of augmented reality in the enterprise. This is important for everything from visualizing and rendering information to letting field salespeople “render a 3-D model of a piece of equipment for a customer rather than bringing such hardware on sales calls.”
Next on the list is the rise of mobile APIs. This makes it easier for mobile developers to connect mobile apps to back-end corporate data. Another important trend, the article says, is applying DevOps principles to the mobile development process. The article notes, “The mobile DevOps trend means app development needs to be aligned closer with the business than ever before because it requires business and technology decisions to come together in order to deliver mobile apps that satisfy the user community.”
The final important trend is using collaboration to improve the customer experience. Here’s why, according to the article: “It’s no longer about mobile developers building an app and tossing it out to users. Instead, mobile app developers need to be able to collaborate effectively with business stakeholders, product managers, UX designers and other team members to develop and launch a mobile app.”
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