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Developers' Must-Have Features in Enterprise Mobile Applications

The demand for enterprise mobile apps is booming, with some estimates saying the number of mobile apps in enterprises will soon quadruple. That puts tremendous pressure on developers to deliver mobile applications fast, at a low cost, and with as many features as possible. But given all the features and capabilities a mobile app can have, which are becoming the most critical in enterprise apps? Alpha Software commissioned Bock & Company to survey 1,950 developers to find out which features they consider critical to their success in writing widely adopted enterprise mobile applications. The survey, "Enterprise Developers Rank Critical Requirements for Success in the Coming Mobile App Explosion," is a must-read for any developer looking to build enterprise apps. In this blog, first in a series of three about the survey, we'll look at what developers say are the top 5 critical capabilities enterprise mobile apps must have. What Features Are Most Important for Mobile Enterprise Apps? The survey asked developers to identify and rank the critical requirements for the enterprise apps they're building. One requirement stands above the others, and was cited by 96% of respondents as being vital: Easy integration with backend database. That's no surprise, because successful enterprise mobile applications must leverage a business's existing data. Alpha Software Four other capabilities were cited by 75% or more of developers as being important: the app must work offline (79%), it must need to be only developed once, and then deployed to multiple platforms (78%), must easily use a keyboard (77%), and must capture photos (75%). One thing unites all these features: They enhance mobile experiences and move beyond the capabilities that traditional desktop applications deliver. Next in importance are capabilities that exploit a device's full processing power and intelligence: the ability to annotate photos (48%), and the capture sensor data (46%). Developers place far less importance on advanced capabilities that aren't yet being used to any great extent: support for the Internet of Things (31%), support for speech-to-text inputs (19%), and support for text-to-speech outputs (11%). In the next blog, we'll look at what developers say are the essential business requirements for mobile app development platforms. View the full results of the survey. Read the second article in the series, "Survey Results: The 10 Most Important End-User Features in Enterprise Mobile Apps."
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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.