New technological advances come with great challenges; rapid technological changes, innovation demand, sudden change in requirements, security, and meeting deadlines… are must to keep an eye on!
Mobile app market in Canada anticipates the challenges approaching us in the beginning of each year. The Canadian business landscape is becoming more competitive each year with certain predictable and unpredictable challenges pertaining to technologies, deadline, budgets, and other requirements. For 2019, there are ten most important strategic challenges for the enterprise mobile apps to better understand dynamics of the new market. This article may help you stay tuned to the ways to overcome the potential challenges despite of the roadblocks.
#1 Business Requirement Changes
#2 High Demand of Innovation
The data show a giant potential market for Canadian companies that bet on the mobile presence. But unlike the startup boom, it’s not enough to launch an innovative application to succeed. The applications need to be really useful and surprise the user for usability and practicality. An application that only shows the bus time will not be as successful as one that accompanies the route, creates alerts and saves preferences, for example.
Applications, web or mobile, are what make complex technologies popular. Pokemon Go did it with augmented reality, Uber with geolocation, Tinder with Big Data. And what will be the next step? We list four technological trends that will be a touch away next year:
– Artificial intelligence
This technology is already quite hype now with applications that understand behaviors and plot profiles. But with a huddle of Apple in the last iPhones, the tendency is to regain strength. The technology giant has developed a way to offer the machine learning framework used in all its products, including Siri, Camera and QuickType, to developers. This is done through Core ML 2, which provides fast performance with easy integration and allows the developer to create applications with smart features using just a few lines of code.
– Augmented and Virtual Realities
Like AI, the augmented and virtual realities will also be driven by Apple’s innovations. With them, it will be possible for a player to be 100% immersed in the universe of the game, applications interact with reality and complement with information, among others. An example of this is Tapcart, which offers a simple platform for creating e-commerce applications. In its iOS version, the solution offers Augmented Reality functionality to improve the shopping experience and increase conversions – and is expected to be incorporated into the Android version.
This innovation in technology still has a lot to develop. In addition to the financial transactions with Bitcoins, it may be used in the future for signing contracts, voting and even fake news. One trend in the Blockchain area is to have a transparent and reliable way to raise third-party funds and distribute dividends.
– PWAs (Progressive Web Apps)
For many applications installing a native app is a barrier. With PWAs, the distribution of applications becomes easier and you can still use mobile features such as push notifications and add a shortcut to the home screen. It has also been quite upbeat in the last two years, but has gained a boost with a larger support in the latest version of iOS. With the solution, it was possible to reduce the implementation time and reach both iOS and Android users.
#3 Wide range of Devices
The first major challenge for a developer to work with mobile devices is to decide whether to start by creating applications for Android, iOS or Windows Phone. This is because each of these platforms is targeted to a specific audience and requires different language skills (in addition to offering different permissions and resources).
In other words, the first step is to choose whether to bet on native or hybrid (or cross-platform) development. Those who adopt the native option typically create the same application twice, one for Android and one for iOS, to cover a larger share of the market.
If you choose to program hybrid applications, which are designed to work on different platforms with the same code then the product design work will be done only once.
#4 Security Issues
Scandals of using data to manipulate elections or to sell products further drive the desire of application users to have their information protected. This was a major technological challenge for 2019. Concerned with the Canadian market on its global platform, they have joined forces with specialist consultancies and partners to tailor their services to the new regulations and ensure an appropriate service for their users.
As we see, technology is constantly being renewed. Thus, trends shift from totally new ideas to reformulation of older ones. Anyone who knows how to surf the wave of these items in an innovative and purposeful way will succeed in 2019.
Enterprise Application is not a generic software, it comprises of sensitive business information and employee data. The risk of data security has increased with more organizations entering to the cloud for data storage and procurement. While developer need to integrate better security measures to protect data, encrypt data, and security patches, still hackers are keeping up with the standard technologies. This makes the vulnerability testing vital as well as the penetration testing more important to prevent exploitation of the soft spots.
#5 User Interface
You know Enterprise apps are not for leisure, so the user is always looking for what is needed on the app. Features that are not usable or important add to the app clutter. On one hand the findability of the features is an element of user interface that can potentially affect its users. On the other hand, flow of user interface determines the user friendliness of the app. User Interface adds value to your app but it is also provides the ease of use to your employees. It may rather improve the productivity of your employees or keep them low with the complex interface.
You may start working on the development of app, adhering to prototyping once you have a go ahead from the client. You should assess the usability of the app as per the prototype and make the changes according to the feedback.
#6 Technological Switch
Today technological space brims over new frameworks and tools such as Blockchain, AI, AR, and more. In this era of innovation enterprise app has to meet the competitive edge with the adaptation of these technologies. It is no surprise, if you just deployed your Enterprise App and the company asked you to make changes.
With this, there are more chances to build an application that conquers users in the four corners of the world. This is also the case whenever new device models are launched, often filled with new hardware features. That’s why the company should always be up-to-date on what’s new in the mobile world and plan for the high-performance maintenance and operation of the app.
#7 Interoperability Issues
You enterprise app is connected with your ERP and CRM, since it is a missing link between various technologies through-out the network. Enterprise Interoperability Frameworks may assist you in achieving the interoperability by developing the app that structures and captures a barrier approach to framework.
Enterprise Application Development is a complex task and the companies involved in the process must have a clear approach to the project. Developers should focus on the big picture, but always meet the deadlines. It is obvious that such a big project takes time and prone to changes due to technological development; however, it can be challenging to meet the deadlines in the face of new ideas.
Integrating Agile Methodology can save you from missing the deadlines. It promotes the addition or changes in the app without risking a single deadline. Agile method is based on taking one thing at a time and on each deadline you need to deliver the improved version of the project. This method follows the client requirement, while clients are in contact with the development team through-out the project. Thus, it ensure better quality assurance of the project.
You know that the maintenance of the application is vital; while maintainability of an enterprise app is even more significant. Potential challenges in this regard is to avoid confusion among the enterprises and developers. After the deployment of application there are a lot of things to be changed or modified such as securing patches, fixing bugs, or adding new features.
Another major challenge is tracking the rapid evolution of mobile technologies. Whenever operating systems (OSs) gain new versions, it is natural that their standards, their resources, and their coding ways are affected.
This requires constant maintenance on the applications, to ensure that their efficiency is maintained and that they are compatible with the new standards developed. Thus, if an application is created for a particular version of a particular OS, its commands may fall into disuse when an update of that system is released.
To meet this challenge using the Scrum methodology, you can keep an application up-to-date according to the priorities and needs of the project. Other practices that help maintain and update applications are the adoption of software design standards and the creation of documentation for what is being developed.
App maintenance is rather an interesting task that becomes complex if overloaded with fresh items. You can overcome this challenge by carefully specifying the maintenance elements when you sign an agreement with the app development company. It is advisable to consider 2-3 months of unpaid maintenance period with the developer on the safe side.
#10 Limited Resources
While computers have a large availability of resources, increased RAM, state-of-the-art processors, ample internal storage, among others, smartphones are more limited in this regard.
This is a great challenge for the developer who wants to build high-performance applications while at the same time consuming the least amount of resources to keep the system running smoothly. Added to that, the mobile carries itself a great villain: the battery.
For this reason, mobile development requires that every feature included in the project be planned and tested to avoid performance issues being discovered too late. It is essential that the software be lightweight (to take up little space), efficient (to save battery) and of course friendly (to win over user).
To circumvent this problem, Monitor develops and consumes its own native libraries. This allows for better resource management and optimized code. In addition, the company team uses compatibility libraries to achieve better results and ensure quality development.
In the course of development, Canadian professionals should be concerned about the great diversity of devices in the market that can run the application. One must remember, therefore, that there are smartphones of different sizes, resolutions and performances.
You must be prepared for more challenges down the lane as you now, enterprise application is a long-term product. Rest assured you may get all the important information to overcome these challenges in this article. You may also keep learning and exploring more challenges as you develop the enterprise app.
Here at Invision Solutions-Toronto, Canada, development is native. The idea is to guarantee the good performance of the application, besides offering a unique experience for the user. In this way, it is possible to provide a quality and tailor-made product to the customer.
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