At Streamline we see the trend for enterprise applications following that of consumer applications, moving from desktop / browser-based apps, to mobile app platforms. In this new ‘mobile enabled’ world, the user experience created by consumer grade apps is setting the standard for what end users expect from enterprise apps. This user experience standard has created unique challenges for the enterprise as they look to adopt a mobile strategy that’s loved by users, yet trusted by IT.
Traditional Dev/Ops Standards Don't Work
It’s been reported that 60 percent of corporate enterprise apps are abandoned by employees after the first use, most commonly due to poor user experience. These challenges are amplified in the mobile space, where mobile apps are typically developed and managed against traditional dev/ops standards, which can be detrimental to good integration and support of mobile apps.
Mobile Application Development Best Practices
Developing mobile apps on an ad-hoc basis, without an overarching mobility strategy that supports full application lifecycle, will lead to integration, user experience, and support challenges. These factors will directly affect user adoption and will ultimately fail to deliver the capabilities employees and customers need.
Taking a wholistic approach to Mobility at Scale requires the enterprise to rethink their entire strategy. While traditional dev/ops vs. mobile dev/ops share common methodology, they are entirely different in their execution. Rather than being an adjunct of traditional dev/ops, a successful strategy recognizes that enterprise mobility requires a dedicated application services platform tuned to the nuances of mobile applications. This is the best and most cost-effective way to support current and future mobile application development, long term operations of those applications, and effective integration between current and future applications across the enterprise.