In the last couple of years, the enterprise mobile app world has gained huge attention as it has become the need of the hour. Today, most of the businesses have either already built enterprise mobile apps or plan to create one to make business process smooth. However, the rising expectations and the sudden boom in the industry has made life difficult for enterprise mobility solution developers.
Understanding the key challenges faced by enterprise mobile app developers is very essential to overcome those challenges and to propel in the right direction. In this blog, we’ve targeted the top 5 challenges.
App & Data Security
The biggest problem faced by businesses as well as the users of mobile apps is the safety of their personal and professional details. “Among the vulnerable apps installed, 40% are of business-related,” mentioned by Hubspot report in Q2, 2018.
These vulnerable mobile apps increase the risk of IP loss, which results in creating a big security threat, making it one of the top challenges for enterprise mobile app developers.
And the “Bring Your Own Device” policy is another reason that increases the security breaches. Following are a few security breaches that are increased only with the use of BYOD:
- 31% of businesses accept that their professional data gets stolen
- 51% of businesses using BYOD experienced data breach
- 38% of businesses reported about stolen or lost data
As per the figures, over 26.2% of mobile users who were targeted by ransomware, were business users.
While authentication was created to ensure the proper use of the mobile app, only by the registered or authenticated users. However, it has now turned into a vulnerable stage in the app as there is need to provide user credentials. The provided details may be stolen for personal use and to steal valuable or confidential data.
For the developers, it is a daunting task to implement safe, secure and effective authentication routine from a scrape in rapid development. For the businesses, it is essential to ensure using the enterprise’s LDAP directory as it will ensure you a proper and accurate authentication.
When you are developing an enterprise mobile app, it doesn’t mean that you can compromise with the User Interface. It is essential that the mobile app is designed and developed in a way that it gives tough competition to the competitor apps. The effective the UI, the easier it will be to operate for the users.
After all, the usability of a mobile app plays a significant role before aesthetic concerns. Almost every business or enterprise needs mobile application development services for different reasons like connecting with a brand, offering products-related information, getting 24*7 support, etc. The prime goal to invest into the enterprise mobile app is to emphasize intuitiveness.
Since the icons are the foundation of developing a highly valuable mobile UI, utilizing them may be the best pick to make it look good and easy to use. These icons allow developers to explain rapidly about the button’s functionality. Using hardware buttons in the app also allow developers to add more intuitiveness to the application’s navigation.
Enterprise mobile apps are a lot heavier than the other apps. Most app developers face a common challenge of ensuring better performance while making the app looking good and robust. The challenge includes a running application that is free from all kinds of bugs or crashes and at the same time consumes less space in the device.
It all begins with the design part, so it’s good to focus on ensuring that design performs on almost every mobile device and screen size. Once you have crossed the hurdles of developing a mobile app that looks good, performs well and is light on the mobile’s battery, you can have an opportunity to own a perfect mobile app.
The Big Data
During the past one decade, enterprise customers data has grown hugely and the involvement of mobile devices is the biggest reason behind the boom. According to the experts, it is predicted that businesses need to maintain 50x more data by 2020. The situation is likely to grow a demand of more big data IT experts and professionals to grow and maintain the information.
This also results in making it difficult for the developers to provide affordable services as it also increases the need for the cost for expanding the conventional data models. The enterprise mobile app development companies need strong plans for the app environment that can manage big data efficiently.
However, there are a lot of benefits of using big data in the enterprise app development so that they come up with creative solutions to make the best use of it. Development solutions providers must understand that big data isn’t a single technology.
How to Tackle these Challenges?
The above-mentioned challenges are global as almost every enterprise and mobile app development company is facing them. However, the best way to deal with these difficulties is to go “micro”. There have been various instances where the developers overcame many challenges by focusing on micro-application.
The single-purpose mobile apps are developed to get info from the existing system across the organization. The data is shared with the end users in a secure manner. Instead of investing on developing a big and full of all features mobile apps, mobile apps only with vital features for the customers is a more effective option.
Micro or single-purpose mobile apps make it easier for developers to create apps that deliver the perfect solutions to individual problems and they are light enough to perform well while taking very less space on mobile devices. Moreover, smaller apps are very easy to maintain, making it a cost-effective solution.
Apart from this, it’s also great to rely upon the latest technologies to develop enterprise application for maximum security and performance.
Author’s Bio: I'm currently working as iPad game developer India with TheAppsmiths. I have a great passion for building world-class products as I love technology. In the last couple of years, I have worked with game developers in India for big and small enterprises across numerous continents. I have learned new technologies as well as mentoring and helping others to get started in their programming career. I have a keen interest in mobile App development, Android Development, Game development, etc.