How long to build an enterprise mobile app ?
So really how long to build an enterprise mobile app ? The short answer is hours or days depending on the complexity of the process. Find out how long…
The longer answer is that this question usually follows a realisation that a mobile worker based process in your business is not as it should be. Part of how to address this is how long will it take to build an app. The question is always sure to generate lots of discussion and opinions about approaches to development and mobile device platforms and OS’s. Often you end up with all the ingredients for enterprise mobility but no recipe!
Mobile Application Development
Mobile application development can take many forms including cutting code from scratch or using an off the shelf canned module that came with your ERP or decision management system. In the smart phone era this Time-Money-Quality equation is becoming more significant as Andrew Till discusses in a recent Forbes article.
In our world mobile application development needs to be tailored to the process of the business and must directly address the issues that have been identified. Our approach uses a methodology that involves techniques like iterative development and software prototyping. Using the MobileFrame v5.1 mobile development platform it is a style that favors incremental development with constant feedback and involvement from the end user. This process can be repeated until the application has been perfected and meets the needs of the user.
All of this can happen very quickly allowing you to get an app deployed far quicker than through traditional methods. And the quicker the app gets deployed the faster your process deficiency can be corrected and your return on investment can begin.
10 Mobile Development Platform Features
- Drag and Drop Screen Design – Design your mobile application logic once and deploy to multiple different operating systems including .NET Android or iOS.
- Drag and Drop Print Designer – Create mobile label and reciept print layouts in minutes and not weeks.
- Printer Driver Bundling – Printer Drivers are bundled in no need to pick a specific printer.
- Device Driver Auto Recognition – We are plug and play across a wide variety of different devices, and can support mixed device deployments.
- User Administration – Users can authenticate against their current usernames / passwords and IT can lock down the device to keep the network safe.
- Peripheral Integration – We Support RFID, GPS, 1D and 2D Barcode Magnetic Stripe Scanning, Photo Capture, Photo Annotation, Drawing, Speech to Text, Digital Signature Capture, Printing Barcode Printing and RFID.
- Backend System Integration – Out of the box integration into any ODBC or OLEDB compliant data source including.
- Synchronization Management – Fail proof sync engine prioritize which networks you would like to sync over first.
- Mobile Device Management – Remote Device Management out in the field with the ability to take administrative control.
- Enterprise Application Management – Update Applications Client Software and third party applications over the air no need to collect the device from the field.
From our experience with these MobileFrame features we can create an app often in hours and in many cases go from Design/Scope to deployment is 3-4 weeks. This includes integration with different back-end systems. With this kind of turnaround many of our customers end up adding further applications to address other requirements far quicker than they had originally envisaged.
Key point; when looking at a mobile worker project and the inevitable question of how long to build an enterprise mobile app consider your options carefully. Think about how your approach should enable you to really involve your own staff in the design process and be able to add functionality in the future.
Learn more about mobile application development phase of your enterprise mobility project contact us today.
Andrew has worked on some of the largest Enterprise Mobility projects in the UK Eastern Europe the Middle East and Africa. He has user and project experience in helping companies think through and develop mobile strategies to get the most out of a deployment. He also likes old cars preferably with lots of chrome!