Mobile Application Development Platform Vs Traditional Coding – Deployment
Implementing a project from a written specification using traditional coding methods like C# and VB.NET is one issue that we can overcome by using our Mobile Application Development Platform. Deploying a project is the next problem !
Deploying applications when using coding methods like C#, and some other available platform tools requires the compiled application along with all drivers like barcode readers, 3G comms camera and mobile printers to be manually loaded onto the device. This isn’t necessarily an issue for the initial deployment but what happens when the application requires an update? The customer purchases new hardware? Or updates the operating system?
In almost all cases the application need to be edited by the software house re-tested and then the devices need to come in from the field to be refreshed with the updated software. This takes time and eats resources not to mention losing money while the devices are no in the field and takes control away from the customer. There are additional tools available to assist with remotely deploying files to a device but they can be expensive and the software cannot be in use while the update takes place.
This is another area where MobileFrame excels. Our mobile application development platform like all other software does require an initial install but includes all of the drivers required. Once the software is installed the device can stay in the field. When the user logs in any applications and data assigned to the user will automatically be synchronized with the device. Because the customer can be trained how to use MobileFrame they can create edit and maintain applications in house. These updated or new applications can then be instantly deployed and managed to the devices in the field in real time over 3G/Wi-Fi. The next time the user selects the application the updated version will be loaded.
Simple tasks such as changing a logo altering the layout of report print out of a PDF adding a column to a table can all be implemented tested and deployed in a matter of minutes. Compare this to traditional methods and the same change will no longer be a ‘simple’ change.
The key question is: As the business grows and changes, there will need to be updates to the mobile application. What level of cost and downtime is acceptable?