Over time, mobile has proven to be a pervasive technology, so much so that the term “mobile-first” is going to be soon replaced by “mobile-only”. Despite all the benefits mobility promises, adoption of mobile platforms has been slower in enterprises as compared to the consumer segment. Now that even “instantaneous” is not considered “fast enough”, businesses are willing to adopt innovative enterprise mobility solutions to keep up with the pace at which technology is evolving.
Here are the technologies that are not only gaining consumers’ attention but also attracting enterprises towards mobility:
Enterprise app stores
So you are a blooming business and you have introduced various mobile apps for your business to get the work done. But how do you manage different user accounts and user rights provided to specific accounts? You’d want a system that can manage multiple users for a set of mobile apps. Right? How would you do that? The answer is, Enterprise app store. Powered by an EAS, you can store and maintain a collection of various internal apps that can only be accessed by your company’s employees or clients.
According to a recent analysis, by the end of 2017, over 40% organizations would be interested in establishing their own enterprise-wide app store. Once implemented, an enterprise app store is capable of increasing security and boosting manageability. It also reduces overall cost and helps businesses to become more innovative and agile. If you want to establish an enterprise app store for your business, you can expect a reliable solution from us.
Cross-platform app development
Cross-platform app development has received special attention when it comes to mobile solutions, especially for enterprises. While many developers prefer to develop native apps that are built for Android and iOS devices, a lot of businesses prefer a cross-platform framework like Xamarin to develop their mobile apps. Xamarin comes with the ability to develop mobile apps using a common programming language, class library, and code base, even for different operating systems. Xamarin also offers its Test Cloud to perform UI Acceptance Testing of mobile applications across different devices.
Such solutions provide a cross-platform app that has strong infrastructure proficiencies in security, distribution, as well as testing, so they can prove to be relevant to enterprises. By taking help of such cross-platform apps, you can make sure that your business takes a smooth transition towards digitization.
Mobile application streaming
We are already familiar with streaming content in the form of music and movies. But, unfortunately, to gain a first-hand experience of using a mobile app, we are required to download it. To break this norm, Google came up with the concept of mobile application streaming by launching Android Instant Apps, so that users can stream apps on demand.
There’s no second thought that users can benefit from such a setting, as they can know if they really need an app before actually downloading it. More often than not, there are apps that are not used more than once or are used for a single feature. Application streaming will eliminate the need to download such apps. But how does this help enterprises? They can widely benefit in areas of security and distribution, thus addressing some of the major challenges faced in enterprise mobility solutions.
Big data visualization
We live in the era of Internet of Things, so one of the major challenges that businesses may face in the near future is the inability to manage and organize data that they receive from connected devices. IoT will connect an endless number of devices and collect their data at a common place. Enterprises would require systems that would be capable of understanding as well as handling the data that comes as a result of connected “things”.
Even an enormous amount of data can be useless if it isn’t properly stored and organized. Data visualization allows businesses to display all the collected data in a meaningful manner. Analysis and decision-making become a lot easier when enterprises have access to visual data in the form of charts and graphs, and to make it more accurate, all of it is occurring in real-time.
Bots are a part of messaging apps that are created to interact with humans and perform tasks on their behalf. There are a lot of rule-based bots out there, which are capable of answering a specific set of questions and perform a specific set of tasks. And then there are AI-based bots that can self-learn over time and respond accordingly.
Businesses can leverage AI-based bots to build and maintain customer relationships and allow customers to carry out certain activities. Businesses can thus not only expand their reach and get in touch with existing customers, but also acquire new customers.
People often use Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality interchangeably. Augmented Reality includes graphical elements within the real world environment, unlike Virtual Reality, which lets users experience an entirely different virtual environment.
Different industry sectors like manufacturing and retail can use Augmented Reality to visualize how a product design might look like in the real world when placed amidst other elements. This helps enterprises to come up with realistic products and solutions that would perfectly satisfy customers’ requirements.
Mobile-Backend-as-a-Service can be best described as a turn-on infrastructure for mobile apps that can provide developers an option to setup and operate a cloud backend. Google Firebase can be stated as the most-fitted example of MBaaS, which is also expanded into a complete back-end solution. Features like crash reporting, real-time database, and integration into Google Cloud Platform makes Firebase even more powerful as a back-end solution.
MBaaS solutions, including Google Firebase, allow developers to focus more on the front-end mobile application development rather than focusing on more complex back-end functions. It also reduces the complexities that are otherwise involved in managing and launching an infrastructure.
Security, in terms of management of mobile applications and devices, becomes a major concern when it comes to enterprise mobility. Enterprise Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) tools can help businesses to manage mobile devices and applications that are used by employees and clients.
Mobile Device Management licensing can allow multiple mobile endpoints to be controlled centrally. While MDM products make complete sense for enterprise owned mobile devices, it may not be the perfect solution for BYOD users. To address this issue, Mobile Application Management comes into the picture. MAM is relevant for clients that do not have access to enterprise devices in addition to BYOD users.
Adaptive security architecture
As cybercriminals are upping their game, enterprises cannot simply rely on preventive measures against possible threats. An adaptive architecture allows businesses to have flexible security measures in place to protect enterprise information against cybercrime.
Adaptive security architecture protects organization from potential attacks using elements such as predict, prevent/block, detect, and respond. All the elements make ASA more powerful, thus empowering enterprises by providing higher security using continuous monitoring and analytics.
Any mobile app, may it be for businesses or consumers, should provide a responsive user experience to make it more engaging for the users. An app that does not interact with the user or does not have a consistent format would only confuse the end user.
To create a responsive UX, businesses should consider interaction design, aesthetic design, usability, typography, functionality, content strategy as well as user interface. Implementing all of these characteristics is a sure fire way for any business to boost conversion.
The bottom line
With changing times, new technological innovations are emerging. If you are a business owner, you need to make sure that your business is not the one that needs to catch up on trending and transformative technologies. If you want your business to be the change initiator and adopt enterprise mobility solutions of the future, get in touch with our team.