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    April 15, 2019 1:38 PM CEST

    This approach can be highly beneficial, particularly for enterprises that are just starting out with their enterprise mobility initiatives, as it combines external consultants and specialists with in-house talent. This can help reduce internal costs while also allowing internal team members to gain the knowledge needed for future initiatives.    Android app Development Baltimore

    Security

    According to a survey conducted by TechValidate and Red Hat, 45% of respondents named security as one of their top challenges for enterprise mobile app development. Unsurprisingly, mobile-oriented security needs require specialized expertise much the same as mobile app development does, presenting a number of unique challenges.

    For enterprise organizations that issue devices to employees, as opposed to using a bring your own device (BYOD) model, they are able to exercise much more control over security. Company-issued devices can be set to limit what employees can access on the device and how the device is used. For example, disabling native apps, forcing the use of whitelisted apps, adding remote device locking and wiping functionality, etc.

    Companies that are using a BYOD program and plan to have employee-facing enterprise apps accessed on those devices can’t exercise the same level of control, but can implement a Mobile Device Management (MDM) strategy. Solutions like SOTI or Airwatch allow organizations to create a sandbox where enterprise apps live, set compliance requirements, remotely wipe data, and otherwise secure the endpoint.

     Data encryption, certificate underpinning, and strong authentication measures are also imperative to both approaches and typically are part of MDM solutions.

    API Strategy

    Another challenge in the development of employee-facing enterprise apps is creating an API strategy. In order to power your app, you will need APIs to expose the business functions needed to enable certain actions. A field services app, for example, would need an API to expose maintenance appointment schedules, or to allow users to close completed appointments.

    Companies need to evaluate their current APIs and determine whether or not they are capable of fulfilling the requirements of the app. In some cases, these services may not be adequate, which means modifying existing APIs or creating new ones. In other cases, the services may not exist at all, which means APIs will need to be created from scratch. API strategy should be included when gathering product requirements as these services will not only be integral to the functioning of your product but also add cost and effort to the project.

    Platform Decisions

    Whenever an organization plans to build a mobile app that is customer-facing, we always recommend native app development. It is best to stick with native and not sacrifice on the design elements that are unique to each platform.

    While user experience and performance are still crucial for employee-facing enterprise apps, cross-platform development using tools like Xamarin are often good options because enterprise organizations can force the UX to be uniform, reduce development costs, and do so without affecting the customer-brand relationship. Since functionality is more important than delight for internal applications, cross-platform application development can be the right solution.

     Learn More: A Guide to Mobile App Development: Web vs. Native vs. Hybrid

    That said, deciding between a native or cross-platform approach is still a big challenge. Cross-platform tools may not be suitable for everything that needs to be accomplished, depending on goals and objectives. On the other hand, native development may be too costly or in some cases, take too long to get to market given project deadlines. Organizations must make this decision early in the product discovery process when defining needs, goals, and objectives.

    Adopting a Focused Approach

    Given the size of enterprise organizations, determining where to begin with employee-facing apps is often a major challenge. The reality is that there is no catch-all solution given the needs of different departments and the sheer variety of roles and objectives. This problem was highlighted by respondents in the Global State of Enterprise Mobility 2017 report, who noted that a key lesson learned from enterprise mobility initiatives was to “think big, but start smaller.”        visit:-  https://www.fortifive.com/

      

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