Enterprise mobile applications are a software that is geared toward satisfying the needs of an organization and its employees. They can be built for businesses, hospitals, clubs, non-profits, charities, schools, and any other number of organizations. Enterprise mobile apps can be used to improve or address a vast amount of issues, including inventory management, payment processing, billing systems, security, human resource management, and many more. With enterprise mobile apps quickly becoming the industry standard, the question isn’t if your organization needs an enterprise app, but how can you best integrate an enterprise mobile app into your current processes to improve efficiency and employee engagement. The following are some points you should consider when speaking with your mobile development team about your enterprise app options.
Listen to Your Employees and Assess Their Needs
Survey the employees that are involved in the process you are looking to address, and listen to where and how they spend their time. Even the best mobile app development companies don’t know your organization like the people that are a part of it do. You and your development team need to think about all the tools, devices and platforms used by employees to do their jobs. The features your enterprise mobile app has should address what is need by your employees, as well as be accessible from the devices and platforms they use. If you partner with a mobile app development company, make sure that you are heavily involved in the process, especially the ideation and UI/UX design stages, as that is what your employees will see and use, and will ultimately drive their experience, and in turn, their productivity.
Prioritize and Start Small
Overloading your employees with a bloated mobile app that addresses all of their needs, and then some, will hinder adoption and use, as it will take an extensive amount of time to complete, as well as to be fully adopted by your employees. Prioritize pain points into high value cases that will have an immediate impact on productivity, and start there. As you and your employees see results, you can expand and develop more features to address more cases that will improve your productivity. By slowly expanding the amount of cases your enterprise mobile app addresses, you will protect your company from unneeded costs, and also make it easier on your employees to adopt and implement. If you are partnering with a top mobile app developer, they can give you some insight on the best platforms to start with, but as addressed above, employee feedback will help tremendously with this portion of the process.
Make Sure it Runs Well Before and After Launch
Nothing will hurt the chances of any mobile app’s success more than it working poorly when it is launched to users, and this goes for enterprise mobile apps as well. There are plenty of ways to cut down on initial design and development costs, but make sure you are not sacrificing function for those savings. For example, while hybrid mobile apps are popular, a lot of times they sacrifice functionality to save cost. Finding the right iOS and Android mobile development partner that uses native languages will most likely save you and your organization money in the long run. Native mobile apps run more smoothly, are easier to update, and put less stress on the user’s battery. So, while the initial design and development cost may be a bit higher than a hybrid app, the final product will be a better functioning, easier to manage mobile application.
When looking to develop an enterprise mobile app, it can be easy to think about all the pain points you need to address and try to solve it all with one mobile application. However, doing your due diligence on the aforementioned topics will help ensure the mobile app you are developing will actually have an immediate impact. Beyond that, finding the right mobile development partner, or the right internal team, can make all the difference when developing your enterprise mobile app.