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Like most companies, yours is probably taking advantage of every possible digital asset out there to increase its reach and abilities. However, if you don’t have an app for your organization, you’ll be vulnerable to competitors that do. Luckily, all it takes is an enterprise mobility program to create one. Here’s how you find the best option.
Easy to use
The beauty of an enterprise mobility program is that you can create something as powerful as an app, despite having no track record of ever making one on your own. Most of us would love to have an app built custom for our company, but we can’t afford to pay someone to create it. We also don’t want to spend a small fortune on going back to school just so we can try making one in four years or so.
That’s why you have every right to expect that an enterprise mobility program would be easy to use. If it’s not, what’s the point? If you’re going to end up struggling with it or taking months to learn the controls, then just go ahead and hire a programmer and cut your losses.
Fortunately, most developers get this. In most cases, today’s enterprise mobility programs are as easy to use as clicking your mouse and dragging it. You can build your app one essential function at a time and, a lot of times, you’ll have a special window that displays how your creation looks as you go along.
If you don’t want to risk it, ask the developer for a demo before buying. Manufacturers will understand your concern, which is why so many of them offer free trial periods. Although it doesn’t mean a title is completely wrong for you just because you can’t try it first, you have to wonder why a developer wouldn’t let you try it first if it was worth every penny.
Easy to integrate with your current systems
Your company runs on a collection of systems and this core logic needs to be considered when you’re looking to create an app. Specifically, you need to make sure that your app will be able to work with the systems your business depends on. After all, your app will most likely work alongside these systems or even recycle some of their functions.
With a generous API, you can map a connection between your app and core logic without much of a problem. If you aren’t able to do this, your app will most likely turn out to be fairly clumsy to use. It might even be completely ineffective for your purposes. Users may decide to make their own workarounds to get through your app’s problems, which might create a number of their own.
Strong security features
You shouldn’t so much as send an email to your local library these days without the right security. Hackers are all over the place looking to break into systems—especially companies’ systems—and cause all kinds of problems. That’s why you need an enterprise mobility development platform that makes security a priority.
Apps aren’t necessarily more vulnerable than other types of digital assets, but they could increase your system’s vulnerability a bit. That’s because your app will most likely increase the number of instances of people trying to access your company’s core system. Each and every time this happens, a hacker could be on their way.
There are a number of ways to keep your app safe, but encryption is vital. Encryption protects your communication in a type of code that is virtually impossible to get through without the right password.
Again, there are all kinds of security features these days. Any platform developer that doesn’t include encryption with theirs, though, should be ignored. Their omission of encryption could leave you in serious trouble.
A lot of first-time app builders make the same mistake. They build their app, release it into the wild and expect that will be the end of it. To them, it makes sense that they’ve just created a great app so it should be able to do just fine with their employees and/or customers.
This may happen for you, but it’s pretty rare and it has nothing to do with the enterprise mobility program you decide on. Rather, it’s all about the numbers game. When you first create an app, you’ll probably only have a handful of people working on it, at most. Then you’ll have maybe a dozen testing it before you release it to your users.
The fact that you have so many more users than testers is why you’re going to discover problems after your release.
Again, this isn’t the fault of the enterprise mobility platform you chose. Picking the best one you possibly can still needs to be a priority though. That’s because you need that app to now correct the mistakes you made. You want to be able to go back into the app’s design, straighten out the kinks and then rerelease an update that will go back to all of those devices that already downloaded the app.
Otherwise, you’re going to have quite the headache on your hands and many of your users may not wish to download your app a second time.
Being able to manage your app also means having the power to decide who can use it and what kind of access they’ll have. In a lot of cases, you don’t want everyone to have the same level of access. Management may have one, middle-management another and representatives below them a different version.
Of course, some people will need their access revoked. Whether you terminate an employee or they decide to leave the company, it may be necessary to ensure they can’t use your app again. Sometimes, a user will need their access revoked because they have a virus or are otherwise causing harm unintentionally.
The above list might seem a bit extensive, but that’s the only way to consider your options for apps. While you probably want to have your own app ASAP, take your time going through the above so that you end up with the best possible platform for making one.