Research reveals importance of enterprise apps connecting to the backend
While developers and line of business have different priorities regarding the important elements of enterprise mobile apps, the ability to connect to a backend database appears pivotal to both parties.
That is the key finding from a study conducted by analyst house Bock & Company, and commissioned by Alpha Software. For developers, an easy integration with the backend is the most popular choice, cited by 96% of the almost 2,000 mobile app devs polled, followed by offline capability (78%) and the need to develop an app only once (78%).
In terms of business requirements an app should require, security (96%) was the number one choice among respondents, ahead of accelerating app development (79%) and offline capability (78%).
“The success of an overall mobile enterprise app depends on leveraging the relevant data that the firm already collects,” the report notes. “From the mobile app developers’ perspective, a low-code platform should integrate with backend databases and support end-to-end mobile experiences.
“Developers must be able to exploit device capabilities, such as taking photos and videos, scanning bar codes, and logging GPS locations,” it adds.
But for the end users, the list of features they value most differs markedly. Ease of use (92%) was the most popular choice, followed by capturing data to increase accuracy (84%) and making mobile workers more productive (84%).
According to the research, two thirds of developers are using a low code platform, enabling rapid mobile app development (RMAD). While such tools are popular with organisations, it is no longer enough to cater for the ‘lowest common denominator’.
The research argues that developers are ‘poised to take on the coming mobile app boom successfully.’ “App developers are increasingly turning to low-code platforms to meet the rising demand for mobile enterprise apps,” the report notes. “A low-code platform must also deliver superior experiences that enable developers to produce compelling mobile apps that meet – or exceed – end users’ expectations.
“These are going to be end-to-end experiences, optimised for both on-device capabilities and access to backend information from across the business ecosystem.”
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