Is your business thinking about taking on a mobile development project? Mobile apps can make or break a business in the digital world. Before investing the time and money, there are several things for developers to take into consideration to get the most out of their app and to get the development right the first time.
First National Technology Solutions (FNTS), headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, offers cost-effective cloud services to businesses that are interested in deploying mobile applications. In business for more than 20 years, FNTS is a leading provider of flexible, customized hosted and remote management services to companies nationwide.
Mobile device users may never get a perfect customer experience when using apps because content that may look great on iOS may look terrible on an Android device. Since there is such a wide variety of pixel counts, screen sizes and functionality, mobile developers start off by trying to accommodate too many variations, or not enough. Developers typically target the top four to five mobile devices and versions they want their app to be compatible with.
Since mobile development is an ongoing process, developers can minimize their pain by being cognizant of these elements when creating a multi-platform compatible app:
Screen density: With a normal app, developers can insert a significant amount of data into a page, but a mobile app is different. Also, in a world where people are multitasking, developers must build an app that is very tight, fast loading and easy to navigate.
Mobile app development: After developing, quality testing and releasing your app there are bound to be bugs that will pop up based on patching changes, newer versions of Operations Support System (OSS), interaction with other applications on the device and manufacturer changes as they discover bugs in their devices. Mobile development is a continual process that needs to have a dedicated team ensure the app stays current. Applications should be developed on a platform that will allow developers to make immediate changes and test results in a container or microsystem environment.
Don’t cater to everyone: Know your target customer and develop an app with them as your frame of reference. If you are targeting a young audience, build the application in a way that appeals to them. If you are building the application for an older audience, make it simple and take into account an older audience may have poor eye sight and less patience with new technology. You should not try to cater to everyone.
Develop code quickly: Since code updates are constant, there is no such thing as a mobile application that is finished. Because of this constant development need, technology advancements use automation to help developers to push code in a timely manner.
Test your application: Once an app is ready, the code needs to be tested against several other devices. A mobile online testing group should also be used. If you explore the history of mobile applications, you will find a number of well-developed applications that never got off of the ground because they still had issues when they were released. Mobile users are picky, and if something doesn’t work they’ll soon move on to the next great thing and never look back.
Cost: The challenge is that mobile development is not a single development effort. There can be four to 10 parallel developments for different devices that need to look the same. The use of microsystems and products like Pivotal Cloud Foundry are geared toward developers who want to market apps fast, with minimal effort. Pivotal Cloud Foundry, a service that FNTS provides, is an attractive option for developers since it eliminates hardware and licensing costs. It allows developers to rapidly test a single application before building a long-term strategy. When you weigh the cost of development and redevelopment efforts, it can be a very cost-effective option.
You have one shot at success when it comes to mobile development, so you have to make your first attempt your best effort. With the best-of-breed technology for public, private and hybrid cloud solutions, FNTS can help businesses grow in the digital world and keep their competitive edge, without expanding their budget. Download our digital ecosystem white paper to learn more about the digital trends that will keep you ahead of the competition.