Modern mobile application platforms

|June 30, 2015 0

Nachiket Vaidya

In a world where more devices are connected to internet than the number of people alive, enterprises are challenged to create an ecosystem driven by application modernization. The shift from desktops to mobile devices and tablets as primary tools means businesses are almost obliged to provide  employees and users with updated tools and apps they need to get their work done.

Even though mobile apps are the way businesses are gaining competitive advantage today, it is important for businesses to consider key dimensions of platform, Pace and People in order to develop a viable Modernization Plan.

Mobile platform components, application sdks, integrations with enterprises govern the key aspects of next generation mobilization. Mobile middleware platforms (MEAP/MADP/MCAP) are the key enablers due their ability to bring features such as Cross-device compatibility, Get it all – web, native or hybrid, prebuilt components for integration with backend systems to the table. Modern MEAPs/MADP are also restructured to deal with large volume of data with caching and syncing capabilities, integration to backend via column oriented paradigms and analytics to bulk data and can serve to be an effective paradigm while formulating modernization strategy.

Another important dimension in a Modernization strategy is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT dashboard is best complimented with mobile channels. With IOT market expected to reach $7.1 trillion by 2020, Machine-to-machine mobile connectivity represents the next great wave of what modern mobile application software platforms can make possible in our lives.

Best worked modernization plan cannot take place overnight, cultural work and technology decisions take time and approaching mobile development in a traditional coding mode repeats the mistakes of the past on a larger scale. Platform fragmentation across web browsers and operating system platforms is a daunting challenge for business mobile apps. The level of dynamism and sophistication demanded by today’s business app users and implemented and optimized in distinctly different tools and methods across platforms is a more modern challenge. Modern mobile applications need to integrate various elements of assistive capabilities beyond the core workflows. This kind of approach will enable maximum business reuse of between applications so that key learnings of past are inherited for newer steps taken for an ever evolving landscape.

The author is senior mobility architect,  Ness Software Engineering Services (SES)

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