What is special about development of a mobile application for business? Generally, these are more complicated apps, and their developers meet with more formidable technological and design challenges.
Then, business mobile developers are taking more risks, as big and complex projects imply larger budgets. To eliminate these risks, at least partially, you have to accurately follow the steps of mobile development and avoid common mistakes at the planning stage.
The lifecycle of a mobile app consists of five main stages. They have the most direct relation to app implementation, and, thus, should be not overlooked.Step 1. Planning and strategy
At this stage, the client's vision is turned into a project proposal, usually with assistance from business analysts who estimate costs, set milestones and lay a roadmap for the project. Apart from interviews and meetings with the client, BA specialists research similar projects, competitors and market niche.;
We are not talking about the final look here - it's interaction design and visual style which are discussed at this stage. Certainly, interaction design and user experience should be decided before you start development. Besides, it is recommended to create a number of prototypes and test them on real users. In this way, you'll be able to prove the concept before it is set into production.
Visual style of the application is also defined at this stage. Nevertheless, business mobile solutions mostly follow a corporate style and platform guidelines, so this is mostly done to ensure compliance with the standards.
Overall architecture depends on the tools and technologies, on preferred development environment and technology stack. In Salesforce mobile development, it is the APEX programming language and the Force.com platform that includes Salesforce Mobile SDK.
App development is the largest and the most time-consuming part of the product lifecycle. You should remember that everything you did on previous stages works for you at a current phase. Provided that you already have a clear strategy and basic design - sketches, wireframes, screen sequences - development as such should not be a problem.
An obviously distinctive feature of app development is a key to integrate the app with other solutions and modules of the implemented enterprise platform. Most business solutions have their backend services hosted in the cloud storage, as it enables to provide a flexible and cost-saving solution for ever-changing business environments.
There is a broad choice of enterprise cloud services available on the market. For example, Salesforce mobile integration relies on the Salesforce App Cloud that can incorporate data from ERP software provided by a number of vendors, such as SAP, Microsoft or Oracle.
Support and administration of existing mobile applications lasts for the entire period of their existence. Never forget about it when you are planning the future of your business, and take into account that, in case of rapid growth, you might need to upgrade and upscale your software platform.
The steps described above are the same in most methodologies, although Agile and Lean processes define shorter project lifecycles within the general process. They are also the same for all industries, from manufacturing to games. At WaveOC, we have tackled a broad array of our clients' problems, including business apps and their custom integrations with Salesforce components and third-party services. With Salesforce capacities at hand and our expertise in mind, we can deliver a plenty of options to work with various types of data. With Salesforce, WaveOC transforms clients’ data into a powerful tool for strategic management and decision making.
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