The short answer: yes! Nearly any enterprise application can be turned into a mobile app.
Thanks to laptops, smartphones, and apps, the way we work today is vastly different than how we worked in the past. No matter where we are, we can work efficiently and stay in constant contact with one another. Because of this, the demand for companies to make working remotely easier for employees has gone up. Thus, so has the need for turning enterprise web apps into mobile apps.
Another reason companies are looking to turn their big app into a smaller, portable app, is because the typical online customer isn’t sitting at a desk or near a computer. People become customers or users when they’re in the car, on the train, at a dinner party, etc. Because people can be customers anywhere, companies need to be available anywhere.
Before you get started on turning your enterprise app into a mobile app, here are a few things we suggest considering:
Keep the App Productive
You won’t be able to carry over all the features of your business app to your mobile app. In that case, keep the core productivity features in place, if possible. Your app should remain useful. You may need to spend time an effort to redevelop parts of your app for a less-powerful platform.
Make It Work Offline
Unlike computers, cell phones may not have access to the internet always. Your app must be of use even then, though. Put including offline features – like the ability to store data on the app and transfer it to a server when the phone next connects to the net – makes your app more useful.
Keep Smaller Screens in Consideration
Smartphones have smaller screens and use a touch interface. Your app will have to undergo extensive redesigning to keep it efficient on mobile phones. It is much harder to type on phones than it is on larger screens.
Make Security a Priority
With enterprise apps, data safety is always an important consideration, and it’s no different on the platform. Make efforts to encrypt your data and protect open sessions. Make contingency plans, namely sudden power failure to the app and abandoned usage sessions.
What we mention here are only some of the challenges you will face while moving to the smaller screen. It’s critical that your development team be up to the task, and they have experience in building for mobile. If that’s not the case, you might be better served by hiring a software development team.
In conclusion, if you’re going to spend the time and money to create a mobile app from your enterprise app, you need to be laser-focused on their needs of your users. We’ve built custom software for companies for 19 years, and we’ve seen the value a well thought out piece of software can bring to a business. If you’re looking to take your company to the next level, reach out to us. We’d love to hear your ideas and see how SOLTECH can help you.