Following the acronym soup that accompanies the world of enterprise mobility could be a profession in and of itself. Enterprise CIOs are constantly searching for the best route to lead them to the promised land where business intelligence, operational efficiencies and productivity ROI are all realized from the mobile device.
Several technologies have evolved in recent years to solve specific pieces of the mobility puzzle. Services such as Mobile App Development Platforms (MADP), Rapid Mobile Application Development (RMAD) and mobile-backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) platforms are a few of many approaches that CIOs are comparing in hopes of finding the best fit for their specific use cases.
Each of these these approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, but they all share one thing in common by their very design: They were only developed to cover a part of the mobility stack.
Navigating these disparate approaches seems to be a game of trade-offs, none of which can apply mobile-first best practices to all parts of the stack.
Should Mobility Really Require Multiple Vendors?
Realizing end-to-end information flow and integration is especially critical before assessing and investing in new software tools.
Some approaches start out from the back end and focus on connecting existing legacy on-premise and cloud-based services to mobile devices. But solutions like this, even ones that generate APIs, need to be coupled with front-end frameworks that develop a mobile user interface (UI).
Other technologies use web and HTML5 apps that use screen scraping techniques. These result in latency and do not approach the native mobile user experience expected for enterprise use cases. Web apps also pose versioning issues that can render them ineffective and create new security headaches for IT.
Then there’s mobile Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), which is designed to provide remote access to desktop apps. But Mobile VDI clients can’t provide offline access to remote employees, and are not optimized for the mobile form factor and touch interface of today’s smartphones and tablets. And deploying these clients for multiple operating systems is particularly difficult.
Building and deploying a mobile app with separate components compels your IT to meet these solutions at least a part of the way, as they do not encompass the entire journey. This means truly mobilizing your enterprise entails mashing together multiple vendor offerings. This adds more complexity - and costs - to the digital transformation journey.
But is this multi-vendor approach really the only way forward for enterprise IT?
One Platform, One Vendor, No Trade-off: What it Means to Enterprises
Market innovation has finally caught up with the full spectrum of capabilities. Enterprises can now cover the full stack and integrate the benefits of all of these solutions with just one fully end-to-end platform that is code free. An enterprise-grade mobility platform that accomplishes this allows you to provide secure read and write access to back end systems while presenting enterprise data with top data visualization and business intelligence tools. It also enables that data to connect with native front end frameworks designed for a customized, mobile-first experience.
This allows CIOs to accelerate mobile app deployment in days and dramatically save development time and resources.
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