by Ruchir Majmudar November 26, 2016 , In Enterprise mobility

Six Enterprise Mobile App Development Myths Debunked

Though entrepreneurs are aware of enterprise mobility advantages, a few of them still prefer to sit on the fence due to the prevailing mobility myths in the corporate world. Here, we mention some of the most common misconceptions about integrating mobility into the business:

Involvement of end users

Myth
End users are involved after developing an app

Reality
End users need to be involved from early stage of development

Reason
Hands-on experience of end users matters a most when it comes to app development. Some of the business persons falsely believe that end users come in the picture after the app is fully developed. But, it is difficult and pricey to eliminate usability issues at a late stage in the development.
Building early prototypes and getting user feedback in the early stages can help business owners come up with a user-friendly application.

Getting the right app

Myth
A right app can be got in the first time

Reality
It is not possible to get the perfect app in the first time

Reason
The Agile approach offers many benefits in developing a customized app, but then, a customized app with all the desired features throws many challenges in the way of developers. At times, enterprises use a waterfall approach, which is again an obstacle in the way of developing a seamlessly performing app.
It is better to use the feedback of prototype in the next development round rather than expecting a right app in the first time.

Coding is the most time taking part

Myth
Coding takes a major part of development time

Reality
App development process consists of many aspects, and a few of them are more time-consuming than coding

Reason
Though coding takes a sizable chunk of development time, a mobility project comprises many aspects. Some of the notable aspects are prototyping, UX and UI designing, application testing on multiple devices, organizing and running field trials, and integration of the customized app with corporate systems with necessary security features.
Today, MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) has significantly reduced coding requirements to save development time.

Any web developer can build mobile app

Myth
Web developers can readily develop the mobile app

Reality
Web development and mobile application development are completely different domains. A professional app developer can build a customized mobile app.

Reason
Although many mobile application development tools require web app development skills including HTML, CSS, and JS, mobile app is not the web developer’s cup of tea. Industrialists may argue that web developers focus on developing mobile-friendly websites, but the reality is web apps and mobile apps are fundamentally different.
If any web developer with the raw technical skills with a little mobile app development experience would develop an enterprise mobile app, chances are high that the entire app project will be ruined.

Cost of development

Myth
Most of the money one needs to spend on development only

Reality
App maintenance charges cannot be ignored as it is for the entire lifecycle of an app

Reason
These days, new versions of OS come out every few months and it is necessary to bring changes in the customized app every now-and-then to make app capable of running seamlessly across all available smartphones. An app should work well with the latest OS or device. In a way, maintenance cost for an app overtakes development cost in a long run.

Rolling out of application

Myth
An app can be rolled out to all users simultaneously.

Reality
Usually, roll out for all the users at once does not work in enterprise-grade mobile apps.

Reason
If a mobile app encounters problems in an initial stage, all the users will get its impact if business people have opted for rolling it at once. Therefore, it is better to roll out a customized app in a staged manner. This manner allows entrepreneurs to rectify problems.

Just like any other new project, mobile app development demands extensive planning, precise testing, and challenging assumptions. The deflation of these six illusions will assist the business owners to stay ahead of the app development curve while saving time and money.