There is no doubt that the mobile landscape as a whole is changing and evolving. Despite this widespread belief, many organizations have yet to completely embrace the mobile realm and instead continue to fixate on conventional concerns about security and governance. As a result, the mobile application environment is somewhat nascent and underutilized.
Still, some organizations have recognized the ongoing and inevitable push toward mobility and have begun to create and launch the solutions they need to capitalize on the emerging opportunities presented by the mobile landscape. An InfoWorld report highlighted the importance of building and using mobile applications than can help businesses function on multiple levels, instead of deploying tools that do not necessarily aid employees. If organizations do not embark on these types of endeavors, they will perpetuate the need for business units to circumvent best practices and deploy cutting-edge technologies on their own, without the permission – or knowledge – of the IT department.
Embracing a new mobile application development strategy will be critical for organizations of all sizes to remain competitive and efficient in the coming years. InfoWorld noted that the mobile movement is much different than the Web application trend that emerged several years ago and is still happening, largely because the new phenomenon enables solutions to run on truly different platforms, which forces developers to disregard the once conventional "one native client" notion.
Unfortunately, there are still some major worries about how diving into the mobile realm will introduce massive changes.
"Systems of record must be secure and must have controls. But access is critical for higher-functioning mobile apps, such as for sales or order-taking," IT expert Eric Simone told InfoWorld. "There are lots of fears about opening up directly to mobile. The issue is that there is a gap between what the mobile devices can do and what controls are needed."
Building next-generation software
Although the mobile movement is having a major impact on the business software environment, companies should not embark on related endeavors simply for the sake of doing so. A Wired report highlighted the importance of understanding how to launch mobile software without going overboard and mobilizing everything.
Additionally, Wired noted that teams should not overlook security, which should still be among the primary pillars of software development. In many cases, embracing static code analysis solutions to thoroughly evaluate code before the applications are deployed can reduce the chances that those tools are inefficient or house some unforeseen vulnerability.
Constantly revisiting and improving code before mobile applications are launched will also ensure that those tools will actually be able to deliver some value to the organization. This is because developers and other IT experts will be able to prioritize user experience and optimize the performance of various solutions when they operate within tablets, smartphones or other devices.
In the coming years, businesses must plan how they will tackle the mobile software movement and implement the necessary internal changes to ensure their teams can embrace the next generation of application development and deployment without introducing any unnecessary complications along the way.