Today, many companies looking to enter the world of enterprise mobile app development seemingly face a difficult development strategy choice: DIY tools vs. traditional enterprise mobile app development platforms (MEAPs). Choosing the right strategy for your enterprise can be a daunting task, especially when complicated by the influx of many business users within enterprises that want to participate in mobile development. In that case, the lowered skills barrier would make DIY tools an attractive choice, but the results of such tools are not typically enterprise grade, due to their lack of flexibility.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the two options. It’s important to remember that both options have pros and cons, and either choice requires compromise. The options become largely a choice between flexibility and efficiency.
The Current State of the Mobile Landscape
If someone stepped forward a decade or two ago and claimed that, in the near future, we would all have pocket-sized touchscreen devices that acted as gateways to multiple technological feats such as browsing the internet at high speeds, playing graphics intensive games, hailing cabs, booking flights, scheduling restaurant reservations, and purchasing products, you probably would have thought it nothing more than a creative mind’s wishful thinking. And who would have blamed you? At a time when these devices existed only in the realm of science fiction, no one would have believed, much less predicted, that one day, these incredibly high tech, hand-held gadgets would have such a huge impact on our day to day lives.
The debate between developing hybrid vs. native apps has been going on for a long time, and while it’s sure to continue long into the future, the argument for the hybrid model is getting stronger every day.
Making the Switch
Some of the topmost brands have recently ditched native and gone hybrid. With hybrid frameworks like Ionic and Apache Cordova (PhoneGap) becoming more mature, the assumption that a native app performs better is outdated.
In fact, the trend towards HTML5 and hybrid apps is stronger than ever; a recent Gartner report says that 90% of all Enterprise apps will be HTML5 or Hybrid by the end of this year.
Great article by Adrian Bridgwater on Apepry.io adding support for Ionic Framework and low code platforms.
While ‘low code’ platforms are often thought to enjoy a lower level of serious interest from the hardcore developer community (yes, even in the face of a popularised visual based coding practices), Appery.io’s ability to use Apache Cordova and provide access to more native device capabilities is good news, as is the firm’s total combination of software application development tools, backend services (there are plug ins too) and its ability to bring forward template (or you could say ‘predefined’) integration options with other third party services. Did we mention visual data binding too? No – ok, well that’s in there too. The SDK integration here with Ionic may not quite be the one-for-all programming panacea that it is being positioned to be, but Salesforce is a fan and this company is growing in stature. If it can reign in the big claims and keep its code base stable, things could stay interesting.
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You probably didn’t know that Amazon App Store, Evernote, Twitter and other are hybrid apps. Read 8 High Performance Apps You Never Knew Were Hybrid.
Like any business project, when you’re in the market for a mobile app development company, it pays to ask some important questions beforehand. Do they have the right tools and experience to meet your needs? Will their process work with your company’s process? How cost-effective and timely are they? Asking the right questions will give you a clear picture of whether the company will work best with your budget, your requirements, and your own team. In order to make the best decision for your company, you should ask these four questions.
Are you developing with responsive design in mind?
Responsive mobile apps are the new standard, but building them without understanding the proper tools can be daunting. To ensure you are up to the challenge, take a look at the following tools. Especially when used in conjunction with the new Appery.io Visual Builder, these tools can help you create some fantastically responsive mobile apps.
Twitter’s Bootstrap is the reigning king of responsive UI frameworks – you can easily go from desktop to tablet to smartphone, since Bootstrap adapts to the change in platforms and their screen sizes quickly and efficiently.