The Evolution of Enterprise Mobile Application Development

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” —Charles Darwin


In the new world of IT, it really is survival of the fittest. Adaptability, agility, and innovation are critical, and staying on top of the mobile tech transformation might be the key to success.


It’s no longer about IT. It’s about IoT.

Consumerization has forever changed the enterprise landscape, and the role of IT has shifted. Today, IT needs to focus on innovation and flexibility to survive the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s about enabling billions of connected devices to simplify workflows, enhance business processes, and bring even greater business value to customers.


Forrester says we’ve entered the "Age of the customer" with tech-savvy, empowered buyers. This, too, will continue to evolve, and enabling mobile enterprise apps will become an integral part of business success.


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IT will play a critical role in developing, integrating, and securing mobile apps that can utilize embedded sensors to capture data and turn that data into useful business information for decision makers. It’s about delivering the right apps, with the right level of security and functionality, to most any mobile device.


Managing complexity with the right approach.


Yet the app development process is not without its challenges. There are an increasing number of connected devices and device types running on a range of platforms. Manageability and security challenges are top of mind, especially when it comes to protecting sensitive corporate data. And working with an open-standards-based platform is becoming increasingly important.
 

With the right tools and best practices, you can minimize complexity in mobile app development. InformationWeek’s guidelines to enterprise app development include basics like enabling the right level of connectivity and supporting push technology, but they go one step further. The third step is gaining full manageability of the apps, which is increasingly critical in a mobile environment. And last but not least is adopting open standards.

I recently read an article about the top enterprise app development trends that echoes these themes. (And full disclosure, the Darwin quote above came from this article.) There is a distinct advantage to be gained by adapting proactively to the technology changes in the IT landscape.


Companies that are embracing the mobile tech transformation are forging ahead. Cisco just announced its Enterprise Mobility Services Platform as part of the company’s larger Internet of Things (IoT) strategy. Prashanth Shenoy in the enterprise mobility group at Cisco said it best: “It's no longer an IT conversation. This is all about empowering the business.”


IT will play a critical role in developing, integrating, and securing mobile apps that can utilize embedded sensors to capture data and turn that data into useful business information for decision makers. It’s about delivering the right apps, with the right level of security and functionality, to most any mobile device.


Intel IT takes a cross-platform approach.

For Intel IT, part of adapting includes taking a cross-platform approach to mobile app development. By using a hybrid model based on native HTML5 code and a web browser, they are able to simplify development and support a rich user experience.

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The framework is built on a mobile application development platform (MADP) that is supplemented with security capabilities like authentication and encryption. It has four primary components:


  • Standardized development environment
  • Secure runtime environment
  • API aggregation gateway
  • Mobile management

You can find out more about the Intel IT framework by reading the white paper, “Implementing a Cross-Platform Enterprise Development Framework.”   You can also tune in to this webinar, where I had the chance to host one of Intel IT’s lead app developers. He discusses why a cross-platform approach is best for Intel’s enterprise. 


I’ll be exploring these topics in future blogs, and I welcome your thoughts as well. How is your IT organization adapting as the Internet of Things continues to take shape?

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