The low-code platform is enabling organisations to implement enterprise mobility without advanced development skills.
Over the past year, the Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS) segment has “showed the most impressive growth, not just in the AIM (Application Structure and Middleware) market but across the entire enterprise software market”, according to Gartner.
What’s more, the PaaS approach is ideal for building apps. Because it comes with an environment that will work “out of the box”, in the cloud. Developers can build, test and deploy solutions that can address specific business issues. Rapid Mobile App Development is at the heart, with minimal need for traditional “low level coding”, to enable faster releases.
A virtualised future
As the cloud market has matured, vendor lock-in is less of an issue. Integrating different systems is much easier. And for developers, it means they can get on with building apps, instead of just troubleshooting and fixing bugs.
In many ways this evolution mirrors the rise in Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS). Companies which migrated their infrastructure to the cloud found their technical teams were able to focus more on innovation. And with IaaS, routine maintenance and upgrades take place incrementally. This pattern is now apparent in enterprise mobility, where internal teams can use a low-code development platform to build apps that work across devices.
Develop apps using an integrated platform and it’s possible to future-proof your investment. After all, there’s no point investing in enterprise mobility, only for your app to become obsolete when a new Operating System or device is released.
Regarding devices, of course it’s not simply a case of launching apps and watching them succeed. Alongside low-code, you need low maintenance. That means using enterprise apps that maximise the usability of mobile devices:
- Battery life
The app needs to be optimised for minimising energy usage
- Offline working
Mobile workers will lose connectivity – that’s a fact of mobility. The question is whether the app has been built in a way that enables users to genuinely stay productive anyplace and anytime
- Diversity of devices
Phone, phablet, tablet, BYOD culture… an enterprise app needs to be able to function on different-sized screens – and be able to easily handle system upgrades
This becomes even more relevant when you consider the explosion in the Internet of Things (Gartner predicts up to 21 billion connected “things” by 2020). Wearables (38.2% growth compared to last year) will also play a part. Any app platform needs to keep evolving, to enable enterprises to take advantage of emerging technologies.
The ability to build and deploy native apps in the cloud (so they can be accessed across devices) is a game-changer. Designers and developers can focus on creating new ideas. Organisations can release new products faster, engage customers, and motivate staff. The future is bright for enterprise mobility, and for those organisations which embrace it.