Enterprise App Trends to Watch Out For in 2020
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Mobile devices are affecting businesses in a big way. 60% of employees now use apps for work-related activity, with 71% spending at least two hours a week accessing company information through mobile devices.
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Enterprise mobile apps help in employee management, data management, business management, customer management, and other roles. Mobile apps help businesses to improve productivity, with outcomes such as improved employee, partner, and customer engagement.
According to Grand View Research, Inc., the global enterprise mobile app market is expected to be worth USD 259.51 billion by 2022. The following are some of the trends that every enterprise app developer should know.
Therefore, you need to keep in mind that employees may want to access data through wearable devices as you build the app’s architecture.
Sharing Data in Real-Time
Businesses generate a lot of data, and employees expect some of this data to be provided to them in real-time. There are many cases where sending real-time data to employees is incredibly useful.
It is important that developers make sure that employee apps can handle real-time data. This is for example in real-time chat apps.
Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Support
It is becoming ever commonplace for enterprises to use augmented and virtual reality. These technologies are helping companies in areas such as data visualization and employee training. With projected increases in AR/VR support, enterprise applications are expected to support these technologies.
Focus on the User Experience
More businesses now understand that improving the user experience for employees is just as critical if not more like for the real customer. Businesses with apps that improve the user experience will have a higher adoption rate than apps that don’t prioritize user experience.
It’s no secret that businesses are moving to the cloud. This explains why there is a rise in cloud-based apps. The cloud allows businesses to not only create powerful apps but also helps reduce app load time and hosting expenses. Cloud technology enhances cloud security, which is a major concern for the enterprise.
The majority of developers today focus on traditional application development, that they forget all about mobile apps. When tasked with creating native mobile apps, these developers are faced with an incredibly steep learning curve.
Cross-platform app development is advantageous because it allows teams to harness existing skills across different platforms.
Blockchain technology is being used by more organizations than ever before. Blockchain helps in data decentralization, security enhancement, and increased transparency.
Some of the areas in which blockchain technology can help enterprises include: distributed payment processing, smart contracts and tracking steps within the supply chain. Blockchain also helps in-app authentication and is great for apps that operate in real-time.
Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The use of AI and ML in enterprise apps is no news, and mobile apps are no exception. When AI and ML technology is incorporated into enterprise apps, it helps create more personalized user experiences. Examples of such mobile apps are chatbots and language converters.
The following are some of the use-cases for AI and ML in enterprise business apps:
- Provision of custom-tailored services to employees like finance management, data management on social media, and supply chain management.
- Workplace chatbots can increase employee momentum.
- Machine learning is used in text- and speech-based applications, which is instrumental in marketing and real-time communication.
Accelerated Development Lifecycle
With more demand for enterprise apps, businesses are increasingly focusing on reducing the development lifecycle. It’s important for app developers to understand that there will always be less time for creating, securing and managing enterprise applications.
It goes without saying that for developers to create apps at an accelerated pace, they will need more resources.
External users are accustomed to the concept of on-demand apps. These are apps that provide users with lots of information in real-time. Due to the fact that employees expect such services from their work apps, the increased demand for on-demand apps is making its way into enterprise apps.
Integration with the Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT is affecting every facet of the enterprise. It is not uncommon for developers working in different industries to create IoT-capable apps just for the workplace. For instance, a manufacturing company may give its employees IoT-capable apps that are incorporated into sensors to inform them when parts might fail. Not only does this save time and resources, but it also enhances workplace safety.
It’s no doubt that mobile apps are a staple in the enterprise. Over time, new elements are helping transform these apps thanks to new technologies that are being introduced.
Employees also expect that the enterprise apps they use at work have the above features. This post has discussed the most common trends for enterprise apps.
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