Enterprise mobile applications are becoming more popular in both the business and consumer worlds. Industry professional Scott Koegler wrote on Forbes that this doesn't necessarily mean the entire staff is constantly working away from their desks, but that they are likely looking for the best ways to work with devices. Having access to Web and email may be a great starting point for organizations, but they can move beyond this to create dedicated mobile applications for a more efficient workforce.
"Personal device displays become the alternative to paper as enterprises continue to reduce printing costs and consider more ecologically friendly ways to access information," Koegler said. "The 'paperless office' concept has long since vanished from the category of hot topics, but the use of paper continues to rise. And the cost of paper and associated expenses can be significant in many organizations."
Using these apps to replace reports and paper print-outs for data collection can cut costs and create an improved workflow for much better productivity, he wrote. One example was from Jason North, CEO of ForceBrain.com, who said his company developed an app for itself to make sure cleaning and maintenance was moved from paper to electronics. Employees can now use tablet and smartphones instead of writing everything out.
No matter what the specifics are, organizations need to start planning for enterprise mobile applications to make sure employees are getting the most use out of their devices and the company is able to cut costs. Koegler said businesses should be sure to include employees in the creation process so they know what they will be using and have some say in it.
More Companies Need to Step Up App Development
Appcelerator conducted a recent enterprise survey that surveyed organizations of varying sizes what use apps for. Businesses were asked if they have a single mobile leader and 85 percent said they did not and have no plans to employ one. This means these companies do not have a dedicated team to develop of app and do not have it as its own entity, something it may better being.
Businesses will soon need to start thinking about enterprise mobile solutions, as the survey showed it split 50-50 for businesses that would or would not be developing their own apps. Issues like this should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid confusion later.