Enterprise-class mobile applications

03.06.2022

What are Enterprise-class mobile applications? Why should companies go for custom-made software? We delve into the subject of mobile applications which boost companies’ effectiveness. You don’t have to be an expert to know that currently, digitalisation is key.  

What is Enterprise-class mobile application practically?

It is an application created to meet specific needs of a particular company. Such applications are frequently created in order to streamline internal processes and support employees. One indisputable advantage of this type of mobile applications is total control over many aspects of business workflow.

Examples:

1: electronic workflow in the entire company enables more efficient functioning and, at the same time, protects data against access by unauthorised persons.

2: work time management and delegating tasks to particular employees is efficient and fully automated.

3: communication with service engineers/technicians and managing technical conditions of production facilities is not problematic as all necessary data is updated in real time in an Enterprise-class mobile application.  

The bottom line is that all procedures can be radically simplified. Already at the stage of designing the application, managerial staff can decide how detailed they want their reports to be. Sounds good? It does! It is definitely the time of bespoke software created to customers’ order.  

You are probably wondering: since my company is doing fine, I don’t have to think now about custom-made software, do I? The answer is only seemingly affirmative. Look at the impressive progress in the area of digitalisation we are witnessing right now. If you don’t want your company to lose its leading position in the industry, investing in advanced systems will be an important step into the future. Your competition has access to the same data and operates in the same reality. The question is: who is going to stay behind in this race? 

Perhaps it will be easier to make a decision when you realise how personalised solutions differ from standard ones.

Mobile apps

Numbers don’t lie!

Currently, mobile applications for business constitute 1/3 of all created applications. What’s more, they are second most popular types of applications in App Store (Source)

The report prepared by Sensor Tower Inc. at the beginning of 2022, presents forecasts concerning the number of application downloads for top sectors in 2022. The utilities sector is still trending (a predicted 5%-increase in application downloads compared to data from 2021):

Mobile apps

Source: © 2022 Sensor Tower Inc.

Analysing the mobile application market more deeply, we can notice that it was the category of finance that showed the greatest increase in the number of application downloads. Sensor Tower Inc. reports that no other category has seen such dynamic growth since 2019. The data compiled below corroborates that:

Mobile apps

Source: © 2022 Sensor Tower Inc.

Conclusion: there are more and more companies aware of the importance of continuous access to information. In the era of mobile applications’ immense popularity, more funds are invested in custom-made mobile applications for various sectors of the economy.

If you are looking for an experienced partner in creating Enterprise-class mobile applications, see our references. We have successfully carried out projects for:

  • BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.
  • PKP Energetyka S.A.
  • PSE Innowacje Sp. z o.o

Enterprise-class mobile application – are they worth it?

It depends. It mostly depends on your expectations of a mobile application. If standard solutions available on the market are sufficient for performing ongoing tasks in the company, consider process and cost optimisation.  However, if you immediately see areas for improvement, Enterprise-class mobile applications are for you.

What are the benefits of creating Enterprise-class mobile applications? The answer is in the graphics below:

Mobile apps

Types of mobile applications for business

As usual in the world of custom-made software, there is no such thing as versatility. We can distinguish several types of mobile applications for business, depending on the problems they solve. In other words, a custom-made application will always respond to specific needs. Here are some examples which should illustrate this point better:

  • mobile applications for employees working out of network coverage – equipped with offline mode, these applications can support employees’ access to information. Such a handy helper might be the best friend and a lifeline.
  • applications for data collectors – provide significant work improvement for employees responsible for stocktaking, inventory, or collecting data from systems without integration (e.g., readings of counter indications).
  • mobile endpoints for case management systems – these solutions built for managerial staff are designed to streamline the decision-making process. Transferring the process support to the world of mobile applications improves efficiency considerably, especially since to operate smoothly, the user does not need a laptop.

Naturally, there are many more examples, but we are far from generalising. Each case should be treated individually, and the list above only outlines the discussed matters.

The process of creating applications for business

Enterprise-class solutions require particular diligence already at the start. Software which is to work in practice must in fact respond to specific needs of entrepreneurs and their employees. For this reason, the process of product design – a complex approach to the process of creating applications (including mobile ones) – is so important. Here we mean:

  • analysis – of possibilities and problems in a given company and its business environment
  • drawing conclusions – on the basis of analytical data and the problems reported by the company and its employees
  • conceptual work – aimed at creating a mobile application architecture which will connect all the observed needs in the best possible way
Product design

However, that is not all. Devising complete functionality of an application and implementing it requires involving a team of specialists: programmers, analysts, project managers, and testers. Only in this way can the customer be ensured that the created application will comply with the UX and UI practices, and that its functioning will be thoroughly verified before implementation.

Unique business requirements and various internal processes in companies demand a special approach. Custom-made software, created on the basis of in-depth analytical knowledge fits perfectly into these individual needs. Every day, we hear about the need to increase:

  • productivity
  • flexibility
  • IT services availability

There is no recipe for such success in every company. However, if we approach the process of creating mobile applications reasonably, there will be a return on investment in the future, especially that we live in the times when mobile devices are with us every waking hour. A year, two, three – how long before your company decides to invest in the development of custom-made solutions?  It is worth considering what steps your competition might take in the meantime. The internal brand development strategy should not be neglected either – what position in the industry do you want to achieve in the nearest future? Do you have tools which can facilitate that?

If you have more questions after reading this article, we’ll be more than happy to talk about them. Without pressure, without pushing. Tell us about your thoughts. We will advise you on specific solutions. Write to us!