Once upon a time, in fact, not so long ago, we did big business on big computers, computers bigger than some of the rooms where we do business today. Now, the primary way to access much of the world’s information is through handheld devices, and 87% of employers require their employees to use those mobile devices for work-related activities.
Technology changed quickly, but have enterprises evolved with it? While consumer-facing mobile applications continue to raise the bar for what can be accomplished on a small screen, the enterprise lags behind on crafting effective mobile experiences, specifically for their employees.
Discover the best-kept secrets on how enterprises can rapidly build engaging experiences for any device that expedite productivity:
Design for mobile first.
Thinking about the majority of the enterprise applications we use today, it might seem impossible to imagine them functioning even half as well on a mobile device.
We therefore often assume that mobile applications can only work for a limited set of use cases. But the truth is that many of the enterprise applications we use today wouldn’t work on mobile simply because they were not designed with mobile in mind.
When we design for mobile first, mobile transitions from a siloed afterthought to an integral element in all enterprise processes. We no longer say, “We’ve created this process.
Now, let’s make it fit into a mobile box.” Instead, we think about where mobile will fit before we design the process. We ask, “Which parts of this process would work best if they were mobile-enabled?”
We create a better overall experience by considering every user, business need, and possible context beforehand. With an expanded definition of mobile-first design, all kinds of possibilities arise.
Imagine creating mobile applications that connect your enterprise, rather than creating more silos. The mobile apps you create should help you gather, take action on, and collect insights from one of your most valuable assets, your data, from the field to headquarters.
Bridge the mobile development skills gap.
All of this talk of mobile-first sounds well and good, but if we don’t have the resources to execute on the strategy, does it matter? Experienced mobile developers are in short supply, and once they can access their skills (on staff or through outside resources), many organizations focus their developer expertise on customer-facing mobile applications, a worthy cause, too. But this unfortunately means that enterprise mobile experiences get pushed to the side.
Mobile low-code development tools, however, can help close this “app gap,” Forrester reports. With low-code and no-code mobile app development platforms, companies can help the developers they can access be more productive, and more easily leverage the skills of technical-minded subject matter experts who may not speak code.
Create the mobile apps you imagine.
The secret is out. With Skuid Native Mobile, businesses can finally design, rapidly develop, and easily deploy mobile-first apps without writing thousands of lines of code. Recognized by Forrester as a strong performer in mobile low-code development even before our September Skuid Spark product release, Skuid blends deep data access with a design-first approach, so that organizations can create consumer-grade mobile experiences that deliver the right information, to the right user, at the right time.
With the Skuid Spark release, Skuid Native Mobile delivers a richer mobile experience designed to drive wider user adoption. App creators can build custom hybrid (web/native) mobile apps in Skuid for use on iOS or Android devices. Skuid Native Mobile can leverage location services, mapping, push notifications, and more to increase user productivity on-the-go.
App updates can be pushed over-the-air without forcing employees to re-download, increasing adoption of the latest enterprise apps. Ready to ignite the power of native mobile with Skuid? Learn more today.