I love garlic.Not long ago, I was at a chef's supply store looking for something that I could use to mince garlic for cooking. The salesperson showed me a few different options, and I bought one.
Here’s why I love it: you simply put a garlic clove on this device, then close the lid as it easily presses through a grate, and, voila, instant minced garlic! I love my new-found garlic press because it’s simple to use and made for a specific task. What does this have to do with mobile apps?
Create mobile apps that make a difference.
I think mobile apps should be as simple and powerful as the garlic mincer I purchased.I don’t use a lot of mobile apps. But the ones I do use are lifelines for my work and personal interests.
I like Evernote for notes, OpenTable for dining reservations, Uber and Lyft for rides, Strava for cycling, Reuters for news, MobileDay for auto-dialing conferences, Slack for work messaging, and Google for mail and calendar, plus a few others. And, of course, there is the most important mobile app of all, l the flashlight.
Mind you, each of the mobile apps I mentioned are basically single-purpose apps. They do one or two general tasks well. When using a mobile app, I want to get in, do what I need, then get out quickly.
Why? Because size matters. You don’t want to spend a lot of time squinting at small screens on a phone. Given that nearly 1 in 4 people abandon mobile apps after only one use, it's more important than ever for businesses to get mobile right. Now, think about the needs of any business.
There are general apps that meet the general needs of certain roles like sales, marketing, and so on. But what about going beyond basic needs? The general-purpose business apps often don’t cut it. For example, what if a salesperson has a specific sequence of tasks, that must be performed in a specific order, with specific data that is located in multiple systems?
And because new and improved processes keep being introduced, the specific set of tasks and data keeps changing. To top it off, the salesperson has to be able to do this quickly, probably using only one hand.This sounds like a job for a custom-made app.
Building this app means getting a programmer who is experienced with mobile apps. And don’t worry, they are in ample supply. (Not!) Forrester reports that development shops are scrambling to find enough talent to develop mobile-first apps.
Mobile-first programmers, however, likely won’t be the only resources you need to create your custom mobile app. For example, if the app needs to access account data from a CRM system and grab sales orders from an ERP system, you’ll also need someone who knows how to integrate data from these systems.
What if you need changes next month, after that programmer moves on? This is starting to sound complicated.
Dive into the next generation of mobile application development.
So, let’s review what you need.
- You need the ability to rapidly create “made-to-order” mobile apps that address specific and changing requirements.
- You need the ability to easily integrate data from multiple silos of data and services in your mobile app.
- You need to reduce the reliance on scarce, specialized engineering resources.
- You need to create dead-simple, minimal but laser-effective mobile apps that your users love.
This is where next-generation application platforms like Skuid come in.
With Skuid, you can do all of these things and more. Building mobile apps with Skuid is like adding superpowers to your IT shop. Why? Because you can build and iterate custom mobile apps without code. This means your velocity can be amplified beyond anything you have ever seen before.
Consumer UI, native mobile features, offline access, point-and-click integrations to multiple cloud or on-premise data silos, voice interaction, and more are all possible with Skuid.
Your users want mobile apps that go beyond the ordinary, beyond the general purpose. Now, you can provide this to them with Skuid.Your application development team and your application users are already superheroes.
It’s time to give them the superpowers they need to go above and beyond. Ready to deliver amazing mobile apps as quickly as needs arise? Learn more about Skuid’s unique mobile low-code development offering today.