For mobile app developers, there are a few mobile app traps that you should watch out for – pitfalls which could defeat your strategic intentions for developing the app in the first place. Whether you are planning, building or delivering your app, you cannot afford to be oblivious of these pitfalls, if you are to achieve success and arrive at your goals.
We take a look at five of such mobile app traps, which, like every other trap, are inviting but yet dangers to your app:
1. Excess planning, overkill building and under-delivering
You could have a case of over-planning, either in individual app projects or in the overall app strategy. This may lead to a situation termed “paralysis by analysis”. Users end up getting nothing substantial in the long run, even though your real intent was to hand them a terrific app and you have put in so much time and resources to achieve this.
Instead of going for the do-it-all app, break down the overall picture into short term achievable plans and create small apps that can meet users need and satisfy business demands.
2. Projects that aren’t targeted to meeting business demands
Do not get carried away by a seemingly fantastic idea which may not meet the needs of the business at the end of the day. Ask to know what it is that target users really want, before you set out on any app development project.
Such valuable information can be gotten working with program managers and business analysts, who can provide insight into justifiable and easily fund-able projects. Otherwise, you would have sunk in valuables and time into building a mirage of a cool app.
3. Rewriting Entire Proprietary Applications
Usually, a number of companies develop legacy apps to meet crucial business needs that may arise. Thereafter, such apps are often available for mobilizing; in that way, creating the need for rewriting the entire app to be used for mobilization.
Rather than set out to update the whole app, you can identify key application attributes in the legacy application, using special tools. These key application attributes can then be used to mobilize workflows that would not require any cumbersome server-side reprogramming and updates.
4. Multiple Security Controls
The security controls made for each app may differ according to the foundation of such apps. Such foundations may be enterprise application vendors, internally-built applications, cloud service providers, among others. So your apps may have differing security controls such as XML configuration files, admin consoles, and so on.
This situation can pose a security risk, amplify administrative costs and even lead to overall inefficiency. To deal with this, take advantage of secure mobility platforms that provide regular security controls for a wide range of Operating Systems and devices, along with tools to incorporate such controls into your internally made apps. Moreover, such platforms provide secured off-the-shelf mobile apps for beginners.
5. Native Development Projects
It is often the practice to use native development in performing preliminary mobile app projects. This procedure finds particular usefulness in consumer-oriented apps. However, native development may not be the best option for standard business apps.
Instead, you can use quick web development resources designed for apps meant to serve business processes. You can make use of tools like PhoneGap and Xamarin. These tools give you access to web development resources for your business apps, and you would not have need of any native experience.
Keep the Watch Out
It’s great to design a mobile app; it is best to design an app that is safe, free of bottlenecks and that meets your every need. While you set out to design your app, keep the watch out for these mobile app traps. Your app users will be satisfied, and your strategic goals will be achieved.