As employee work habits continue to shift, the demand for mobile solutions has quickly transitioned from “nice-to-have” to “must-have” status. This is particularly true in the enterprise space where users are more spread out and on-the-go than ever. To keep pace with the digital economy, users need to be able to access the system from anywhere – and in many cases, regardless of whether or not they’re connected to the Internet.
Delivering on these requirements in the enterprise space is no easy task. First and foremost, there are security concerns that must be addressed – from the dangers of remote access to the challenges of accessing critical data that’s locked up in ERP/business systems sitting behind the corporate firewall. Then, there’s the issue of supporting modern “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) models which require mobile devices to support a variety of mobile platforms such as iOS and Android. Finally, there’s the question of cost – how do we deliver on solutions like this in an affordable and sustainable way?
To address these challenges (and others), we’ve developed a holistic mobile app development process based on open technologies such as Apache Cordova and cloud mobility platforms such as Microsoft Azure, SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Services, and the Google Cloud Platform. This approach allows us to build “hybrid applications” on top of HTML5 so that we can achieve “write once, run anywhere” with our mobile application designs and free customers from having to worry about maintaining platform-specific apps for iOS, Android, etc.