Today mobility has redefined the technology trends and apps are fast moving to mobile devices for greater end user experience, at the same time improving quality of life. The new mobile Apps are simple, easy, and enables greater time and cost rationalization. There are things to look forward as, How fast things can change and how quickly mobile innovations can alter the competitive and business landscape in the mobility arena today. Mobile computing technology has broken all barriers related to “perceived superiority”. Innovation in the mobile space is no longer the prerogative of a few design houses or countries; it is a much wider phenomenon. This also brings us to the topic of what the future is going to be in the mobile space, thanks to the fierce competition between platforms and providers – old and new, experienced and not so experienced. Here is what would shape the future of mobility:
Enterprise Applications Moving to the Cloud
We are experiencing Cloud Computing wave, it is the ease of use, adoptability, cost factors that are driving everyone to adopt cloud as it is getting defined today. Nowhere is the effect being felt as strongly as in the mobile computing space. With Apple’s iCloud already offering seamless synching of all of one’s mobile devices, the tidal wave may have just started. iCloud may be promising just free space and calendar synch capability as of now, but as computing power and applications start making the network their preferred place of operations, a new wave of innovations is bound to hit the enterprise mobile space. We could see the emergence of enterprise application stores offered as a managed service for non-primary tasks along with the focus on core enterprise applications getting powered over the cloud and thus breaking the computing prowess barrier of the handheld. Organizations are demanding mobile interface for critical enterprise applications, so that a seamless and incessant strategic objectives are available at your finger tips. Salesforce CRM on mobile, Blackberry, video on mobile are few classic examples.
Internet is the only enabler of cost effective distributed computing as we understand the cloud of today, and hence companies still need to find answers to questions on security and how to enable multiple virtual networks to seamlessly talk to enable a glitch free corporate and user experience, but those are problems that are already being worked upon and hence a solution may not be too far away.
Portability as a Deciding Factor for Development Platform Choice
We all acknowledge that application development needs to get de-constrained from the platform quirks to enable enterprises to not only to not get tied down to a single platform and device but also to promote BOYD to reduce IT costs. What seems to be appearing as the biggest enabler in the portability space is HTML5. It is emerging as the standard for mobile application and service development and is being supported by all the major mobile web browsers, except Windows as of now. It is also expected to be supported by all the major ERP vendors as a part of their mobile enterprise application platform offerings. Portability, thus, is emerging as a key criterion while choosing the development platform.
Allowing Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) to Enable Mobility
Although this does not count as a trend within the mobile computing and development space, it certainly is one within the consulting domain.Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) related to the mobile space is expected to gain prominence as enterprise mobility catches up further. What it essentially means is that as businesses realize that replicating desktop applications onto the mobile devices would not work, there would be an increasing need felt to transform certain business areas so as to make mobile computing work for them. A consultant’s role as a business transformation enabler would not only mean looking for process efficiencies, but also how those can be merged with increased cost efficiencies that can be realized by efficiently porting the transformed process to the mobile device.
Are we forgetting something here? Probably yes: tablets. Although the growth of tablet as a computing and communications device has exploded in the last one year, this is one area which we desist from calling a future trend, as it is already there for everyone to see. What we may see happening, however, is increased focus on improving the tablet capabilities with the enterprises and their employees demanding bigger screens, better resolutions, better battery life, smartphone synch capabilities. quad core processing with 3D capabilities, constant connectivity with 4G and so on.
While we realize that hazarding guesses on where the next wave of mobile computing breakthroughs would come in from is futile, it is important to note, however, that the areas touched upon here are going to shape the mobility market for a considerable period of time and definitely in more ways than one.
Bodhtree has the extensive expertise in Mobile Application development in the broad areas of enterprise mobile applications, new innovative mobile applications and new mobile technologies, and has helped build several enterprise and consumer mobile applications for several of its customers globally.
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