But as Wired suggests, developing software is not an easy task. When developing for distributed enterprises, developers are often required to work with a multitude of technologies and networks that are often built on a hybrid infrastructure that combines legacy systems with newer ones.
For those who are willing, here are a few pointers for getting it right:
Think about user experience
User experience is the core of any successful app and is essential in development. It’s no good trying to port an existing desktop application over to a mobile – this will make the app unintuitive and difficult to use – your app needs to be designed with the user experience at its core.
Incorporate the sensors and form factor
Most smartphones come with a variety of sensors including 3G or LTE, bluetooth, wifi and GPS. If it will improve your app, make the most of these features. For example, building in a feature where, when a mobile is tilted, the display reorients itself.
Integrate third party apps
Try integrating useful tools from other apps such as mapping and traffic information.
Empower the users
Give users a reason for needing your app. Users want to save time, money or even revolutionise a workforce so the more you offer them, the more they’ll want you.
Real-time updates can be handy for a business from inventory, logistics management or third party feeds.