If the early 2010’s were the years for mobile games, the second half of 2010 would have to be dedicated to the large global corporations consolidating their IT infrastructure in streamlined mobile apps designed to secure their users and data, while at the same time optimizing workflows and improving efficiency.
By building internal apps used for reporting, handling users, clients and important data in a structured set of metrics, it’s possible for most businesses to profit from implementing enterprise-grade applications.
With BYOD (bring your own device) becoming commonplace in many industries, it’s more important than ever to make sure that the scalability and security are in place and thought out before implemented. Having a mobility strategies roadmap complete with version control and future update rollouts is now key to ensuring a frictionless integration.
Looking at the latest industrial scandals including loss of data and breach of security, not only are companies now at the risk of losing profit due to downtime or hacks, but politicians the world over are now pushing for stronger regulations in terms of what sensitive data has to be stored where, and how it is stored.
Comparing the various enterprise app sectors, Banking institutions are the ones using the largest budgets on their mobile sectors, both in terms of updating and maintaining existing applications and on creating entirely new projects and concepts.
Perhaps a surprising runner-up is the industrial applications in the manufacturing market. But in reality, this is one of the more obvious sectors for automation and has been innovating robots and automatics since before mobile applications were even a thing.
There’s a whole host of use cases for factories using workflow-optimizing mobile apps, whether they’re to improve the internal protocols and procedures, or whether it’s to improve the customer relationships.
In healthcare, there’s also a growing user base, with many different subsectors all showing huge growth in their specific areas. From basic task handling applications to complex medical monitoring, and even advanced surgery assistance – enterprise-grade applications are making the rounds in each of these areas.
The common denominator among all of these mentioned categories revolves around optimizing, efficiency and automation. Some businesses wish to ensure their employees work on the same frequency, and have access to the same up-to-date datasets, while other enterprises are looking for a complete solution to encapsulate sales, retain leads and push everything onto a single database for ease of access.
Enterprise Resource Planning is one of those terms that might very well become unavoidable in 2018, with more and more focus being allocated to this area. And for good reason. By consolidating the entirety of a company’s functionality in terms of software into a single application, the benefits are plenty and some more obvious than others.
Having just a single system means that there’s less fragmentation, and the developer’s in charge of the system can focus entirely on securing and updating just one code base. This has the added benefit of simplifying the user experience for both employees and clients using the ERP, meaning they only have to learn a single system, instead of both the CRM, the CMS and so forth.