Bluewolf’s Jesse Endo calls on his vast consultancy experience to help companies build quality mobile enterprise apps.
3. Design is the ‘make or break’
Walk in your users’ shoes. Focus on the design of the user experience and interface from the outset. Remember that the overarching goal of any mobile enterprise app is to create something your employees can use easily and something that will improve the way they do their job. Try to understand your user’s pain points and the processes behind them.
4. Build early, build often
Spend the time in the design stages, to ultimately see benefit over the longer term. Without spending time in the field with sales people, how can a developer truly understand how they do their jobs? Create early and iterate with frequent working builds to validate your design decisions and get important feedback that you may miss from mockups and wireframes. Everything might look great on paper, but once in the hands of an actual user, flaws and barriers to adoption will become clear.
5. Don’t forget deployment
Enterprise mobile distribution almost hearkens back to the days of desktop software – somewhere, somehow, someone has to actually install this thing on a physical device. How do you package it? Where will you host it? How do you direct users to this location? How will you distribute updates?
Keeping it simple is an old but understated message. It should extend to how you design the app around the user experience. Too often solutions are over-engineered and poorly designed. Today, it’s about building beautiful apps that your users love. That’s how you get 100% adoption and ultimately deliver a better mobile experience.