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According to Gartner, development demand for mobile applications will increase five times faster than the capacity of IT teams to meet that demand between now and 2017. The “digital disruption” that companies are having to tackle has created new challenges in terms of how they organize themselves and how they structure their working processes. IT departments are being approached by the business departments that they support and are being asked to design, develop, deploy and maintain a growing number of mobile and web applications.

 

In this type of context, mobile application development platforms are now the preferred solution, providing developers with the means to meet business requirements without their having to worry about infrastructure.

A mobile app development platform is usually made up of:

  • A server integrating a whole array of services
  • A middleware platform designed to guarantee the application’s security and to make maintaining it more straightforward
  • A client section for designing its application

Bringing all these components together on the same work platform has a number of benefits in terms of productivity, efficiency and simplicity. Your developer can focus on business requirements and design an application that is perfectly functional. You don’t need a complex development team to manage the infrastructure as well as a design team to design your application.

First consider what your needs are in order to help you work out what type of mobile app development platform is most appropriate for you. You want to:

 

  1. Develop your application quickly

A platform that can manage production of your application from start to finish gives you control over the whole production cycle – from design and development through to roll-out. By having all three stages of the application creation process carried out in the same working environment, you can optimize your resource requirements. You don’t need an extended development team – just a JavaScript developer.

 

  1. Reduce your application production costs

Mass-producing it quickly becomes essential if the mobile and web application are to be central to your digital strategy. Some platforms – such as Wakanda – allow you to reuse graphic components so you can design your application and standardize production. You pool your development initiatives, establish a test protocol and automate repetitive tasks. You can easily reuse some of the work you did for one application on another, shortening the production cycle in the process.

 

  1. Create an application that is tailored to meet your business requirements

How can you create an application that is perfectly tailored to meet your business requirements? Most of platform available today can’t allow you to design an application specifically for your business. Platforms such as Wakanda go even further, enabling you to import your own data model and implemend business processes. That way, you have complete control over your interface and user experience. You can work in “Agile” mode and quickly beta-test your application, publishing it to the Cloud where it can be accessed by a restricted public.

 

  1. Design either native, web or hybrid applications

Your digital strategy is multichannel. The platform you use must give you the freedom you need to maximize the user experience. Depending on what your aims are, you need to be able to create native iOS, Android, web or hybrid applications – all in the same working environment.

 

  1. Work in an environment with which you are familiar

Angular, Bootstrap, Ionic, Cordova … you need to stay in a working environment that you know and be able to choose a framework that will enable you to be effective. You stay in a working environment with which you are familiar, while still being able to take advantage of developments in languages and technologies.

 

  1. Freely choose your architecture

Your mobile strategy is likely to gain momentum and requirements will need to be ramped up. Your platform needs to be able to integrate into your existing infrastructure, whether your database be in MySQL, MongoBD, CouchDB, SQL Server, or another format. It also has to be able to connect via an SaaS model to applications such as Google Drive, Salesforce or MuleSoft.

 

  1. Maintain and upgrade your applications easily to future-proof your investment

The digital world is changing, transforming and evolving very fast – both in terms of what people are doing and the technologies that underpin it. What longevity will your application have? Maintaining and upgrading your application are facilitated by using standard languages, incorporating the latest technologies and standardizing production workflow. You can easily update your applications and adapt their functions and features to keep pace with changes in your business requirements and market.

 

  1. Deploy your application as you see fit

You can decide whether you want to deploy your application on your own server or in the Cloud – based on security, accessibility, cost or maintenance factors. Platforms such as Wakanda give you the option to choose the Cloud with Wakanda Cloud or Amazon Cloud… or to roll out your app from your own server. You can manage your application from your own dashboard, analyze how your target market is using it, and make it easier to save or restore previous versions when needed.