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Important Features Every Enterprise Mobility Platform Should Have
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Important Features Every Enterprise Mobility Platform Should Have 

1. User-Friendly Design – Obviously no software is going to be of much use if you have a hard time learning its controls. But the whole point of using an enterprise mobility system is that it’s supposed to be easy. This is one of its selling points, so if it isn’t user friendly, you might as well just hire a programmer or go to school and learn how to create an app of your own.

There are titles designed and marketed to programmers who want to build apps. You definitely don’t want this kind though. What you’re looking for is an enterprise mobility title that will allow you to create a professional app without knowing all the nuts and bolts involved.

As this type of user make up such a large market, most enterprise mobility platforms these days are as easy to use as clicking and dragging. You can practically build an entire app with just your mouse.

Another great feature when it comes to software and usability is a window that gives you realtime updates regarding the app you’re building. Basically every time you add in a new ingredient, you get to see how it will affect the finished product. This way there are no surprises when you get done.

You really can’t be too careful when it comes to where the controls of prospective titles are, which is why it’s not a bad idea to ask for a demo first before buying a platform. A lot of developers offer free trial periods, too. Either way be sure you get to spend some time getting a feel for how the software will really work when you start using it.

2. Seamless Platform Integration – Next, let’s talk about the importance of integration. What we mean here is that your enterprise mobility platform must be able to work with your company’s internal systems. This core logic is essential to your organization’s daily operations, so it only makes sense that you’d want your app that will be able to work with it.

For example, say you created an app that let’s employees update queues of work when they were on the go. Your employees are going to need access to the system your company uses for this. If your app can’t do this, you’d have to come up with another way to get the same result. Not only would this be a huge waste of time, it would probably produce a lackluster outcome to boot.

With a flexible API you can not only access these inner systems, you can also sync up your app with it. You could even pivot that core functionality for all kinds of other purposes. This will greatly increase what you’re able to do when building your app.

In short, trying to create a workaround because you lack an agile API will most likely prove disastrous. Even if it does works, it likely won’t work well enough for your users to care for it. As a result, these users will either ditch your app or decide on some other solution –and the latter option might end up compromising your company’s security.

3. Connections with Other Systems – Don’t forget that you have other systems to think about besides your company’s core logic, including any third-party apps that may be vital to your company’s functions. Could your app benefit by being able to communicate efficiently with them, as well? The answer is most likely yes.

This can be challenging to execute. One thing you can do, though, is make a list of these platforms and go through the system specs of any enterprise mobility program you’re considering connecting with to see if they’re mentioned. If it’s a popular title like Salesforce, you’ll probably see it. Otherwise, just contact the company and ask to be sure.

4. Professional Security Measures – One absolutely essential feature any prospective platform must come with is security. You’ll be in a lot of trouble if you create an app and let it into the digital world without ensuring it’s secure. Insecure platforms in your system will more likely than not come back to haunt you in a big way.

It’s not that an app is necessarily more vulnerable than other kinds of digital assets. It’s just that an app opens up more potential gateways to the core of your company’s systems. Every time someone uses the app, there’s an opportunity for a hacker to sneak in. But apps are still completely worth it, of course. The benefits far outweigh any potential burdens.

Still, you must take precautions and the best way to do that is through encryption. Don’t trust any platform that doesn’t offer this type of security feature. With encryption, all of your communications are protected with complex coding that can’t be broken without the right password. It’s how everyone—from top corporations to major world governments—are keeping themselves safe.

5. Management Tools – Of course the biggest threats aren’t always from shadowy hackers. You may find that the person who causes your company the most trouble is the one you handed the app to. That’s why your enterprise mobility platform needs to put management tools in your hands so that you can revoke access at a moment’s notice. If the app you create is for employees-only, this should be standard operating procedure whenever someone leaves the company.

Management tools will also allow you to update your app with minimal problems, which is especially important when you release the initial version.

While this may seem like a lot of information, the good news is that so many platforms currently exist you’ll have a hard time finding one that won’t meet your expectations.

Mike Miranda writes about enterprise software and covers products offered by software companies like Rocket Software. He covers topics such as Terminal Emulation, Legacy Modernization, Enterprise Search, Big Data and Enterprise Mobility.

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