In the past few years, we have seen an explosion of mobile applications. Every interaction we do as a consumer or a business user is facilitated by a Mobile App. They offer convenience, better user experience, and appropriate context for end-users to benefit from.
What started in the consumer space has now also engulfed Enterprises. Every application within Enterprises that is being redesigned, recreated, or freshly created starts with a Mobile initiative today.
In order for Enterprise Mobile Applications to be successful and widely adopted within Enterprises, here are key requirements that need to be fulfilled and not limited to,
A clear expectation is that out of the box, the apps look beautiful and have intuitive user experiences. Consumerization of the web has raised the bar high with regard to User Interfaces. Within Enterprises, Employees, Partners, and End Users expect nothing less than good-looking User Interfaces.
Security in today’s world is of paramount importance. In the case of Enterprise Apps, Data is more valuable and is at risk of getting breached and in most cases, holds financial value attached to it. Mobile Applications have more risk of data exposure and therefore the Apps provisioned on the Mobile devices need to support Authentication, Authorization, and Data Security by integrating with the choice of Enterprise Identity and Security Platforms.
Today Enterprises are creating microservices and developing apps using loosely coupled architectures. Mobile Apps are developed using Services (REST, Web Services). As the world moves towards creating services around every asset, there is a greater need to simplify the ability to integrate Mobile Apps into services.
Today's Mobile Devices are becoming highly sophisticated in terms of features and functionality offered. Mobile Applications can benefit in user experience and features offered by leveraging the device/hardware capabilities. Developers need a simpler way to access the device features and use them within the app to make them rich and contextual.
While there are many platforms that offer Mobile Application Development, Enterprises are very wary of getting locked into proprietary and closed platforms. Mobile Applications can benefit from using Open Standard Enterprise Technologies in the app and thereby future proof investment and platform choice made.
And finally, how do I satisfy my CXOs request of having the mobile application delivered in days and not months? Here is where modern Rapid Application Delivery platforms like WaveMaker can help in greatly simplifying and providing a codeless development platform to design, develop and deploy Hybrid Mobile applications.
In order to learn more on how to use WaveMaker to greatly accelerate the development of Enterprise Mobile Applications, register and be part of our upcoming Webinar titled, "Accelerate Enterprise Mobile Application Development using WaveMaker ". You will see a demo of a full-fledged Mobile Application built rapidly.
This blog post is the second of two-part series on developing hybrid mobile applications. In the first part, we looked at what is a hybrid mobile app and why hybrid mobile applications are very popular within enterprises. In this part, we will see how WaveMaker can simplify hybrid mobile app development using visual RAD methodology.
Let us first understand the overall deployment of a hybrid mobile application when using WaveMaker. This will simplify our understanding of the capabilities of a hybrid mobile application developed using WaveMaker.
The figure below shows the overall deployment of a hybrid mobile application.
The Hybrid Mobile Application consists of 2 parts:
The Device-specific client application communicates with the Backend application using REST APIs. WaveMaker RAD enabled visual drag and drop development of the entire hybrid mobile application (client and the server part). This model simplifies the process of building, testing and running hybrid applications. WaveMaker RAD takes away the heavy lifting of integrating to databases, custom business logic, legacy systems as well as any cloud service that you may need for your mobile application. You also can easily configure security (authentication, authorization) and backend logic for the mobile application.
To get started, you can choose whether to build a responsive web or hybrid mobile application. The reason they are different is you will get UI layouts, Templates, Widgets, etc. specific to the mobile device. Once you develop the application for one format, you cannot transform to the other.
With WaveMaker 8, now you can apply the same Visual Drag and Drop approach to Hybrid Mobile Application development. You get same the simplicity of drag and drop, readymade HTML5 widgets, device-specific widgets, seamless binding, and a 1-Click device-specific build.
WaveMaker RAD provides many device integrations that make it easier to develop hybrid mobile apps. These are,
Great, so it is easy to Develop, what about my Device specific Build?
WaveMaker provides the ability to quickly build and download the hybrid application to the target device. A ready-made build infrastructure is automatically provisioned for the developer. The developer just needs to configure the mobile configuration required for the build.
When clicking on the Build button, WaveMaker automatically packages the required HTML, CSS, JS, and Apache Cordova files to create the device-specific App file. In the case of an Android device, this is a .apk file. Once the build is done, an automatic email is sent to the developer, with the link to the device-specific application file (.apk for Android), as shown below.
The developer just needs to download this file on the target device and the application is up and running on the device.
Isn't this great, you now have a full-fledged Visual RAD platform to greatly simplify and speed up Mobile Hybrid Application development and deployment. Log in to wavemaker online and start developing your own Hybrid Mobile App.
Mobile has swiftly risen to become the leading digital platform, with total activity on smartphones and tablets accounting for an astounding 60 percent of digital media time spent in the U.S. Did you know that by 2016 more than half the mobile apps deployed will be hybrid? This blog post is the first of two-part series on developing hybrid mobile applications. In the first part, we will look at what is a hybrid mobile app and why hybrid mobile applications are very popular within enterprises. In the next part, we will see how WaveMaker can simplify hybrid mobile app development using visual RAD methodology.
Enterprises want applications that can run on desktops as well as mobile devices. To create mobile applications, there are two options:
Refer to this article, For a detailed comparison of native and hybrid apps.
While a native app provides the best user experience, developing native apps is a costly affair. It requires developing the application on each device separately and requires highly skilled developers who can code in Objective-C/Swift for iOS, and/or Java for Android devices. Many enterprises want to balance the need for great user experience with simplicity and speed of developing the application. This is where hybrid mobile apps come in.
Gartner says by 2016, more than 50 percent of mobile apps deployed will be hybrid.
Why is this so? Why are enterprises moving towards hybrid mobile applications? To understand this let’s talk about how hybrid mobile apps are built and the advantages they provide.
Hybrid mobile apps are popular with mobile app developers because:
Given these advantages, hybrid mobile apps are well suited for most B2B and enterprise applications.
However, with WaveMaker 8, developers can now can use the visual Rapid Application Development paradigm to develop beautiful hybrid mobile apps. Note: Hybrid mobile app development features on WaveMaker 8 are currently in alpha stage.
Here are some of the hybrid mobile apps built using the WaveMaker 8 platform:
Isn’t that cool? If you want to build hybrid mobile apps, check out WaveMaker and get a head start with your apps using our in-built mobile templates.
Also, look out for the next part of this blog which talks about how WaveMaker 8 greatly simplifies hybrid mobile app development.