What’s the Best Approach for Organizations of All Sizes to Develop Mobile Applications?

Every organization around the world can see employees walking around with iPhones and other smart devices. Not to be surprised when tech-savvy organizations took this opportunity to introduce mobile apps for employees so as to improve on more productive, and which their customers can use to transact business.

Traditional Methods

Since ages, the “official” methods sanctioned by Apple and Google are used to create iPhone apps as well as Android: using Apple’s Xcode developer toolset or Google’s Android SDK.

These mobile app development tools enable you to write for native apps that can make the most of all the features of the respective operating systems and the devices on which they run.

Drawback: writing native apps needs skilled developers for that particular OS say iOS and Android and it costs you extra pennies.

Cross-platform Development

Unlike in native mobile application development where you need separate tools, different APIs and different languages, the benefit of this approach is that it costs about the same to develop apps that run on both operating systems. A few popular cross-platform development tools include

  • Embarcadero RAD Studio XE5
  • Xamarin
  • Appcelerator Titanium
  • IBM Worklight
  • Adobe’s open source PhoneGap

Enterprise developer teams demand for these sorts of cross-platform development frameworks.

Drawbacks: Apps developed in this way don’t always look like true native apps. There would be lack an air of professionalism and look inexpensive compared making them a no-no for consumer apps.

Web Application Development

Another alternative approach is to create Web apps in HTML5, JavaScript or CSS. This is often considered the “poor man’s approach” to app development due to the lack of access to device specific features.

To sum up, if you want to build apps to be used in-house by your staff, multi-platform tools are to be considered. And, if you want to knock up something quickly that is simple and inexpensive the Web app approach may be best.

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