Being able to do business “on the go” via mobile apps for your customers and for your workforce matters now more than ever. In October 2016, smartphones and tablets accounted for more internet usage worldwide than desktop computers (51.3% vs. 48.7%)—a major milestone in the mobility revolution.
As you consider how to incorporate IT mobility solutions into your business, you must also consider several specific factors. Here are three of the most important:
Encryption and Decryption of Data
Mobile devices often don’t have the same administrative and security measures associated with desktops or laptops. This difference makes sense—smartphones and tablets were initially designed for consumer-oriented, non-business purposes—but it does present a challenge to keeping data secure.
According to one recent mobility security survey, the average mobile device connects to 160 unique IP addresses daily, and 35% of communications from mobile devices are not encrypted. That’s a lot of opportunity for data leaks! Statistics like these shouldn’t discourage you from using mobile apps in your business, but they should impress upon you the importance of designing those apps with security foremost in mind.
Apple kicked society’s demand for IT mobile applications into high gear with the iPhone, but iOS is no longer the major mobile operating platform in today’s marketplace. NetMarketShare’s preliminary report for October 2016 indicated that iOS had a nearly 26% market share, while Android claimed over 68%. Windows Phone ranked third at just under 2%, with the rest divided among a handful of other platforms–including the once-dominant Blackberry, a fact that underscores the continually evolving nature of IT mobility solutions.
Platform-agnostic apps are interoperable among various systems. They work “without knowledge” (Greek a-, “without” + gnōsis, “knowledge”) of the specific underpinnings of the platform on which they run. They ensure that your enterprise will be able to get its work done on the go regardless of which platform carries the market at any given time.
Visually Appealing Interface
Calling the app market “competitive” is an understatement! Apple iOS users can choose from some 2 million apps; Android users, 2.2 million. A clean, colorful graphic user interface (UI) can help your app stand out. The interface must also be fast and fluid, responsive and intuitive, so users enjoy working in the app. If your IT mobility solutions don’t appeal to the eye, they won’t end up serving as solutions for much of anyone.
But a visually appealing UI is important for reasons beyond aesthetics and accessibility. Choices of color and display modes can be useful when presenting data in different ways, for different audiences and purposes. Sales staff, for instance, will need to see data in different configurations than the ones they show to prospective customers. A well-designed interface, then, can contribute to more than the end user’s experience. It can also contribute to productivity.
Consider IT Mobility Solutions From Evoke
At Evoke Technologies, we weigh all three of these factors, and many more, when we design and deploy mobile apps for our clients. With more than a million project hours delivered to satisfied customers to prove it, we’re one of today’s leading enterprise mobility solutions companies.
Our dedicated teams of mobility engineers, many of whom have worked for such tech giants as Google and Microsoft, start with your business’s specific needs in mind, and then bring their expertise in the latest mobile technologies and best practices to build apps that will streamline your operations, increase users’ satisfaction and boost overall productivity and profitability.
Take a look at some of our accomplishments in our online mobility portfolio, and then call Rodney Johnson at (+1) 937-506-4393 to talk about how Evoke can move your business forward with mobile technology.