Think multiplatform for app design

January 12th, 2018, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

Near native performance will become a reality in 2018 thanks to ongoing improvement of development tools for multiplatform applications. The intent of multiplatform apps is to provide users with a similar experience irrespective of the device they use.

Cassie Lessing, MD, Strato IT Group

Cassie Lessing, MD, Strato IT Group

There is still some work to be done in this respect, but we can expect the gap to be closed completely within the next few years as multiplatform overtakes native mobile app development in the race to win customers.

The future is definitely about multiplatform apps as more businesses implement mobile business applications. The biggest challenge companies face is scope management, as it is difficult to restrict your expectations once you have been exposed to the potential of mobile business applications. This means that user demand and expectation are ever increasing, and that puts tremendous strain on the available resources.

This year will see the adoption of more mobile business applications, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions will also accelerate. At Strato IT Group, a business systems solution provider, we expect that demand will exceed supply and that many businesses may not meet their short-term objectives due to a lack of resources in the market. This demand will attract new entrants, but it will take some time for them to establish quality capacity.

While more companies are embracing cross-platform development, it is still common practice for app developers to develop solutions in native mode and then adapt their solutions for other native platforms.

This is expensive to develop and support, as well as time consuming. Cross-platform apps have limitations, but this is changing rapidly, and more tools are becoming available for those who want to develop cross-platform apps.

The key to any app design is to focus on the user experience. The only way to meet the ever-changing expectations of consumers within a realistic timeframe, is by adopting a multiplatform approach.

The IoT apps market is still in its infancy, but an increasing number of developers are working and experimenting on IoT projects. I expect IoT will grow exponentially over the next few years as organisations realise the benefits of multiple connected devices and consumers start expecting it as standard.

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