Build apps with a mobile-first focus (not just shrinking backend screens onto a mobile device).
Business mobile applications are quite often built as an extension of a backend desktop system or website. The focus of such applications is not the end user but rather the backend system itself, so if it's replicated directly, it usually results in a shrunk down backend system on the screen of a mobile device.
Many people fail to realize that the user interaction on a mobile device is completely different from the user interaction on a laptop or PC. Desktop applications utilize a mouse to click on small buttons and controls. This is much more difficult using fingers or even a stylus on a mobile device.
Every mobile application should be designed with the user interaction in mind. Controls have to be made bigger while colors and fonts need to be readable on small devices both indoors and outdoors.
Developing enterprise mobile applications is one thing. Deploying and ensuring your staff will use those apps is a whole different ball game. Enterprise mobility can have an enormous positive impact on an organization's productivity, efficiency and overall competitiveness. But unless the solution gets high rates of end-user acceptance across your enterprise, the opportunity is lost.
In this slideshow, Margot Hoekstra, business analyst at Retriever Communications, explores six ways to ensure IT departments design and implement effective mobile enterprise apps and reap the rewards mobility has to offer.