Enterprises are missing three critical mobile architecture tiers.
Mobile Client Tier. Recognize that mobile is different than the web and it requires an additional layer to maximize performance and engage users. Look for a platform that includes mobile client features that support five-star experiences like offline caching, data sync, data encryption, and network management, along with pre-built libraries so your developers don't have to reinvent the wheel for common features over and over again for every app and every device.
Mobile Context Tier. Mobile apps take advantage of new capabilities that your enterprise can't support today, including location services, beacons, push notifications, cameras, other sensors, and new data types. Instead of building and maintaining these features for each app, look for a standardized and consistent platform to meet all of your development needs today and in the future.
Mobile Aggregation Tier. Transformative apps combine data from multiple sources with new mobile capabilities to provide mash-ups with mobile-friendly views. But don't forget that you have to provide consistent and secure access to protect enterprise assets. You need a mobile platform that will allow the organization to deliver flexibility for business lines to use whatever data they need while still maintaining consistency, security, and compliance for IT.
When it comes to enterprise mobility, many businesses are still struggling to be successful. According to recent Gartner research, enterprises are currently deploying on average less than 10 apps but will need more than a thousand apps to meet future business demands. It's clear there is a "mobile gap" between where companies are today and where they need to be. The question is: Why are so many companies still lagging behind?
The main culprit is that enterprise IT infrastructure is designed for web-based business activities, not for the needs and demands of a mobile environment. Without the right infrastructure, the essential business of app development ends up taking more time, money, and resources, leaving businesses behind the eight ball.
So, how can businesses close the enterprise mobility gap? To get started, consider these five tips provided by Sravish Sridhar, founder and CEO of Kinvey.