4 Challenges In Mobilizing Internal Apps


Companies often face various challenges in making enterprise apps available on their workers’ mobile devices. A survey from research firm Vanson Bourne done sometime ago indicated a strong end-user demand for the availability of corporate apps and data on mobile devices. Nearly 87 percent of the polled CIOs said that their employees want more access to enterprise applications and data on their mobile devices. Enterprises also appreciate the gains in efficiency brought about by mobility as CIOs estimate a 36-percent increase in productivity across the organization if crucial enterprise apps were mobilized in workers’ devices.

In this connected world it is essential that organizations mobilize internal apps, processes and workflows. The CIO teams are flush with demands from different functions like sales, marketing, HR, operations, finance or other CXOs on different mobile applications ranging from apps driving productivity to efficiency or even simple information dissemination or dash-boarding apps.  

However, creating internal mobile apps is a complex proposition mainly because of the following 4 challenges:

1. BYOD and native app development

Creating native apps across basic OSes like Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry is expensive and can run into 100-200K USD depending on the complexity of the app and that’s just the cost of a single app. Also the time to create these apps can take anywhere from 6-9 months and that’s really exhaustive considering the amount of internal apps any enterprise would have.

2. Support and maintenance of the apps

Imagine rolling out 5 mobile apps and Apple upgrades to iOS 8.0 with critical upgrades which requires a functional change and an app upgrade. Code level changes and redeploying the apps and everything is a huge cumbersome process. Now imagine this being amplified 100s and 1000s of times as enterprises start scaling and deploying more apps.

3. Enterprise grade security

 This is another big challenge with the single sign on, user authentication, user addition and deletion depending on the employee status, content and data security playing a big part in deploying mobile apps that can be accessed everywhere.

4. Application management and upgrades 

With dynamic internal processes, workflows and upgrades the mobile apps need to reflect the upgrades and changes real-time. The complexity only increases with multiple apps being deployed for different group of users across different OSes. A single upgrade in itself is a major task, imagine doing this day in and day out with 1000s of other apps.

Several companies already have the infrastructure and skills to mobilize, deliver and support enterprise applications in a cost-effective way, while still ensuring enterprise-grade security.For example, DronaHQ comes with a pre-built container app across all major platforms and there is no need to have native app developers anymore. CIOs can just configure the app and go live faster. With these approaches corporate IT can build a unified applications platform that extends across devices of all shapes and sizes, without compromise in functionality, performance, or security.