IT departments are under tremendous strain, even without the requests for new enterprise mobile apps. Oftentimes, the quality of apps, and how fast they are built, can be directly influenced by the budgets and resource constraints of the IT department.
It’s for this reason that IT managers are on the constant lookout for ways to increase the speed of mobile app development while lowering the cost of investing in their production. There is a new breed of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) providers out there that Gartner is calling Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) platforms. These platforms allow IT departments to build mobile enterprise apps rapidly, costing less in both development time and the resources required to build and maintain them.
7 Ways RMAD Platforms Empower Cheaper Mobile App Development
In this article, we’re going to take a look at 7 ways using an RMAD platform can both help IT departments build full-fledged enterprise mobile apps rapidly, while reducing the overall costs involved in developing mobile apps.
1. Leverage All IT Resources
Empowering non-technical staff, such as IT analysts, business analysts, and the like can super-charge development times and significantly relieve the stress on IT resources. As a result, organizations that empower their citizen developers to church out apps not only save money by:
- Not having to hire resource-depleting consultants and programmers.
- They can leverage the business knowledge of analysts and SEM to churn out apps faster with higher quality.
2. Requires No New Infrastructure
With the right platform, IT departments don’t have to buy additional hardware or beef up on-premise infrastructure to mobile-enable their organization. This not only saves money normally spent on expensive hardware, but it saves time for organizations to mobile-enable faster due to less procurement and setup timelines.
At appsFreedom, we provide a cloud model, in addition to on-premise, for app deployment. This empowers our customers to rapidly deploy their apps without wasting time and money on old-school hardware.
3. Requires No New Software
An agile platform will be designed to run on existing software platforms within an organization. It will have the ability to coexist and operate within existing operation systems within an enterprise; like MSFT Active Directory, SAML 2.0, and SSO for example. With this kind of platform, there is no need for an organization to buy additional software or install and maintain that software to develop and deploy their apps successfully.
4. Low Opportunity Costs
Organizations often fail to recognize the opportunity cost associated with not mobile-enabling a business process, or even delaying deployment. For example, what would be the cost for lost productivity by not having specific mobile apps for different projects to operate at maximum efficiency?
Opportunity costs vary from industry to industry according to business opportunities. An RMAD platform reduces the opportunity costs by exponentially increasing time-to-value, allowing organization to deploy mobile apps at high speed for specific purposes and use-cases en-masse. Employing an RMAD platform reduces the opportunity cost for the business opportunity, and the organization as a whole.
5. Reduced Implementation and Training Costs
A company can implement mobile apps faster, saving on expensive implementation efforts. Employing a RMAD platform can be very intuitive, reducing the training and effort required for anyone to become an expert on the platform.
At appsFreedom, our RMAD platform typically allows organization to deploy mobile apps in under a week. This saves a lot of time, reducing implementation costs. And since our platform was designed for citizen developers, it’s very intuitive and easy to master.
6. Integrations Made Easy
A large portion of the budget for enterprise mobile apps is always spent on integrations. This is often the area that can delay or derail a mobile apps deployment simply from the complexity of integrating mobile apps with backend systems and enterprise applications like SAP.
If the platform you choose to utilize is advanced enough, it should make integration simple. Integrating with legacy enterprise systems, along with all the security and authorizations, can be done in a matter of minutes with the appsfreedom platform. This saves precious money in implantation time as well as maintenance.
7. Full Lifecycle Management
Any platform, RMAD or not, should provide for complete lifecycle management of the apps. If not, you may find you need additional software, and increased maintenance and enhancement costs for your apps in the future.
Our platform employs a 5-step process for the complete app development lifecycle. This simple mechanism removes any need for additional software and makes maintaining and enhancing the app, over it’s complete lifecycle, very simple.
Build Your Apps Cheaper
While the total cost of building apps is not as important as the functionality and productivity improvements of the app, it’s still a critical part of the equation. Being able to build apps of superior quality while reducing development cost is a win/win situation for any budget-conscious enterprise.
If you would like to see how appsFreedom could increase development times and lower your development costs, take a test drive of the platform today.