The majority of the organizations who have understood the importance of mobile apps for their business have also understood the challenges they face while developing and deploying one, particularly those apps that are supposed to be running on different devices with different operating systems. And in order to overcome the complexities and lower the costs, organizations have started to go for mobile app development platform which provides a framework for developing apps which users can deploy to more than one OS. Both small and large enterprises can develop their apps easier and faster where they don’t even need to develop separate app versions for every OS. This automatically reduces the resource requirements which directly end into a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) per app.
So what is this mobile app development platform? It is a comprehensive tool that supports the elements required to develop, test and manage a mobile app during its development phase. The MADP also provides cross-platform development tools that can develop apps running on different OSes and subject to a single code base. The tool generally includes forms and templates, code editors, integrated testing and performance capabilities, and other features that is standard for an integrated development environment.
Moreover, a mobile app development platform also supports lifecycle management processes such as deploying, hosting, app and data security by providing middle-ware and backend services. When it comes to controlling the development phases and integrating it with cloud-based or on-premises enterprise systems and third-party services, mobile app dev platforms provides standards-based APIs, plug-ins, and connectors.
Many MADPs also support RMAD (rapid mobile application development), a module-based, drag-and-drop approach for development that doesn’t require coding of any type. However, many of these elements still allow developers to alter the source code to some extent.
Let’s look at some benefits of Mobile App Development platform: MADPs enable developers to deploy more apps for more OSes which is indeed a quicker, easier and cost-effective way to build apps. This makes it easy for the developers to focus more on the client-side code and user experience without having to waste their time implementing the middleware and back-end infrastructures.
Considering the cross-platform development model, developers can develop and deploy applications to multiple OSes using a single code base and not have to learn multiple OS-specific languages. This eventually reduces the cost of development resources. Moreover, as features of RMAD continue to evolve even users such as business analysts can build apps all by themselves without any sort of help from the developers.
The majority of the MADPs support Android and iOS devices, Windows to some degree and Blackberry to a lesser extent. Moreover, most of the MADPs basically focus on the app development for smartphones and tablets.
Using mobile app dev platforms, any small or medium-sized enterprise can develop and deploy mobile apps which were practically impossible to do before some time. This would help them streamline their business operations and cut back on app TCO. However, there are some organizations that would not avail the benefits of MADP given that they would not find all the necessary features in MADP.
Well, the MADP can differ considerably depending upon the supported mobile OSes, app category, RMAD, back-end integration, customization capabilities, platform implementation and many other factors. Before a buyer considers to buy a product for their organization, they need to figure out the different products the providers offer and how they vary from each other.
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