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BUILDING MOBILE APPS: NATIVE OR WEB

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There are a number of excellent benefits that your business can get out of building a mobile application for its needs; whether that be for internal communication, marketing to new clients, or communicating with existing ones.

The objective that the mobile app you are building is meant to fulfill will have a major impact on the type of app you are developing; particularly with reference to its architecture.

In such a situation you have a choice.

You can either build a standalone native app that must be downloaded from an app store and take advantage of the features of a user’s device; or you can opt to build a simpler, more cost-effective and less resource-intensive progressive web app.

In this article, we will explore the differences, benefits and drawbacks of each of these.

This should give you a better idea of which framework would best meet the objectives of your business, no matter what reason you are developing an app for.

Native Apps

Native apps make use of a specific codebase and are developed to be compatible with certain devices that use that framework.

For instance, if a native app needs to be released for both Android and iOS systems, the app will need to be developed for each of those frameworks separately.

This allows the app to take advantage of the hardware and features of that specific device, and also enables it to stand alone as a functional application.

This gives them a number of unique advantages over web apps, but also means that they require specific skill sets to develop, and as such, generally come at a much higher cost than the other two.

Still, if you need to develop an app that is fast, highly functional and complicated, the native approach is generally the best bet thanks to the way they excel in terms of intuitiveness and functionality.

Benefits

From the above description, a few of the top benefits of native apps should start to show themselves.

Let’s take a look at some of the top advantages of choosing native development. These include superior performance, app store support, an enhanced user experience, the ability to use features on the device using the app, as well as higher levels of trust between potential users.

Best Performance

Out of the three approaches mentioned in this article, native apps provide some of the best levels of performance. These builds are generally more stable, reliable and efficient in the way that they use device resources.

This, in turn, creates a more pleasant experience for users but also provides the only viable option for particularly complicated or functional apps.

App Store Support & Discoverability

Because native apps are generally only downloaded from recognised app stores, they are also given more comprehensive support from platforms like the Google Play and iOS App Store.

On top of this, having a presence in these app stores also makes native mobile apps more discoverable than other types, which means that there is a much higher chance of users finding and using it, as opposed to other types that are not hosted on stores, and therefore may need additional marketing to get them into the hands of your potential users.

Smooth & Intuitive User Experience

Because native apps are built using compatible code for specific devices, they are built within a framework that accentuates best-practice guidelines for that specific device.

This means that navigation, usability and functionality all come with a sense of recognisability for users, who will find using the app an intuitive and natural experience without much of a learning curve.

By allowing for a framework that is familiar to your users, these types of apps make them more accessible to users, regardless of the devices they were developed for.

Make Use of Device Features

One of the top advantages to native mobile apps is that in being built with code that is compatible with specific devices, these types of apps are able to make use of the features and hardware on that specific device.

Consider the way Google Maps uses your location through GPS, how Apple Music can send you a notification when your favorite artist releases a new album, or how Instagram can make use of your phone’s camera and apply filters to it.

All of these are examples of how native apps use the functions of a device to provide a unique and seamless experience for users.

App Store Approval Raises Trust

As media consumers, we are all quite a picky lot. If we smell a rat, we are likely to keep our distance. Having native apps listed in the various app stores requires them to first be approved by the stores themselves.

This means that by simply being listed, there is an added layer of trust between the app and its potential users, which means a greater chance of users confidently downloading it.

Drawbacks of Native Apps

Of course, if native apps were just a list of benefits there would be no need for web-based ones. So, let’s have a look at a few of the disadvantages of building native apps.

Requires Experienced Developers

Because each platform that a native app is being developed for differs completely in their coding and frameworks, native apps need to be developed separately for each operating system it is released on.

This means that different developers will need to be used for each platform since each will specialise in a specific coding language.

Even when finding a developer that works across a few Operating Systems (such as Android and iOS), the app will still need to be built independently for each different OS, which can raise the price and time of development substantially.

Higher Cost of Development

Because of the reason mentioned above, and also because of the specialised skill set needed to develop native apps in various forms, these types of apps come at an extra cost to other types.

But when you consider their added functionality and superior performance, this extra cost is worthwhile for apps that need to take advantage of native development.

Not Ideal for Simple Apps

Because of the monetary and time costs of developing native apps, and because they work within a complicated framework of specific coding languages, they are not ideally used for simple apps with limited functionality.

While they can be used for more simplistic apps, the approach isn’t always practical, especially when web apps can facilitate them at less of a cost, and with less time in development.

Web Apps

Now let’s move to an approach on the opposite end of the spectrum, progressive web apps.

These types of apps take a much more general and simplistic approach to development, albeit one that offers far less functionality.

Still, cost-effectiveness and relative ease of development makes web apps ideal for simpler apps.

Web apps are generally used in browsers like Opera or Google Chrome. This is because they are developed using coding languages similarly used for websites like C++ and HTML.

Because of this, web apps only need to be built once. Since web architecture can be used seamlessly across multiple devices, it can be employed to be used on console, PC, Android and iOS all at once; as long as the device using it accesses the app through a browser.

In this way, the app itself is stored on a server rather than a device, from where it is accessed by users when they open the app through a browser. When changes occur on the web app, there is no need to push updates to users’ devices, since the changes will automatically be applied when they access the web app.

It does this, however, while sacrificing on the added functionality of native apps.

Benefits

The fact that they are somewhat simplified doesn’t make web apps worse than native ones. Just different. There are still a number of advantages that they can bring when used in specific situations:

Easy to Use Across Device Types

Because they are developed within a web framework, the same web app can be accessed, as is, across multiple devices, regardless of the operating systems they use.

This means two things: firstly, it means that the app only needs to be developed once, and secondly, it will be able to reach a wider perspective audience.

Less Costly to Develop

Because they are built for the web, these types of apps don’t require as specialized (and rare) a skill as native apps do.

They also only need to be developed for one platform that can be used across devices.

This results in remarkably lower development costs and times when compared to native apps.

No Need for Marketplace Approval

Since these apps behave similarly to websites, they are hosted in the same way as well.

This means that they don’t have to go through the sometimes-lengthy approval process that native mobile apps have to face. This is as true for hosting as it is for when the app needs to be updated.

Because of this, they can be made available to users in much less time than the other types of apps.

Easy to Update

When you update a native app, it needs to be done on the store. At that point, your users will be notified of the update and prompted to do it.

Progressive web apps on the other hand, only need to be updated on the host.

Since these apps are not necessarily downloaded to the device that is accessing it, updated features will show immediately when users access it.

This makes things a lot more convenient for your users, and also gives you more control over which build of the app they are using.

Drawbacks of Web-Based Apps

Limited Use of Device Features

Because web-based apps make use of a C++ framework, they do not contain any of the code that allows the app to take advantage of device-specific features. This means no camera, no GPS and no access to your contacts or storage.

Because of this, web-based apps are only really suited to very basic functions.

Difficult to Collect Usage Metrics

Collecting information on how many users are accessing your apps is straightforward enough with native apps since all of that information is readily available through the respective app store.

Since progressive web apps are hosted independently, that is, away from app stores, getting usage statistics that you can use to improve your services is a little more difficult, and not as detailed or accurate.

Poor Discoverability

Discoverability is also a concern when apps are not hosted on app stores. They will have to be marketed much in the way a website is if you want to attract in users.

This is perfectly fine and well if you are using an app to communicate with existing clients or offering them a service. But when you want your app to build its own success, native apps on stores are far more discoverable.

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If you want to learn more about how low code can help you adopt a successful digital conversion strategy, you can contact BAYPM. However, if you are more interested in learning about the pros and cons of leading low code platforms, check out Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise low code implementation platforms.

Resource: https://applord.co/building-mobile-apps-native-web/

Low-Code Platform: Why Is Everyone Opting for Low-Code Platforms?

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An article by Forbes back in 2012 cited Coding as a necessary skill of the future, as the tech industry start to progress from growth to maturity stage. The thought of having to “code” or “develop” apps seem like a daunting task to many, but have since been made much easier thanks to the growth of different user platforms, specifically low-code platforms.

What is low-coding? Our partner, OutSystems, defines low-code as a method to develop and design softwares with minimal hand-coding. This allows for a faster and more efficient way of app development and implementation. At BAYPM, we’ve partnered with OutSystems to develop and implement mobile and web applications for our clients, mainly due to these following reasons:

 

  1. It’s faster to develop and implement applications

Many of our clients may not have the digital capability or a big IT team to develop and manage applications from scratch. So, they need something that is user friendly, can be managed by people with basic knowledge of coding (i.e., HTML, CSS, etc). Focusing more on a visual design, with a drag and drop format, users can focus more on how they want the app to look like and its functions rather than worry about the nitty gritty of the back-end look. Think of how you would like to draw a picture, you need not worry about the tools (e.g., pen, paper, ink) but rather can go straight to the drawing board with all the colours and tools ready for you.

  1. Cost efficient

Not having to build a large IT team, means that users get to maintain a lean operations, with no high overhead cost having to contract a web and app developer and pay a fee for every small change. With easy access and usability, users can make small changes easily and at a much faster rate – which means less adhoc costs and time spent on web and app development!

  1. Promoting innovation and collaboration

Everyone has their own specialisation and capabilities, but what makes a low-code platform better to use for all is that it focuses more on the big picture. People can give their opinions and be able to see and make changes very quickly, making the decision making process much more seamless. This means? Less back-and-forth with developers and your mobile or web app goes live much faster!

What’s not to love about low-coding? Not much we think.

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The tips above are general guidelines based on BAYPM’s experience and observations with current and former clients. We would love to help you with your Digital Transformation journey, give us a shout and we’ll be sure to assist you as best as we can. Currently, we are working on a project to digitise manual processes within different locations. The client opted for an incremental implementation approach based on geographical locations, and the needs of their different factories.

 

Interneer Named by KMWorld as One of 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management

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Los Angeles, CA, March 3, 2014 – Interneer, Inc., a leader in Business Process Management (BPM) software for process automation applications and Smart Mobile Apps, today announced that it has been named to the 14th annual KMWorld Magazine list of 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management. The Interneer Intellect BPM platform was recognized for enabling organizations to easily and quickly build new generation business apps with robust mobile enterprise capabilities.

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Bosch ConnectedWorld conference: Bosch connects the virtual and the real worlds

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As great numbers of devices are connected to the internet of things, a new domain is being created – one that touches on nearly every facet of our lives. New customer-centric business models are taking shape. At many levels, Bosch is taking advantage of the opportunities that arise.

Stuttgart, 02/06/2014 –

The future is connected. The internet allows objects and devices, entire homes, and even power plants or cities to communicate with each other. By interacting in this way they create what is known as the internet of things, bringing independent components together to form a new domain – and linking together different aspects of life such as energy, the home, mobility, and work. From February 5–6 in Berlin, the “Bosch ConnectedWorld” conference will showcase some of the many possibilities generated by this connectivity megatrend. The conference is being organized by Bosch Software Innovations, the Bosch Group’s software and systems unit, which brings all the group’s activities in this arena under one roof.

Sensors –software –business models

This new connectivity is based on sensors that record data from objects and electrical devices, passing it on via wireless internet connections. A dedicated software program analyzes and combines this data according to different criteria –– and this data interplay gives rise to new business models. For instance, owners of electric vehicles can use an app to reserve a charge spot, while buildings can calculate their energy consumption autonomously and source the electricity they need from a range of suppliers in the most cost-efficient and sustainable way possible.

All components available

Bosch is a world leader when it comes to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors. Bosch Software Innovations’’ products have already proved their worth in 600 international projects. Wireless networks and energy-saving transmission technology are already widespread. For Denner, one thing is certain: “It isn’t a question of whether the objects will become internet-capable, but when.”

Example of a Bosch application

Bosch has developed a telematics solution that is already helping insurers and leasing companies today, Denner says: “The solution can be used to operate vehicle fleets spread over several locations. Because the system collects data on the condition of the vehicles, repairs can be planned before any damage occurs. Meanwhile, it lets insurance companies offer better rates to people who always drive their vehicle carefully – because that’s also something the sensors can register.”

Four key elements brought together

This application already brings together the four key elements of the connected world: cars (the physical assets), their drivers (private or commercial end users), an enterprise (the fleet operator), and an entire ecosystem of other parties that render the services (auto repair shops, insurers, and other service providers).

Driven by collaboration

“This interaction of sensors, software, and services is the basis of the internet of things,” Denner says. “We are not creating technology for its own sake, but developing new business models whose main concern is customer benefit. That is why the main force driving the connectivity trend is collaboration between companies that have never before had business dealings with each other. All of us – industry, retail, service providers, and tradespeople – have to fully comprehend the possibilities. And we have to cultivate a more ‘connected’ mindset.”

Bosch and the internet of things

Bosch is well positioned to meet this challenge. Bosch Software Innovations develops software and system solutions for the internet of things. Its core product is a software suite that delivers the technical underpinnings for the required networks, enabling companies to Page 3 of 4 implement their new business models straight away. The focus is on fields such as connected mobility, connected energy, smart homes, and smart factories.

In addition, Bosch recently founded a separate company dedicated entirely to the internet of things. Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbHoffers the compact electronic products and the software know-how needed to make devices and objects internet-capable in a wide range of application areas. The company will initially concentrate on sensor-based applications for households (“smart home”) as well as for the transportation, traffic, and logistics segments. Bosch Sensortec is a world leader in micromechanical sensors for the internet of things, with some three million of these tiny components being produced every day at the company’s state-of-the-art wafer fab in Reutlingen, Germany.

Bosch has announced that it is to set up a consortium with ABB, Cisco, and LG to develop a joint “smart home” data standard. What is more, in the“Monaco 3.0” pilot project, which kicked off in November 2013, Bosch has been testing the technologies required to digitally interconnect an entire city. As Denner emphasizes: “Our broad footprint and technological expertise give us a clear innovative advantage on these projects.”

BPM explicado a los altos ejecutivos

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En un proyecto BPM la parte que toca a la reingeniería de procesos es tan o más importante que todo lo que tiene que ver con la ejecución de los mismos por los sistemas. Si la involucración de la Alta Dirección de la empresa es clave en cualquier proyecto IT, en el BPM es crítica. Ruth Cernes, Vicepresidente de Ventas y Alianzas de Bonitasoft, nos explica en este documento cómo deben explicarse a los “C” level (altos directivos) los beneficios del BPM.

En el documento se explica cómo debe explicarse el BPM a los diferentes directivos de una empresa: el Director Ejecutivo (CEO), el Director de Operaciones (COO), el Director de Marketing (CMO), el Director de Finanzas (CFO), el Director de Tecnología (CTO), al Director de IT (CIO) y a otros gerentes superiores.

Es importante hacerles ver que el BPM en una organización permite optimizar el gobierno y la dirección mediante la mejora del rendimiento operativo.

– See more at: http://www.bpm-spain.com/articulo/70904/bpm-general/todos/bpm-explicado-a-los-altos-ejecutivos-whitepapers-en-pdf-#sthash.onQeJRzF.dpuf

Interneer Announces Intellect MobileApps, Easily Build and Manage Native Apps on Any IOS Device for Enterprise Use.

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Interneer, Inc., a leading provider of Business Process Management (BPM) software for process automation applications, today announced Intellect MobileApps that enables business users and IT to easily build and manage native “Smart Mobile Apps” on any iOS device for enterprise use. Smart Mobile Apps are integrated with back-end systems and enterprise applications, deliver enterprise level security with Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) capabilities. Designed specifically for midsized companies and departments of large enterprises, Smart Mobile Apps improve the productivity and efficiency of employees in the field, and customers, partners, suppliers and others who need access to vital enterprise data on the go.

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Inubit Release 7.0 with cluster functionality

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  • High scalability and failure resistance thanks to cluster functionality
  • Integrated process control through expanded BPM approach

Berlin, 12/02/2013 –

Bosch Software Innovations is rolling out a new version of its inubit business process management (BPM) solution. In addition to numerous improvements with regard to functionality and performance, the main new feature of inubit 7.0 is its cluster functionality. Consequently, companies needing to guarantee high failure resistance for their customers and service partners and dealing with sensitive processes and process data that have to be available at all times will find Release 7.0 particularly useful. These requirements are an essential feature of service level agreements (SLAs) and of new business models such as cloud solutions and software as a service (SaaS).

inubit Release 7.0’s cluster functionality makes this possible: the software can run on a network of several computers while appearing as a single entity to the outside. If one computer (or “cluster node”) fails, the process continues on another node without loss of data or downtime. Moreover, individual cluster nodes can be added or removed flexibly at any time, significantly improving performance.

Preparing and automating decision-making based on rules

Companies requiring fast, simple, and reliable interplay between rules and processes will also benefit from inubit Release 7.0. Bosch Software Innovations combines inubit with Visual Rules, the proven and reliable business rules management (BRM) software for preparing and automating decision-making based on rules. Its enhanced integration means you can directly access rules that have already been provided within business processes or technical workflows. This expanded BPM approach allows integrated process control and the seamless interaction of processes, rules, data, and applications.

inubit Release 7.0 is part of the latest version of the Bosch Software Innovations Suite, which will be available from February 2014. The Software Suite is a platform for fast and efficient connection of different elements of an ecosystem (consisting of devices, end customers, companies, and partners). It enables users to actively integrate devices, sensors, and other ‘things’ into business processes and provides new opportunities for optimizing existing business models and developing new ones.

Interneer Announces Disruptive and Simplified Pricing Model for its Cloud Based BPM Platform

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Interneer, Inc.a leading provider of Business Process Management (BPM) software for process automation applications and “Smart Mobile Apps,” today announced a new, disruptive and simplified pricing model, as well as a “free community” option for enterprise clients.

To increase operational efficiency and productivity beyond the enterprise, organizations with an enterprise license can extend apps built on the Interneer Intellect BPM platform to customers, partners, suppliers and others at no additional cost – clients only pay for internal users.

Organizations can create a library of apps for enterprise use starting at $45 per user per month in the cloud, and $30 per user per month on-premises; pricing for a single app starts at $15 per user per month in the cloud, and $10 per user per month on-premises.