Choose the Right Development Platform for Enterprise Mobile Applications

While developing a mobile web app affords legacy carryover, you need to consider a native/hybrid app if you require access to device-specific features.


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Selecting the wrong mobile platform will:

  • Either drive up your development and maintenance costs or diminish its value to your end users.
  • Trap development initiatives in the user-centric mindset which negates the importance of key IT requirements.
  • Cause stress on your existing system as mid-tier and back-end infrastructure cannot support the added data and service requests from mobile devices.

Selecting the mobile platform that satisfies both your end users and your enterprise’s requirements will help with:

  • Satisfying high priority mobile user stories with clearly defined KPIs that are supported by related technical metrics.
  • Creating a clear step-by-step process to implement your mobile platform taking integration, security, and performance as key factors.

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Module 1: Ensure the Right Motivation for Mobile Development

The Purpose

  • Understand the drivers behind your need for a mobile platform selection.
  • Understand the challenges with mobile development and mobile as a disruptive technology.
  • See how mobile can be used as a catalyst to innovate within IT.
  • Learn about the web, hybrid, and native mobile platforms.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • See the value mobile will bring to your organization and IT teams.
  • Solid understanding of the limitations and ideal cases of each mobile platform.
  • Prepare to address the challenges with mobile development.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Learn about the challenges of mobile development.
  • Assessment of your organization for mobile platform implementation.
1.2 Understand the benefits and costs of each mobile platform.
1.3 Assess your current organizational gaps for engaging mobile.

Module 2: Structure Your Project

The Purpose

Create your project charter to gain the project go-ahead from stakeholders

  • Set the project scope and context.
  • Identify the project metrics and solution KPIs.
  • Note of any project dependencies.
  • Build your project team.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Obtain a clear direction of how mobile will be used and benefit the organization.
  • Create a comprehensive charter to obtain the green light to proceed with the project.
  • Ensure the right individuals are involved in the project.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Identify the objectives of your mobile platform project.
  • List of prioritized objectives to achieve in the mobile project.
2.2 Document related initiatives and dependencies.
  • List of project metrics and solution KPIs
2.3 List the key participants who need to be involved in project.
  • Roles and responsibilities of your project team.
2.4 Begin assembling your charter.
  • List of project dependencies and related initiatives.

Module 3: Gather and Analyze Your Mobile-Specific User Stories and Use Cases

The Purpose

  • Elicit requirements from your stakeholders through workshops and interviews.
  • Break down your user stories to functional use cases.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Sets the functional context of the mobile platform.
  • Establish the business and end-user expectations for your mobile platform.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Create a list of your mobile user stories.
  • List of high priority user stories.
3.2 Drive your mobile use cases from your user stories
  • Comprehensive list of use cases mapped to each user story.

Module 4: Select the Mobile Platform and Your Mobile Development Tools

The Purpose

  • Select the mobile platform that best fits your end users and IT drivers.
  • Gather your technical requirements and map them to your user stories.
  • Draw your target mobile architecture and identify the gaps with your current system.
  • Select your mobile development tools.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Select the mobile platform based on your needs and requirements.
  • Determine if your mobile use cases are realistic and user stories achievable.
  • Tailor your target mobile architecture based your current system.
  • Identify the tools the best fit your existing toolset.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Select the mobile platform with a user-centric and enterprise-centric approach.
  • Prioritized list of technical requirements in the context of the business.
4.2 Map your IT drivers to your user stories.
  • Technical assessment of use cases.
4.3 Assess the technical feasibility of your mobile use cases.
4.4 Draw your current system with a data flow diagram.
  • Data flow diagram of your current system.
4.5 Draw your target mobile platform stack.
  • Data flow diagram of your target mobile stack.
4.6 Identify the gaps between your current and target state diagrams.
  • Gap assessment between your current and target state.
4.7 Select your mobile development tools.
  • List of development tools to implement.

Module 5: Create Your Metrics and Implementation Plan

The Purpose

List the expected implementation and ongoing costs. Create a metrics and implementation plan:

  • Configure and integrate your mid-tier and back-end with your front-end.
  • Test your mobile platform and inject your metrics.
  • Install your development tool chain.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Key steps and insights in preparing your existing system for your mobile platform.
  • Techniques to help improve the execution of your mobile platform and ensure alignment with IT requirements.
  • Tips to gauge the performance of your mobile platform and execution of your project.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Understand the key steps to implement, test and monitor your mobile platform and development tools.
  • Steps and approaches to include in your metrics and implementation plan.

Module 6: Evaluate Your Mobile Platform Post-Implementation

The Purpose

  • Analyze your metrics to gauge your project’s success.
  • Adjust your technical stack to improve performance and functionality.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Key steps and insights in analyzing your project and metrics. Collectively determine if success factors have been met.
  • Select the ideal techniques to optimize the operations of your mobile stack.

Activities: Outputs:
6.1 Understand how to analyze your metrics and identify areas of improvements.
  • Steps and approaches to continually monitor your mobile platform.
6.2 Learn of some tips to optimize your mobile stack.
  • List of approaches to improve your mobile platform.
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