With the technology’s boom at its peak, enterprises have started mobilizing their workforce in order to enhance overall productivity and increase responsiveness on the daily basis.
With the help of B2E apps, employees can now get access to critical business information on their smartphone’s or PDAs. These devices enabling them to take a smarter and more informed decision.
Other than this,
- Enterprise apps especially designed for employees have the potential to significantly increase productivity and improve overall employee satisfaction.
- B2E apps facilitate Employee Self Service which means helping workers to enter their timesheets, leaves, expenses and much more directly from their smartphone’s at the workplace or even while on-the-move.
- Real-time business data is accessed by employees through mobile apps. It eventually results in taking better decisions and carrying out all the on enterprises’ functions efficiently.
- By giving a prompt and positive response to the queries of customers, Employees can serve them in a better way.
- Organizations need to completely make use of the capabilities of these enterprise mobile apps in order to provide maximum benefit to the employees.
In fact, it may quite interest you to know that Bill B., the director of engineering at a multi-billion dollar interactive gaming company came up with a new mobile initiative that focused on making the firm’s 8,500+ employees happy and more productive.
With the help of Ionic, he is coming up with a B2E app for his employees among which most are passionate gamers.
Here’s Bill’s story….
At first, he faced significant challenges especially in regards with app sprawl and design inconsistencies. Which means employees had to juggle up to 18 different apps, all with varying user experiences and workflows.
On the top of that, many apps were outsourced due to which his team had very little control over how they were designed and built.
So he developed an internal app that offered pre-release games to employees to test and try out. And his first challenge was transforming web developers into mobile app developers.
“It wasn’t like we had a bunch of Android and iOS developers sitting around.”- Bill said.
As a result, the team successfully rewrote the testing and evaluation app with Ionic.
How to Create Successful B2E Mobile Apps?
A recent study shows that 43% of smartphone users and 41% of tablet users are not impressed with their corporate mobile apps.
The following post emphasizes on a few pointers ensuring that your next B2E app project is a success.
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Getting Employee Involved
For this, you can try using the ‘water cooler’ approach where coworkers are encouraged to identify tasks where mobile apps could benefit them personally as well as for the organization as a whole.
Getting employees involved at the early stages will successfully increase the chances for smooth adoption of mobile apps. Besides, it will even drive app development based on business value.
It is also advisable to have an open dialogue with employees who are already using and who wish to recommend other commercial mobile business apps.
In addition to this, developers should also understand which tasks employees love to perform and how these apps make their jobs easier.
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Employing Rapid Prototyping
Rapid prototyping and agile development methods allow a developer to accept feedback often and make needed adjustments quickly, resulting in a final product.
Rapid prototyping is something that provides a convenient way to test new mobile functions and continue testing all the way through to final development.
For instance, they can receive immediate feedback about cumbersome data entry screens, missing functionality, or if validations are required from back office systems.
Limiting The Scope
Focusing on mobilizing a specific process, instead of creating a huge application increases the chances to succeed for any web development company.
Creating a project that mobilizes several processes at once can result in too many technical complexities. And too long of a wait before benefits are realized, and of course too high of a risk that the project can even be bogged down by some political issues.
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Considering the right Mobile Application Development Platform
Building an app in multi-channel capabilities can help accelerate the process of shifting the organization to mobile apps by making it easy to leverage a single development effort.
This creates apps for multiple mobile operating systems and devices. In fact, several enterprises have already followed these suggestions to launch successful mobile business apps.
Always keep this in mind, mobile is the future, and employees are eager to get on board.
So what about you? When are you planning?