Enterprise Apps from Client Server-> Web based -> Cloud+App
There is a distinct trend in enterprises. We are seeing users wanting to leverage the power and ease of use of mobile devices to do their office work.
Benefits of Mobile Apps for Users and Enterprises
Enterprises will leverage the benefits of real time conversations offered by mobile devices and their anytime anywhere availability. We will see smaller but more frequent business transactions enabled by mobile technology. Users will start demanding instant response from enterprises. Changes will be characterized by-
1) Better productivity, cost saving and time saving
2) Adoption by SMEs- 72% of small businesses use mobile apps in their operations
3) Adoption by large enterprises – Own apps developed by Fortune 500 -iPhone by 80% and iPad by 65% of cos.
Paradigm Shift in Enterprise Applications
Let us try to predict how things are likely to develop. History repeats itself. We are likely to see a paradigm shift that is strikingly similar to the one we saw around year 2000.
There was a paradigm shift around year 2000. We started designing applications assuming web browser as the primary way of interacting with computers. No matter whether the user was accessing a local machine or a remote server. We will see a similar paradigm shift in the future. We will design our applications assuming that users are accessing virtual servers on the cloud by their smartphones and tablets.
You will see more of this when the BYOD movement gathers momentum – either in its current form or in the form of a more evolved version.
Every time there is a paradigm shift users are seen moving en-masse to the new paradigm. See what happened when we gave up command line interface for windows, or when we switched from windows to the browser based interface. Architects never built hybrid applications with some part running on the desktop while the rest needing server side interaction running in the browser. So its unlikely that users of future apps will go back to their laptops for some part of the functionality. They will want it all on their smartphones or tablets.