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By Monica Paul, Marcomtec Group

Application Development and Deployment Technologies and Considerations

While in the past IT managers could decide and control which applications would run on what devices – that is no longer the case. IT departments must develop and deploy applications to run on a variety of platforms and formats including

iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, in combination with others used by some employees and the personal ones in the BYOD format, they all must live in these unique environments.

However, native development for each operating system is an expensive use of resources – requiring expensive skill sets and separate development, debugging and deployment time for each OS and device format. IT managers must find the best way to create applications for a variety of platforms efficiently and economically. It is clear that “develops once, deploys on many” is the Holy Grail.

Development Effort to Deploy to a Wide Variety of Devices, and Operating Systems.

A Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) is a development and deployment framework that simplifies cross-platform development by providing tools and middleware for developing and deploying corporate applications on mobile apps&phonedevices. A MEAP enables a company to optimize its application investment by enabling it to develop one single mobile application that may be deployed to a wide variety of mobile devices without changing the underlying business logic.

Without a MEAP, the development effort grows exponentially. Many enterprises have wasted millions of dollars only to discover how difficult and expensive it is to develop for multiple, changing target mobile platforms. A good Mobile Enterprise Application Platform solution takes a meta-data approach that lets application developers easily create mobile applications using drag-and-drop interfaces without any coding.

Users expect iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry apps to conform to the look and feel standards of their platform. Good design is also about more than attractive graphics, good application design means getting relevant integrated information to users in their current context with the least amount of screen navigation. By selecting a good multi-platform application development solution that supports native, web/ HTML5 and hybrid applications, CIOs get the best of all worlds.

Remote Monitoring and Mobile Application Management

When CIOs and IT Managers plan to go mobile, the devices monitoring and management becomes a key mission-critical activity. The correct remote monitoring and management (RMM) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) platforms will help the CIO to significantly improve the operational productivity and efficiency by leveraging the power of IT automation. With so many different applications and key information flowing in the network, the only way to control it and make sure the Mobile Strategy and Policies are ongoing is being able to monitor the whole network and automate tasks 7/24.

When evaluating the right RMM and MDM tool, it would be nice to remember to always make it simple, our experts, Luis Guillen from GUIAR and Gregg Lalle from LabTech Software suggested to make sure the RMM/MDM tools have preconfigured functionalities that may give the IT team a good experience in RMM right out-of-the-box.

The best RMM/MDM solution is the one that can give the CIOs and IT Manager the best option to choose between on-premise and cloud. Its functionalities may be ready to take care of any repetitive IT maintenance task or process, monitor mission critical network components and automatically run auto-remediation programs and applications in every device connected to the network, servers, desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices; it should automate every task the IT team may think about.

However, some organizations may feel this only applies to big corporations with large IT areas and plenty resources. This is a fallacy; all businesses may become a New Age Company, regardless of their size or resources. Mark Charleton, Director at Blue Solutions advised that smaller companies without the staff and technological resources to perform the development, or even the monitoring and management internally; can always work with MSPs, specialized outsourcers that may help them developing the apps and performing the remote monitoring and mobile device management.

All these automation functionalities, whether they are performed internally or by and MSP, will help saving time and budget that the IT team can spend in developing new mobile applications, enhancing the systems, developing new projects, managing the mobile policies, and other key activities to turn the organization into a New Age Company.

To be continued…

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