As we’ve mentioned previously, IoT has changed the product development. Recent reports show that US consumers spend nearly 74 hours per month using smartphone apps with this number likely to continue to increase. This move to mobile applications means that products being developed will be expected to be IoT enabled, having access via a mobile app, no matter what the industry or application. Development of a mobile application more than simply creating some screens and connectivity. When selecting a partner to develop your mobile application, particularly one that will connect to a complex device, choosing the right mobile app development partner is critical to the success of the project. Consider the following questions to assess the partner’s understanding of the Complexities of App Development.
How is connectivity managed between the app, device, and cloud? The mobile app development partner should be able to create an app that, when a network connection exists, provides direct connectivity at any time with the device or data repository, along with access to the cloud as needed.
How is data security managed? The partner must be able to provide an app the delivers secure transmission of data from the device to the application, and to the cloud.
What is the information privacy strategy? With new regulations such as GDPR in the European Union, data privacy has become a critical component to many applications. How will the mobile app development partner assess and manage this?
Can the partner design with compatibility to Major Phone Operating Systems? The partner needs the skills to develop the mobile app across the major phone operating systems, having the same interface and user experience and providing the ability to change phones but still use the application.
Do the partner understand the user experience requirements? The way the end user interacts with the application is important. The interface needs to be simple, easy to understand, and should require as little configuration as possible from the end user. The user experience must be seamless and simple.
Mobile application use is growing at an exponential rate. As a product development expert, you have likely been asked how to make your next product or product version IoT enabled, but secure. Look for a mobile app development partner that understands your requirements, and develops beyond the application, ensuring a seamless user experience with a secure back end.
If you have a device that needs to be IoT enabled or are developing a product that will be part of the IoT ecosystem, call Resolution.