Blockchain gained a lot of momentum last year as many surveys found that a good majority of mobile app development companies across various industries had invested in blockchain integrated projects. Experts expect enterprise blockchain to monopolize real-world projects in just a few years.

As a matter of fact, enterprise blockchain is predicted to claim a significant fraction of the $500 billion+ global enterprise software market.

The blockchain technology is finally being taken by businesses seriously. IBM reportedly works with over 100 enterprises on blockchain implementations. Many other companies are stepping forward to invest in the technology for its impressive business results. The technology is changing things for the better evidently. But all of its benefits can only be reaped after properly building and effectively deploying enterprise blockchain solutions; which is easier said than done.

But for what it’s worth, enterprises should seriously consider deploying blockchain solutions for more than one reason but only after understanding where it fits in an enterprise ecosystem.

The Role of Blockchain in an Organization

The technology can be a great asset in an enterprise ecosystem – augmenting cyber-security fortifications and seamlessly filling gaps to solve a variety of enterprise problems.

Here are a few ways where the presence of blockchain in an organization can make a notable difference.

Peer-to-Peer Network Decentralization – Many organizations still believe in centralizing everything from compliances to communication. By integrating a blockchain decentralization mechanism into their ecosystem, many aspects including communication can become permission-based on top of outlining the entire system with an unhackable layer of security.

Privacy – Data theft is a major concern for many enterprises today, particularly to those that invested in mobile app development. Many such enterprises would gladly invest in a robust solution that can secure their mobile apps considering the damage such cyber-crimes can do to their business and its future.

This concern eventually led many developers to explore the potential of blockchain’s immutable ledgers. With blockchain, data will be stored in immutable ledgers or blocks that cannot be manipulated in anyway i.e. data once recorded cannot be changed. This means improved privacy for mobile users as they can rest assured that their personal data are safe and secure in a decentralized network.

Interoperability – Even as technology advanced, many organizations still find it challenging and often impossible to connect between the various systems they utilize. The advent of blockchain ended up sidelining most of the roadblocks associated with systems interoperability in an organization; primarily by establishing a connection between ledgers.

For instance, a company named Ripple introduced what they call the Interledger Protocol for the Financial industry which uses interledgers to store aggregate transaction data off of a public blockchain via connectors in order to transfer money between private systems in the Ripple Network.

Many tech firms have already started launching interledgers that enhance systems interoperability in organizations.

Predictable Opex – Enterprise mobile app development companies generally prefer a predictable operational expenditure (Opex) strategy. The requirements to build a complete app on public/private blockchain platforms also influence the operational expenditure of such organizations to a certain extent.

This is why many enterprises often doubt investing in blockchain; whether they will be able to handle the change in Opex. In reality, custom blockchain solutions can be implemented on cost-effective platforms available for stable, predictable subscription fees.

Efficiency and Speed – Every organization will have internal processes that are time-consuming and prone to human errors. Some of those process may require third-party mediation. By investing in blockchain, organizations can effectively streamline and automate such processes where associated transactions are completed faster and more efficiently.

In such a system, record keeping would be through a single digital ledger which is shared among authorized personnel. This considerably reduces clutter. With shared access to these data, the parties involved won’t need assistance from intermediaries to understand scenarios and make optimal decisions. This obviously results in faster and more secure settlements; thus contributing to improved operational efficiency and speed.

Bringing Blockchain into Your Enterprise

This blog and almost every blockchain-associated blog you can find on the web would certainly help you realize that embracing an existing blockchain setup or investing in a custom blockchain solution can deliver unexpected benefits to not only businesses but also their suppliers, vendors, partners and customers. An optimal implementation of blockchain is best accomplished with the help of a specialized team of blockchain experts or an experienced technology company with proven blockchain expertise.

If you are looking for help with blockchain implementation, we can help. AOT software engineers possess the skills and expertise to build robust blockchain solutions that can help your business realize its goals faster.

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What we’ve known for years as mobility has evolved into what’s popularly termed ‘Smart Mobility’. Computing is not constrained to desktops and laptops anymore as new ‘smartphones’ arrive with hardware power that rivals their desktop and laptop counterparts. The convenience granted by mobility have sparked a trend where people started browsing through their mobile devices. Now it’s the norm.

Organizations have started to realize the significance of an enterprise mobile app not only to serve customers but also for streamlining business processes, managing human resources, and reporting to stakeholders.

Modern Day App Development

Despite the dominance of mobile applications in both the tech world and the day-to-day lives of people, there are many apps that fail as soon as they are launched. Thousands of applications fail at what they had been designed to do owing to more than one reason.

Not surprisingly, one of those reasons is the back-end of the app. As more businesses invest in a ravishing front end for their mobile app, some neglect the significance of a robust backend. While the front-end makes the app visually appealing and grants a pleasing experience to users, it’s the back-end that does the heavy lifting; comprising databases, services etc. and influencing the app’s performance quotient.

This is why it’s important to choose the right back-end technology for a mobile app.

Tips to Choose the Right Back-End Technology Stack

Ensuring expertise

Regardless of the technology used for the app’s back-end, everything ultimately comes down to how efficiently the back-end is built. And the key to getting the best results out of a robust back-end is expertise. So before choosing a back-end technology stack, it’s wise to ensure whether the in-house developers have the expertise to handle the stack. If you are outsourcing the development, make sure the development company you hire has the expertise to efficiently utilize the back-end technology you choose.

Consider time-to-market

For many organizations, time-to-market is a critical factor they can’t neglect. Back-end technology directly influences an app’s time-to-market. The right back-end technology stack facilitates quick integration of features which can be beneficial for projects with impending deadlines.

If the brand that owns the app doesn’t have a time constraint, the developer can go for more exciting technology stacks that allow them to explore and get creative with the back-end likely resulting in standout features for the app.

Consider non-functional requirements

Many non-functional requirements like scalability, security, performance, usability, compliance, disaster recovery, documentation etc. also should be taken into account when choosing a technology stack for the app’s back-end. A reliable technology stack known for its success rate may not offer the best performance for the app.

Third-party integrations support

If the app’s user base is expected to increase significantly within a short time, the developers would have to polish existing features and add new ones that improve the app’s interface, service offerings, and functionality. All these additions need to be integrated rather quickly. Furthermore, other developers would want to integrate the subject app’s feature set into their own apps. Without the right back-end technology, such confidential incorporations wouldn’t be possible.

Back-end in the cloud

The cloud enables on-demand access to a plethora of configurable computing resources – from hosting servers and networks to storage, applications, and services. Every major cloud service including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud offers various design patterns or engines (application frameworks) that function as app back-ends.

The cloud- based back-end solutions offer several benefits such as:

  • Data synchronization across all app platforms (mobile and desktop)
  • Handling various offline scenarios
  • Sending notifications and messages
  • Reducing and managing front-end data storage
  • Throughput and Network Usage optimizatio

Cyber-security

Cyber-security is a major keyword for modern day mobile apps. Every year, new cyber-threats emerge shaking the security foundations of almost every IT service connected to the internet. With mobile apps becoming invaluable for businesses, even the smallest security breach could potentially result in irreparable damage.

There shouldn’t be any exploitable vulnerability in an enterprise mobile app. With the right back-end technology and ample testing, this shouldn’t be a concern. There’s also the fact that relying on outdated or older technology stacks may open up security gaps in an app. Latest technologies are generally considered more secure.

Conclusion

Mobile app development is a steadily growing industry that’s encouraging the development as well as evolution of mobile technologies. As technologies advance, the capabilities of mobile apps evolve to newer dimensions. From amongst the vast number of technologies, every business investing in mobile apps should overcome the challenge of figuring out the right technology stack for their apps.

If your business needs help with this, get in touch with the app development experts at AOT. We can help you identify the best mobile technologies that would augment your business in the form of a mobile app.

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The increasing number of smartphones and mobile devices accelerated the already phenomenal growth of mobile apps and the mobile app development industry. But even with the dominance of mobile apps, web applications still retain their role in generating more traffic for online businesses.

Web apps are still there

The proliferation of mobile devices led to a widespread development of mobile web apps. And mobile web apps succeeded even while regular mobile apps increased in numbers.

Back in 2015, a report by SimilarWeb on the State of Mobile Web US found that 56% of traffic to big websites is from mobile devices.

Over the next couple of years, mobile browsing grew exponentially subsequently increasing the demand for mobile web apps.

The fact that mobile app development can be quite costly brings up many questions, and one among them is regarding the cost of developing a mobile web app which is different from a standard mobile app.

The Cost of Web App Development

The cost of web app development depends on a number of factors.

  • Type of App & Platform of Choice: The nature of the app and its purpose should be enough for a capable web app development company to determine its complexity, development time and effort. Basic web apps with simple features are quite affordable. But enterprise-grade web apps can be expensive. The cost may vary depending on the complexity of the app and the platform it is built for.
  • Features: The choice of features also influence the cost of development. In a nutshell, the more complex the app, the more the features. The more the features, the more the development cost.
  • Web Development Partner: Choosing the right development partner is one of the biggest decisions of a business ready to invest in web application development. This factor significantly influences the development cost. As a matter of fact, the geographic location of the web development partner itself is a major factor. Greater cost savings is why many companies outsource software development to Asian countries.
  • Pricing Model: A web app development company normally provides two pricing model options to choose from, after carefully considering the project scope and requirements – Fixed Price model & Hourly Rates model. Before making a choice, a business should take into account their needs for the web app, the development time frame and the budget.
  • Post-Development Support: Many businesses have a wrong notion that a successful and timely launch of the application marks the end of a project. On the contrary, the app would most likely lose its momentum without adequate post-development support. The app may need an update or a fix while it operates online catering to many customers. In addition, the business owning the app would also incur infrastructure costs in the form of domain name registration, web hosting server and more.

Conclusion

All said and done, it should also be noted that it’s not easy to accurately estimate the development cost of a web application. A leading, experienced web application developer would be charging considerably more than a comparatively less-experienced developer. Many factors other than the ones in this blog may influence the development cost. Either way, extensive research would certainly help with the estimation of development costs.

If you are planning to build a web application, talk to the experts here at AOT and we will come up with a solution that fits your budget.

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The app stores of various platforms have over a million apps to download. But not all of them are financially stable. As a matter of fact, only a few are actually run efficiently. Gartner’s research on this topic seems to have found the same results as well. Though this may sound disheartening to organizations ready to invest in apps, it emphasizes the importance of understanding the factors that influence the success of a mobile app as a business.

Many businesses across the globe have been investing in mobile apps for a couple of years now, while the staggering development costs are deterring many others. However, mobile apps are only feasible if there is one or more specific business and financial goal.

Building an enterprise mobile app has been a hot trend for years, owing to which we now have a wealth of information like time-tested practices to ensure the success and stability of mobile apps.

Here are a few insights.

Platforms

Platform is one of the most influential factors when it comes to the success or failure of a mobile app. Among the two most popular platforms – iOS and Android, the former leads the race in respect of greater presence of apps that earn good revenue. But Android has started picking up pace as well being the platform with the most number of users. While the gap is closing between iOS and Android, Windows and BlackBerry are just faded images of what they used to be.

For a stable mobile app, a cross-platform development approach centered on a great native, device-specific user experience is a better investment compared to a more expensive native mobile app development or a risky one-for-all cross-platform development.

Lack of efficient distribution and marketing strategies

A great majority of apps, regardless of the platforms they are launched for, lack proper distribution and marketing strategies. The apps ultimately fail to reach its target user base, and soon fades away when similar, better marketed apps take over.

Successful apps adopt App Store Optimization (ASO) practices and pre-launch marketing strategies with a goal to get the target audience interested in the app and build up expectations. This way, when the app is actually launched, it will immediately get a lot of downloads. A good PR campaign can then leverage this exposure to garner even more success for the app.

User retention

For the app to keep generating revenue, it should primarily be capable of three things – entice, engage, and retain users. Once the app garners a decent user base, it can be upgraded based on their feedback to provide more value to them, thus retaining the user base over longer periods.

Apps that are not frequently used are at risk of getting uninstalled. To know what the users think of the app, analytics is important. Such analyses also give the development team insights on user behavior which can be helpful when devising user engagement strategies. Continuous engagement is the key to retaining users.

Conclusion

The growth of the mobile app development industry is evidently unstoppable. But such a growth also increases competition. Without a strategic, methodical focus on user retention based on user preferences, an app will most likely bite the dust as soon as it hits the market. If you want an app that will succeed, you need a developer with expertise. And you are at the right stop here at AOT. Contact us to learn how we consistently build successful apps.

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There are numerous ways to develop software in today’s age thanks to a wide array of development technologies and tools, programming languages, frameworks, and libraries. For mobile app development itself, there are methodologies and frameworks developers can choose from; each with their fair share of pros & cons.

For instance, developers can adopt an approach that either increases costs while eliminating risks or reduces costs while compromising on quality. There are practices that ensure optimal utilization of resources and more efficient project management. But development of an application is not where things end. Other aspects that are just as important as development are licensing and delivery of the application.

We will be discussing the benefits of one such licensing and delivery model in this blog – SaaS or Software as a Service.

SaaS Application

A SaaS application is a centrally hosted application that’s offered to customers as a subscription-based service i.e. the application will be running on the SaaS provider’s server and accessible to customers who’ve opted for paid subscriptions. So, users of the app are essentially ‘renting’ the app rather than owning it.

That said, let’s explore the key benefits of SaaS apps and SaaS app development.

A solution that improves efficiency

SaaS app development is to develop comprehensive, one-size-fits-all solutions so that businesses won’t have to spend money on multiple apps to serve various purposes. SaaS apps are tailored to suit various important needs of their target customers (businesses) including enhancing employee productivity and ensuring higher ROI. The solution improves the overall efficiency of a business.

Flexible pricing

For SMBs, the price tag of a SaaS application is a critical factor to consider. Many organizations have the resource to invest in in-house application development to build a personalized solution that perfectly aligns with their business goals. But this isn’t an option for many growing businesses especially SMBs.

Many great SaaS solution providers are open to negotiations when it comes to pricing. Some even offer convenient pay-as-you-go models for smaller, medium-sized businesses.

Minimum IT support

SaaS solutions don’t require a business to invest much in IT support which means they can focus their resources on core operations. The SaaS provider will handle hardware, software, OS, database requirements, maintenance, and other IT concerns associated with the SaaS application. It’s the provider’s responsibility to ensure that the business gets the best of what latest technologies have to offer.

Better accessibility & collaboration

Traditional applications will have to be accessed via the computer on which they are installed. SaaS applications are centrally hosted on the provider’s server which means that users will be able to access the application no matter where they are provided they are authorized to access it. SaaS apps also facilitate better collaboration as updates and changes are saved in real-time.

Conclusion

Though SaaS may be cost effective for SMBs, it’s not yet considered a great option for larger businesses with complex requirements. But the reasonable price tags and easy benefits have contributed to increasing the adoption of SaaS.

If you are reluctant to invest in SaaS, the next best thing would be custom application development which is our forte here at AOT. Get in touch with us to learn what your business needs to grow faster.

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