The Pros and Cons
of a Mobile-First Approach in
These days, as enterprises look to move towards mobility, applications are being designed first for mobiles, then for desktops. This approach is largely inspired by the growth in mobile adoption, and the urgency to provide content that is optimized for mobile screens.
Agreed! But responsive designs are already helping businesses to scale down complex applications for mobile screens, then why is the mobile-first approach gaining tractionon the technology frontiers? Why there is a need for this radicalchange?
core content and functionality
to improve user experience
When you frame concepts for the desktop version of the application, you take advantage of the larger screen and accordingly shape your ideas. You prefer robust applications featuring high resolution images, text and videos that augment the user experience. However, when you shrink the design for the mobile screens, you land in a spot of bother. The design feels like a diluted version of the desktop application and more like an afterthought than a genuine finished product. This is where mobile-first approach comes into the picture. When you develop applications for a mobile ecosystem:
Enterprises have been making a mistake of scaling down desktop applications for mobile screens. Thus, compromising on the ease of accessibility and user experience. However, a mobile-first approach enable businesses to identify processes best suited for mobile automation, and decide the type of application to be developed (native or web-based). Doing this helps businesses to:
- Provide categorized information to employees,consumers and partners
- Select the right business process to mobilize
- Decide on a business model to monetize the application
- Provide the right user experience
- Take advantage of the different mobile OS
- Develop right APIs for application integration
Bring order to
The application was precisely conceptualized for the mobile screen and capabilities. As a result, employees were able to collaborate in real-time with accurate information for proactive and right decision making.
Many businesses are migrating key operations on the mobile screens.They are empowering their workforce with tablets and smartphones that run complex enterprise applications. But the key to their success has been a mobile-first approach. They develop enterprise applications that exploit capabilities of mobile devices and provide greater availability and accessibility of business information.
The downside of a
Mobile-First Approach isn’t a cakewalk. Right from the outset, the approach is hit with constraints like smaller screens, fewer resources and device limitations.
In addition, the variation in the architecture of mobile applications designed and developed for specific functions like direct store delivery, field service optimization or sales applications for employees in the enterprise causes data integration issues.
It has also been observed that the front-end client development is easy, but the complex, expensive and time-consuming part is to align the apps with company’s security policies to ensure risk-free and flawless content management on the mobile device.
As consumerisation of IT and mobile-first trends collide, businesses have a unique opportunity to champion a new generation of enterprise applications and lead their companies on a mobile-first journey. The challenges in the mobile-first approach would continue to evolve; however, this is an exciting time when you can harness the power of mobility and attain unprecedented levels of productivity. So discuss with us the possibilities revolving around the mobile-first approach and get ready to take the leap.
What we can offer?
At Cygnet, we develop mobile applications with a deep understanding of the mobile-ecosystem and its relevance to your business. We have been serving global enterprises with innovative mobile solutions that relate people, process and technology for fulfilling their envisioned business outcomes. We have already served some of the leading firms operating under diverse verticals.