In the transition from Web to mobile business apps, the biggest issue for development teams is to determine what features the app should include and what can be left out to ensure the app increases productivity and streamlines a workflow while running smoothly on numerous mobile devices. It’s critical that the mobile app performs the most essential features, but the more features it can handle, the better.
Determine the Main Features Required
Before you start designing a business app, it’s important not to reduce a mobile user’s productivity. To do so, it’s necessary to find out which app features your customers use or need most in a mobile device. This should become the basis of the future app. For example, the basic set of features for a mobile version of an electronic health record app might include the ability to enter and edit patient data, the ability to share these data and work offline. In other words, it’s critical to pick the app’s top functional features for a specific industry.
The Ability to Work Offline
The ability to work offline is a required feature for many mobile business apps. Many industries involve field work, when stable Internet connection is not always possible. That is why a mobile business app that provides offline features allows users to continue working in the app even though the app is not connected and store their work until they are able to reconnect.
Streamline the User Experience
The user experience in a web browser is different from the one on a mobile device, at least due to the difference in the screen size. That is why without proper planning, you might force the app users to endlessly scroll up and down, thereby creating a frustrating experience for them. In addition, mobile business apps need to be simple to understand and learn and not much different from their Web versions. This way, your users will be familiar with the overall layout, menu options, wording, and iconography, and will be able to use your app with ease.
In a word, always keep in mind who your end users are and what they need, and this will ensure the success of your business app.