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How the cloud deals with mobile app development troubles

Posted by Ben Dickson on Nov 15, 2016 12:00:00 PM
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In a world where we are witnessing a major increase in the number of mobile devices with each passing year, businesses are finding it more and more necessary to adopt mobile cloud architecture. Updated business strategies focusing on the effects and flexibility of mobile and cloud technologies have become a major necessity for chief information officers (CIOs). The combination of cloud utility and the increasing number of mobile devices means that CIOs are presented with an opportunity that can contribute to profits by using the cloud and taking into consideration the “synergetic relationship” of mobile devices.

Experts are discussing the business benefits of using mobile cloud architecture. There is a need to understand the challenges of mobile app development, how using cloud decreases daily infrastructure upkeep expenses, and how it allows the IT aspect of businesses to focus more of their time and energy on innovating, rather than simple daily operations. With the mobile market continuing to grow, cloud is becoming increasingly beneficial considering its characteristic as a scalable technology. Using cloud allows businesses to start off as small entities and grow extensively with ease and at a low expense.

The shortage

There is a high probability that the majority of IT executives have come to realize the lack of truly experienced mobile developers. This remains a relatively new skill, meaning that more experienced developers are hard to come by. Developers these days need to consider different platforms and languages, involving even new languages, APIs, different environments of programming, new user interface paradigms and finally, development life cycles.

Mobile development is currently focussing on targeted and user-friendly feature sets. Apps cannot be cluttered since the screen space is so limited, and the cycle of app development has become continuous; turn your phone off for a week and power it back up and you’ll immediately notice the large amount of app updates required. The least maintained apps are updated at weekly or monthly intervals.


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The glitches

Mobile apps must support the two main platforms, iOS and Android. Users prefer native apps as opposed to skinned HTML, which means applying a local design and appearance to a core of HTML content. It’s therefore necessary to develop two code bases. You must prioritize features and try not to work to large updates that force you into releasing everything all at once. Instead, add features and updates over a period of days and/or weeks.

It’s worth considering the talent shortage. Experienced mobile developers are hard to come by and hiring them can be extremely difficult and costly. However, if you attempt to re-train existing developers, you’ll need even more time and money. While it may appear to be the best plan of action, it will most definitely not be free or without challenge.

Mobile app development made simple using cloud technology

The way in which mobile apps are usually constructed is a very important factor. Being a deployment platform, the cloud is growing more and more popular due to its speed, suitability, and the wide array of services available from cloud providers. Cloud has also been seen to decrease operating costs through outsourcing daily infrastructure operations to service providers.

Cloud technology feeds into the notion of agile development. This is extremely important when focusing your attention on mobile users, as many cloud services are on auto-update mode and are managed by their providers. Cloud, therefore, makes deploying new versions of mobile apps much easier. The cloud also enjoys scalable characteristics, and this is crucial in regards to mobile devices.

Mobile services have come to realize that surges in use can be quite extreme and completely unpredictable. Just a simple mention on a popular website or even a TV show can result in a high demand that couldn’t have been previously predicted. As a result, cloud gives organizations the opportunity to begin their activities as small entities and grow when deemed necessary.

The cloud also provides a number of different features for mobile devices, including automatic device synchronization, integration with authentication platforms, and device testing platforms for the end user.

Patterns seen in mobile app design

We are finally getting to the number one reason why the cloud has become so tempting in regards to mobile clients. Mobile clients typically adopt a method which is focused on user engagement. This relies on the capturing and presenting of information. It is to some extent used as a path to backend services involved in managing business logic, data access, security, storage, user state, and other matters.

To be honest, this is not a long way off the development methods used in multi-tier web apps, in which the browser has limited functionality, whilst the database and middleware layers in the backend are scenes of major data upheaval.

Conclusion

App development and testing using the cloud are becoming increasingly popular since more businesses are launching cloud computing initiatives that are public and private. These include: integrated environments for development, components of the application lifecycle management (including tests and quality management, controlling source codes, and tools for continuous delivery), and components of app security tests.

Tech developers and executives experienced in cloud-based development may argue that there are clear benefits to increasing work in that area, benefits such as cost reduction and market speed increases. However, one should always be prepared for unexpected surprises and general challenges.

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