11 Enterprise Mobile App Trends In 2019

The State Of Enterprise App Development

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Steven Lerner

Mobile applications are a staple in the enterprise, but there are always new elements that transform the apps. As new technologies are introduced to the enterprise, many of them eventually integrate with the mobile apps. There are also higher expectations from employees about the work apps they access. Here are 11 enterprise mobile app trends that are dominating 2019.

1. Wearable Devices

Wearable devices are now longer just a personal accessory. According to Enterprise Mobility Exchange’s Annual Survey Report from December 2018, a majority of organizations allow employees to access enterprise data and apps via wearable devices. Enterprise app developers need to be cognizant about employees who want to use wearable devices to access apps.

2. Real-Time Data Sharing

With more data than ever in the enterprise, employees demand that their apps provide them data in real-time. There are many roles throughout an enterprise where real-time data can be incredibly useful. Developers should ensure that real-time is compatible with common employee apps, and that push notifications are leveraged to maintain top-notch communication.

3. Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications are becoming a necessity in the enterprise. Organizations are using the technology for everything from training workers to data visualization. As the technology increases in adoption, employees will expect more enterprise apps to include it.

4. All About The User Experience

More enterprises are finally realizing that improving the user experience for your internal customers (AKA your employees) is just as critical as improving the user experience for your external customers. An enterprise that puts the user experience first will likely have a higher adoption rate for apps and it will solve a critical business need, which proves that the investment into the app’s development was worth it.

5. Cloud Technology

As enterprises migrate to the cloud, we are also seeing a trend towards more cloud-based apps. Enterprises are developing powerful apps on the cloud, which reduces hosting expenses and decreases the time it takes for apps to load. The cloud also enhances app security, which is another big concern in the enterprise.

6. Cross-Platform Tools

Many developers are so occupied with their work for traditional app development, that mobile apps sometimes get neglected. There creates an incredible learning curve for development on different native platforms. To make it easier for developers, enterprises are leveraging cross-platform tools that allow teams to harness existing skills into creating apps that can be used across different platforms.

7. Blockchain

Blockchain is being leveraged by more enterprises to decentralize data, enhance security, and add more transparency. On mobile apps, enterprises can use blockchain technology for payment processing, smart contracts, and to track every step on a supply chain. In the future, developers can leverage blockchain to improve app authentication, and improve the real-time nature of apps.

8. Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

Enterprises are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, a subset of AI. Mobile apps are also harnessing this technology. By embedding this technology in enterprise apps, it can provide a more personalized experience for the user and it could help with instant data analysis. Examples of apps with AI include chatbots and language converters.

9. Accelerated Development Lifecycle

With the demand of enterprise apps increasing, enterprises are focused on decreasing the development lifecycle. App developers must be prepared for there to be less time devoted to creating, securing, and managing enterprise apps. In order to speed up the lifecycle and to produce apps at a faster rate, developers will need to have more resources at their disposal.

10. On-Demand Apps

On-demand apps have become a staple for external users, with countless examples of apps supplying services to users in real-time. The trend is making its way into the enterprise due to the fact that employees expect the same type of service from their work apps. An example of an on-demand app is one that supplies instant benefits to employees, such as a back-up care app.

11. IoT Integration

The Internet of Things (IoT) is impacting every end of the enterprise, including mobile apps. It is common for developers across numerous industries to create IoT-enabled apps in the workplace. For example, a manufacturer might supply workers with an IoT-enabled app that connects to sensors and determines when parts are going to fail. This app saves time and expenses, and it improves workplace safety.