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Native capabilities vital when deploying mobile BPM solutions

Cindy Cheng, ​Sr. Director of Marketing Communications, EMEA, Appian
June 25, 2013

Mobile corporate strategies are now a common theme in many industries. This has left many companies striving to keep pace with the unique challenges created by mobile devices in the enterprise. In many cases, business process management technologies connect mobile technologies with mobile devices. While mobile BPM solutions offers considerable potential for operational improvements and a return on investments, organizations that want to leverage a fully-featured mobile BPM platform may want to focus on the native capabilities of the solution.

Native Mobile BPM Solutions

While smartphones and tablets function, in many ways, just like personal computers, they are fairly different under the hood. Besides running different operating systems, at least in most cases, content delivered tosmartphones is optimized for smaller screen sizes, touch-screen controls and a distinct chip architecture. As a result, a BPM software suite that is built for traditional server and PC environments, but has been adapted for mobile devices, can face severe limitations because of compatibility issues between mobile and traditional computing technologies. Conversely, a BPM solution that has been built as a native mobile application can give developers the flexibility they need to build onto the BPM app and make the solution into exactly what the company needs.

A native BPM app provides developers with all of the underlying code they need to get the job done. As a result, actual customization is completely unnecessary when companies want to develop their BPM apps. Instead, developers can simply drag and drop lines of code from the native solution to get exactly what they want without having to deal with messy customization processes.

Unlocking mobility

One of the major assets of smartphones and tablets is the way they bring together voice, video, web and computing functions into a single platform. However, business solutions built for PCs and ported over to mobile devices do not always take advantage of these functions. In many cases, a PC-based solution ported to a smartphone lacks the programming flexibility to allow users to use the basic phone solution while running the application.

Native mobile apps do not have this problem, as they are designed with the unified platform in mind. Native BPM applications fit within this group, enabling users, and developers, to take full advantage of mobility while leveraging state-of-the-art BPM software.

Cindy Cheng

Director of Product Marketing