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Mobility's Impact on Development Making BPM Essential

Joshua Hoffman
January 15, 2015

Application development platforms increasingly need to be focused on creating mobile solutions. Organizations across a variety of sectors are embracing mobility and this move makes proprietary mobile apps and services a priority. However, the process of adapting internal development to support large-scale proprietary mobile app use presents major challenges and significant operational disruption. A recent MGI Research study found that many organizations are putting a greater emphasis on mobile app development, and getting solutions into production on schedule and on budget is increasingly important.

Mobility changing the development landscape

The news source explained that approximately 68 percent of organizations will budget $100,000 or less for a mobile app development project. However, just 16 percent of mobile app projects actually go off smoothly enough to deliver a return while being developed within the confines of the budget. This challenge of staying within spending confines while delivering significant value is heightened by difficulties keeping projects on schedule.

Approximately 75 percent of respondents said they aim to finish mobile development projects nine months or less. With such a rapid development cycle in place, it is easy for projects to quickly get off schedule. In fact, only 11 percent of organizations polled reported that they could consistently ensure a timely delivery of mobile apps.

Mobility strategies are changing the app development landscape.Mobility strategies are changing the app development landscape.

These challenges - in terms of keeping projects on budget, on schedule and valuable - are incredibly problematic as organizations become more dependent on employees using mobile devices to get the job done. Process management tools are adapting to help companies solve these problems, and BPM software can play a vital role in promoting mobile app development efficiency through process automation, optimization and customization. Furthermore, many BPM tools are able to function as a mobile application platform, allowing users to perform code-free development to fine tune apps and services based on process needs.

Considering the value of BPM as an application development platform

Business process management has, as a concept, long existed with a focus on creating ways for businesses to fully understand how workers get the job done and help create the most efficient process framework to support efficient operations. As more organizations embrace mobility and proprietary apps, this means being able to quickly fine tune custom apps and services to make sure they support employee needs. A sales manager can't wait nine months for the dev team to add a new component to an app. BPM solutions increasingly offer code-free development functions that empower workers to customize mobile apps and maximize the value of such solutions.