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Enterprise App Platforms Among Tools Behind Mobile Maturity

Appian Contributor
July 27, 2016

Mobile devices are permeating the enterprise as businesses embrace the bring-your-own-device movement, even if they don't have a cohesive strategy behind those plans. Mobile application development platforms are among the technologies that are making this innovation possible.

A recent report from explained that the challenges that are associated with enterprise mobility have yet to be solved, but a few technologies have reached maturity to such an extent that they can contribute to significant value creation.

Bringing mobile device use forward

According to the news source, many businesses have embraced an ad hoc methodology when it comes to mobile devices. They still tend to lack clear, defined strategies to dictate how they pursue the technology, but they are using a combination of tools, policies and solutions that come together to create a return on investment.

The report identified a variety of mobile-related technologies that have already reached a mature enough state to contribute to this progress, and mobile application development platforms are among them. Enterprise app platforms play a critical role in enabling companies to handle their in-house app strategies with greater efficiency, breaking down many of the barriers that exist in custom app development and accelerating time to market for proprietary solutions.

App platforms are helping businesses transform their operations around mobile device functionality.

BPM's role in this maturation

Business process management (BPM) software has evolved to play a vital part in the move toward more mature enterprise mobility solutions. In the past, this happened in the form of extending business processes and key data workflows out to smartphones and tablets so people can work more flexible. More recently, business process managementhas evolved to the point that leading BPM software solutions feature app development platforms.

BPM tools that work alongside app platforms allow IT teams to democratize enterprise mobile app developmentby putting low-code development functions into the hands of business users. With these systems in place, business and IT teams can collaborate effectively to create proprietary apps, ensuring that the technology and corporate functionality sides of the app work well with one another and stay focused on solving the problems facing end users.

Bringing app platforms and BPM together creates a natural fit where creating unique apps happens alongside optimizing the processes that apps empower users to handle. The result is a modern business climate where mobile devices reach their full potential as an enterprise BPM tool. Mobility problems may not be solved in entirety, but there's no reason why companies can drive considerable value from smartphones and tablets.