Mobile apps are everywhere and are coming more integral to every-day business and home life. Something that is becoming ever more apparent, especially with emerging Digital Transformation technologies accelerating at a rapid rate, is that business chiefs and innovation specialists across every vertical are now looking at how they can digitise their business processes and improve efficiency across their entire organisation with the addition of mobile workforce management.
Developing a mobile workforce management application app in-house
Developing a mobile workforce management application is an incredibly complex process and as a business, it can be a constant drain on valuable resources such as time and money. First of all, there will be a requirement to hire experienced mobile application developers, buy them the costly equipment they need, while also paying for and implementing the appropriate IT Infrastructure which can add a significant amount of time to the initial app release date. Following this, they’ll need even more time to write specifications, research the best mobile technologies and set up all their coding resources.
On average, nearly half of all business apps take longer than six months to develop a mobile workforce management solution which means that the needs of your business and employees can change significantly during that time. Further to that, the challenge of staff retention plus technical challenges often mean that it can take even longer than this. As deadlines creep up, adding budget and adding people late in the software development process means there are more potential challenges to face.
Releasing your mobile workforce management application to your users in a fragile state means that the app is likely to have multiple issues. This includes insufficient testing, realising that the application soaks up too many resources on users’ devices, and even too much code than you really need can result in the application crashing and ultimately, the loss of important work.
If the user experience isn’t intuitive and crashes are a constant occurrence, productivity within your business will start to decline, leading to frustration and, ultimately, time wasted.
Once your app is up and running there are still costs for support and software updates – most mobile applications need to be updated once a month or more. These bumps in the road cost more time and yes, more money. The Enterprise Mobility Exchange surveyed 300 mobile practitioners and found total app development in-house can cost upwards of £200,000.