Mobile application development platforms enable developers to use their preferred development approach when building apps for different devices and operating systems, and successful project teams are 31 percent more likely to use them. There’s no waiting for hardware to arrive and no complex set-up procedures. Developers simply select the services they need from the cloud, and they can jump right in.
On nearly two-thirds of successful projects, the development team collaborates closely with business stakeholders throughout development something that less than half of the less successful projects do. Three quarters also work closely with IT ops. Given that mobile development requires frequent releases, this collaboration is increasingly vital. With the increased user expectations that come with the mobile mind shift, aligning to user needs early and often can help win fans.
Successful projects are improved by indirect audience feedback, such as how they interact with the apps. Whether gathering feedback during usability testing or after the app goes live, successful project teams keep a close analytical eye on their audience. Conduct usability testing during development, and use analytics after launch to identify popular features and functions. Continually improve the application by incorporating user feedback and analytical insights.
Platforms that use cloud services and APIs provide enormous speed and flexibility. Successful projects are less likely to feel locked into any particular mobile platform or technology. Consider cloud based platforms and APIs to boost development speed. Use standards based mobile application development platforms to avoid vendor lock in.