Cloud computing and mobility is becoming more than a necessity for any enterprise and many Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). There are a lot of Independent Software Vendors which are focusing towards the efforts of developing their unique mobility and cloud solutions in order to deliver superfluous business productivity for their customers. The new breed of ISVs have started focusing substantially on the newer technologies and taking their offerings rapidly on the emerging platforms and trends.
Cloud is a huge disruptive change hence, ISV are rapidly building the solutions and rapidly moving ahead towards this segment. They are primarily targeting the enterprise needs for better cloud management capabilities. ISVs are hence bound to face many challenges as they shift approach to the application development. As they experience the shift of their approach to the application development, they must also be tired of the obstacles that can come with technological avenues like mobile, cloud analytics and social networks. Let’s see what kind of enterprise mobility challenges which ISVs are facing in today’s competitive market.
Challenge 1: Messing With The Device Mesh
As more and more applications are being built to be meshed together, therefore, giving way to an integrative architecture of mobile applications and services, across this vast digital mesh such software-defined approach ensures complete flexibility, performance and agility on cloud hence delivering dynamic and flexible applications.
Among the most common enterprise mobility challenges which ISVs have to face is the acceptance of Device Mesh methodology. The concept of device mesh methodology fosters connection of mobile devices, various wearables, consumables, home electronic devices, automotive devices hence boosting the Internet of Things (IoT). While in device mesh methodology, devices are connected to back-end systems through various networks, they are often operated in isolation from one another. As device mesh evolves and there will be greater cooperative interaction between devices to emerge, ISVs may experience this as a great challenge.
Challenge 2: Customer Interface Outlook
With ubiquitous smartphones popularity of mobile applications and mobile platforms, maintaining and upgrading mobile client can be a substantial additional investment. ISVs also have to make decisions on what must be the scope of the mobile client as in whether they should be independent software with full feature functionality or it should be hybrid solution where some features functionalities are available on mobile client while rest can be accessed can be accessed via web and executed on Cloud.
Additionally, ISVs have to develop flexible solution as a strategy in order to adjust with different roles by different API providers.
Challenge 3: Platform Decision Process
The growth of cloud has given push to the use of Linux which is becoming very popular OS to develop solutions. There are many IaaS and PaaS providers who offer Linux at very cost-effective prices. Windows is also becoming famous with support from Microsoft’s Azure and few other Cloud Providers. Survey explains that Unix is becoming less and less popular each passing day. Hence, ISVs have to consider whether their Software must be migrated to Linux or Windows. Keeping operating system into consideration, ISVs also needs to consider technical competencies of the resources with popular application development platforms, libraries, and frameworks. This can be a bit simplified if ISVs outsource the development of mobility solutions to efficient and experienced technology partner.
ISVs may be able to find many resources that are familiar with Eclipse compared to other alternatives. Similarly, database also plays an important role in terms of performance, stability and cost of the software solution.
Challenge 4: Application Development Process
ISVs struggles a lot in developing a clear strategy of application development process. They have to decide on the use of programming languages. Whether they should consider languages such as C#, C++, VB, Java or consider lightweight scripting language such as Java Script, Perl, PHP, Python or Ruby or bot. ISVs have to decide the languages based on the modularity of the solution, available resources and technical competencies of existing development teams.
There are a large amount of source codes available via Open-Source and ISVs have to evaluate if it is suitable for the use of app development team with faster results or not. They also have to consider copyright issues related to use of open source code.
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