Technology advances and this process is fast and furious. Mobile technologies that were unthinkable a decade ago are already irreplaceable parts of enterprise software. And new solutions are regularly developed, thus increasing reach of mobility even further.

We gladly present several great tips for those interested in up-to-date, productive and technologically accurate mobile app development for Enterprises. However you should remember that there is no single right way in the world of IT and software. There are no dogmas or best (with usage of this words literal meaning) practices. So we present you with several guidelines that may be of use and great value.

In the red corner, with total overweight and frequency of use:
CUSTOM APPS!

Actually, majority of enterprise solutions are custom-developed from scratch. This was considered the only possible way of development back in the day. And it is quite understandable, such apps are tailored to fit exact business needs of Enterprises. So let’s talk about custom app development a bit deeper.

Native SDKs (like the ones for iOS and Android) are generally used to speed up the development process. This brings us to a particular pitfall: if you require an app with same functionality that has to work on several platforms like Android, Windows and Blackberry you will require three separate apps developed. This is expensive and time-consuming. And considering same code is being replaced for every single SDK amounts of defects increase dramatically. Then there is backend integration. It raises dozens of new issues, especially security concerns. Also, backend requires tweaks and changes for proper integration of mobile applications. They can take up to 70% of the entire development time. That is a lot, considering you have several aps you wish to be delivered.

However there are few things that can beat end results of custom application development. After all, you will receive the tool perfectly designed, tailored and crafted to serve your particular business goals and objectives!

In the Blue corner we have our challenger:
CROSS-PLATFORM DEVELOPMENT!

Cross-Platform solutions such as HTML5 and Hybrid apps are quite a challenger confronting all the native apps we are used to. You can have one app for all without any actual need of developing several exactly same apps for various platforms. But…

HTML5 is still not too great at properly using all sensors and capabilities mobile devices offer when native apps can. However, you get faster development and less required resources. Code must only be written once and can be generated later for all required OS.

This speed bust however does not solve any integration issues, hence they take as much time as when custom apps are being developed. Plus all security issues remain the same.

But HTML5 apps are not your only cross-platform solution. There are still numerous kinds of hybrid apps. Such applications are a combo of HTML5 and a Native solution. These kinds of software may, by all means leverage all possibilities and sensors of mobile devices. PhoneGap and Apache Cordova are amongst some most famous hybrid apps. Such solutions have the combination of both native and HTML5 apps strong sides, which is nice. However security and integration weaknesses remain the same.