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End users expect more from business applications

Posted on: January 12th, 2016 | Category: Application Development

Business applications are now a primary differentiator for large enterprise organizations, with user experience and custom features factoring into the overall performance of a company. However, it's not just IT decision-makers who are looking to leverage stronger and more customized applications – leaders across lines of business want them as well, and are demanding the IT department to deliver. 

With the stakes higher than ever, what can tech teams do to ensure that they meet the rising standards of the modern workforce? IT professionals should read on to discover where to best focus their efforts, and learn what end users are truly after with respect to their business applications.

Accelerate the process
In their personal and professional lives, today's employees have the need for speed when it comes to application provisioning and deployment. That's why so many staff members are downloading apps in the workplace without the permission of the IT department and brining unwanted risk to the enterprise. According to a study from Logicalis, end users want custom apps delivered to their devices without delay.

"Speed is a key factor in the app development arena."

"By recognizing what the LOB wants – better, faster access to technology services – and realigning their departments to meet those needs, CIOs worldwide have made significant progress toward regaining control of the IT spend in their organizations," said Logicalis CEO Vince DeLuca, according to the source. 

Rather than relying on internal IT teams to create all of the apps requested by employees, responsible executives will forge a partnership with a third-party enterprise app development team that provides fast and consistent service whenever needed. 

Optimize for the cloud
The average end user also recognizes the power and convenience of cloud computing, putting additional pressure on the IT department to support applications in both on- and off-premise environments. According to ZDNet, a study from BPI Network found that hybrid strategies were a top priority for nearly half (45 percent) of survey respondents.

"Business leaders want to migrate as soon as possible to hybrid IT solutions that blend modernized datacenters with cloud-enabled technologies," wrote the authors of the study, as reported by the news provider. "They want new business-changing applications and customer experiences delivered more rapidly."

To coordinate app development efforts with cloud-centric strategy, business leaders should seek out vendors and service providers that can do it all – creating, powering and optimizing applications with a single point of contact. This will not only speed up the process of development and deployment, but it will also help combat risks of multiple vendor management and the migration of critical apps.

Stay on top of trends
Line-of-business leaders are especially interested in innovations that present opportunities for performance and productivity, and IT executives need to keep their eyes on these trends to make the right investments early on. As ZDNet pointed out, five technologies are currently transforming the enterprise environment: the Internet of Things, Web-scale services, big data micro-targeting, social media data mining and smart device proliferation.

Of course, IT strategists know that they cannot blindly invest in these technologies without thoroughly investigating their implications and developing the proper risk management frameworks. App development and cloud partners can help businesses identify which new trends are truly worth pursuing, and the best way to approach implementation.

In this sense, a vendor can – and should – act as the eyes and ears of an organization looking to strengthen its internal IT capabilities, from trend watching to custom app development and cloud computing. With these allies, a company can finally deliver the apps and services that end users demand. 

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Mike Groves

Mike Groves

Mr. Groves is the Manager of Development here at Weidenhammer. He possess over twenty-five years of experience in information systems management consulting covering a broad range of information system technologies and industries. His management consulting experience includes: development of information technology plans, focusing on the use of information technology as a tool for carrying out key business strategies to attain stated business objectives; the performance of detailed business process analysis and documentation, identifying opportunities for process improvements and changes; and the development of marketing plans, focusing on marketing objectives, target markets, market segmentation, and increasing market share through the devising of strategies concerning products/services, pricing, promotion, and distribution. Mr. Groves information system development life cycle experience includes project management, requirements gathering, detailed design, construction, system testing, and production support. Lastly, his packaged software implementation experience includes managing the implementation of a major Enterprise-Resource Planning (ERP) package, SAP. Mr. Groves holds a MBA from Lehigh University and a BS from Albright College in Finance and English.