Enterprise Mobility is a crucial part of the workplace – from warehouses and shop floors to the everyday parcel delivery person.
The type of device and software used for Enterprise Mobility obviously depends on the user and the purpose. Nevertheless, there are certain requirements that every device must meet. It must be reliable, robust and future-proof. It’s a little more complicated for software, because as an organisation you often have more requirements and choices. The applications that run on mobile devices can even differ greatly from one sector to another.
Types of software for Enterprise Mobility
In many cases, logistics and commercial organisations need an application that is completely tailored to their specific business environment. This is because the set-up of the internal processes or the way the shop is automated is often unique to each organisation.
Basically, in addition to a standard app, companies can choose between two types of applications for Enterprise Mobility:
- Low-code applications
- Custom applications
Both types of application have their advantages and disadvantages. Before we get to the bottom of this, it’s worth knowing about the history of Enterprise apps.
Origins and history of Enterprise apps
The mobile devices for Enterprise Mobility as we know them have not existed for very long: only 30 years. For the first few years, only a few companies were able to develop the software for these devices. But it was soon possible to provide customers with truly customised solutions. About 10 years ago, alongside these customised applications, the movement of low-code applications emerged.
The name says it all. With a low-code application, little manual coding is required. In short: the structure is there and you add functionalities to it. It is therefore less labour-intensive than building customised applications. Low-code is a visual way of development. You create applications using drag-and-drop techniques and model-driven logic. In most cases, a low-code application runs on multiple operating systems. You therefore do not need to have a different application developed for each operating system.
A disadvantage of low-code is that it is a subscription model. This makes you very dependent on your supplier. You are tied to the supplier in any case if you have business-critical apps in the low-code environment. The apps cannot be taken over by another supplier. We call this vendor lock-in. You are also dependent on the provider when it comes to solving bugs and keeping your platform up and running.
Although the initial costs are not so high, the long-term costs are often high. For example, you are faced with considerable licence fees, which recur each year. The level of licence fees often depends on the number of users. If new users are added, the annual costs increase. Also, making (small) adjustments is not that simple. For this, you often have to call in a pricey consultant.
Or do you opt for custom work? A customised app is built just once, especially for your company. This process is well documented and if you want, you can have the source code yourself. With a customised app, you are not dependent on one supplier, as you are with low-code. Another advantage is that a custom app is better able to grow with your business. If you grow or expand, you don’t have to buy extra licences. New users can simply use the customised application, without incurring additional costs.
A disadvantage of customised apps is that the initial investment is greater than with low-code. Usually, however, you can spread this amount out. And in the end, you often end up cheaper with customised apps, because you don’t have to pay for licences every year, as you do with low-code applications.
Example of new customisation
Although low-code is newer, custom software developments have certainly not stood still in recent years. There are more and more alternatives that allow you to serve multiple platforms from a single code base. This means that you only need one skillset and one development team.
Enterprise apps: choose customisation from Dalosy
Are you having Dalosy build a customised application for you? With our customised software, you can be confident that you will get exactly what you want. We know everything there is to know about mobile hardware and are specialists in Enterprise Mobility. Dalosy sees exactly what software needs to do for every company in order to communicate properly, function properly and be future-proof. Our experienced consultants always think along with you. They come up with valuable ideas and improvements which help the app to fit in seamlessly with your company.
With us, there are never any surprises: we give you a clear overview of the costs in advance. Would you like to pay it all in one go? That is possible. Prefer to spread the costs? No problem either.
Dalosy has years of experience in developing software for Enterprise Mobility. From shop floor applications and scanning software for parcel delivery companies to the software used by major airlines to keep their catering in the air. No matter how large the requirement package, we can create a user-friendly app.
Curious about our customers? Take a look at our case studies.
Ensure continuity with service from our specialists
Have you purchased a customised Enterprise app from us? We take our responsibility, even when the application is finished. That’s why we offer a service contract. This way, you can ensure the continuity of your processes. For example, is there a major update in one of the systems? Then we adjust all other systems accordingly. In this way, we prevent failures.
With our Enterprise Mobility Management services we continuously monitor whether updates are necessary, or whether your hardware and software are still future-proof. Changes happen fast in Enterprise Mobility. Devices and operating systems follow one another in rapid succession. Are there new devices, for example? Then we ensure that our application is compatible with the new devices and the new operating system. So the devices used on your shop floor are always up-to-date.
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