It’s been a year since most organizations decided on their mobile development strategy and considering how much consumers have come to rely on the connectivity and convenience of mobile technology, it just makes sense to take stock in the new options that have emerged. In fact, one emerging approach is ready to challenge the status quo of native mobile development in many enterprise IT organizations. This approach is the responsive, single page web application (SPA), an open, standards based option that is mature enough for delivering a rich app experience across all platforms (not just mobile). The single codebase simplifies development, testing and deployment, thus improving the efficiency of enterprise “app” development.
From an IT manager’s perspective, native mobile application development has some significant challenges that are dulling this hot technology’s shine. Including, support for multiple skillsets, development environments, integration and multiple code bases are problematic and expensive for enterprise IT organizations.
From a user’s perspective, responsive, single page applications eliminate the need to visit the app store every time you need to interact with a business; not to mention eliminating the app clutter on your device and the endless stream of updates associated with these rarely used apps. Instead of an app, a simple bookmark in your mobile, tablet or desktop browser will open the corresponding responsive SPA where you will automatically be running the latest version from the business’s website. Additionally, users have the same experience when transitioning between devices (mobile/desktop/tablet).
Edited by Maurice Nagle