10 months, 3 weeks ago by Timothy Cox
When enterprises choose off-the-shelf software to automate their processes, they expect things to fall into place. But does that happen? Perhaps, no. So, does the other alternative of getting an app developed work? When this situation looks like a three-pipe problem to businesses, interestingly, there is a solution: Custom Mobile Apps!
Read out to find more.
Before we begin this blog, here’s an interesting question for you:
Which software should you choose for process automation in your business?
To answer that question, let us set a little context for you.
Imagine that you are the CEO of a facility management company. Your company wants to shun the paper forms and you are looking forward to introducing automation in the business so that the productivity improves within teams.
You are really tired of the manual processes that are erroneous and time-consuming.
Now to automate the processes, there are few options that you need to evaluate.
1. You can choose software from the shelf, that is, choose software that already exists in the market. This will help you automate the processes.
This is a cheaper option available for you. But wait, the catch here is that it won’t be the perfect fit for you since there will be features that you need, there will be some that you don’t need at all.
It will never be the right match for you because it was manufactured for 1000s of other businesses out there, and you alone.
2. The second option is that you can choose to get a mobile application developed through a mobile application development company.
Well, the minuses here are that it can take really long to get a perfect app, and if you don’t have a good IT budget- it can certainly break your bank.
So are you willing to spend that kind of money?
3.The third option is that you can choose a platform to create a custom app for your business.
Is it expensive? Not at all. Will it match your needs, yes - it can be built that way. Does it take too much time - again, no!
Okay, now let us take other aspects into consideration.
The ready-made software (first option) will obviously give you no scope for customization. You will have to buy a new one in case you want it changed.
The second option will allow customization, no doubt - but since it has to be built from scratch, it will take longer to be developed.
But six months down the line if your business dynamics change, the software will need a rebuild because it is not agile enough to accommodate changes.
Without being Sherlock Holmes, you can conclude that rebuilding software means more cost and time - you need to be sure if you are game for it.
The third option - platforms like Axonator that allow building custom apps are agile enough to accommodate changes at any point in time, even further, these can be made functional instantaneously.
Okay, it doesn’t take rocket science to figure out that you would embrace the third option with open arms!
Well, this example isn’t a work of fiction - this scenario holds quite true for enterprises seeking the automation route.
We will find out soon.
Back in the day, businesses bought software from the market and molded their processes to suit the software, rather than going the other way round.
Then something even worse happened: when the business environment changed, these apps became more and more irrelevant, to the day - that these apps stopped making any sense, they had suffered a slow death since the teams no longer used them.
After spending hundreds of thousands of greenbacks on an application that is no longer relevant is a nightmare that businesses would want to avoid at all costs.
Some businesses till date, are suffering at the hands of these software and mobile applications.
But not anymore!
There are good chances that you have already come across these platforms that allow you to build custom apps that we read about earlier.
But what you haven’t probably got is an opportunity to understand how these platforms work and why your business should be considering having a custom-built app.
And also, how these mobile apps can be the magic bullet that your business needs right now.
These custom mobile applications are built according to your business needs, so you don’t have to worry about altering your processes.
You can make them functional exactly the way you want.
But is that it? No, of course, there’s more to this. Let’s see how these apps function.
Were you aware of the fact that there are platforms out there which can help anyone build an app without any coding?
Platforms like Axonator have been assisting businesses to build custom apps.
What is interesting is that these simple mobile apps can be customized to automate different processes, collect rich data, deploy advanced intelligence, and report generation, etc.
The point is that custom apps will accommodate the features that you want - and in the end, you don’t have to compromise on the functionality.
Since you have built the app specifically for your needs, you will require very little or no training running it. Your teams can be easily trained to use these custom mobile applications.
Do they cost you a lot? Not at all - these custom-built apps are in fact very affordable.
Okay, let’s have a quick look at the costing factor.
No business would make a decision without considering the cost factors. After all, every investment should make a business sense, shouldn’t it?
Getting a mobile application built from software development company can cost you a bomb. It might cross $100,000 easily and need 6-8 months to be completed.
If you choose to buy a ready-made cheap off-shelf software from the market, there’s a high possibility that it won’t be a great fit for your processes.
Only if you are sure that the fortune smiles upon you every time - go ahead and try deploying software available in the market.
So the best option that remains is a custom-built app.
Custom-built apps are way cheaper than getting software developed from an app development company.
The rule of thumb is that you should always watch the long-term benefits, rather than just considering costs.
Custom-built apps surely come along with more benefits. Let’s discover those.
Just imagine you are using software that is being used by so many of the business firms.
Will the data be safe with such software or would it be safer with an application that you custom-built just for your business?
Rings any bell?
Even further, since the mobile application is exclusive to you, you don’t really have to worry about your know-how and privileged data getting shared with other people.
Your secret sauce remains with you.
This exclusivity can even give you an edge over other enterprises if you know how to leverage a mobile application well.
A majority of platforms like Axonator - who can help you build enterprise-level mobile applications come with extraordinary support.
So these platforms offer support right from helping you build an app to making it functional. Since most of these platforms have ongoing support model, you don’t really have to worry about challenges that may surface in the future.
If you get software built by a development company, the chances are that you will have to shell out more dollars the next time you need their help in modifying the software.
With custom-built apps, the scenario is really different. It takes a lot of load off your mind, phew!
As already stated earlier, if you have got the software custom-built, it’s going to be easy for the teams to use. There are a number of reasons for the same.
The most important being, it will be easy. There will be no unnecessary complex functions in software that don’t really make sense to your processes.
Your teams can always use a custom mobile app and provide feedback for further changes, this results in the development of an application, which turns to be a perfect match for your business processes.
After all, you want to create simple mobile apps that can be used with minimum efforts.
Remember, you wanted an app in the first place to boost productivity and efficiency by introducing automation - not just have an app that consumed even more time of your teams.
User Experience (UX) is one area that you cannot afford to mess up. Generic apps will never be able to offer a great user experience for your audience, specifically.
Let the audience be internal or external - user experience can spoil the game for you if not focused upon well.
Custom-built mobile apps can help you deliver a UX that is tailored to match the expectation of your audience.
The audience could be your teams collecting data out there on the field - or it could be customers sending feedback.
Remember, a good user experience always reinforces the person to use the app back, and a bad one results in an uninstall.
We have already established the fact that if business scenario changes, you will have to throw off-shelf software in the dustbin - since it no longer will be relevant.
Well, if the app has been build by third-party, then you will have to reinvent the wheel again - and that’s going to be not just mentally taxing, but also will demand an investment of time, money, and efforts, all over again.
Custom-built apps can be made scalable. Platforms like Axonator allow you to build a robust mobile app which can be put to use easily.
Here’s the truth: No matter how bigger the team size grows or features you add in your app, the mobile app can be tweaked to make it functional.
If your mobile application cannot change with the business demand and behavior, it’s of no use, to be honest.
Based on the parameters listed above, custom-built apps win over other available options by a mile.
Without batting an eyelid, you should go for a custom-built app for your business.
The clear advantage: you will save money, time, and efforts. You will see a boost in productivity and efficiency.
The larger picture: You don’t have to align your processes and people for a mobile application, it will be the other way round.
You can also read about our mobile form app checklist here.
Axonator is one of the most trusted platforms by enterprises to build a mobile app for business processes.
Anyone can build an app using Axonator with drag and drop, no coding required absolutely. Axonator is fully supported by cloud technology.
Even further, Axonator is multi-device and multi-platform compatible - meaning it can be accessed through tablets and a variety of mobile devices (both Android & iOS).
Different businesses are using Axonator for a variety of processes like inspection, auditing, maintenance, data collection, repair, market research, customer feedback, dispatch & delivery, field service management, fleet management, logistics, supply chain, operations, inventory management, facility management, sales processes, etc.
Interested to know more about how a platform like Axonator can help your business with a mobile application?
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