The benefits of using the Salesforce platform to develop enterprise mobile apps are extensive, but there simply aren’t anywhere near as many enterprises doing so as you might expect. The reason for this is, in many cases, that it’s simply too challenging, too costly, or the expertise just aren’t available.
However, there are solutions within the global Salesforce ecosystem designed specifically to ease the pain of mobile app development for both end customers and consultancy firms alike. Once these inherent challenges are removed, the advantages of having mobile applications supporting business critical processes move into focus. These positives vastly outweigh the negatives, making those complementary partner solutions well worth searching for.
One of those negatives is the time mobile app development projects can take when approached without the necessary tools or understanding. Looking specifically into the need to accelerate the development process for those tasked with actually building mobile apps, we’ve highlighted five advantages the MobileCaddy package offers:
MobileCaddy provides pre-built Salesforce ‘container apps’ within the various available app stores, such as the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. This removes an enormous amount of development time and effort, extracting time-consuming processes such as native development, platform configuration, app submission, and much more.
These hybrid-ready container apps are easily set up, can be fully customised, and allow the developers to focus on how the app itself can provide maximum value to the business.
MobileCaddy provides its own high productivity Integrated Development Environment (IDE), named CodeFlow. This allows developers to build their apps locally in a browser simultaneously against a Salesforce instance, without having to save to the Salesforce platform in order to run them.
This also prevents the need to regularly download a static resource, unzip it, edit the code, zip it back up, and save it to Salesforce just to run it up and see if there are any errors or bugs. The speed which CodeFlow brings is unprecedented in comparison to more traditional methods of mobile app development.
A single code base for Android, iOS, and Desktop
Many developers still build separate apps for groups of users that contain several operating systems, such as Android, iOS, or Windows. With MobileCaddy, the need for this approach is removed, and the focus is on one single code base for one hybrid app.
In this case, developers have a far easier job, simply needing to implement business logic and features into each app, making it available across all operating systems and devices. This in turn allows businesses to change device policies with no additional development required.
Mobile Logs and monitoring
Many developers have low visibility into the behaviour of the apps they’re building. This causes time-consuming problems when errors go unnoticed, and can often impact the end users down the line.
With MobileCaddy, developers can write a Mobile Log on to the Salesforce platform whenever they encounter an error, which will diagnose a problem if an end user triggers the Log, making debugging a far easier responsibility.
Connection Sessions also help developers by offering deep insight any time the app and the platform communicate. The Connection Sessions will make it clear if there are any insert failures, if tables are being missed from the sync, and will raise many other issues. Developers can keep an eye on the data and remain aware of how the app is interacting with the platform. Without this, they’d have no way of keeping track of the communication between Salesforce and the app, so it’s another great help in speeding up development.
A comprehensive versioning engine
A built in versioning engine means developers using the MobileCaddy framework have seamless upgrade paths for their apps, allowing them to deploy new features, bug fixes, and other regular updates without the traditional need to wait for app store approvals. These upgrades are under the full control of the developer with regards to groups of users, types of devices, and planned intervals.
Not only does this management help with correcting errors, it also means you can evolve your app quickly, and tailor it to the preferences of the end users’ needs, based on feedback at a rapid pace.
The value of time saved
With these examples demonstrating the ability to reduce time spent within the mobile development process, those building the apps have the freedom to dedicate far more of their efforts to experimenting with features, designs, and other innovative ideas, ensuring the app itself can provide as much value as possible to the business.