It will be big data for the employees and not just for the data scientists.

Enterprise applications are software, designed to quantify the needs of large businesses. These are deployed across varied networks (internet, intranet, and extranet), interface and integrate with other enterprise applications within the organization. These are typically constructed to resolve a particular persistent issue within the organization.

Based on a distributed computing model, enterprise applications are designed to maximize performance by connecting users and IT resources in a cost-effective, reliable and transparent manner.  This ensures the accessibility of resources in case any node fails, thus takes care of fault tolerance.

Enterprise applications can either be constructed in-house (Proprietary Enterprise Apps) or can be built by third party service providers and then can be leased to the enterprise (Application Service Providers (ASP)).

Why Enterprise Applications are in demand?

  • Enterprise application comes with complex architecture and even more complex backend integrations
  • Enterprise Applications are designed to work with large datasets
  • Such applications are suitable for a distributed development environment. These are integrated closely with parallel computing, distributed computing, and concurrent computing.
  • Such applications are important for business sustainability
  • There is every possible chance to commit mistakes with enterprise application development. Therefore costing is high.

Examples of Enterprise Applications

Common use-cases of EA:

  • Automated Billing Systems
  • Order processing
  • Procurement
  • Scheduling
  • Customer information management
  • Energy management
  • Accounting
  • Call Center and Customer Support
  • Payment Processing
  • Content Management
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • Business Intelligence
  • Email Marketing Systems
  • Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Enterprise Search
  • Enterprise Application Integration (EAI)
  • Messaging and Collaboration Systems

Upcoming Enterprise Tech Trends 2019

Latest updates in Enterprise applications in upcoming years:

  • SD-WAN: Software-defined wide area networking
  • Time series databases: Simply put, time series databases (TSDB) are databases of time-stamped entries
  • Service mesh
  • Multi-cloud management
  • Stateless hyper-converged infrastructure
  • ASICS and ASSPS: Application-specific integrated circuits and application-specific standard products
  • Quantum cloud computing
  • HTTP/3: The Google-developed HTTP-over-QUIC has been renamed HTTP/3
  • Augmented business intelligence
  • Nano-segmentation
  • Workflow automation
  • Modular edge data centers
  • Data lineage
  • Graph databases
  • Serverless computing
  • Cold storage

Challenges Faced by Mobile App Development Agencies during Enterprise Application Development

Enterprise application development can be scrupulous therefore it is important to be aware of the challenges before developing an enterprise application:

  • Changing Business Requirements and Environments

Solution:  Following a modular architecture will ensure that changes can be made in the application at any point without interfering with the other modules.

  • Shifting to the mobile platform

Solution:  An apps user interface gives the first impression to the user. Overlapping or broken layouts must be avoided, in order to avoid frustrating them.

  • Security

Solution:  Hackers keep on growing and coming up with techniques to create a hack in the application. Any loop or void must be avoided within the application, the process flow must be thoroughly checked and authentications must be proofed. Periodic checks are important to ensure the health of the application. 

  • Big Data

Solution:  It must be checked if the application is being stored in a premise or will be stored in the cloud. The reason cloud-based software is preferable is that they are flexible, scalable and can be accessed on demand.

  • Changing Technology

Solution:  After the introduction of cloud computing and software as a service model, which changed the way enterprise applications worked, it is important to keep a keen eye upon trending technologies like the Internet of Things and micro-services, and the effects that these will have on enterprise mobility solutions.

  • Interoperability

Solution: Barriers to enterprise applications must be mitigated by applying supporting frameworks to achieve flawless interoperability.

  • User Interface and Experience

Solution: Default settings and automatic form filling features must be added to enhance the performance of Enterprise Applications.

  • Low ROI

Solution: It is important to identify the key performance indicators with respect to the goal of calculating return on income. Various intangible KPI’s must be included in application’s performance review.  

  • Time and Cost

Solution: Making use of modular frameworks to speed up enterprise application development must be applied as an effective practice.

  • Maintainability

Solution: Implementation of rapid development approach like Agile must be included, that leads to less enterprise app cost, reducing the time to delivery and adherence to prescribed budget.

Conclusion

App development agencies practiced certain mobile development approaches, but there is often a deviation between expected and actual results. It is important to practice consistency in approaches and streamlining the efforts in order to achieve results. Development of enterprise applications can be troublesome and risky as a huge amount of data is involved, lots of time and money is involved, adapting to changing technologies is important and if everything goes well, it is even more difficult to maintain the application. To mitigate such scenarios, it is always advisable to develop an application that is scalable as they can be improved in the future according to the needs of clients.