Wednesday, 19 December 2012

In-and-Out of Enterprise Application Development

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Today let’s talk about Enterprise apps in a wide-ranging approach i.e. what is enterprise application is all about? Why one need an enterprise application? What are its specifications and components? Etc.

Enterprise Application Development (EAD) is the term used to define detailed applications or software installed in an organization to solve the problem or issues faced by them. Data processing, maintenance and improvement of the current process are few chores of this application. The EAD follows the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodology when developing computer programs or applications for the system. In this, it is important to maintain the relationships between end-users and the programmers to make sure computer applications and modifications meet the specific business needs and requirements mentioned.

The development process has the following stages:

  • Scope
  • Development
  • Control and Constancy
  • Delivery

There are majorly two types of enterprise application development. One is Web-Based and other is Desktop application. Both are actually the flip sides of a coin with some pro and cons to the user as well for the developer. If I compare both, for web-based app you don’t have to install the application on your system whereas for desktop app it is completely dependent on the installation first. But the desktop applications have better user experience than the web-based one. In the desktop one, developers can monitor every user action easily, and can take out the full statistics and feedback on it and the list goes on. 

Enterprise applications are sometimes designed as per the user requirement; this is known as Custom Enterprise application. You also have few standard or common applications which can be installed easily with little bit of modifications in it. The common types of applications are –

However, it is advisable to go for customized application because no two systems can work likewise. Every Business has their own strategy, planning and specific pain-points, addressing to these pain-points is vital and later to develop an application which can amend the process to work seamlessly and efficiently.

If I converse further, there are four main components of an Enterprise Application Development System:
  • Application Development
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Application support
  • Quality assurance

The most important stage in the life cycle of development of an application is to understand the requirements. The clients generally know what they want, while ambiguous and contradicting requirements are easily detected and corrected by seasoned professionals.

What are the specifications?

In this, it is the responsibility of precisely and thoroughly describing the software that need to be written and more importantly to the external interfaces have to be constant. If I take an instance, most of the successful specifications are written to understand and define the applications that were already well developed. Safety-critical software systems are often carefully specified prior to application development.

What are the top trends in Enterprise Application Development?

  1. Mobile Workplaces: It’s important to understand the need of the application on mobile devices and how it will help in getting more business by reducing the extra efforts.
  2. Cloud Computing: It will expect to be able to store data in the cloud and access it from any variety of devices.
  3. Data Analytics: In this we need to figure out how to present information quickly so people can understand it quickly in order to gain the insight information to make a business decision.
  4. Context Awareness: Developers should simplify their interfaces accordingly
  5. Specialization: Developers will need to have better understanding of vertical industries in order to create applications that meet their needs.

Enterprise apps have its many benefits. But for time being let’s leave it, may be next I will discuss about its benefits briefly in my next blog from a user or client point of view as well as from the developer side too. Till then, if you any queries or if you want to share something related to this topic feel free to post comments below.

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