Guest post by: Mike Miranda
Could your company benefit from having an app? Most could. If you’d like a custom app at an affordable price, then all you need is an enterprise mobility platform. Before you go out and purchase one, though, consider the following features you want to look for.
Obviously, no software is going to be of much use to you if you have a hard time learning its controls. The whole point of using an enterprise mobility system, though, is that it’s supposed to be easy. This is one of its selling points, so if it’s not, you might as well just hire a programmer or go to school and learn how to create an app of your own.
To be clear, there are titles designed and marketed to programmers who want to build apps. You definitely don’t want this kind though. What you’re looking for is an enterprise mobility title that will allow you to create a professional app without knowing all the nuts and bolts involved.
As users like you make up such a large market, most enterprise mobility platforms these days are as easy to use as clicking and dragging. You can practically build an entire app with just your mouse. And more specifically one that is interactive with the HRIS software you’re currently using.
Another great feature when it comes to this software and usability is a window that gives you realtime updates regarding the app you’re building. Basically, every time you add in a new ingredient, you get to see how it will affect the finished product. This way, there are no surprises when you get done.
You really can’t be too careful where the controls of prospective titles are concerned, which is why it’s not a bad idea to ask for a demo first before buying a platform in order to make sure it will work with your existing software. A lot of developers offer free trial periods too. Either way, just be sure you get to spend some time getting a feel for how the software will really work when you start using it. Pay close attention at this point because you need to be sure that the data from your HRIS software migrates without corruption and is accessible via the mobility platform.
Seamless Platform Integration
Next, let’s talk about the importance of integration. What we mean here is that your enterprise mobility platform must be able to work with your company’s internal systems. This core logic is essential to your organization’s daily operations from payroll to insurance and tax information, so it only makes sense that you’d want your app to be able to work with it.
Take, for example, if you created an app so that employees could update queues of work when they were on the go or access the internal systems from mobile devices. In order to do this, they would need to be able to access the HR system or network your company uses for this. If your app was unable to do this, you’d have to come up with another way to get the same result. Not only would this be a huge waste of time, it would probably produce a lackluster outcome to boot.
With a flexible API, you can not only access these inner human resource systems, you can sync up your app with it so they work symbiotically. You could even pivot that core functionality for all kinds of other purposes like filling out time cards from a tablet or phone. This will greatly increase what you’re able to accomplish with your app.
Again, trying to create your own workaround because you lack an agile API to use will most likely prove disastrous. Even if it works, it most likely won’t work well enough that your users care for it and when it comes to HR you really cant afford many mistakes. As a result, you risk employee dissatisfaction and if there is a weakness in the system, a potential hack. This latter option might end up compromising your company’s security.
Connections with Other Systems
You have other systems to think about too besides your company’s core logic. Think about all the software you rely on, including any third-party apps that may be vital to your company’s regular functions. Could your app benefit by being able to play well with them too? The answer is most likely yes.
This may be a bit more difficult to count on. One thing you can do, though, is make a list of these platforms and go through the system specs of any enterprise mobility program you’re considering to see if they’re mentioned. If it’s a popular title like Salesforce, you’ll probably see it. Otherwise, just contact the company and ask to be sure.
Professional Security Measures
One absolutely essential feature any prospective platform must come with is security. You’ll be in a lot of trouble if you create an app and let it into the digital world without ensuring it’s going to be secure. This will, more likely than not, come back to haunt you in a big way.
It’s not that an HR app is necessarily more vulnerable than other kinds of digital assets. Instead, it’s just that an app opens up more potential gateways to the core of your company’s systems. Every time someone uses the app, there’s an opportunity for a hacker to sneak in. Apps are still completely worth it, of course. The benefits far outweigh any potential burdens.
Still, you have to take precautions. The best way to do this is with encryption. Don’t trust any platform that doesn’t offer this type of security feature. With encryption, all of your communications and employee information are protected with complex coding that can’t be broken without the right password. It’s how everyone from top corporations to major world governments are keeping themselves safe.
Of course, we all know that the biggest threats aren’t always from shadowy hackers. You may find that the person who causes your company the most trouble is one you handed the app to. This is why your enterprise mobility platform must put management tools in your hands so you can revoke access at a moment’s notice. That should be standard operating procedure whenever someone leaves the company since the app you would create is specifically for employees.
Management tools will also allow you to update your app with minimal problems, which is especially important when you release the initial version.
While this may seem like a lot of information, the good news is that so many platforms currently exist you’ll have a hard time finding one that isn’t going to meet your expectations.
Mike Miranda writes about enterprise software and covers products offered by software companies like www.rocketsoftware.com about topics such as Terminal Emulation, Legacy Modernization, Enterprise Search, Big Data and Enterprise Mobility.