Understanding Enterprise Mobile Apps: A Citrix perspective
We knew it was coming the moment we saw smartphones taking over our daily lives, it was a matter of time that business took absolute advantage of this technology and stormed ahead.
We spoke to one of the pioneers in the business – Providers of enterprise apps. In conversation with the team in Citrix India. This is a brief understanding of enterprise apps.
What are enterprise apps?
An enterprise application is a business application, obviously. As most people use the term, it is a big business application. In today’s corporate environment, enterprise applications are complex, scalable, distributed, component-based, and mission-critical. They may be deployed on a variety of platforms across corporate networks, intranets, or the Internet. They are data-centric, user-friendly, and must meet stringent requirements for security, administration, and maintenance. In short, they are highly complex systems.
Designing and developing such enterprise applications means satisfying hundreds or thousands of separate requirements.
What’s more, every development decision you make to satisfy each requirement affects many other requirements, often in ways that are difficult to understand or predict — and the failure to meet any of these requirements can mean the failure of the entire project!
What’s the difference between an enterprise app and a consumer app?
While consumer apps like social media apps, gaming apps, music apps or travel apps are well known to the world (and frequently downloaded in the app stores), there is also another rich side to mobile apps called enterprise apps. Enterprise apps may not be as known – or understood – as consumer apps are but their added value to enterprises is proved to be priceless.
Now, the difference in name already makes it clear that consumer-centric apps are designed for consumers and enterprise apps for enterprises.
During the development process of an enterprise app, complex and difficult situations often occur and it’s the job of an enterprise application development company to find the easiest way through these challenges.
Tell us about the enterprise apps used by Citrix customers:
There are multiple apps that citrix develops that are used by enterprise customers, namely securemail , secureweb,sharefile,Quickedit.
Securemail – As the name suggests it’s a mail app which provides controlled access to the enterprise users as per the companies policies and standards. Citrix Secure Mail lets users manage their email, calendars and contacts on their mobile phones and tablets. To maintain continuity from Microsoft Outlook or IBM Notes accounts, Secure Mail syncs with Microsoft Exchange Server and IBM Notes Traveler Server.
Secure web – Citrix Secure Web is a mobile web browser that provides secure access to internal and external sites.
Sharefile – ShareFile is an enterprise file sync and sharing service that lets users exchange documents easily and securely. ShareFile gives users a variety of access options, including ShareFile mobile clients, such as ShareFile for Android Phone and ShareFile for iPad.
Quick edit – Citrix QuickEdit is the editing tool for XenMobile Apps. Its compatibility with Citrix Secure Mail and Citrix ShareFile for XenMobile allow for a seamless workflow within the secure XenMobile environment
With this app on a mobile device or tablet, users can: Create and edit documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and image files. They can also view and annotate PDFs.
How is the testing different for both of these apps?
Enterprise Apps are tested based on the compatibility of the individual platform ensuring the DLP (Data Loss Prevention) and Data at Rest.
Consumer app does not need to be tested in depth it just requires to be validated whether it works on the said platform or not.
Automated Testing for Enterprise Apps: Why it’s Important and How do we Measure Success
In Mobility day in day out we see new vendors emerges and the custom OS they build on top of the standard Android OS platform make the testing more complex and Manual testing will take lots of time and effort to detail all the aspects before it is released to the enterprise users.
In addition, to include additional features there are version updates for these OS.
An Automated testing platform like Appachhi simplifies the process , where it runs the test to multiple platform and OS, this helps in better user experience for the enterprise apps by fixing identified issues.
Future for enterprise apps- How far has it evolved and what’s the scope further.
The enterprise app will continue to evolve as an enterprise-grade application will be the key to upcoming companies transition and their success to market.
The company employees/user is being given the privilege to use their own device (BYOD) with the enterprise application which is containerized so that the company data remains intact while user uses their consumer apps on the same device.
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