I love my iPhone. I admit it. While I’m not as addicted to it as my 15 year-old daughter, I use it way too much. Mobile devices and their apps have become an integral part of almost everyone’s lives. I do all of my banking through an app – another one alerts me of unusual credit card activity – and of course, there’s Facebook and Instagram. Mobile apps have become an integral part of our daily lives. And since a good portion of our lives is spent at work, it’s only natural that software vendors would create apps for business purposes
Challenges and Limitations of Enterprise Mobile Apps
Quality management software can present certain challenges for the app world. If you’ve implemented a QMS and gone through either the configuration or customization necessary to meet your requirements, you’ll have to customize your app, too. In essence, you’re performing two implementations.
QMS systems are complex and changing and no two companies implement their quality management systems in the same way. There are different terminology, processes, and priorities for each system. As a result, a quality management system vendor will have to either have software configurable enough to accommodate all of these or they’ll have to make changes to their code.
The problem this presents when introducing mobile apps is how to provide an app that meets the same requirements of the newly configured or customized QMS system. This is where mobile website optimization can play a pivotal role.
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4 Benefits of Mobile Website Optimization for QMS
Mobile website optimization allows you to access your QMS in any browser through your mobile devices and end up with the look and feel of an app. When detecting the use of a mobile device, special techniques are used to alter the appearance of the existing web page without having to create an entirely new system, thereby leveraging the implementation of the base QMS software.
The benefits of mobile website optimization for QMS are tremendous. First, any changes made to the software when you implemented will also appear on the mobile device. A website is a website whether its accessed using a laptop, a tablet, or a phone. Second, there is no additional cost for implementation other than what is required to optimize your QMS web pages. You don’t need to write a mobile app that will be compatible with the main software. Third, any future changes to the main application will be immediately seen on the mobile device without the time spent updating an app. Finally, pretty much any functionality that’s available through the quality management software will be there, too.
In the end, mobile website optimization gives you the benefits of a mobile app without the associated costs. You’re paying enough for your enterprise software implementation – why pay for it twice? If you’re in the market for enterprise software and the vendor starts touting how great its apps are, ask them whether these are real apps or if they’re mobile optimized websites like AssurX that allow full access to your enterprise quality management system with no additional upgrades or configuration.
In the meantime, if anyone can tell me how to get my daughter to answer the phone when I call her, when I know its glued to her hand, let me know.