Progressive Web Apps: The Future of an Unbeatable Enterprise Mobility Strategy
The mobile market has seen a proliferation with the advent of the smartphones in the global market. This is, however no news, but it is definitely the advent of a whole new industry of Enterprise Mobility Strategy- a powerhouse of mobile application operations and use.
The world is seeing a global transformation in terms of Mobility. This ranges from the way we bank, shop, entertain, travel, learn, make decisions, work, and interact with the different customers and employees across the world.
With billions of Sensor Activated Mobile devices intelligently connected in the form of Internet of Things, the scope of enterprise mobility has improved significantly.
What is Enterprise Mobility Strategy?
The Enterprise Mobility scenario has been evolving constantly across the last few years. With mobility at the forefront, today’s businesses are driven by the mobile application economy.
The Enterprise Mobility scenario has been evolving constantly across the last few years. With mobility at the forefront, today’s businesses are driven by the mobile application economy. An enterprise mobility strategy is less about managing mobile devices and more about being an advocate for the business—enabling the business to integrate and deliver new and innovative business services more quickly. It is more about enabling and accelerating new windows of opportunity and efficiencies and less about restricting access and choices, which can have the unintended consequence of slowing business down. A new and innovative business service is based on the fundamental of security.
An enterprise mobility strategy should be built around three core tenets:
It must engage customers in powerful new ways
It must boost employee productivity and connectivity
It must enrich the business with new innovative services
A Progressive Web App (PWA) is a web app that uses modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like experience to users. These apps meet certain requirements, are deployed to servers, accessible through URLs, and indexed by search engines.
The PWA’s work in simultaneously with Cordova to provide a multiple deploy targets for all the users. The app can be deployed as a PWA as well as Native app and take advantage of both channels. Deciding on which platform to build your app either Native or Hybrid isn’t an easy task.
Native apps can send push notifications, work offline, look and feel like an app similar to Google and Apple app market, load on the home screen.
However, Mobile Web Apps accessed in a mobile browser, by comparison, historically have not been capable of doing those things. Progressive Web Apps have already fixed that with new Web APIs, along with new design concepts and new buzzwords.
Progressive Web Apps
The new way to deliver amazing user experiences on the web Progressive Web Apps are user experiences that have the reach of the web. These PWA’s are:
Reliable: The PWA load instantly and never show the site to be down, even in uncertain network conditions. Service workers enables a PWA to load instantly, regardless of the the network, when they are launched from the Home screen.
Fast: PWA’s respond quickly to user interactions with smooth animations and seamless scrolling. According to reports 53% of users abandon a site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load!
Engaging: PWA’s feel like a natural app on the device, with an immersive user experience. These apps are installable and live on the user’s home screen, leaving behind the need for the app store. These apps come with an immersive full screen experience. The web app manifest file allows them to also re-engage users and gives access to web push notifications.
The Pros and Cons of the Mobile Web
Most users are quite habituated to landing at mobile websites, compared to the conventional desktop versions
PWA’s are easy to build sites and can also be changed easily
Irrespective of the mobile device, PWA’s can be easily accessed and used
The best feature about PWA’s is that the visitors don’t need to download anything
One of the most used and lucrative way to attract visitors is mobile websites, which work the most optimum with PWA
It is possible that Mobile websites, depending on their built and responsiveness, may not necessarily offer a great user experience.
One of the drawbacks with mobile websites, is that they fail to engage with users – customers, employees and partners- which can be ideally done with a native app.
A poor connectivity makes the mobile websites less seamless to load. Hence it becomes a necessity to have a good internet connection.
One of the major requirement of mobile websites is that it can be used on a wide range of different display sizes. According to the capabilities of the device and the mobile friendly nature the technologies used are HTML 5 and likewise.
Some modern Progressive Web Apps:
There are so many great PWA’s on the web today that I thought I’d put together a collection of some of my favorite and dive deeper into the features that they are using.
One of the most famous PWA’s in today’s market is the twitter mobile website. To access these you need to navigate to mobile.twitter.com.
This is one of the fastest, responsive PWA and it can even work offline.
The Washington Post PWA is one of the most highly effective PWA’s that has a lot of third party content, and yet it makes sure that the performance of the website is not affected by third party scripts.
Because the PWA is built to work offline, it uses the Offline Google Analytics Library. This means that the team doesn’t miss out on any analytical insights coming from usage that occurs while a user might be offline.
Flipboard have built one of the best Progressive Web Apps, and this app too needs to pull content from third party sources. The service caching helps achieve resiliency.
The site uses pre-caching to cache the fonts and third-party SDK’s during the Service Worker install time.
Google Lighthouse – Making the Progressive Web Apps Easier to Process
Lighthouse, an open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of your Progressive Web Apps, eliminates much of the manual testing that was previously required. You can even use Lighthouse in continuous integration systems to catch regressions.
You can run Lighthouse as a Chrome Extension, from the command line, or as a Node module. You give Lighthouse a URL to audit, it runs a series of audits against the page, and then it generates a report on how well the page did. This is where you can use the failing audits to improve the page. There is a referencing doc which explains why the audit is important and how it can be fixed.
Enhancing productivity and improving security through customized enterprise mobility solutions is our forte. If you’re looking for a mobile app development company that has deep expertise and knowledge of Progressive Web Apps than Connect with us Today.
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