When we develop mobile apps we use a set of frameworks that allow us to develop once and deploy the app (through the app stores) to both Android and iOS without needing to re-write from scratch. This can significantly reduce the development cost compared with developing the app for each device independently. There are some trade-offs in doing this though for most projects we feel it represents the best return on investment. Unsure? Get in touch and we can talk you through it.
One option to enable you to have greater control of your application is to develop some of the admin tools within an online dashboard. For example, you may want to add user accounts that relate to each app or store data submitted from the app in a way that can be accessible from anywhere. By taking this approach you open up the ability for your application to communicate and integrate with other tools and online services.
Why not create an app with the objective of building a large user base? Once achieved push notifications can become a great way to reach and market to your client base in a targeted and unobtrusive manner. Having an app to give out to leads can be a great high value offering as part of your sales process.
Apps can be a great way to present offers, drive business processes or provide a saleable tool to your end customer. Often you will be aiming to improved operations, marketing or introduce new revenue streams through the app. Either way the benefits of having an app is clear: It makes your offering more accessible and easy to use.
An app can be a great way of reducing your hardware costs. By developing an app to manage your operations your staff could be working off of modern tablets and smart-phones opposed to vendor specific till and hand held input devices. Taking the app approach also makes updates much easier to deploy.