An application, used as an alternative for an application program or application software, is a software program package designed and developed for a specific function. An application is also developed to supplement an existing application’s functionality. It generally constitutes program(s) that generally simplify or entirely run an operation for the end-user.
The process of designing and developing this application/program/software is generally referred to as application development. Application development has come a long way from building programs for basic mathematical calculations to enabling solutions for complex scientific equations thanks to the ever-growing power of computing and advanced servers. Depending on the purpose, functionality, operational specificity, and extent of capabilities, app development can be classified into the types listed below.
Be it purpose-built applications or comprehensive tools used for monitoring, analyzing, and assisting end-to-end business processes, the capabilities of these applications have improved significantly and have become diverse in nature. Knowing the trends in application development will allow business users to build and choose the right type of application for their requirements.
Low Code and No Code forms of app development are often discussed in tech circles, however they are not well understood. If the professional program sets were packed into pre-defined sets that can be intuitively stitched together, programmers can use graphical tools and embedded functionalities to quickly develop applications. This form is referred to as Low Code. However, it still requires basic knowledge of program writing. Taking this a step further, No Code does not require any programming and can be instantly picked for deployment. Either form of development is well-suited for business or common users that do not have technical knowledge but still want to develop and deploy simple and quick solutions.
Applications for wearable tech are growing in demand as a result of growing interest in enhanced mobility and fitness tracking. However, wearables usage is not limited to these users. Pharmaceutical organizations and clinical research organizations are increasingly vying for advanced applications that can track bio-essentials with increased sensitivity and more factors when used with wearable tech of improved standards. Especially in clinical trial setups where access to viable subjects has become tough, wearable tech is proving to be an answer to tracking and monitoring patients’ health conditions, remotely minimizing the need for mobility. These applications must be approved by health authorities and be built in line with additional standards such as HL7 and 21 CFR 11, or ones preferred by domestic authorities.
IoT-enabled sensors can provide a lot of advantages in industrial setups. They require an application that can connect them with each other and let them communicate and share data progressively to enable a smart factory. Smart factory applications require customizations so that the sensors can be accessed and monitored from various types of devices (i.e., smartphones, tabs, desktops). These can be enterprise resource planning software or a simple interface that is used to monitor. While generic apps for this only offer monitoring capabilities, on an ERP level, the applications can also be used to analyze and gain deeper insights into the process.
Virtual reality and augmented reality are perhaps the most advanced tools that can be leveraged in various industries. E-Commerce, healthcare, logistics, and many other industries can actively leverage AR/VR applications. E-Commerce companies can provide a more interactive experience with the products allowing customers to make informed buying decisions. The healthcare industry can leverage AR/VR tools to train nurses and physicians and treat mental health patients saving resources and time. Metaverse is a booming example of how effectively AR/VR can be leveraged. Mixed reality, a version of AR offers a lot of advantages and different streams for the media and advertising industries.
Never rush into picking an application for solving your business challenge. It is always best to compare the business requirement with the capabilities of the application at hand and deploy pre-built applications, or design/develop tools leveraging advanced algorithms and programming capabilities such as AI/ML, blockchain, etc. Can the current application in use withstand the emerging needs of business and scale up? Are you planning on deploying/building a tool to improve the efficiency of a business process? Consult with a professional to choose or build the best model and mode of deployment.