Introduction | What is App Innovation?
We live in a society that relies on applications for almost everything, from the personal, to the professional. As such, every one of us has, at some point, had a frustrating user experience while interfacing with an app. Perhaps it was unintuitive, or had slow responsiveness. Maybe there were bugs that took too long to fix, or features missing to address your needs. We’ve all been there. As a business or organisation that understands these frustrations, you also understand the importance of providing a positive experience to your users. But as customer expectations and business needs evolve, it can be tricky to keep up. Especially if your app isn’t designed to do so.
App innovation, or app modernisation, is the process of updating existing apps with a modern tech stack, or building scalable, cloud-native apps, to better meet evolving customer expectations and business needs. It’s about being adaptive, efficient, and future-proofed; all things we’ve learned to truly appreciate over the last year.
As the world begins to reopen, companies everywhere are investing in app innovation that will allow them to empower employees and customers alike. Be it the ability to offer flexible offices and remote work, leverage cloud, data, and AI solutions, or improve customer satisfaction in changing markets, app innovation is the answer.
How it Works | What Technologies Enable App Innovation?
App innovation can be enabled by various advanced technologies and can come in many forms. There is no right or wrong place to start, and the journey will be different depending on where you are on the tech maturity scale, and where you want to go. Aligning your roadmap to your desired business outcomes is essential. That said, some of the key technologies you’ll want to consider when you’re building your app innovation roadmap are cloud, data, and AI.
In today’s increasingly digital landscape, true innovation is powered by the cloud. Being in the cloud reduces costs, development time, and even risk, offering greater security than on-premise solutions. The cloud is also ideal for supporting mobile business apps that can be securely used on any device, anywhere. And, unlike traditional apps, cloud apps fetch data directly from the cloud, allowing them to run smoother and provide a better user experience.
Whether your organisation is pre-cloud, mature cloud, or anything in between, having a strong framework will help you accelerate your roadmap. That’s why the Lixar Cloud Adoption Framework is designed to meet you where you are and ensure your innovation journey is right for you.
If you are unsure of which cloud strategy is right for your environment, join Lixar’s Cloud Software Architect, David Tessier on July 29 at 11:30AM where he discusses Single, Multi, and Omni Cloud, what they mean and how they can be applied.
Having a modern data platform allows you to drive innovation. By now, most organisations understand the value of collecting data, even if they haven’t yet started leveraging it. But leveraging it is an important step. Once you’ve discovered your data, updated your architecture to ingest, transform, and better engage with it, you unlock meaningful insights. These insights can be used to better assess market and customer needs, find workflow efficiencies, and build better apps with a faster time to market.
Our award-winning data platform, HeroPath, is a scalable, end-to end solution, hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud and fuelled by best-in-class components, such as Databricks, Synapse, Data Lake, and Power BI. Built on over 20 years of experience, the accelerated infrastructure can be set up in just weeks.
AI isn’t just the future, it’s the present. As AI becomes more and more commonplace in our lives, innovating apps with AI also becomes an exciting way to improve the user experience. Powering mobile apps with AI and machine learning allows you to provide personalised experiences, streamline processes, and help your employees work better. Intelligent, cloud-native apps take your innovation so much further, so you can fully realise the art of the possible.
Why it Matters | What Business Benefits are Enabled by App Innovation?
Sprucing up an existing app or building a cloud app that meets your users needs is great. But when you combine app innovation with modern processes, such as an agile methodology and Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC), you set yourself up to truly deliver tangible business value. This is especially true of DevOps. Having a strong DevOps process allows developers to write or revise code, deploy, test, and release it to production using an automated and repeatable continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD). This means you can quickly add functionality to enterprise applications to better align with internal expectations. Moreover, this ability to easily pivot, introducing new features as required with technologies like the ones offered in the Microsoft Azure DevOps suites, means your business will never fall behind.
Still not sure if App Innovation is the right choice for your organisation? Consider these real-world benefits:
- Continuously deliver optimised user experiences, even as technology and needs evolve
- Rapidly deploy changes and fixes
- Mitigate risk and decrease costs associated with legacy systems
- Scale as required, in a process-driven way
All of these benefits work together to future-proof your apps, and your business.
Companies everywhere are investing in App Innovation to ensure they are ready for whatever the future will bring. Vaccine rollouts and reopening plans mean the economy is once again changing, and this is one way that businesses can be ready for their evolving needs. Moreover, business app innovation also means that organisations can continue to adapt to the modern office, including remote or even hybrid environments for developers.
Don’t fall behind. Innovate today, so you can grow for tomorrow.
Single, Multi, & Omni Cloud Webinar
Join us July 29 at 11:30AM – 12:30PM EDT for our Single, Multi, & Omni Cloud Webinar, where we’ll demystify cloud-related buzzwords, discuss different cloud strategies, and explore reasons for choosing one strategy over another.