Native, Web or Cloud Apps – Which One Should You Choose?

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16 years ago, the Nokia 1100 was introduced to the market. It saw an excellent demand and became an instant bestseller. The mobile came with certain features such as built-in flashlight, 36 pre-installed tones, facility to compose tones, etc. While you did not have an option of downloading Apps onto it, the features that it did have were certainly both exciting and unique.

Eventually, year after year, technology progressed and so did mobile devices. And for quite some time now, we’ve been able to use web applications and download native applications of our choice on our devices from the PlayStore and iOS. However, technology never ceases to change. There is constant evolution; and today, we have cloud apps for our mobile devices in addition to web apps and native apps.

Between different Apps and different functionalities – what should you choose?

Each application has its own benefits but the point is to choose the kind that helps you grow your business exponentially.

Let’s get to know the different kinds of Apps we have, their utility and what may suit you the best.

Mobile Web Applications

Have you ever booked a flight ticket for business travel or read news online on your mobile? You only need an internet connection and access to such secure websites. Mobile web applications are not really apps but are mobile optimized websites that can take on the role of apps.

Example: Amazon, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.

Since mobile web applications have a common code, it is easy to access them across multiple mobile platforms, they are compatible with almost every model and you don’t have to visit the app store to download the apps which saves a lot of space on your device.

Native Applications

These applications are specifically programmed for your device. Some of the apps come pre-installed on your phone. Of course, you can always download apps of your choice from Google play or iOS. Some of these apps can also be used without an internet connection.

One of the best example of a native application is the GPS.

Native apps work well with your mobile’s built-in devices such as camera, location services etc. Also, with the frequent version updates, you can enjoy these apps with better features and utility.

Mobile Cloud Applications

These Apps run on servers external to the mobile device and the data is also stored externally. You can access the data through your internet browser.

Think of all your data being stored in one, secure place; that is exactly how cloud apps work. They are installed on virtual servers in a distributed, multi-tenant architecture and all your data is stored on the cloud. You must already be aware of some widely used Cloud Apps for mobile such as G Suite, Dropbox, Salesforce, Office 365, Slack, etc.

Everyone is already familiar with Mobile web and native applications and their popularity hasn’t yet died down. However, it is undeniable that mobile cloud applications are seeing a steady growth among the users, particularly in the Identity and Access Management domain.

According to a report by Skyhigh, the average employee uses 36 cloud-based services in their daily routine!

So, here’s why the mobile cloud apps are gaining popularity;

Works on any operating system

Mobile cloud apps don’t have to be specifically designed for iOS or Android like the native apps, cloud apps work on both the operating systems.

Cost Effective

Since they are specifically built for a particular Operating System; cloud apps are cost-effective and maintenance of such cloud apps doesn’t take much efforts either.

Time- Efficient

Typically, a native app takes 6-12 months to develop, then they go through an entire process of testing. It takes a lot of time to finally launch them. But, cloud apps take lesser time in development and deployment and become user ready much sooner.

User-friendly

Like mobile web applications, you don’t have to download the cloud apps too. According to the interface, you can use it on a mobile browser.

Highly Secure

If your data is stored on your mobile device, it is certainly prone to hacks and data theft, but when the data is stored on the cloud, there are only remote chances of a data being breach or theft. Cloud apps certainly have better security – this easily is one of the highlights of cloud apps.

Uninterrupted integration to data-base

Image the amount of data businesses need to integrate with the mobile applications! The process is generally very complex and time-intensive which is why, most business are opting for cloud apps because they can seamlessly integrate their data-base with cloud apps.

For instance, take businesses that provide IAM solutions like Single Sign-On, Password Management, amongst other things. The end-users can sign on to multiple applications, govern accesses and manage the passwords, however, when mobile applications are on the cloud, users will enjoy a further seamless experience.

We at Ilantus identify ourselves as “The Cloud Identity People”. We understand that mobile cloud apps are getting more popular by the day and therefore all the IAM solutions that Ilantus offers are cloud-based themselves.

We hope that our insights on different kinds of applications and their utility helps you choose the one that best suits your business. Drop in a line to know more!

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