Decision Point for Selecting Mobile Application Development Frameworks


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Organizations are struggling to decide which type of mobile application to deliver to their users. The decision often involves a trade-off between delivering a native experience that is rich and interactive or favoring portability that allows them to deliver a more cost-effective solution that targets multiple platforms. But other factors also influence the decision, such as manageability, discoverability, and maintainability. In this Decision Point, Kirk Knoernschild provides a structured decision framework that guides organizations through this decision.

Table of Contents

  • Decision Point
  • Evaluation Criteria
    • Requirements and Constraints
      • Native Experience
      • Cost of Development
      • Market Drivers
  • Alternatives
    • Native RMA
      • Summary of Advantages and Disadvantages of Native RMA
      • Support for Evaluation Criteria
    • Cross-Compiled RMA
      • Summary of Advantages and Disadvantages of Cross-Compiled RMA
      • Support for Evaluation Criteria
    • Custom Container RMA
      • Summary of Advantages and Disadvantages of Custom Container RMA
      • Support for Evaluation Criteria
    • Hybrid RMA
      • Summary of Advantages and Disadvantages of Hybrid RMA
      • Support for Evaluation Criteria
    • MWA
      • Summary of Advantages and Disadvantages of MWA
      • Support for Evaluation Criteria
      • Comparing the Alternatives
  • Future Developments
    • Multichannel
    • Evolution of Web Technologies
    • Consolidation
  • Decision Tool
    • Step 1: Prioritize Your Requirements
      • The Portability and NX Trade-Off
      • Additional Requirements
    • Step 2: Compare Prioritized Criteria With the Capabilities of Each Alternative
      • Mobile App Assessment Scores
      • Individual Score Sheet Explanations
      • Alternative Assessment Tool
      • Gap Analysis
      • Kiviat Worksheets
    • Hypothetical Scenarios
      • Scenario 1: Conference Planner Application
      • Scenario 2: Claim Filing Application
      • Scenario 3: Banking Application
  • Decision Justification
    • Develop a Native RMA
    • Develop a Cross-Compiled RMA
    • Develop a Custom Container RMA
    • Develop a Hybrid RMA
    • Develop an MWA
  • Recommended Reading
  • Notes
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