Today, every organization whether small or big needs to be part of the mobile world involving not only the development of mobile applications but also effective migration of these mobile applications. Although there is a tremendous potential for mobile development but this opportunity is also accompanied with the challenges posed by the various operating systems and features/requirements.
Mobile application migration involves successful migration of various mobile applications for devices like Windows, Android, BlackBerry phones, iPad applications, and/or iPhone applications.
Mobile Application Migration
The mobile application migration involves various kinds of porting. The types of porting involved are:
- Cross-platform porting refers to porting of applications from one mobile platform to another
- Intra-platform porting refers to up-gradation of the Operating System, addition and/or integration of new feature(s)
- Multiple-device porting refers to the different characteristics associated with the multiple devices that run on the same platform
Checklists and Considerations
There are certain checklists and/or considerations that are to be ensured for achieving effective mobile application porting. The points to be considered are:
- Creating a reference port
- Performing the gap analysis
- Assessing the Platform and Device
- Developing porting mobile application
- Performing QA Testing
A reference port is created after receiving the mobile application porting requirements from the client(s). Next, the mobile platforms along with the various types of mobile devices are taken into consideration. Further, a thorough gap analysis is performed in order to assess the porting requirements. The gap analysis is followed by the assessment of the platform(s) as well as device(s). This is done to check if there are any device limitations prohibiting the mobile application porting. Next, the development of porting the mobile application begins with code rewriting, code revisions, GUI modifications, code optimization, etc. Finally, the testing is performed on the mobile device/platform after the completion of mobile application porting.
Vitals for Successful Mobile Application Migration
The mobile application development companies are always looking for effective processes to perform mobile application migration services. There are certain essential points that are vital for achieving the mobile application migration in an effective and efficient manner.
The audience analysis is important to acknowledge the use of respective resources and provide the corresponding benefits. For example, lower costs, application scope and adoption tariffs. In this case, the habits of the mobile users are also studied to understand the specific audience (in-house employees or commercial). Next, the determination of the application details is also important. For example, web services and well-defined interfaces are provided if the audience need to remotely assess the organizational data. But at the enterprise-level, HTTPS protocols and data encryption are used for securing the data before it is accessed.
It is also essential to determine whether the organization has the skills to build and manage the application migration services or requires assistance from the external team(s). The platform and device assessment is accomplished through a thorough understanding of technology. The application migration services for a single platform are costlier than multiple platforms. The application migration services may be accomplished in-house or with the help of an outside team. In either case, a complete knowledge transfer process is required to strengthen the support team.
With ever-increasing features in the field of mobile applications, there is an immense need for streamlined processes and policies to understand the development and migration of these applications. This effective approach will eventually lead the mobile application development companies to minimize the mobile application porting costs for the various platforms. The organizations need to explore and learn before developing the processes for mobile application porting.