Are you a Salesforce user and have the thought of building dynamic apps on the Salesforce platform? If yes, then you have come to the right place. In this blog, we will be discussing some key aspects related to app development on the world’s #1 SaaS platform — Salesforce.
Just read along and by the end of this, you will have a decent understanding of the what, why, and how of Salesforce application development. So without further ado, let’s jump straight in and discuss key development aspects for building a Salesforce app from scratch.
Keep Note of Time and Resources in Hand
If you are looking for a quick fix for your Salesforce needs, then custom app development may not be the right solution for you. You can explore the AppExchange marketplace and select the right fit for your business. You can customize this solution with the help of reliable Salesforce appexchange partners.
However, still if you want to proceed with Salesforce application development, first check your upfront investment and time. Since app development can take months, you must have the investment to sustain that, otherwise it will lead to cost burnout and an uncompleted project.
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Don’t Compromise With Data Security
Mobile access to corporate data allows users sensitive access to local storage on multiple mobile devices. This can open up new and unwanted risks and may put your data integrity in danger. While data storage on Android and iOS apps are secured by the way of a security PIN, the standard application databases are not protected.
But this does not mean that your corporate data will remain insecure. You can make use of Mobile Device Management (MDM) tools within the app including Fingerprint, NFC, QR code login, OAuth 2.0, and more security features. You can consult with an established Salesforce App Development Company like Damco for better suggestions on this.
Keep Future Needs in Check While Selecting a Platform
Most businesses get confused when we ask them about their platform preferences. If you have been targeting android and windows users for a decade, it's better to stick to android and windows compatible apps/devices However, at the same time, it is also important to keep future needs in check, and for that cross-platform development is the best bet.
Cross-platform development is one of the most preferred Salesforce app development services; here, a unified codebase is used to build and deploy apps on multiple platforms. Since it targets multiple platforms, the cost is usually on the higher side but lesser than iOS, Android, and web combined.
Check Offline Support of the Application
No matter how powerful internet connectivity you have, you will encounter network issues once in a while. For such situations, offline support is critical to have in a Salesforce app. While planning app development in-house or with your Salesforce appExchange partners, make sure all the features and functionality of mobile apps are available in the offline mode as well.
Making an app cache more than the recently accessed records is a tough task, however, if you have experienced developers, you can rest assured that your user productivity won’t decline even if they are accessing it in offline mode. If offline support is your requirement, don’t forget to align an experienced tech architect or a consultant.
App Management, Monitoring, and Usage Considerations
Enterprise mobility solutions that carry delicate company information are often difficult to manage as there are too many restrictions and rightfully so. When creating an app from scratch, keep app managing devices, users, and monitoring considerations in mind. Since the app will be used by multiple users ( in different hierarchies), it needs to be monitored dedicatedly. Before you strategize an app development plan, ensure that you have kept note of the when, by whom, how, and where data should be accessed.
To manage your Salesforce mobile data well, make sure the app maintains error and usage logs. This will help you know users’ actions, whereabouts, and other critical info that you may need while your workers are working on-site or at some remote locations.
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Developing your app is not a walk in the park, it requires a strategic plan and strict implementation. If you have the tech acumen and patience to learn Salesforce or have resources on board, go ahead and develop a custom solution. However, if you want to get on the development journey from scratch, we will encourage you to focus on business entirely. Consider hiring a Salesforce development company (in-house or remote) who can help you throughout the app development process and bring your ideas into reality.