Why Mobile-First is the Best Approach to Management Applications

posted by Zoya Seth on 13 November 2018

It’s impossible to ignore the deep-seated role phones occupy in our lives.

From waking up till bedtime, we utilize them for multiple activities ranging from entertainment, research, games, networking, and management and so on. Also, it’s impossible to wake up without the ever-popular press-the-snooze alarm.

So, what drives us to constantly go back to our phones for things as little as winning a debate?

The answer has got to be apps. Started solely for calling and later camera services, phones have evolved into masters of our being by providing applications that can guess our age or make us the master of remembering things with timed reminders.

A report from Newzoo revealed that “In 2018 the mobile app industry generated 92.1 billion in the global app revenue. The same report forecasts that by 2021 app revenue will increase by over 50% to 139.6 billion.”

Also, a report called Q3 Store Intelligence Data Digest’ noted that Indians downloaded 5 billion mobile applications, out of a total of 29.6 billion downloads around the world, between July and September this year.

This rings true to the point which shows how mobiles have taken the role of ‘assisters’ for people to function regularly.

Mobiles and Organizations

Like the two sides of a coin, mobiles must’ve made our screens our primary entertainment BFF’s, but they’ve also been the torchbearers for tech-savvy professionals. Usage of task management, to-do lists, reminders, 24/7 open Helpdesks, project management, etc. are seeing a rise across a variety of organizations.

Why?

Probably because it reduces the dire need to carry a full-sized laptop when you can get all the work done through the screen right next to you, at all times!

Bye-Bye heavy hand luggage.

So, why should management applications use a Mobile-First approach? Before we delve into that let us first discuss the meaning of mobile-first.

What is Mobile-first?

An approach where developers begin by designing and optimizing for a smaller screen (a mobile preferably) and later move on to bigger screens, i.e., a desktop or a laptop.

With mobile continuously gaining momentum in people’s lives, it is but important to focus on it first and expand to other verticals later.

The best thing about mobile-first is the ease of scalability, against the need to cut down when switching from web to mobile (which is mostly the case, along with its set of mammoth hurdles later).

To give examples of apps who have followed a mobile-first approach while adding comfort and on-the-go productivity for users:

Apps like Trello & Slack are just two of the many examples which help in keeping users productively engaged, with location and timing not being a bother. Focussing on the user’s experience on mobile helped them scale up smoothly, rather than omitting important categories to fit in for the mobile version.

To add value to the above fact, a substandard experience is never an issue with a mobile-first approach as the designer’s real estate begins there and then moves on to the bigger screen. Also, the focus of mobile-first being to provide the user the smoothest experience leads to higher engagement and productivity.

Advantages of Mobile-First Management Applications
Taking a Mobile-First Approach to Management Applications

Here are some of the magical advantages of mobile-first management applications

• Option to work remotely and ‘productively’- With the ease of access for the entire team for follow-ups, reporting, data entry, call logs, leads, etc. on a smooth and easy platform, there is no need for constant emails or follow-ups. When you can get a live view of everything in one place, and that too even while being mobile; it can work wonders for better team management.

• Utilize the power of technology in the highest order- The ease of access through multiple devices gives an element of power to users and team workers. There is no desktop baggage on their shoulders any more, as digital points begin to see an expansion through the power of IT.

• Assist customers anywhere, anytime- For many industry fields related to customer support, the work can be managed from home or even remotely without harming workflow.

• A better work culture- Without any scope for missing out due to full email or a random meeting, using an app that divides the scope of work of every team and shows them the next plan of action results in a more productive and cultured workspace.

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