Designing Mobile Applications Requires Close Monitoring
The only mobile apps that won’t require monitoring are those that are offline; otherwise you’ll likely want to monitor them. People do unpredictable things all the time; especially when it comes to program usage.
If an Apple user gets on a Windows computer, subconsciously they’re going to use Apple key commands. But sometimes those key commands do something entirely different on a Windows computer. Making the switch usually requires a concerted effort, and won’t often happen without accidental error overnight.
In the same way, as your clients use applications online, there’s a very high likelihood that they’ll have unique operational habits that will make the app act differently in different situations. Oftentimes you won’t have any issues related to this differing use, but for clients, sometimes the app will freeze up and become an annoyance.
The last thing you want is for some application you’ve put on the market to become irritating to existing or potential clients. Even if they don’t specifically have some thought denigrating your organization, subconsciously they’ll be irked via cognitive disconnect.
What Is Cognitive Disconnect?
You expect that something will go one way, then it goes another. This causes a cognitive disconnect. If depress your car’s brakes, and they don’t work, you’ll have some cognitive disconnect. If you say, “I love you,” and the object of your affection says, “I hate you”, there will be a cognitive disconnect. If you go to use an app and it freezes, you’ll have a cognitive disconnect.
These things expound as modern technological solutions enter the arena. It’s complicated enough between computers and smartphones, but one major thing modern mobile apps should be careful to keep in mind is the employment of IoT technology in app design. IoT is becoming a regular aspect of the mobile app community.
What all this means is that you want some system in place that can help identify where there are problems with a given app, and curtail them. When it comes to error reporting, Stackify.com points out that: “It makes a lot more sense to constantly monitor your applications for errors so you can identify and fix problems ASAP.”
If you do this monitoring sporadically, known issues will crop up and expand. There’s a great potential to diminish clientele acquisition over time should a known issue go unresolved. Additionally, the individuality of people will predicate new errors continually. Only sporadically checking on your app will definitely miss fixable errors.
Mobile apps represent a double-edged sword. While on the one hand, they can substantively expand your business’s reach, applicability, relevance, and profit, on the other end if such apps aren’t properly maintained, they’ll have precisely the opposite effect.
Don’t Become Antiquated In A Technologically Transformative Age
In order to be technologically progressive, you must maintain your online apps and upgrade them as you can. Remember, no technological environment is static. Development is ongoing and continuous. There will always be a new smartphone on the market. There will always be a new tablet, a new computer, or Internet of Things upgrade.
If you develop something and just leave it, it will soon become antiquated and eventually even anachronistic. You haven’t heard anyone jump online using a dial-up connection recently, have you? That kind of tech is an anachronism in modern society, as are typewriters. Many apps have already become obsolescent in such a way.
For your application to remain relevant, you’ll have to ensure it’s up to par. With free tools available online, this is thankfully much less complicated than it would be otherwise.