Micro apps are making employees more effective

Your employees want to get more done. But they need a little help.

They’re already working longer hours than their counterparts in the world’s largest economies—eight in 10 U.S. workers clock more than 48 hours a week. They’re even giving up their vacations, leaving 658 million vacation days unused in 2015 alone. (Nearly half say it’s because they’re afraid of coming back to a Mt. Fuji-size pile of work.)

Let’s face it: Workloads aren’t getting any smaller, and the workday can’t really get much longer. Yet productivity growth has continued to slow over the past 50 years, despite all of our technological advances. Something has to give.

So what can your enterprise do about it?

Utilize micro apps, says VentureBeat.

“Micro apps offer the perfect balance. Enterprises can build dozens of niche solutions, from backend services all the way to a crafted front-end UI, and integrate them together to build full-scale solutions for their users.”

But it’s not just about delivering better tech. With the help of micro apps, IT professionals can build apps that remove the barriers to productivity so employees can churn through their growing to-do lists and maybe even take a vacation this year—all while getting more work done than ever before. Micro apps help boost productivity by:

Making employees more effective

Employees are hungry for tools that help them do their jobs better—and they’re frustrated with their employers’ inability to provide them. Three in four struggle to access information in their enterprise systems and apps, wasting 45 percent of their computer time on hair-pulling experiences.

Part of the problem is that many enterprise apps were designed to be a one-size-fits-all panacea for the entire organization. But more often than not, they end up so bloated and clunky that they don’t really work for anyone.

In today’s workplace, what employees need are targeted, streamlined solutions that can be easily personalized for each individual employee within the company. Micro apps achieve this by pulling data from systems throughout the organization and curating a custom Facebook-like news feed based on each employee’s specific needs.

Speeding up development cycles

Employees often have great ideas for streamlining their workflows—if only IT had the capacity to develop them all. In the race to deliver enterprise apps to users, companies must overcome two huge hurdles: Deliver products quickly with limited development resources while also providing the high-quality user experience required to spark adoption.

Custom apps can take anywhere from two months to 18 weeks to build and launch, and they’re prone to project bloat and high price tags. More than half of businesses pay more than $50,000 for a single app, while around a quarter spend more than $100,000—and this is for an app on a single platform, such as an iPhone.

Today’s IT departments need to be more agile than that.

“Quarterly or even monthly release cycles no longer meet user needs, says Cognizant. “Customers expect more frequent rollouts, even multiple times a day, to keep pace with their informational and service requirements.”

Micro apps, on the other hand, take only a fraction of the time—and a fraction of the cost—to build. They work across a wide range of platforms, from mobile and desktop devices to email and messenger clients and browsers. When it only takes 15 minutes to create or update a niche app, developers can nimbly respond to user feedback and iterate quickly to keep up with demand. Plus, the lower price point allows companies to create a wider variety of apps to streamline workflows across the organization.

Fewer security pitfalls

Employees should never feel like they have to choose between security and productivity. Yet that’s exactly what happens in many organizations. More than 90 percent of employees feel that many enterprise security measures—such as logging into a VPN or remembering multiple lengthy passwords—negatively impact their ability to get work done.

“It’s the age-old battle. Workers are all for security and doing the right thing, but that right thing is not more important to them than doing the right thing of getting their job done," says Bill Evans, a senior director at Dell.

That’s why, despite IT’s efforts to restrict on-the-job software use to a handful of pre-approved apps, more than 64 percent of employees spurn the rules and use the apps of their choice anyway.

Unauthorized app use poses a serious security threat to enterprises. Employees at more than a quarter of companies have leaked sensitive data through Google Apps or Dropbox. It’s not hard to imagine the resulting IT headaches.

Micro apps help combat rogue app use by enabling IT to deliver the types of tools employees want to use wherever they are. That means less use of unapproved software and fewer security pitfalls to worry about.

Sapho micro apps increase employee effectiveness and productivity

To stay on top of ever-growing workloads, employees need help finding ways to eke more productivity out of their busy days. Micro apps offer the agility, security, and efficiency today’s enterprises need to survive.

With Sapho, companies can adapt to changing needs and priorities, and focus their time on growth. Developing new micro apps is a seamless process that gives employees access to the important information and critical workflows they need.

Check out this video to see how micro apps improve workforce productivity and effectiveness.

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Natalie Lambert is the Vice President of Marketing at Sapho. She joins from Citrix where she held multiple product marketing leadership positions. Before that, Natalie was a principal analyst at Forrester Research where she was the leading expert on end user computing.

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