Why is ‘design thinking’ invaluable for a great bespoke business app

How often do we think that ‘coding’ is everything it takes to create a functionally high-performing app? Think again; yes, think again. Did we say ‘design thinking’ is the core of a great bespoke business mobile app? Don’t go any further. Almost every business, nowadays, are benefited by the awesomeness of bespoke apps. If you’re coordinating development efforts on the behest of your company, you must understand that ‘one size fits all’ or ‘off the shelf’ approach won’t take you anywhere.

Design thinking:

Design thinking is an innovative approach, in which issues are resolved outside of design or development environment, such as in social and business contexts.

Why Is ‘design Thinking' Invaluable For A Great Bespoke Business App

Ask any technology evangelist, he/she will tell you that design thinking is the critical link missing in most mobile apps. Are we talking in superlatives? We don’t think so. Let’s say you have a visually eye-catchy app, but fails to solve the right problems and puts the end-user at the receiving end, who is nowhere to be seen in the entire scheme of design, build or testing process. Sounds basic? Look at the number of apps released almost every single day that had failed miserably to address or capture user problem. In practical terms, this means ensuring the actual end-users are made participants in the entire development lifecycle. The development team would also be required to work hand in hand with a User Experience (UX) specialist, keeping the end user in mind.

Keep on talking:

If you are an app owner keep talking with your primary participants – the users, of course, all throughout the project cycle. Some talk endlessly with the end users, also known as ‘feedback loop’ where user feedback is continuously collected and worshipped; there are others who do some talking with them at the start only to involve them later during the testing phase, no wonder creating serious disconnect in the actual development phase.

Also, once your app usage starts to grow, it can be increasingly complex to check the app for consistent performance and reliability. Now, performance gaps, if unidentified and left unchecked can leave you high and dry later on, denting your company’s bottom-line. At Abi-Tech, we ensure we hold the right conversations with our clients at the right time, never cutting off concerns from their core business process. This enables us to capture snags early on without having to patch up later.

Avoiding avoidance

Why do you need an app in the first place, as an app owner? The answer can be as simple as, “I want my customers to use it to their satisfaction”. Another possible answer could be: ‘I want my app to work for everyone’. Ease of use? Yes, if you avoid your users during the design phase you’ll be better off going for an off-the-shelf solution. The last thing you’d want your users to do is uninstall your app for good. Finally, look for consistency – it should extend into every facet of digital life – web, mobile and beyond.

Five key benefits of businesses integrating AR/VR into their business strategy

A report by Altimeter mentions that the pooled market size for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is slated to expand from $18 billion markets in 2018 to $215 billion by the year 2021. There is a compelling reason why many businesses, drawn by immerse technology, are looking to adopt AR/VR in their business strategy. In fact, the sooner, the better. Here are five possible use cases mentioned in the study report:

1. Develop brand awareness:

Is your company trying to create marketing ‘buzz’ about its product or solution? Why not implement AR into your marketing plan so that you can reach a wider audience base? At least the report says so. Product launches, events and ad campaigns are just perfect to show off your newly adopted AR technology.

Five Key Benefits Of Businesses Integrating Arvr Into Their Business Strategy

2. Employee training:

The report mentions that Employee motivation and training can best be effectuated using VR or mixed reality (MR) as it allows employees learn by doing instead of traditional learning. The experience is tailored and personalised, near to real life experience, and employees don’t have to bear the brunt of cost consequences of on-job training errors.

3. Test and study customer wants and preferences:

An immersive technology can easily test products or solutions built with complex features. This can allow your potential customers work on a prototype offering you detailed insights on customer needs and preferences, thereby improving customer satisfaction levels. Adopting AR, VR and MR can solve logistic and financial issues, usually associated when testing complex products and solutions.

4. Greater customer trust in buying your product:

We quite often see extensive application of AR, VR and MR technologies in cases where customers need to try out high-end products like furniture, luxury goods, etc. This can infuse trust and confidence in customers who were reluctant buyers to start off with. This allows them to make a better buying decision because of the immersive experience the technology brings along.

5. Bringing people together:

AR, VR & MR technologies, as the report noted, can be used for better customer interaction and seamless communication. VR, as is seen in recent times, has been successful in bringing remote teams together or allowing a customer to participate in a live event or demo from remote locations and set up.

So here is our take: as a business owner, if you are looking to take your business to the next level forward, it definitely pays in the long run to integrate AR & VR system technologies into the various business operational strategies. Again as the report concludes on the integration of the technology, “It is now or never”.