Mobile data collection platforms are a rage in the present times and their popularity is soaring due to the immense benefits they provide to their users. Chief among the benefits being the increased worker productivity and a marked increase in the quality of work and efficiency. In addition, most of these mobile data collection platforms are simple and economical to use, require minimal training efforts and are user friendly, especially letting the staff deployed at the field to make their life easier with their enhanced functionalities.
Caution is Compulsory
However, despite being such a desirable and user-friendly tool, mobile data collection app need to be selected with caution. This is because if you choose an incompatible mobile data collection platform that doesn’t match with your businesses processes and workflows, you may end up in derailing the entire edifice of your set business processes and systems and be at a total loss, which may also result in a considerable loss in trust and brand value, negatively impacting your business.
Flexible Data Collection Apps with Robust Architecture
So, what are the various factors that you need to consider while selecting the correct mobile data collection platform for your business. As already mentioned above, you need to choose a data collection platform that is highly flexible and can easily sync with your business processes, changing itself to suit your business, and also, most of the time, changing your business processes to streamline your data collection operations.
Integration and Compatibility Issues
In such a scenario, it is important to consider the compatibility issues of your business processes with the chosen software application that makes a positive impact on your business. Another important consideration is that the selected mobile application platform should have a robust app architecture that can be scaled up as per the prevailing business environment that you may be operating it. This entails an app architecture that is highly responsive to the kind of factors, both internal and external, that may be impacting your business. In response to such changing and volatile business environments, you need a mobile data collection platform that is both responsive and easy to change, adopt, adapt, and nimble to split second decisions that may be coming from the data generated through the app platform that you may have selected and the patterns emerging therefrom.
Adoption Rates and Compatibility Issues
After the adaptability and compatibility issues are considered, you also need to see the UI and UX issues that may be cropping up if your employees are not considered in the consultations before and during the adoption of the apps. If the app interface is difficult to interpret by the field users, also if the functionalities and other features of the apps are difficult to understand, and even the managerial rung of staff are not comfortable enough to use complicated app software, then the very purpose of data collection through a mobile data collection app or platform is defeated, leading to derailment of the entire data collection process.
It is important to consider factors like technical suitability, adopting and training issues, UI and UX while use the data collections app platform, app architecture in particular and other features like single sign on, etc. to name a few properly to ensure that your choose the right kind of software for your organization and get lasting benefits for the same.