Choosing the right technology for a solution can be a complex decision for some companies. After all, what is the ideal digital solution for your business? Web app, responsive web, native app, or hybrid app?
To help you make the best decisions, we have gathered three experts in the field and talked more about the subject. Read on and learn how to choose the best digital solution for your business!
The Web App, also known as PWA is a responsive website, most often mobile first, fully suited to behave as an application. It is not installed, but accessed via a url and has the option to create a shortcut on the cell phone's desktop. It works basically as a website.
Responsive Web is an approach that allows web pages to better adapt to different types of user devices. Thus, it renders on any type and format of window or screen.
The Hybrid App is basically developed in only one technology, such as flutter, and is distributed to various downloadable operating systems, such as Mac, iOS and Android.
The Native App is developed in the native language originating from that operating system's technology. For example, at Google the technology used is Android, i.e., when developing for Android, it is not distributed for iOS. Besides having all the support from Google, it runs in sandbox mode. Both are distributed by the store and have more interaction with the operating system.
According to Giulio Frizzera, engineer and coordinator at BEES, the construction of a product varies greatly and depends on its usefulness. It is also necessary to understand who your user is and what he needs. For example, in the case of reduced time and a smaller team, the ideal is a hybrid solution that meets all these scenarios.
In this case, when you have a team of developers within the company, it ends up being more difficult because of what they are used to doing and their preferences. This is what Luiz Soares, Head of IT at STOLLER, argues.
The choice of technology can impact team size and investment. If you choose a native technology, which is more labor intensive and scarce, you will probably need to double your team. This is an important factor to think about and consider.
When buying a ready-made technology or building it, the ideal is to always look where the market is heading, betting on a long-term survival. It is important to check if the technology has a major manufacturer behind it, such as Google or Apple, in order to generate greater peace of mind and stability.
"In our case, at Stoller, for the type of solution we are creating, the Native App would not make sense, for us, right from the start it was very clear that customer flexibility was the main thing, a multiplatform solution and as simple as possible. I believe that customer centricity has a great weight, the main thing is to always think about the customer, from the beginning to the end of every process and decision.
Luiz SoaresHead of IT at STOLLER
According to Narcísio Junior or Narsa, CTO of levva, it is first necessary to understand the problem in detail, and then choose the technology and create the solution. The wrong choice of a technology can greatly impact the final result, double its maintenance later and increase the cost to develop, besides generating other possible losses.
Doing research and understanding the client's needs, as we have already pointed out, is one of the main points. But after all, how to do this in the best way?
When it comes to choosing between Web app, Responsive Web, Native App, and Hybrid App many questions arise, and with them great opportunities as well.
> Are apps more important than websites?
After 15 years since the first iPhone launched by Apple, it is amazing how much technologies have evolved. Still, to define the weight of each choice, one must first understand the problem. Is there a real need for an application? Many of the Brazilian population's cell phones do not have enough space for so many applications, so apps are often installed and uninstalled quickly. In many situations, responsive web may be the best option to meet your audience.
> How important is information security?
It is also important to look at security. Today, the main solutions have come a long way and have several security checks. You can use many different technologies, but what will be most important is to apply the proper security layer so that data is not exposed. MFA has been widely adopted by companies and we talk about the reasons for this in this article.
> What if the choice of technology was not the most appropriate?
What can be done will depend on the maturity of the company and how far this project has progressed. If this is discovered late in the development, it may be a solution to release the solution, then think of ways to fix the problems. In the beginning, the simplest thing is to start over, as it can be much cheaper than carrying a bug around for a long time in a project.
Labor: Look at the availability of people in the market and the trends as well.
Credibility: check the credibility of the technology owner, understand who you are dealing with, who is behind it.
Timing of updates: look at the team of developers and see if there is a need to make changes. There are many possibilities for evolution.
In summary, when it comes to choosing whether the solution will be a Web app, responsive web app, native app, or hybrid app, it is always very important to understand the company's scenario, look for trends, and collect all possible information about the user of the product. This way, it will be possible to define the best choice for the current moment and decrease the chances of mistakes and losses.
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