To each his own App

by Luca Baldini on 10/30/2012

Creating apps for mobile devices with is as simple as developing traditional business applications. But to design good mobile applications, you need a new approach.

Business applications usually use a data-oriented approach, in which the way the information is organized in the database is the starting point for defining the screens. This is different from what is commonly referred to as a process-oriented approach, in which you start with the process and the data – the input/output of the process – comes later.

This difference in approach poses a new problem, because it makes it more difficult to create generic products, given that if usage situations change, the processes change too, and therefore the application should be designed differently. You’d need a system to adapt the application to each individual user or operating condition!

To help solve this problem, in version 11.5 we have made the RTC module functional for offline mobile applications as well. Now, the user interface of each individual installation can be modified to adapt it to the needs of each user without having to change the application. We’re used to static mobile applications, with a set interface. But with RTC, each individual user can design the interface of their own application.

For example, if a business application is used by different types of users, it might be logical to change the lists and screens to hide certain fields and display others. If you’re implementing a catalog of products, it can be useful to adapt the shape of the page to the type of products. If there are international users, you need multilingual apps. All of this can be handled automatically by the RTC framework.

The RTC module is a powerful weapon for creating applications that even users themselves can customize. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend you contact Giovanni Foschini and request a trial period.


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