Creating a mobile business application from scratch is no small feat. It takes time, effort and money. Taking a legacy desktop application and creating it for mobile use may be even more difficult, giving the feeling of reinventing the wheel — only the wheel is now smaller but requires the same functionality, and needs to perform across a variety of operating systems.

The entire point of mobile applications is increased efficacy. Desktop systems are able to have layers upon layers of menus, widgets and form fields. That all needs to be scrapped for the mobile user experience: a quick swipe, minimal taps and the data should be inputted or action completed.

Simply shrinking what was already in place without proper thought into the user experience will clog up a business user’s smartphone or tablet, potentially leading to complete abandonment of the app by users. Customizing a desktop app for mobile requires real science, not a shrink-o-matic.

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