Cloud and integrated services have gone mainstream in enterprises. With mobile becoming core to any enterprise strategy today and businesses looking to mobilize their processes and people, app developers have leveraged mobile cloud computing to build intensive, data rich applications. Mobile cloud computing brings various benefits like scalability, flexibility, real-time data access and cost-effectiveness allowing businesses with limited budget also to use content rich, transaction intensive applications. However, there are a few challenges for enterprises to address while adopting cloud application for their mobile apps, like
Though smartphones & Tablet are getting powerful everyday, still these are not close to desktops in energy management, processing power, storage capacity etc. It is therefore essential for mobile app developers to optimize energy management by partitioning of application functions and offload energy sapping processing functions to the cloud.
Mobile apps mostly run on wireless connectivity which means longer latency, slow connectivity, diverse access schemes and intermittent coverage etc. This challenge can be addressed by moving clients and server closer to each other and rerouting traffic as per location and cache capabilities.
This can be a challenge when user group is using different platform-iOS, Android and Windows etc. App developers need to optimize the apps across all platforms and ensure that all users get similar app experience and feature access.
Security of sensitive data and ensuring user privacy is a major challenge for enterprises building apps on cloud. Data on mobile devices is more vulnerable to threats and attacks than desktops. The security issues may range from data integrity, authorization, cloud model security issues etc.
Mobile cloud computing, despite having a few challenges, is the future. And as performance and experience become critical for business and consumer apps, app developers have to find the best solutions to address mobile cloud challenges.
Tags: mobile cloud computing