Mobile App Development Minitrack

Applications for mobile devices (apps) have facilitated the success of smartphones and tablet PCs. By using apps, the multi-purpose hardware of modern devices can be utilized to the full extent. Due to the proliferation of mobile devices as a tool for consumers, businesses increasingly embrace the topic. However, actually improving business processes or even finding a mobile strategy is not straightforward. Neither is the usage of so called business apps. In many cases, development of business apps is prone to problems and companies face technology choices they have little information for.

Developing business apps is much harder than general app development. Quality standards should be met, apps need to be secure and robust, and requirements need to be carefully engineering (and then met). Testing of apps has been found to be very cumbersome. Whether (and to what extent) methods of classical software engineering can be applied still is matter of discussion. Moreover, new challenges such as development for multiple platforms, device fragmentation, context-sensitivity, performance issues, mobility-depended security issues and energy conservation arise. Therefore, new threads of research are needed to tackle these issues and pave the way for better business producibility.

The minitrack is devoted to (business) apps development and the technological background of mobile computing for corporate or other domain-specific non-consumer usage. Topics of interests include (but are not limited to):

  • App development within a domain context
  • Business models for apps
  • Economic and/or social impact of mobile computing
  • Engineering of apps for business processes
  • Requirements engineering for apps
  • Development methods for apps including the applicability of existing methods to app development
  • User interface (UI) design research for apps and the bridge to Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI) research
  • Internet of things (IoT) and apps
  • Testing of apps
  • Cross-platform app development
  • Webapps vs. native apps vs. hybrid apps
  • Responsiveness of apps for different device types (smartphone, tablet, desktop, wearables, etc.)
  • Business app security
  • Legal aspects of app development, distribution, and usage
  • Energy efficient computing on mobile devices
  • Enterprise distribution of apps and Mobile device management (MDM)
  • Sensor-usage for business apps

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Tim A. Majchrzak (Primary Contact)
University of Agder, Norway

Tor-Morten Grønli
Westerdals – Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, Norway

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