Modern business applications are used in any place and on any device. For companies and organizations, the question always arises: do I have a native app developed for the appstores? A responsive web application that works on my browser? Or a hybrid?
"There's a reason all these options still exist. It's because we don't have one clear winner," says computer science lecturer Bart van der Wal of HAN University of Applied Sciences. "All the big players in the IT world use apps, but small companies often don't have the resources and manpower to make an app for every platform and go for a responsive web application. Many business apps work just fine that way. Even games are sometimes played through the browser."
When app was still an application
Simon Hanemaaijer, product manager HR services at Centric HR & Payroll Solutions, saw several trends in app development over the past few decades. In the early years of this century, an app was still just an application on the desktop PC. In the years after 2006, apps moved from the desktop to the Internet. "There was a huge push to go to the web. Applications had to be mostly browser-based," he says. "Now we see that reversing and the demand for native apps is growing again."