The top 5 mistakes enterprise devs make when building mobile apps

They bite off more than they can chew, don't bring users into the process and fail to test

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The future of enterprise tech lies in apps -- largely mobile apps that deliver the same functions across virtually every platform for mobile devices, desktops and online. But the past, as in legacy processes and app portfolios that are sometimes decades old, can still get in the way of that future.

Modernizing an app portfolio is never easy, but done right, it can be a boon for a company (or school or other organization) by boosting productivity, employee engagement and customer satisfaction.

While many organizations now routinely focus on rolling out mobile solutions, usually developed for deployment in the cloud, not every effort is successful. Sometimes employees or customers reject new apps. In other cases, users decide to work around enterprise apps so they can get things done without even using them.

When app initiatives fail, they usually do so for a handful of reasons. Simply put, IT shops and enterprise developers looking to embrace a new way of doing things fail to plan ahead.

Here are five of the most common reasons development efforts can fail -- and how to avoid them.

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