Biggest issue with creating apps is the problem of creating an app for every mobile OS
The idea of creating websites as apps is a step backwards – web apps
More difficult to update
Apps should be created when you actually need an application
Mobile Traffic - Catalogue
Mobile Traffic - Website
Benefits of Apps
Data Management: Core Data on the iPhone provides a much more sophisticated system where relationships between your data objects are managed automatically.
Usability: iPhone users feel most comfortable when they’re using the standard controls they’ve become accustomed to in Apple’s built-in apps.
Integration: An iPhone has many capabilities that are beyond the reach of the web browser. Some simple examples are the user’s contacts, the photo library, voice recording, and device movement.
In-house vs Vendor Development
In-house development requires mobile programming expertise, site is easier to build as it uses more common programming languages
Need access to your data – API
Every new application requires maintenance
Popular mobile solution for your catalogue and gives you some static pages
Integrates with every major ILS
Key prediction, live integration
Drawbacks – different search query, not completely live synching
For the iPhone
Barcode scanning capability
Social recommendation engine powered via Goodreads
For non-iPhone users, all SirsiDynix library technology is supported on Android, Blackberry and other smartphone browsers for mobile-friendly access.
We don’t have iBistro so not an option
API access vs Flat files
Maintenance? Control over design?
Great secondary option and way to stimulate development, engage community