HTML5 is likely one of the most important changes in the architecture of the Internet for the next ten years and will impact nearly every company and technology around the globe. Companies like Microsoft and Google are pouring effort into promoting HTML5 as a standard because it allows for application development never before seen on the web. Even Microsoft's Windows 10 will utilize HTML5 in ways never before seen in technology. From desktop applications, to the web, and onto mobility HTML5 will change the way we develop applications for users, drastically save money, and create new models of interaction for years to come. iLink Systems has resources trained in the critical competencies of HTML5 to help your organization understand and act on the benefits of HTML5.
HTML5 drastically improves the ability to:
- Deliver rich animation to users without the need for Adobe Flash
- Stream video on the web and mobile devices
- Identify a user's Geolocation on the browser
- Tag specific webpage items for search engines to better understand your content
- Store content in the browser without needing a database
- Drastically reduce the development effort required to build many of today's applications
What is HTML5 specifically?
The Internet is run by a coalition of companies that define the standards for web browsers called the Internet Consortium. Up until HTML5, the Internet Consortium had made gradual changes to HTML (the language used to show a web page) to create a universality to the language of HTML to get everyone on the same page. With HTML5, the Internet Consortium has dramatically improved what HTML can do, drastically reducing the dependency on technologies like Adobe Flash and XAML to create rich animations, stream data and video, and better identify types of content on your web pages for search engines.
Why is this important?
HTML5 is so important because it dramatically simplifies web development. Whether you are creating a media-rich application, a mobile app for several devices, or a desktop application that interacts with the web heavily, HTML5 plays a crucial role in reducing the effort and cost to achieve these goals. By taking components like streaming video and making them native to the browser itself, without relying of Adobe Flash, you reduce the number of developer skillsets from 2 to 1, drastically cutting your development costs.
More importantly, HTML5 will rapidly become the development solution of choice for mobile applications in the enterprise. When developing native applications for a smart phone, previously you had to rely on that phone's native operating system to create a rich experience for users. Thus if you wanted to create a mobile application for iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android, you had to build 3 different versions for each application, which required 3 different developer skillsets to achieve this. With HTML5 and the improved power of the browser, enterprises can now develop one application in HTML5 for all varieties of smart phones, only requiring one development skillset, and one third the development of key functionality.
Migrating your existing application to HTML5
All companies must now examine migrating their applications to HTML5, as the web and technology is very fast to embrace new technologies and disregard old ones. If your product does not upgrade to new standards, it will quickly become labeled as non-compliant to standards, and may create unnecessary barriers for users and your product. More importantly, you should examine migrating your application to HTML5 to reduce the life-cycle costs of your application if you serve video, develop applications for mobile devices, or have a rich animated experience for your users through your product.
It is important that you identify consultants and product teams that truly understand the advantages of HTML5 when migrating, so you can create several layers of cost-saving for your business down the road. iLink System has teams of resources ranging from development to design, ramped up in HTML5 ready to work with your company and optimize the use of this exciting transformation in technology.
HTML5 Mobile Applications
With six major mobile platforms to cater to and increasing pressure to launch early to market, mobile application developers are making tough decisions on how they will work on mobile applications. A wide variety of mobile platforms with significantly different firmware, capabilities, features and restrictions impose challenges to developing and distributing a solution across multiple mobile platforms. One way to address such challenges is by developing HTML based web mobile applications. Web Based HTML5 apps provide the unique advantage of "build once, deploy everywhere" solution.
With technology leaders such as Microsoft, Apple and Google pushing for HTML5 mobile applications, HTML5 is quickly changing the face of the mobile market. Moreover, latest advancements in HTML5 technology offers rich features such as embedding video directly in an app, offline capabilities and Drag-and-drop functionality. With Microsoft' Windows 10 supporting HTML5, the new "Windows 10 apps" provide highly animated, full screen, touch-based apps capable of provide a user experience as compelling as native applications.
Developing new applications using HTML5
If you are planning to develop a new application this year, it's imperative you examine the valuable possibilities of HTML5. From a development resource perspective, you are likely to reduce your costs by as much as 30% as you will not rely on several different development types for developing key functionalities of your product. Moreover, you will lessen your dependency on third party components to assist in the development of your product, likely reducing your software licensing costs. For example, say you are developing a mobile application for iPhone and Windows Phone that needs to understand where the user is at in a city, and serve them location specific promotions as they traveled around the city. Previously, you would have a) build separate applications for each device you were looking to target, b) rely on a geolocation service to track and identify a user's location on the map, and c) utilize different UI-effects libraries to serve rich animations on the map to identify the promotions. With HTML5, all of these components are available through the browser and require you to develop only one version of the applications. Thus, it's very apparent the cost savings of developing applications in HTML5 are enormous and applicable to any business developing products for consumers or in the enterprise.
Attending an iLink Systems HTML5 Workshop
Making the right decisions when developing an application in HTML5 or migrating an application to HTML5 are critical to the success of your product or project. iLink Systems offers HTML5 workshops for enterprises and product teams to assist companies in a) understand the full benefits of using HTML5 and b) creating a roadmap for migrating and developing new applications in HTML5. If you are considering HTML5, contact iLink Systems today to ensure you make the right decisions for your product development roadmap.