Concept of app types

In this article, we will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the app type, which can support you in building the vision of your app. Once you define what you will do with your app, you grab a compass that guides you toward crafting purposeful apps that cater to distinct organizational needs and audience interactions.

App type

In Starion, the concept of app type was first developed based on the types of business operations the app may serve. In a business context, there are three types of operations: internal communication and collaboration, and external connections with customers.

Therefore, we have categorized apps into two categories: internal and external.

  • Internal apps are tools that can enhance the efficiency of operations for small teams, functional departments, entire companies, or any collaboration size. They provide solutions to unique challenges in internal processes. Examples of internal apps include employee portals, project management tools, and inventory tracking systems.

  • External apps, on the other hand, are designed for the general public. They have a wider audience compared to internal apps. External apps can be a complete product or a part of the service we offer to engage with our clients. Examples of external apps include a shopping app, a social app for communities to engage, or an educational app for people to learn and share.

Choosing the app type

In Starion, choosing your app type is the first block of your app development. You must choose one when you click the button to add a new app.

Follow these steps:

  • Access the Starion dashboard and navigate to the left sidebar

  • In the section Apps, choose between Internal App and External App categories

  • Navigate to the right side of the interface and click the button to add a new app

Example and use case

App for the HR Operation optimization

Your business client is optimizing its HR operations to handle recruitment, employee onboarding, performance evaluations, and benefits administration efficiently. They contact you and ask for a native app to support the operation and boost the productivity of their HR department.

Use case:

In this case, an internal app will be suitable.

This app can be a tool where the members of the HR department can track the applicants, the onboarding of new staff, and evaluate the team's overall performance.

Additionally, it would serve as a comprehensive platform to streamline HR processes, ensuring the team's information transparency and consistency, and compliance across all departments in the company.

Language learning app for people

Your business client is working in the education field. They are focused on providing courses in several languages. They aim to provide an easy-to-access tool for people to learn languages with lessons to practice the complete skill sets.

Use case:

In this case, an external app is the better choice.

The app is a language learning platform accessible to the general public. This app could include features like a catalog of courses in various languages, each with comprehensive lessons or a collection of vocabulary and grammar for review after each lesson they complete.

By offering an external language learning app, your client can reach a broad audience of language learners worldwide. This approach aligns with their goal of providing an easy-to-access tool for people to learn languages.

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