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Enterprise Mobile App Development: Growing 5x Faster Than IT Can Respond

By Dick Weisinger

Demand for enterprise mobile applications is expected to grow five times faster than the ability of IT organizations to respond between now and the end of 2017, according to Gartner.  The growth is being fueled by the rapid increase in number of mobile phone devices which is expected to reach 2.1 billion units by 2019.  Today employees typically use three different devices on a daily basis, but trends like Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices are expected to increase the number of devices used daily to five or six devices.

Adrian Leow, principal research analyst at Gartner, said that “organisations increasingly find it difficult to be proactive against competitive pressures, which is resulting in their mobile apps becoming tactical, rather than strategic.  We’re seeing demand for mobile apps outstrip available development capacity, making quick creation of apps even more challenging. Mobile strategists must use tools and techniques that match the increase in mobile app needs within their organizations.”

In order to be able to keep up with mobile app demand within organizations, Gartner recommends:

  • Make Application Development a high priority for the business
  • Adopt a bimodal approach
  • Use rapid development app development tools
  • Supplement in-house development skills with outsourcing
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