Mobile Enterprise to Evolve Over Time

Michael Vizard
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State of Mobile Application Development in the Enterprise

While all-things mobile are a hot topic in the enterprise, a new survey suggests it may be some time yet before most IT organizations are developing their own mobile applications.

A new survey of 146 subscribers of Mobile Enterprise Magazine conducted by moTwin, a provider of a mobile application development platform, finds that only half have made five percent or more of their applications accessible to mobile devices.

Perhaps more significantly, over 43 percent say it will take them on average two years to mobile-enable more than half their applications. But Pascal Jaillon, vice president of product management for moTwin, contends it may be even as long as four years given the shortage of mobile application development talent.

As a result, many organizations are opting to outsource mobile application development to third-party organizations that typically deploy these applications in the cloud on their behalf.

Many organizations are obviously now starting to think more in terms of “mobile first” when it comes to application development. But the survey makes it pretty clear that enterprise IT organizations don’t turn on a dime. Everybody and their brother might want to connect a mobile device to the corporate network to access their email and maybe share a file. But that’s not nearly the same thing as creating a truly mobile enterprise in which business processes are driven by mobile applications.

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Apr 11, 2013 1:24 PM Patrick Patrick  says:
My experience clearly supports these numbers. It's amazing how rapidly mobile technology is evolving, and the widespread impact it's having. Another interesting side note is if you think about the average age of most people doing mobile app development these days - hopefully we'll get caught up on making things mobile accessible in a few years...when these kids graduate college. Reply

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