Mobile Enterprise to Evolve Over Time

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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.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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