Demand for Enterprise apps five times greater than available IT resources by 2017

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In a new report, research company Gartner indicates that by 2017, the demand for mobile app developer services in the Enterprise will have grown five times faster than IT departments can handle.

According to Gartner, employees use an average of three different devices each day, but as wearable technology and smart connected devices related to the Internet of Things become more common, this could soon become five or six. IT departments are under pressure to develop more apps in shorter amounts of time.

Adrian Leow, principal research analyst at Gartner, said:

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“Organizations 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.”

Gartner provides four best practice suggestions for businesses to adopt, in an effort to combat the challenge of mobile app development.

App development prioritization. By prioritizing apps based on business needs and long-term value, quality will be improved.

Bimodal approach. Adopt a two-stage process for development. Create a stable infrastructure and a core set of APIs, then concentrate on delivering front-end apps relevant to business priorities.

Use RMAD tools. Investigate alternatives to traditional app development processes, such as code-less tools, model-driven development, and virtualization. These allow non-developers to create app prototypes.

Mixed-sourcing. Some aspects are better handled by other mobile app development companies, including testing and UX design. It’s estimated 55% of organisations are already using a successful mixed sourcing app development approach.

Gartner expands on the future of Enterprise app development in a new report — The Enterprise App Explosion: Scaling One to 100 Mobile Apps — which can be found here.