Skills Gap and Resource constraints Key Challenges for IT to Meet Increasing Demand for Mobile App Development: Report

By CIOReview | Thursday, July 2, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Demand for new enterprise mobile applications to boom in coming years says the Enterprise Mobile Application Report highlighting the challenges that companies face to meet this demand.

The survey was sponsored by Kony, a provider of cloud-based mobile application development. It captured responses from more than 480 participants that represent IT management, IT development and line of business across a range of industries. This global survey analysis was completed by 451 Research recently.

The Key findings of the report include:

Developers need to prepare for an App-ageddon as companies look to IT for the bulk of their apps development To meet the demands, companies are still heavily reliant on external partners like business application vendors, system integrators, digital agency partners and developer partners for the bulk of planned development. This figure will increase with two-thirds of apps developed externally.

Companies with the higher numbers of deployed apps are significantly less likely to opt for custom back-end integrations and more likely to be using mobile tools like MAPs and MBaas to help web and mobile app developers with a way to link their applications to backend cloud storage and APIs.

Another key concern highlighted by the report is about the financial constraints as well as resource limitations for IT. Other challenges include skill gaps, skills gap, legacy infrastructure, overall technology fragmentation and immature lifecycle workflows. As a result, many companies are looking to external resources to meet business demand for mobile apps.

Apps related  to Customer Relationship Management are of highest demand for the purpose of sales, marketing and services, customer engagement and general employee productivity in all industries.

“The global market for enterprise mobility is expected to grow from $72 billion to $284 billion by 2019, nearly quadrupling in size. Companies need to be prepared to meet this demand for mobile business solutions with proper alignment between lines of business, IT developers and IT management, to effectively manage and lead enterprise mobility projects. As the largest independent provider of enterprise mobility solutions, Kony has successfully helped the world’s leading enterprises to effectively use mobility as a catalyst for business innovation,” said Dave Shirk, president of Products and Marketing, Kony.