July 16, 2013
How Mobile Apps Torture Business Developers
Studies show that most organizations use some mobile apps; that more are planning to do so; and that, in a few years, it will be unusual to find a commercial or homegrown enterprise business application that doesn’t have a functioning client for smartphones and tablets. slashdot reports.
That doesn’t mean building and deploying such software will be easy or cheap, especially for the corporate application-development teams actually responsible for the apps, which run on some of the least-secure devices available while interacting with data stored in some of the most-protected datacenter storage networks. More than two thirds of businesses utilize some business apps on mobile devices, according to a new Yankee Group study that also found use of mobile customer resource management and sales-force automation had tripled during the past five years.
That rate of growth is pokey compared to what’s coming, according to research firm Gartner, which predicted the number of mobile versions of CRM clients would leap 1,200 percent by the end of 2014.
... One out of four large companies spends more than $100,000 to build a single enterprise-class mobile app, but not because of the portion of it that actually runs on a mobile device, according to a report on mobile development released by AnyNet, which offers cloud-based middleware and data-integration services for mobile apps.
More than half the companies surveyed by AnyNet reported taking at least three months to develop a mobile application, and a third said they release updates to each app at least once per month. Three quarters expect their companies to add three new mobile apps this year; 38 percent expect to launch six.
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