CIO Magazine on How CIOs are Improving Business Workflow with RMAD ‘Micro Apps’

CIO Magazine LogoThis week CIO Magazine ran an article discussing how CIOs are combating the problem of “app fatigue” entitled, “CIOs combat messaging overload with mobile ‘micro apps’.” Cloud and mobile applications have allowed companies to eliminate paper processes, but has created new problems as enterprise applications now cram inboxes with alerts and approval requests.  A productivity enhancer is now becoming a major bottleneck.

Gartner Research VP Van Baker

Gartner Research VP Van Baker

To combat the problem, CIOs are consolidating approval requests into lightweight micro apps that facilitate business workflow much more quickly and easily. Reporter Clint Boulton interviewed Gartner Research Vice President Van Baker extensively on the topic.

Boulton writes:

“Between 50 and 100 startups are consolidating messaging into lightweight apps as part of a nascent but growing market known as Rapid Mobile Application Development, or RMAD, says Gartner analyst Van Baker. “This is a common need in enterprises across all verticals,” says Baker. “Vacation requests, expense reports, work orders and purchase order approvals are simple workflows that people want to be able to deal with in an efficient manner and get on with their day.”

He goes on to write:

“Several other smaller companies, including StarMobile, Capriza and Alpha Software as well as incumbents such as IBM, SAP, and Kony and have built similar RMAD tools. Baker says the startups have a first-mover advantage, while the incumbents are offering more comprehensive suites with analytics and other capabilities that boost their prices. “The RMADs are a lot cheaper and easier to engage with,” he says.”

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