The demand for enterprise apps far outstrips the supply of developers capable of building them --- and things are only going to get worse.
Gartner warns that by the end of next year, the demand for mobile applications will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations will be able to create them. And there’s no end in sight: Gartner also says that mobile phone sales will total 2.1 billion by 2019, which will even further fuel demand for enterprise mobile apps. That’s a massive headache any way you look at it, and one that has serious consequences for any company hoping to thrive in the mobile present and future. Some companies may try and take the easy way to solve it --- build applications that don’t really take advantage of mobile devices. But that’s like trying to get rid of a headache by closing your eyes and pretending it doesn’t exist. Try it once and you’ll find it won’t work.
Truly mobile apps aren’t merely stripped-down desktop applications. They need to be location- and time-aware, work offline, be optimized for data-entry, leverage rich media, and take advantage of a device’s hardware, including GPS, camera, and other onboard capabilities. If they’re not all that, your company won’t benefit from them. Our whitepaper: "7 Critical Capabilities for Successful Mobile App Development" describes the difference between true mobile apps and web apps masquerading as mobile apps. The paper outlines:
- where a web app fails in an enterprise situation
- the 7 critical criteria for mobile business apps
- the fundamental differences between a desktop application and a mobile app.
Bringing Relief to the Pains of Mobile Application Development
Just Alka Seltzer can help your cold season pains, there’s a simple solution for solving your app development woes as well — use Alpha Anywhere, a Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) platform that makes it easy to build mobile applications. It lets people who don’t have programming skills or know code write true mobile apps, including quickly designing prototypes and continually iterating them until they’re right. Its low-code approach makes it easy for anyone to build a true mobile app, but still lets developers add code whenever they want for all the power and customization they want. Because Alpha Anywhere is built from the ground up for mobile, it takes advantage of mobile devices’ unique capabilities. With it, you can build an app once, and then quickly deploy it to any platform, including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
So next time you’re feeling the pain of not having enough resources to build mobile applications, try Alpha Anywhere.