Companies cannot get the enterprise mobile apps they need built fast enough. Read why and how companies can close the gap.
A new Gartner survey found that enterprises continue to struggle to build enterprise apps, even as they realize it’s more important than ever to deliver them.
Benefits of Enterprise Mobile Apps
Why must companies develop more enterprise apps? By delivering mobile solutions to employees, customers and partners, companies can:
- expand access to corporate information
- increase employee productivity by streamlining tasks
- encourage collaboration between workers
- improve customer service
- save money
- do business in more places
- spot insights and business trends.
But to realize these business benefits, companies must be able to build apps that meet enterprise requirements.
Enterprise Mobile App Development is Falling Short
A recent report, “Survey Analysis: The Mobile App Development Trends,” found that “More than a quarter of enterprises globally have not built, customized or virtualized any mobile apps in the last 12 months.”
Enterprises that have developed apps for mobile devices have deployed an average of eight mobile apps to date. This is a flat number compared to last year, the survey says. On average, respondents say they are currently developing 2.6 mobile apps, and are planning to develop 6.2 in the n
The Cost of Enterprise Mobile Apps is Fallingext year, but don’t yet have them under development.
The survey also found that over the last several years, spending on mobile apps has surprisingly decreased. It says: “For the past few years, Gartner's research has shown that while organizations have indicated that they will increase their mobile app development budget spend, the reality is that spending allocation has decreased.”
Despite that, enterprises are looking at developing new mobile technologies, notably bots. The survey said that 52% of enterprises “have begun investigating, exploring or piloting the use of bots, chatbots or virtual assistants in mobile app development.” Gartner noted this was surprising, given that the technologies are still in their infancy.
IT and Enterprise Application Development
Adrian Leow, research director at Gartner, warns that IT is making things dangerous for itself by underdelivering mobile technologies when the enterprise needs them. He said, "Many IT teams will have significant backlogs of application work that need completing, which increases the risk of lines of business going around IT to get what they want sooner. Development teams need to rethink their priorities and span of control over mobile app development or risk further erosion of IT budgets and the perceived value of IT development."
Gartner points to three primary causes of the app gap: “lack of funds, worker hours and skills gaps.”
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