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The Enterprise Mobile App Challenge Is Worse Than You Think

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

Companies need app development solutions that meet all the business requirements of enterprise mobile apps

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.”

Get Enterprise Mobile Apps Built

Here at Alpha Software, we’re well aware of these problems. And we have a solution for it: Alpha Anywhere.

Alpha Anywhere is a low-code, enterprise mobile application development platform for building mobile apps. It makes it simple for anyone to quickly build mobile apps, whether they’ve never built an app before, or are experienced developers. That makes it easy for IT departments to build more apps in less time and for less cost. And it lets so-called “citizen developers” to develop apps as well.

Alpha Anywhere is one of the most highly rated RMAD tools you can find. InfoWorld awarded it the 2016 Technology of the Year Award for being a top mobile app development leader. It has received the highest number of perfect scores on Gartner’s crowd-sourced review site. Learn how to use the Alpha Anywhere development platform to build cross platform apps with outstanding user experiences.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.