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Forbes: Mobile App Development is Where the Money is

Louis Columbus's recent blog post on Forbes website seeks to answer the question many mobile developers are thinking: where is the money in app development? According to a survey by Vision Mobile, it in mobile enterprise. Prioritizing enterprise apps over the consumer market is proving to be a promising source of revenue for app developers. With high demand for enterprise quality mobile applications, there is no shortage of mobile opportunities for app developers. Read on to learn the full story.

Why Enterprise Mobile Apps Are Most Lucrative To Build In 2015

43% of  enterprise app developers make more than $10K per month  versus 19% of their counterparts focused on consumer apps.

20% of all developers globally are targeting enterprises, up from 16% just six months ago.

Growth in direct revenues from app stores is slowing, while demand for good mobility solutions is outstripping supply.

These and other insights are from the latest global survey of mobile app developers completed by Vision Mobile titled Developer Economics: State of the Developer Nation, Q1, 2015. Their recent global study of 10,000 developers across over 130 nations shows a growing polarization of global app economy revenues.  Please see page 40 of the study for the methodology.

Key take-aways include the following:

    • Mobile app developers concentrating on the enterprise have a greater chance of making more than $10K per month in revenues compared to their consumer-focused counterparts.  43% of app developers prioritizing the enterprise are making more than $10K a month, compared to 19% of developers prioritizing the consumer market. 18% of mobile app developers prioritizing the enterprise are making over $100K a month compared to 9% of developers prioritizing consumer markets.
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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

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