International Data Corp. (IDC), a leading market research firm, predicts that in 2013 33% of new enterprise applications will be mobile business applications. David McNally, IT Executive Advisor at IDC, said, “IT organizations will need to decide to which mobile platforms they develop their applications with as almost half of the mobile application budget will go towards maintaining these apps.”
Additionally, IDC predicts that the growing number of mobile applications and the need to integrate them with enterprise systems, as well as the requirement for cross-platform application development, will significantly increase the demand for mobile business applications by IT services providers in 2013.
"Mobile devices are the new primary design point."As David McNally notes, "Mobile devices are the new primary design point." He goes on to predict that 40% of new mobile business applications will target multiple OS by 2014.
Also in a webinar this week, IDC’s Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst Frank Gens said that, "the IT industry is in the middle of a once-every-25-year shift to a new technology platform for growth and innovation", highlighting the rapid proliferation of mobile devices and applications as the primary driver. Gens went on to predict that the small tablet market, consisting of tablets with a screen size smaller than eight inches, will be increasing dramatically from 33% of unit shipments in 2012 to 66% of unit shipments in 2013, creating significant opportunities for mobile business application developers.
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