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Rapid Mobile App Development Helps You Close the Enterprise Mobile App Gap

The demand for high-quality enterprise mobile applications won’t let up --- Gartner says that employees use three separate mobile devices every day for work, and that as wearables and the Internet of Things (Iot) become mainstream, they’ll be using six devices.

By 2019 mobile phone sales will total 2.1 billion, and that’s not counting other types of mobile devices. As Gartner notes, this increase in sales “will fuel demand for enterprise mobile apps that meet the high performance and usability of consumer apps.” Overall, by the end of 2017, the demand for developing mobile apps will grow at least five times faster than IT can deliver them, Gartner says.

How bad is the problem? A Gartner survey says that in 2014 a majority of enterprises released fewer than 10 apps, and a significant number hadn’t released any at all.

Rapid Mobile Application Development (RMAD) to the Rescue

What to do? A Gartner report, “The Enterprise App Explosion: Scaling One to 100 Mobile Apps,” has some answers. One key is the use of rapid mobile app development (RMAD) tools which allow applications to be written by people with little or no coding experience, as well as by professional developers. This lets domain experts and business users write apps.

The report has other suggestions. It warns that when enterprises try to develop mobile apps quickly, they may sacrifice app quality, and as a result the apps may not generate a positive ROI. So the report recommends that the application development team create a process that includes “understanding the needs of business stakeholders and defining common criteria for evaluating mobile app projects.”

In addition, the report says that enterprises should create an agile API layer. This makes it easier to integrate mobile apps with the rest of the company’s infrastructure, and makes it simple to connect mobile applications to multiple enterprise data sources.

Finally, it says that enterprises should adopt a “mixed-sourcing approach for mobile app development,” by outsourcing the more complex application development activities to a third party, rather than handling them in-house.

Read why Gartner identifies Alpha Anywhere as one of two "sophisticated" RMAD tools on the market.
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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.