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RMAD: Meet Skyrocketing Development Demand for Mobile Apps

Need apps but don't have the resources? Gartner recommends RMAD software tools to solve the problem.

Demand for mobile apps will continue to skyrocket, and businesses' ability to meet that demand will fall behind -- far behind. Gartner warns that by the end of 2017, "market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations' capacity to deliver them." That spells trouble for application developers who are barely meeting custom mobile app demands in the enterprise today. But help is on the way: cue RMAD.

Gartner Analysts Richard Marshall and Van Baker Present "Picking the Best New Mobile AD Tech: MBaaS and RMAD” at Gartner AADI 2015

Gartner Analysts Richard Marshall and Van Baker Present "Picking the Best New Mobile AD Tech: MBaaS and RMAD” at Gartner AADI 2015

The big problem will be in the enterprise, Gartner says. By 2019, mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion units. That, in turn, "will fuel demand for apps in the enterprise that meet the high performance and usability of consumer apps." Employees and employers alike want custom business apps that are slick and easy to use. They want these apps to have outstanding workflow and productivity capabilities, with outstanding: security, data integration, offline access, and more.

Gartner Principal Research Analyst Adrian Leow said: "We're seeing demand for mobile apps outstrip available development capacity, making quick creation of apps even more challenging. Mobile strategists must use tools and techniques that match the increase in mobile app needs within their organizations."

Rapid Mobile App Development Tools Solve the Problem

Gartner recommends Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) tools as a way to solve the problem. Gartner analysts explain: "Using development tools that can produce apps more rapidly is crucial for enterprises to help bridge the gap between mobile app demand and supply."

RMAD platforms use a low-code or no-code approach to app development. Low-code development allows people with little programming experience to quickly build a mobile app for ios and android mobile devices. RMAD tools include backend integration and front-end app development for cross-platform development. So even business users and domain experts can build apps with outstanding user experiences.

Another Gartner study, "Market Guide for Rapid Mobile App Development Tools," reports:

"By 2018, more than half of all business to employee (B2E) mobile apps will be created by enterprise business analysts using codeless tools." The report concludes, "IT leaders can use these rapid development tools to address the global shortage of skilled mobile software engineers by increasing the pool of people who can deliver mobile apps."

Alpha Anywhere is a leading RMAD platform.Try your hand at RMAD right now and start building enterprise apps with the Alpha Anywhere mobile app development platform. Go here for more details, including a free trial.

Read a summary of the Gartner Market Guide for RMAD Tools.

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Dion McCormick
Dion McCormick

Dion McCormick, Lead Solutions Engineer at Alpha Software, is a recognized expert on agile application development. He helps enterprise development teams around the world transition from slow legacy approaches to high-performance mobile, web, and desktop development using the Alpha Anywhere platform.

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