RMAD: Meeting the Skyrocketing Development Demand for Mobile Apps

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

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

The demand for developing mobile apps will continue to skyrocket, and businesses’ ability to meet that demand will fall behind — far behind. A Gartner report 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 enterprise today. But help is on the way: cue RMAD.

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 will want custom mobile applications that are slick and easy to use but also improve workflow and productivity without sacrificing enterprise must-haves: security, data integration, offline access, and more.

Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow puts it this way: “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, noting that “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 tools use a low-code or no-code approach to app development, allowing people with little programming experience to quickly build a mobile app. RMAD tools include backend integration and front-end app development. So even line-of-business staff and domain experts can build mobile apps.

Another Gartner study, “Market Guide for Rapid Mobile App Development Tools,” notes that “By 2018, more than half of all business-to-employee (B2E) mobile apps will be created by enterprise business analysts using codeless tools.” It 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.”

You and your staff can try your hand at RMAD tools right now, with Alpha Anywhere. Go here for more details, including a free trial.