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There's a Shortage of App Developers. Here's What to Do.

There’s a lot more new evidence that it’s getting tougher than ever for companies to find and hire mobile developers. And that should be a big concern to companies that are betting on their mobile future and facing this shortage of app developers.There's a shortage of app developers. Here’s what you can do about it.

The latest evidence for the shortage of mobile developers comes the recruiting firm Ranstad Technologies, which found a whopping 104% year-over-year demand between 2014 and 2016 for developers with mobile skills such as for iOS, Android, HTML5, Angular, Java and JavaScript. Ranstad isn’t alone. CIO's 16th annual State of the CIO survey echoed the finding as well. The survey found that 60% of CIOs surveyed had problems with skills shortages, compared to 49% a year previously. A full 18% of enterprise CIOs reported a skills shortage related to mobile technologies. One more piece of evidence: TechRepublic reports that mobile app development is one of the ten most in-demand jobs this year.

All this is nothing new, even though the problem is accelerating. A Gartner survey says that demand for enterprise mobile apps will outstrip the capacity of IT to deliver them by a factor of five to one by the end of this year. Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow warned, "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."

Bridging the mobile developers skills gap

So what can you do about it? Gartner suggests using rapid mobile app development (RMAD) tools. These tools let business analysts, domain experts and line of business staff (aka, citizen developers) create mobile apps without having to learn coding skills. Gartner says, “These approaches are allowing those with no programming skills or coding ability, such as people in business roles, to rapidly assemble mobile app prototypes and continuously iterate on these designs.”

RMAD tools are clearly the future of mobile development. Gartner analyst Jason Wong told SearchMobileComputing that “by 2020, 70% of enterprise mobile apps will be developed without IT involvement.”

Alpha Anywhere is an extremely powerful rapid mobile app development (RMAD) platform. In fact, in Gartner's recent "Market Guide for Rapid Mobile App Development Tools," Alpha Anywhere emerged as one of the most robust products evaluated; it is one of only a few vendors that meet ALL of Gartner’s criteria of popular app features in a rapid mobile app development tool. Also, the Forrester report, “Vendor Landscape: The Fractured, Fertile Terrain Of Low-Code Application Platforms,” lauded Alpha Anywhere’s low-code, rapid mobile application development and deployment environment for its “strong” mobile forms technology.

Read a deeper analysis of the burgeoning rapid mobile app development (RMAD) market. Gartner clients and download the "Market Guide for Rapid Mobile App Development Tools." To read how rapid mobile app development (RMAD) will empower citizen developers to quickly build sophisticated business apps while allowing IT to maintain some control, click here. To read more details about why Alpha Anywhere stands out in the market as rapid mobile app development (RMAD) platform, click here.

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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.

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.