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The Importance of IT Services in Modern Mobile App Development

The importance of IT services in modern mobile app development remains high, according to the latest data from Clutch.

As information technology becomes increasingly central to the core enterprise business model in the digital age, the sensitivity involved with handling IT services needs in turn increases dramatically. 

Enterprises use third parties for mobile app development projects
 
Importance of IT Services in mobile app development

  Clutch 2017 Data - Continued Importance of IT Services

It makes sense that the more central role a particular service plays to core business operations, the more likely a business will want to handle the management and maintenance of that service in-house. This logic especially applies for services that qualify as both core to the business and security-intensive, like those that involve IT.

Enterprise firms increasingly partner with domestic, rather than offshore, providers for IT services projects. 78% plan to partner more with domestic IT providers in 2017.

Alpha CEO was interviewed for his perspective on the data about app development for mobile devices:

Richard Rabins, the CEO of app development software firm Alpha Software, identifies two factors driving trends around mobile app development,  the tech-savvy of incoming workforce generations, and the decrease in complexity of actual information technology.

“We’re entering into a new phase of workers who have a reasonable amount of technical savviness. That’s the first thing that’s causing trends that more work will be done in-house," Rabins said. "At the IT level, [in-house personnel don’t have to be superstar developers--you can give them one of these low code products and make them productive at building mobile apps."

Fortunately, in the case of IT services, according, the introduction of user-friendly, low-code information technology, combined with an increasingly technically-adept workforce, make it easier for enterprises to internally maintain these high-priority services.

"At the IT level, [in-house personnel don’t have to be superstar developers--you can give them one of these low code products and make them productive."

However, according to new research from Clutch, three-fourths (75%) of enterprises still heavily rely on third-party providers for IT services needs.

The research, which surveyed approximately 600 enterprise IT decision-makers, also found that services enterprises partner with external IT vendors for most frequently involve mobility-related concerns. The most common IT services enterprises procure from third-parties include:

    • Data security
    • Mobile support
    • Network management

Given the crucial role each of these IT functions play in the enterprise, particularly in the digital age when mobile apps are needed, it is apparent IT vendors remain quite valuable as IT resources for enterprises.

However, the specifics of the third party providers enterprises partner with appears to be a shifting landscape. Enterprise firms increasingly partner with domestic, rather than offshore, providers for IT services projects. 78% plan to partner more with domestic IT providers in 2017.

The shift toward domestic providers, however, does not equate to the total demise for the use of offshore IT firms for mobile app development. In fact, only 22% of enterprises indicated that they are unlikely to partner with an offshore provider in the future to address an IT services need.

For a complete analysis of the data collected in this research, visit: https://clutch.co/it-services/resources/it-services-for-the-enterprise-sourcing-decisions

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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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