The title of this blog post says it all. When it comes to enterprise mobility, there is a disconnect between companies recognizing the importance of business mobile apps to their long term success, and their ability to actually get these apps built in a timely fashion. We came across an excellent article on the problem at Enterprise Efficiency titled "The Enterprise Mobility Disconnect" that is definitely worth reading. We wrote a response to the article which is reproduced below. We hope you find it useful.
Response to "The Enterprise Mobility Disconnect"Based on countless discussions with enterprises, we are convinced that companies are increasingly recognizing that in order to stay competitive they have to come up with a coherent plan for building business mobile apps, or extending their existing apps to take advantage of mobile. Problem arise, however, when it gets to the realities of implementation. Here are a few observations:
- Building business apps today is more complex than in the past because typically the apps have to run on all major mobile devices (Apple, Android and increasingly Microsoft), as well as on the web. In addition, apps need to support a different, new touch and animation-oriented UX and have to be optimized for each device. See Alpha CTO Dan Bricklin's recent article on Responsive App Design.
- For implementation, you can have multiple teams building for each target platform/device but that is frightfully expensive, and you run up against the reality of a profound skill shortage in the mobile developer area. Check out this data from the Robert Half Organization on the topic of mobile skills shortages.