CIOs Embrace Mobile Application Development

 

Mobile application strategies continue to dominate many of the conversations in the C-suite as senior managers know these apps can lead to extrodinary productivity gains. New mobile applications hold the promise of enabling your employees to work better, faster, and collaborate more often.The truth of the matter is that corporate wide adoption rates for new mobile apps is slow but gaining momentum.

 

According to a recent survey by Vanson Bourne, less than 20% of 1,000 C-level IT and business decision makers interviewed said their mobile initiatives have been adopted by a majority of their employees.This is a very low adoption rate and good CIOs know they need to be more proactive in rolling these apps out across their organizations. CIOs at U.S. companies tell us they are poised to spend millions on mobility this year to move office functions to the field, reinvent critical business processes, and drive productivity.


There are numerous vendors that supply application development solutions to developers. 
Many of them provide development environments that are fully capable of delivering aid to CIOs and IT leaders who seek solutions to create enterprise friendly apps accessible on a host of devices, including smartphones and tablets. A recent Gartner study, "Market Trends: Application Development Software Worldwide, 2012-2016," indicates that companies will increase spending on mobile application development software that enables their teams to quickly and easily develop new apps in a rapidly changing environment. Gartner predicts that mobile app developemt projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4:1 by 2015. 


Cloud is also a big part of this trend. According to a Gartner, "Cloud is changing the way applications are designed, tested and deployed, resulting in a significant shift in application development priorities. Cost is a major driver, but also agility, flexibility and speed to deploy new applications."


Gartner also projects that by 2015, 90 percent of large, mainstream enterprises and government 
agencies will use some aspect of cloud computing.


Here are several key reasons CIOs need to monitor global application development trends:


1. According to Gartner, companies worldwide will spend $9 billion by year's end on application development software, a 1.8 percent increase over 2011.


2.Gartner predicts that mobile projects for smartphones and tablets will account for 80 percent of all development activities by 2015.


3. The mobility trend is real as just 20 percent of all application development projects will be targetted to PCs by 2015


4. According to Gartner, having mobile applications, systems, and devices are "one of three top CIO priorities at the enterprise level."


5. Gartner says that CIOs expect over one-fifth of their employees to use tablets instead of laptops by 2013, marking a dramatic shift in the computing environment.


6. Cloud computing is also a major reason for the growth in mobile appplication development. According to Gartner, 90 percent of large enterprises will be using cloud computing by 2015.

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Bill has been a member of the technology and publishing industries for more than 25 years and brings extensive expertise to the roles of CEO, CIO, and Executive Editor. Most recently, Bill was COO and Co-Founder of CIOZone.com and the parent company PSN Inc. Previously, Bill held the position of CTO of both Wiseads New Media and About.com.

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