Research: Building a Mobile Business Mindset

Nov 22, 2013


Research: Building a Mobile Business Mindset

The differences between mobile apps and conventional Windows clients, or even web applications, are far more than skin deep. Yes, the touch-versus-keyboard interface, APIs, and programming languages are new, but that’s arguably the easy part. There are profound differences in how the two are built, the functionality each prioritizes, the release cycles on which they’re developed — even the attitudes, values, and work styles of the developers creating them. 

The 688 business technology pros responding to our 2013 Mobile Application Development Survey — up from 350 respondents in 2012 — are getting ready for “applification” to rock their enterprises. 

>> Android phones edged out both iPhones and iPads among platforms in use or under evaluation, cited by 78%; that’s up 12 points, from 66% in 2012.

>> 59% say coding and UI work are being done in-house versus 18% using external providers.

>> When specifying devices and platforms custom apps must support, IT and the business are in sync: “It’s a collaborative decision” was the No. 1 choice, up seven points.

>> 28% have no plans to develop browser-based mobile-optimized apps in the next 12 months; 30% say the same about native custom apps.

In this report, we’ll:

>>Discuss the road to mobilizing your organization, from picking the right apps, building a development team, and choosing the development platform to the skills and capabilities your dev team needs to successfully make the transition. 

>>Analyze mobile application development trends, from strategies and platforms to security. 

Respondent breakdown: 28% have 5,000 or more employees; 21% are over 10,000. Education, consulting, and financial services are well-represented, and 28% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level; an additional 9% are non-IT executives (C-level/VP) or line-of-business managers. (R7231213)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2013 Mobile Application Development Survey

Survey Date   July 2013

Region   North America

Number of Respondents    688

Purpose   To examine mobile platform development options, where and why enterprises are building mobile applications, and what they are looking for in mobile IDEs and development tools

Methodology   InformationWeek surveyed 688 business technology decision-makers at North American organizations. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email ­invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek and Dr. Dobbs subscribers.



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