The face of productivity is changing as the mobile market booms and PC sales continue to lag. Businesses hoping to stay competitive must provide employees with tools they need to stay productive on the go.
Creating enterprise-friendly mobile apps is essential for modern organizations. Earlier this year, Gartner research indicated the demand for enterprise mobile apps will grow five times faster than the ability of internal IT organizations to deliver them.
"We're seeing demand for mobile apps outstrip available development capacity, making quick creation of apps even more challenging," said Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow in a statement. "Mobile strategists must use tools and techniques that match the increase in mobile app needs within their organizations."
Gartner reports modern employees use an average of three digital devices in their daily routines. This number will grow to reach five or six as wearable technology and devices connected to the Internet of Things enter the mainstream.
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Most modern employees have at least one mobile device they use for on-the-go productivity, and many have the freedom to choose their devices and apps. This puts significant pressure on IT departments to create and deliver a large variety of mobile apps in a short timeframe.
In order to meet employee demands, IT organizations will need to evaluate users' needs for app features, learn how to improve user experience, and collaborate to deliver apps in a shorter period of time.
Mobile app development skills are invaluable in the enterprise, and will continue to be for years to come. Having a mobile development background can help boost your productivity, and your organization's as you help build and improve apps employees need to do their work.
If you're looking to broaden your mobile development skill set, consider taking an online course or pursuing a certification to gain new knowledge in designing, building, and deploying mobile apps. Here we share a few classes that may be of interest.
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