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2013: The Year Mobile Apps Surpass That Of Desktop Apps


Software developers are fast turning from desktop applications to mobile apps. A survey conducted by Appcelerator indicates that smaller companies find investing in mobile app development to be financially more feasible than investing in developing desktop apps. Out of all the software enterprise leaders who took part in the survey, 87% opined that software development priorities are shifting over to the mobile sector.

In 2013, businesses will focus on churning out more mobile apps. With mobile apps rapidly taking over the majority of IT needs, it is only natural that software development requirements shift. Today, more users are relying on mobile apps due to their 24/7 availability and the close proximity of their mobile devices. Our future personal assistants are already digitally present on our mobile devices in the form of Siri, Evi, Vlingo, or Iris. It is only with time that mobile apps will succeed in controlling and complementing more and more of our personal lives.

Although the looming decline of desktop apps is rampant, IT giants are still not paying attention. The Appcelerator survey shows Microsoft devoting only 28% of its development resources to mobile applications. SAP’s 16% and Oracle’s 11% are still higher than IBM’s 7% and HP’s 5% leadership in the mobile technology space.

Their lack of focus is providing a palatable opportunity for smaller “mobile-first” companies to deliver intimate and focused services to their customers via mobile apps.

platform-interest Courtesy of Appcelerator

Android and iOS continue to reign as the platform of choice for enterprise mobile app development. While Apple and Samsung keep locking horns over every new device released by them, app developers bask in launching apps for these two platforms. The survey revealed a high percentage of enterprise developers (80%) keen on developing apps for the iPhone and iPad. 64% are “very interested” in developing Android phone-based apps.

Enterprises are each targeting to launch a minimum of five or more mobile apps in 2013. But companies pursuing mobile apps aggressively have their targets set on 20 or more apps to be launched in 2013. The overall picture of the mobile app development market shows that although challenged by smaller developers, major software companies are still moving at a snail’s pace in embracing mobile apps.

Mobility ranks high in the list of business priorities due to the spread of mobile devices and apps. 55% of the companies surveyed believe that mobility should be given strategic priority. This because mobile apps have already infiltrated all types industries imaginable. Innovation in the mobile space allows businesses to transform relationships, improve business solutions, become more competitive and increase its bottom line.

mobile-jobs Courtesy of Appcelerator

Alas, many enterprises are still not investing in mobility. They are not treating mobility as a strategic priority.

2013 will be the year of mobile apps connecting to the cloud, apps that are driven by superior user experience, and apps that are employee-facing.

  • Today, most backend systems (databases, ERPs, Content Management Systems, etc) sit on the cloud and are accessible via traditional web-based or client-server apps. Almost all the survey respondents foresee enterprise mobile apps being designed to connect to the cloud to perform transactions with these backend systems.

backend-systems Courtesy of Appcelerator

  • B2B mobile app user experience matters for 86% of the enterprise leaders surveyed. This is because a first-class UX encourages employees to switch over to the apps built by their company.

A sweeping IT transformation, due to mobile innovation, is just around the corner. User experience in the mobile space is improving year after year, and this is fuelling the demand for more mobile apps. Mobile-first companies and app developers are all geared up. Will enterprises fall behind their smaller and more agile competitors in the mobility race to transform how we live and do business?

Sources for this article:
Appcelerator Q1 2013 Mobile Enterprise Report, www.appcelerator.com
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http://mashable.com/2010/04/05/cloudapp/

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