This article originally appeared at The WHIR
The number of mobile apps used by enterprise will growing rapidly over the next two years, but development challenges will lead to two-thirds of them being developed externally, according to a 451 Research report. The 2015 Enterprise Mobile Application Report (PDF), sponsored by cloud enterprise mobility solutions company Kony, shows more than half of respondents plan to deploy 10 or more apps in the next two years, despite a shortfall in capabilities.
451 Research surveyed 480 IT professionals in North America, Europe, and Australia in March, and found that budget and resource limitations, a skills shortage, legacy infrastructure, overall technology fragmentation, and immature lifecycle workflows will drive enterprises to seek help from third-party app developers.
“There is strong demand for new mobile apps, and companies are broadening their focus beyond core processes and application silos; however, enterprises are still very much in the early stages when it comes to mobile app strategies,” said Chris Marsh, study author and principal analyst, 451 Research. “IT is still in the driver’s seat when it comes to both the bulk of internal mobile app development, technology procurement and project management, although line of business want input and greater collaboration. Line of business is also starting to bring a great amount of funding support to the discussion.”
Enterprises are expecting their IT departments to develop most of apps internally, with the amount of development outside of IT dropping from 42 percent now to 21 percent in two years. That internal development, however, will be only 35 percent of all planned app development, while business application vendors are expected to make up 21 percent. Digital agency partners, developer partners, and systems integrators are expected to split the rest of the enterprise mobile app workload roughly evenly.
“The global market for enterprise mobility is expected to grow from $72 billion to $284 billion by 2019, nearly quadrupling in size,” Dave Shirk, president of Products and Marketing, Kony, Inc said. “Companies need to be prepared to meet this demand for mobile business solutions with proper alignment between lines of business, IT developers and IT management, to effectively manage and lead enterprise mobility projects.”