According to Gartner’s recent survey among the IT and business leaders about the mobile app development, it was found that the companies have allocated only 10% of their budgets to the segment, a 2% decrease when compared to 2015. However, 42% of companies expect to increase the spending on mobile app development by an average of 31% in 2016.
“Demand for mobile apps in the enterprise is growing, but the urgency to scale up mobile app development doesn’t yet appear to be a priority for most organizations,” said Adrian Leow, principal research analyst at Gartner.
“This must change, particularly given employees often have the autonomy to choose the devices, apps and even the processes to complete a task. This places an increasing amount of pressure on IT to develop a larger variety of mobile apps in shorter time frames.”
Also, the survey revealed that the companies focus on developing customized mobile apps, rather than sticking to the configurable apps or building from ready made templates. To elucidate, the development teams develop custom apps and simply extend it for the mobile compatibility. Also, many ready made mobile apps require in-depth development activity to make them compatible with the back-end databases and applications into the mobile app front-ends.
“If developers have to spend 70% of their time getting the integration right, they shouldn’t have to make compromises on the front-end by constraints inherent in prepackaged mobile apps,” said Leow.
The range of apps development differs from one user group to another. “When you add in the public apps that users are adopting personally, such as Dropbox, to use for business, the management problem becomes clear. IT’s ability to inventory and distribute these apps is fragmented at best, and more often it’s incomplete,” Leow added.
According to Gartner, there are 26 mobile apps in organizations’ own enterprise app store on average. Only 1/3rd of them are custom-made and the remaining ones are pre-packaged apps.
The survey was conducted among the companies in regions such as the United States, EMEA, Latin America and Asia/Pacific.