​Strategy planning ahead as enterprise increases mobile app development

Enterprise anticipates increasing investment in mobile application development within the next 12 months.

Enterprise anticipates increasing investment in mobile application development within the next 12 months, as organisations continue to realise the importance of mobile strategies.

The 2015 Red Hat mobile maturity survey finds that 90 percent of IT decision makers plan to increase investment in 2016, with an organisation's investment for mobile application development increasing at an average growth rate of 24 percent during the same period.

“We’re seeing a shift towards more mature practices such as collaboration across business and IT teams, as well as recognition of the importance of open source software, MBaaS technology and lightweight languages,” says Cathal McGloin, vice president, Mobile Platforms, Red Hat.

As organisations invest in mobile strategies, McGloin says they are shifting towards a “collaborative approach” in which the line of business can play a greater role in decision-making alongside IT.

“They’re also seeking to adopt newer, more agile technologies to best tackle mobile development and integration such as Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaas) and lightweight languages,” McGloin adds.

For McGloin, the transformative power of mobile is also important as organisations mature.

Findings show that 35 percent of respondents say mobile apps change the way they do business by reinventing business processes, while an additional 37 percent believe apps are primarily used to automate existing processes.

Still, 24 percent of respondents are mobilising existing web applications, showing potential for further maturity in their approaches.

McGloin says organisations are embracing open source software and MBaaS technology. An overwhelming 85 percent of survey respondents say open source software is important to their app development strategy.

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Moreover, to tackle back-end integration, MBaaS technology is used by nearly one-third (31 percent) of respondents - this number is anticipated to grow to 36 percent in the next two years.

“Organisations are realising the importance of mobile strategies,” McGloin adds.

“We’re seeing a shift towards more mature practices such as collaboration across business and IT teams, as well as recognition of the importance of open source software, MBaaS technology and lightweight languages.

“Based on the mobility maturity survey, we anticipate mobile application development will increase over the next two years as there’s still room for mobile approaches to mature in the enterprise.”

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