Businesses continue to be drawn to mobile applications as they look for inventive ways to minimize costs while
simultaneously improving communication and collaboration across their organizations. Mobile enabling a workforce
can bring immediate productivity gains, but streamlining workflows using mobile applications remains a complex and
challenging endeavor particularly when considering the lack of in-house mobile development talent that is the norm
in even the most progressive large enterprises. The stakes are high, as the costs associated with developing and
deploying mobile applications are significant ($140K/app according to our data)-and determining which solution is
the most appropriate is increasingly difficult due to the wide variety of options available. Unfortunately, these obstacles
make implementing and maintaining mobile applications a significant undertaking because many complexities persist
long after the initial development and launch of an application and-if not mitigated-risk substantially reducing ROI.
However, another trend is underway that will further complicate traditional workflows: Our data shows that organizations
are shifting their approach to mobile application development away from IT and toward the business.
Citizen development portends big changes for organizations in the coming years. With more custom business
applications being built without code, organizations are beginning to reap the benefits. Employees have better access to
data, complex workflows are being automated, and the result is faster, better decision-making across the organization.
Greater speed and agility in application development are part of broader strategic initiatives for organizations looking
to achieve growth by reinventing themselves and staying ahead of the competition, as well as drive disruption in their
industries rather than be disrupted.
This report integrates selected findings from VDC's recent survey of mobile application developers in both midmarket
and enterprise organizations. It contains a detailed market sizing and forecast through 2020, as well as a comprehensive
competitive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, and capabilities of leading players in the mobile
application development market. (Full survey data is provided as a separate Excel spreadsheet.)
What questions are addressed?
- How will the shift to business-led mobile application development impact the enterprise?
- How large is the mobile development platform and tools market?
- How is the mobile development platform and tools ecosystem evolving?
- Is it cost-effective to modernize legacy mobile applications?
- Why are most organizations working with several mobile development vendors?
- How are web apps impacting mobile enablement?
- Which vendors are best positioned for success?
Table of Contents
- Inside This Report
- Executive Summary
- Global Market Overview
- VDC's Mobile Development Taxonomy
- Competitive Landscape
- Insights from Mobile Developers
- Sustainable Development Practices
- Alpha Software
- PowWow Mobile
- Red Hat (Feed Henry)
- Zebra Technologies
LIST OF EXHIBITS
- Exhibit 1: Global Shipments for Mobile Application Development Software/Tools ($US M)
- Exhibit 2: Vendor Market Share by Annual Revenues
- Table 1: Representative Vendors by Category
- Exhibit 3: Mobile Application Development Segmentation by Annual Revenues ($US M)
- Exhibit 4: Organizational Approach to Mobile Application Development
- Exhibit 5: Primary Platform of Mobile Developers
- Exhibit 6: DevOps Organizational Impact on Software Development
- Exhibit 7: Top Challenges Encountered While Developing Mobile Applications
- Exhibit 8: Tools Developers Use to Speed Application Delivery
- Exhibit 9: Average Cost to Develop and Deploy a Mobile Application
- Exhibit 10: Current/Planned Mobile Application Deployments
- Exhibit 11: Software Developer Time Allocation
- Exhibit 12: Integration Challenges of Developing Mobile Applications
- Exhibit 13: Languages/Frameworks Used to Develop and Build Mobile Applications
- Exhibit 14: Primary Product/Solution Used to Develop Mobile Applications