Enterprise mobile app development to outstrip capacity 5:1, so how will your enterprise IT and digital teams cope?
Gartner stated earlier this year that “Demand for Enterprise Mobile Apps Will Outstrip Available Development Capacity Five to One” and according to Infographic the global APP market is set to be worth a staggering $77 billion by 2017.
But the fact that the app market is growing exponentially isn’t the most interesting thing…it’s that we are past the tipping point in usage of apps versus traditional laptop applications, at least in the consumer space. The chart below from eMarketer show that “vertical” screen use in the U.S. has now overtaken “horizontal” use – i.e. the traditional laptop is now becoming a niche device!
Take a stroll through any high street electronics store or website to see that laptops are now limited to specialist use (gaming, design etc) where power is demanded over ease of use.
So it’s clear that the next generation of general enterprise users will want all of their corporate applications (plus a whole lot more new apps) on their tablet/mobile phone. So, what should CIOs and digital teams step up to this supply-demand gap ? Gartner has some good advice (below)
Most corporates have invested in B2C apps for supporting their customers growing desire for control of their purchasing and usage experience from their sofa and on the move. Statistics show that on-line banking is moving to mobile, as is retail, and utilities monitoring won’t be far behind with the “connected home and “connected car” setting the trend.
Everyone has an idea for an app that they want to develop and the “Internet of Things” (IoT) means that as we move from an average per person of 2 devices to 20, that we own connected to the internet that trend is likely to continue. E-health, tele-care and education are all set to be transformed through IoT and app developments.
Now Oracle and SQL are in the “maintain and support” category for most CIOs they have offshored the mature services they need to save money. The Oracle & SQL teams are in decline in most organisations as they build their R&D around the next wave of technology. The new kids on the block are the app & digital teams!
In addition to the “ideas or R&D” teams putting real pressure on the CIO to innovate and develop new services with apps – just consider how many “innovation workshops” are happening in the Fortune 500 just now each generating a long demand list of new apps to transform the business “tomorrow” – and then the digital and IT teams being asked to develop these new apps overnight to provide market differentiation for the business.
As Gartner states:
“Mobile development teams are overstretched and have difficulty effectively delivering the growing number of mobile apps in their queues. The result is apps being built on a first-come, first-served basis, with the line of business making the most noise having its needs met first. This lack of value-driven prioritization leads to inefficient use of IT resources and a degradation in the quality of apps delivered. According to Gartner analysts, mobile development teams need to formulate a process of mobile app prioritization that involves understanding the needs of business stakeholders. This will be a key factor in defining common criteria for evaluating mobile app projects.”
Then there is the added complexity of the good old legacy applications, if all the workforce are ditching their laptops to become “millennial” mobile workers with their work in the cloud you can bet they won’t be happy using those old SAP and Oracle ERP systems in native mode, so new app front–ends will required as a minimum to provide data visualisation and touch-screen enablement.
Consequently organisations are faced with a double-whammy of must-do developments to transition their applications from laptop to mobile and the new-wave of innovative developments to maintain their competitive position in the market. To meet this demand digital and IT teams are reaching out to a new breed of software house that understands the new app development skill-set but also understands enterprise design and build methodologies, and back end integration requirements.
SwarmOnline is specialising in exactly that “enterprise app market” having designed built and deployed new apps for the likes of EON, (for field force management and Smart Meter installation) the NHS and Veripos (Oil and Gas Exploration).
Andrew Duncan (MD and founder of SwarmOnline) says:
“We specialise in helping large enterprises transform their applications to run on the next generation of devices that employees are now using as well as helping organisations innovate using the latest IoT technologies. The key for us is the world-class development team we have built in Glasgow, we are now in a position where we can attract and grow the best talent. SwarmOnline is a natural place to want to work if you are interested in innovative technologies and complex software applications. We also recognise that large corporates want to train developers up so they are not 100% reliant on outsourcing so a large part of what SwarmOnline does is training development teams on new app development skills.”
SwarmOnline Solutions is also all about integration in the mobile space “it’s about partnerships to ensure end to end projects deliver on-time and to budget”. SwarmOnline has created and enviable end to end capability for hosting, mobile devices and IoT that ensures for customers who want a solution deployment they can take full responsibility for the project.
Gartner recognises this demand for integration and innovation:
“Integration is often the largest part of the effort of delivering an enterprise mobile app, with many app development teams underestimating the time and resources required for integration during the planning stage of the traditional waterfall methodology they are following. Gartner believes organizations need to replace this traditional IT development approach with a bimodal strategic approach that supports innovation and agility to deliver apps more efficiently and quickly. Bimodal approaches consist of two models: Mode 1 drives the creation of stable infrastructure and APIs to allow apps to retrieve and deliver data to back-end systems without impacting those enterprise applications, while Mode 2 uses high-productivity, agile approaches to quickly deliver front-end app features required by the business.”
Customers who are looking for innovation want someone who can see the potential of new technologies and where their USP is going to come from so SwarmOnline Innovations adopt an agile approach to design and development alongside partnerships with the likes of Commsworld, Vodafone, IBM and others to deliver fully integrated mobility solutions. “If you take a look at our innovation maps for the energy, water & insurance industries you can see how the innovation is driven from the software design right through the business”
One of the 4 key recommendations that Gartner recommends to organisations to cope with the growing demand is to:
“Adopt a mixed-sourcing approach – Organizations want to have full control over their mobile app development initiatives, however, maintaining a pure in-house development environment is difficult to achieve given mobile is a relatively new competency to many developers. It entails many complexities and specific activities, such as UX design and psychology or cellular coverage testing, which may be more efficiently handled by an outsourced third party experienced in mobile app development. Gartner believes organizations will improve their in-house mobile development skills over time, but currently only 26 percent of organizations are adopting an in-house-only development approach, while 55 percent are successfully delivering apps using mixed sourcing.”
The enterprise application market is well into the next wave of developments, if you are interested in learning more please contact SwarmOnline us at [email protected] or on +44(0) 330 122 2800.