Market Demand For Mobile App Developers Will Grow by 2017: Gartner, Inc.

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According to Gartner, Inc. the demand in market for mobile app development services will grow five times faster that internal IT organization capacity to deliver them, by the end of 2017.

Gartner predicts that mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion by 2019, which will lead to a rise in demand for apps that have high performance and are proper usability.

Most apps developed today are aimed at retail customers, Whatsapp being an example. As a result, more attention is given to consumer-oriented apps compared to those used for work, called enterprise apps.

Usually, outsourcing firms like Infosys and TCS fulfil the demands for enterprise through their ADM (application development and maintenance). The demand for more apps will thereby increase the revenue of various Indian outsourcing companies.

“Enterprises find it a challenge to rapidly develop, deploy and maintain mobile apps to meet increasing demand, as it is exceedingly difficult and costly to hire developers with good mobile skills,” Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow said, while speaking ahead of the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit in Sydney on 20th and 21st July.

“Organizations increasingly find it difficult to be proactive against competitive pressures, which is resulting in their mobile apps becoming tactical, rather than strategic,” Mr. Leow said. “We’re seeing demand for mobile apps outstrip available development capacity, making quick creation of apps even more challenging. Mobile strategists must use tools and techniques that match the increase in mobile app needs within their organizations.”

According to Gartner, the scenario of current digital work place will change. At present, an employee uses an average of three devices in their routine. In future, it will increase to five or six devices, with technology such as wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) gaining popularity. Each of the employees will then be provided with different apps, devices and processes to choose from, to complete their task.

As, a result, there will be an increase in demand for mobile app development within a short span of time.

According to the Gartner survey on mobile app development conducted in 2014, majority of organizations have developed and released at least 10 mobile apps. However, the respondents have not released any apps at all.

“This is an indication of the nascent state of mobility in most organizations, with many organizations questioning how to start app development in terms of tools, vendors, architectures or platforms, let alone being able to scale up to releasing 100 apps or more,” said Mr. Leow.

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