Demand for Enterprise Apps will outstrip available development capacity five to one, according to Gartner. It has been predicted that by 2019, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organisations’ capacity to deliver them. The demand for mobile apps in the enterprise is growing at a significant rate.

Speaking ahead of the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit in Sydney on 20-21 July, Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow said enterprises are finding it increasingly difficult to develop, deploy and maintain mobile apps.

“Organisations increasingly find it difficult to be proactive against competitive pressures, which is resulting in their mobile apps becoming tactical, rather than strategic,” said Mr. Leow.

“We’re seeing demand for enterprise 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 organisations.”

Mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019 (Gartner)

According to Gartner, employees now use an average of three different devices on a day to day basis with digital workforces becoming prominent in the enterprise. This figure could even rise to five or six devices per day, as the introduction of wearable technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) start to take shape within a business aspect.

Work tasks have been made so much simpler through the use of mobile devices and apps. The pressure for IT teams to develop a larger variety of mobile apps in shorter time frames is continuing to grow and there’s no time for businesses to stand still.

It’s essential to stay connected and evolve within this digital age that is completely transforming the enterprise.

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Despite the rapid growth of mobile and mobile apps within the enterprise, a survey conducted by Gartner in 2014 found that the majority of organisations have developed and released less than 10 apps, a number of which haven’t released any mobile 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.

Businesses within the enterprise continue to face and struggle to overcome challenges when it comes to mobile apps. But there are some practices worth considering when these challenges arise.

The first being app development prioritisation. With mobile app development teams becoming overstretched and inundated with development projects, continuously developing and deploying mobile apps can be a real challenge. As a result, apps are being built on a first-come, first-served basis.

IT resources are being wasted through the lack of value-driven prioritisation, leading to poorer quality apps being developed. This is why prioritising mobile apps within the enterprise is such a key part of the development process.