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Enterprises Have Built Few Mobile Apps, Plan on Doing More

by Abel Avram on Jan 30, 2013 |

According to a recent Appcelerator survey, enterprise have built few mobile applications so far, but they intend to build more this year considering 2013 as the year when the number of mobile apps created will surpass those for the desktop. The report includes other details on the enterprise mobile space.

In an attempt to find out the state and the tendencies of the enterprise mobile landscape for 2013, Appcelerator,  the company behind Titanium - a cross-platform mobile development platform, surveyed 770 enterprise executives. The key findings of the survey are:

87% of the respondents believe enterprises will build more mobile than desktop applications in 2013

Traditional software vendors show little leadership in mobile, only 28.3% of the respondents considering Microsoft as being a leader in mobile development, SAP – 15.8%, Oracle – 10.8%, IBM – 7.3%, and HP – 4.6%. Almost half of the respondents think that HP and Oracle do not understand the mobile phenomenon.

Enterprises lag behind consumer space when it comes to the number of mobile applications built, 74% of them having developed less than 5 apps so far, as shown in the following chart:

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Enterprises intend to build more mobile applications in 2013: 0-1Apps – 20.1% and 2-5Apps – 44.4%, resulting that 64.5% will build up to 5 apps this year. Also, 10.8% of the respondents declared their intention to build more than 20 apps in 2013.

Enterprise executives believe mobile is critical to the business because of:

  • The opportunity to transform relationships – 52%
  • The demand for better solutions – 48%
  • Competitive pressures – 42%
  • Increasing revenue – 39%

In spite of that, only 44% of the companies have a comprehensive mobile strategy, 22% being unclear on the business case for one, and 30% lack the time or resources needed. The main obstacles in enterprise mobile success is: 54.3% – lack of resources, 40.9% – lack of technology standardization, 26.5% – lack of strategy, 24.9% – integration with enterprise data.

Enterprises’ interest in existing platforms does not come as a surprise:

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When it comes to data sources, enterprises connect their mobile applications with CMS – 44.7%, Microsoft DBs – 39.1%, Oracle – 29.2%, SharePoint – 29.6%, SAP – 19.8% and Salesforce.com 17.9%.

The report was based on 770 responses coming from executives having various managerial positions - IT Manager – 29.5%, Development Manager – 16.6%, CEO – 15.3%, Marketing Manager – 11%, VP – 9%, Mobile Manager – 6.9%, CIO – 6.2%, Enterprise Architect – 5.5%-, and with the following geographical distribution: North America – 60.1%, Europe – 25.7%, Asia Pacific – 8.1%, Latin America – 4.3%, and Africa – 1.8%. The survey was carried from Nov. 15 to Dec. 1, 2012.

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