There will be more demand for apps in the enterprise in future, that meet the high performance and usability of consumer apps.
A new report by Gartner indicates that this increase in demand will be fueled by an increase in mobile phone sales that will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019.
Market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organisation capacity to deliver them by the end of 2017.
A 2014 Gartner survey found that the majority of organisations have developed and released fewer than 10 apps, and a significant number of respondents have not released any mobile apps at all.
"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," said Gartner principal research analyst Adrian Leow.
Using more devices
Today's employees use an average of three different devices in their daily routine. This number will gradually increase to five or six devices with the rapid adoption of technologies such as wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT).
A large number of these employees have the authority to choose the devices, apps and even the processes with which to complete a task.
This authority has in turn placed pressure on IT to develop a larger variety of mobile apps in shorter time frames.
Gartner advises organisations to prioritise app development to successfully overcome app development challenges.
Organisations should also adopt a mixed-sourcing approach, use rapid mobile app development (RMAD) tools and formulate a process of mobile app prioritisation that involves understanding the needs of business stakeholders.
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