Four in five software projects will be a mobile application by 2015

The days of an enterprise feeling good about mobility leadership by piloting a mobile application or two are behind us. Survey findings show that the new norm for enterprise mobile application development is multiple app projects per year.
So if 2011 and 2012 were focused on testing out enterprise mobile applications and making early progress, 2013 is shaping up as the year for being monumental and productive with enterprise mobility. That’s not just a prediction, but also a reflection of user plans and ambitions.

Research shows enterprises are beyond the dabbling stage with mobility. Analyst firm Gartner, in its tech predictions for 2012 and beyond, foresees that by 2015, mobile application development projects will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of four to one. Additionally, Gartner, in its 2013 advice for enterprise IT groups contemplating project plans, states that “application delivery teams need to re-establish themselves as trusted solution providers for mobile, cloud, social and information initiatives.”

Any way you slice it, plans for enterprise mobile applications are expanding rapidly. That means to keep pace; enterprise IT and business leaders need to be both ambitious in their mobile strategy, and efficient in its execution. Furthermore, mobile applications should no longer be considered side-shows or pilot projects, but vital to the overall strategic IT plan.

In reality, developing enterprise mobile applications could be a complex and time-consuming process. The application has to run on multiple devices, must connect to multiple back-end systems, provide secure data access in today’s bring-your-own-device (BYOD) world, and be available even when the user is out of coverage. All these factors can be addressed by selecting the right enterprise mobility platform.

To keep pace with mobility leadership, enterprises need to do strategic things well, like establishing executive leadership for mobile strategy, working with employees and customers to identify innovative application ideas, and by having CIOs make mobility a vital part of IT strategic plans.

In other words, the days for dabbling with mobility won’t cut it anymore. To be a market leader, you have to be prodigious and productive in your mobility efforts.