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Mobility in the Enterprise

July 20, 2011

The enterprise client is morphing faster than many IT managers can keep up with. Mobile devices are already a common target for corporate enterprises according to our latest Mobile Development survey. Seventy-four percent of respondent developers said they would be extending enterprise apps to mobile clients in the coming year. The survey, which was conducted in June and examines the technology adoption and intentions of over 400 mobile developers, also found that Cloud or SaaS enterprise APIs were one of the four top API types in demand by developers.

Why is this important? It means that the corporate enterprise is fragmenting in its client targets. Employees are often using their own smartphones and expecting to be able to access in-house apps or data from the road, from their homes etc. Soon they’ll all be carrying tablets, and it’s not likely that any one tablet will dominate the market, so that will just add to the issues that corporate developers need to face when figuring out which clients to support.

This may be the driver that precipitates the widespread adoption of web apps over native apps for mobile development, at least in the corporate world. While performance and some functionality is sacrificed when running an app through a browser, cross-platform capabilities shine, and that might turn out to be the most important thing of all.

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