Companies Increasingly Look to Cloud for Mobile App Development

ABI Research predicts that cloud platforms will generate $3.6 billion in mobile enterprise application revenue by 2019.

INN Breaking News, July 17, 2014

Bob Violino

The evolving enterprise mobility market will see huge growth in new cloud-based solutions, as organizations look to mobilize quickly and easily, according to a report from ABI Research. ABI Research predicts that cloud platforms will generate $3.6 billion in mobile enterprise application revenue by 2019.

Companies are seeking mobile application platforms deployed on-premise or in the cloud for the development and management of enterprise applications. The focus on applications is based on necessity and scalability, the report notes, as enterprises are forced to deal with a growing number of devices and device platforms accessing enterprise content and systems.

“Mobile applications allow for greater flexibility when mobilizing content and employees,” ABI Research senior analyst Jason McNicol said in a statement. “However, the cost in terms of time and resources is fairly expensive to generate a single app for multiple platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Fortunately new cloud-based development solutions have evolved and are now gaining traction to reduce the app development time while permitting cross-platform deployment.”

ABI Research predicts that cloud deployments will grow faster than on-premise solutions, with a compound annual growth rate of 43 percent between 2014 and 2019.

“We routinely hear about the advantages and increases in worker productivity from mobilizing a workforce,” McNicol said. “Recent gains are driven by new cloud-based tools as enterprises gain more understanding of ‘the cloud’ particularly on security. North America is driving cloud adoption solutions, but there exists tremendous growth opportunity in other regions seeking to exploit the same productivity gains.”

This story first appeared at Information Management.


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