App Development on the Rise

By now it should be of no surprise to you to learn that app development is on an upward trajectory. More businesses than not are turning to mobile app technology as websites, emails and other modes of digital tech become more and more outdated. In the latest OutSystems annual report there are new findings in their 6th annual evaluation.

According to App Developer Magazine, “the new research report provides in-depth insights from IT managers, enterprise architects, and developers addressing a wide range of issues.”

In relation to the latest report, Steve Rotter, CMO for OutSystems, told App Developer Magazine, “digital transformation dominates business strategy today, which is why web and mobile development demand is booming. Moreover, speed and agility are more important than ever before.”

Not only are mobile apps growing in multitude, but the technology behind them is growing as well. Customers expect businesses to not only utilize mobile app tech, they expect the apps themselves to be quick, effective and worth their time.

To summarize the report App Developer Magazine highlighted six major points that businesses harnessing mobile app technology need to be aware of:

  • Demand for app dev soars: The number of applications slated for delivery in 2019 has increased 60%, according to respondents, 38% of whom plan to deliver 25 or more apps this year.
  • Steep development time: 46% of respondents said the average time to deliver a web or mobile application is five months or more.
  • Backlogs remain: 64% of IT professionals said they have an app dev backlog, and only 39% said their app dev backlog had improved in the past year.
  • Development talent is hard to find and keep: Most respondents have hired developers, 75% of respondents described app dev talent as scarce, and only 36% of organizations have larger app dev teams than a year ago. The numbers appear to show retention of app dev talent is an equally grave concern.
  • Agile practices are still slow to mature: 60% of organizations have invested in agile tools and services in the past year. However, the average agile-maturity score was a lackluster 2.7 out of 5, meaning most organizations are still in the process of defining agile processes.
  • Customer-centricity continues to rise: Over 60% of organizations have invested in customer-centric practices in the past year, including customer journey mapping, design thinking, and lean UX. For the new apps slated for development in 2019, those that will be used directly by customers or business partners were identified as most important.

One thing is made clear amongst the six points, mobile apps are growing in demand and versatility. Businesses are clamoring for them while some developers are in over their heads with design requests. Mobile apps are one tech that is not just a trend, they’re here to stay.

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