A third of IT leaders describe their mobile development team as sluggish, middling or outpaced, according to new global research
CIOs say it takes an average of five months to deliver new versions of mobile applications for existing mobile device updates, confirming they cannot keep up with device vendors releasing updates every couple of months. That’s according to an independent global research study undertaken by Vanson Bourne and commissioned by Borland, a Micro Focus company (LSE: MCRO.L).
Of the 590 CIOs and IT directors polled from nine countries around the globe, the majority (79%) confirmed the teams delivering these mobile apps are a mix of in-house and outsourced support. However, a third labelled their mobile development team as sluggish, middling or outpaced, showing a distinct lack of faith in their ability to develop and deliver against business requirements. This poses a particular challenge given respondents predict a 50% increase in the number of business apps that need to be made accessible on mobile devices over the next three years (from 31% in 2013 to 46% in 2016).
Mainframe causes further complications
The ability to deliver timely mobile apps presents an even greater problem to mainframe organizations:
The OS race
CIOs made a clear choice to back Android as their mobile operating system, with 78% of organizations developing their mobile apps for this system today.
Archie Roboostoff, Borland Solutions Portfolio Director at Micro Focus, said: “Mobile apps play a critical role in every organization’s business strategy today. However, the consumer in all of us is demanding more, and companies are under increasing pressure to release higher quality mobile apps faster and more often than ever before.
A shift in thinking is needed when it comes to mobile quality, performance and development. Our Silk portfolio helps prevent mobile app developers and testers from struggling to keep pace, enabling them to deliver better software faster as mobile technology demands continue to accelerate.”
Notes to Editors
The independent research survey was undertaken by Vanson Bourne in February 2013. It covered 590 IT decision makers in nine countries including UK (100), France (100), Germany (100), USA (100), Brazil (100), Australia (35), New Zealand (15), Hong Kong (15) and Singapore (25). The respondents were from mainframe organizations with 501+ employees, covering multiple industry sectors.
Originating in 1983, Borland Software Corporation is a world-class provider of requirements, test and change management solutions. As part of Micro Focus Ltd, a member of the FTSE 250, Borland offers tools that are open, agile and work across the entire Application Development Lifecycle to enable customers to build better software, faster. For additional information please visit www.borland.com.
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