AT&T was ranked No. 1 in a survey on who provides the best mobile application development and testing services. Verizon and IBM ranked second and third, respectively.
the top spot in a recent survey asking which vendors deliver the best mobile
application development and testing services, according to IDC.
In the survey
involving 350 U.S. respondents, International Data Corp. asked enterprise users
about their perceptions of vendors who offer services in mobile application
development (AD) and mobile testing services for applications and devices.
While AT&T took top honors, Verizon and IBM ranked second and third,
respectively. Overall strength of brand had a significant influence on vendor
selection, IDC said.
as a provider of discrete or bundled mobile-application development and/or
testing services will require players to highlight a combination of their
technical and business competencies and experience in highly iterative mobile
prototyping and validation, as well as availability of end-to-end mobile lifecycle
services, said Rona Shuchat, director of application development, testing and
management services at IDC, in a statement. Enterprise customers are
challenged by the rapid pace of and investment required in mobile technology
platforms, and many plan to leverage a range of professional project or fully
outsourced mobile application services."
two reports, one on mobile application development and another on mobile
application testing. In the mobile application development arena, survey
respondents identified four key findings, including that reusable frameworks
are needed to lower development costs. The survey showed that enterprises are
looking for providers who can lower the cost of development with code
reusability and cross-platform portability frameworks. Demand for skill sets to
use the latest development techniques across multiple mobile OS platforms is
high with 35 percent of respondents seeing this as a primary challenge.
The IDC survey
also indicated that there is a need for mobile user interface skills. Attention
to up-front prototyping and rapid generation of user interface (UI) mock-ups is
key to understanding and validating customer mobile use cases. Of the 350
respondents, 35 percent cited this as the leading capability they are seeking
said innovation and speed to market are critical. Pressure to innovate and keep
up with the rapid pace of mobile technology change will strongly influence U.S.
enterprises' plans to leverage third-party mobile lifecycle services, IDC said.
This is particularly significant for those who are planning to use providers
for mobile application development over the next 12 to 24 months.
IDC said monetization of the mobile channel continues to grow in enterprise
priority. Immediate needs call for integration of mobile applications with
business email and calendaring, location-based services, sales force
automation, billing and payment functionality, and ERP among other critical
regarding mobile application testing include that there is increasing demand
for testers with strong communication skills. Testers will play a pivotal role
in mobile testing and the broader software development lifecycle (SDLC), with
leadership that requires bridging business needs with technical architectures,
being responsive and effective in steering toward high-value risk mitigating
test planning and execution strategies.
survey showed that nearly 40 percent of enterprises are seeking bundled
combinations of mobile application development integration and testing
services. Additionally, 33 percent of respondents said leveraging third-party
expertise and platform assets to validate mobile application functionality,
performance and security requirements is important for them. Also, automated
approaches to validating multi-touch, gesture-based applications with precision,
along with voice recognition and incoming, 3D navigation is complex and
expected to tax even the more advanced enterprise organizations, IDC said.
also indicate that provider brand positioning will influence enterprise
adoption behavior across mobile lifecycle services. Other vendors who placed
within the top 10 by company size or select industry categories across both
reports included Accenture, Appirio, Aricent, Atos Origin (Siemens),
Capgemini/Sogeti, CGI, Cognizant, Compuware (Gomez), CSC, Dell, Deloitte,
Fujitsu, Globant, HP Enterprise Services, iGate Patni, Infosys, ITC Infotech,
Keynote Device Anywhere, Lockheed Martin, Logica, Mahindra IT and Business
Services, Motorola, MindTree, Neoris, Northrop Grumman, Polaris, SOASTA, Sprint,
Symphony, Tata Consultancy Services, Unisys, and Wipro.
AT&T held its sixth annual AT&T
in Las Vegas last month. It began one day before the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show
, AT&T made a series of moves aimed at helping developers build
better mobile applications to run on its wireless platform, including a new API
environment, new support for HTML5 applications and a developer-centric cloud
platform, among other things.
Mobility and Consumer Markets Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher
announced the new AT&T API Platform for easy access to APIs. The new API
Platform provides support for the development of HTML5 mobile applications with
add-that-to-my-bill technology that will make it easy for developers to
monetize their applications through the AT&T bill, the company said. The
new API platform also features new tools to help developers create multi-screen
applications, including for AT&Ts