Mobile Developers Say Collaboration Apps Are No. 1

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-06-10 Print this article Print

Mobile application developers responding to a recent survey said they view collaboration tools as the most important enterprise applications for mobile devices, followed by enterprise instant messaging and logistical tools, Evans Data reports.

According to the results of a recent survey, mobile developers said they view "collaboration tools, followed by enterprise instant messaging and logistical tools ... as the most important enterprise applications for mobile devices," Evans Data reported June 8. 

Mobile developers surveyed by Evans Data said they believe these types of tools to be "much more important" than social networking or blogging features. Those results came out of Evans Data's latest survey on the subject, the Mobile Development Survey 2010. "This worldwide survey of more than 400 mobile developers is published twice a year," Evans Data said.

"With the emergence of new mobile platforms, the proliferation of more complex mobile devices in the workplace and the rapid growth of mobile applications, the enterprise is under pressure to support the business benefits of mobility directly." Evans Data CEO Janel Garvin said in a statement. "Mobile platforms are already much more than just an adjunct in the enterprise development arena."

The survey also found, "Security is the most important feature when considering platforms to target for mobile applications." Also, "The biggest difficulty for mobile developers is cross-platform testing." Yet, two-thirds of the developers surveyed said they "do not use cross-compilation tools to help port applications between platforms."

The table of contents and sample pages from the survey can be found here.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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