Mobile Madness to Hit Enterprise Apps: Survey

A recent Evans Data survey shows that three out of four developers say they plan to extend enterprise apps to mobile platforms in the coming year.

With mobile devices taking an increasingly important role in the enterprise, developers are moving to migrate key enterprise applications to mobile platforms, according to a recent survey from Evans Data.

Evans Data's new Mobile Development survey showed that 74 percent of developers polled said they would be extending enterprise applications to mobile clients in the coming year. The survey, which was conducted in June, and examines the technology adoption and intentions of more than 400 mobile developers, also found that cloud or SaaS (software as a service) enterprise APIs were one of the four top API types in demand by developers.

"It's clear that the mobile device has come into its own in the enterprise," Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, said in a statement. "And it's a very heterogeneous target with multiple devices and device types being introduced by users, leaving IT management and enterprise developers to cope. This study also showed the importance of Web apps versus native apps to mobile developers, which correlates with the need to support a wide range of devices."

The survey also found that 84 percent of mobile developers consider performance to be more important than power consumption when designing their applications.

Also, according to the survey results, Google's Android Marketplace and Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile have both surpassed Apple's App Store as planned channels of distribution in the coming year.

The study also showed that WiFi spoofing has become the top security concern for mobile development.