Where Does RMAD Fit in the Enterprise’s Mobile Road Map?

Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt
Posted: 01/18/2017

In order to make workers more productive and processes more efficient, enterprises need the latest and greatest in technology. Nowhere is that more important than in mobility, specifically applications that can handle the muscle required to push an entire workforce to the next level of production.

But as mobility evolves, so do applications. And the number of application providers and their offerings is mind-boggling. The term “there’s an app for that” is as truthful as it’s ever been, especially in the enterprise, where companies are building their own native solutions and still using products from third-parties.

A reversal in how those apps are built is cropping up, however, leaving the complexity behind and allowing developers and non-developers alike to build their own systems. Rapid Mobile Application Development (RMAD), is a low-code to no-code way of creating the technologies needed for businesses to realize efficiencies, but in a fraction of the time and cost.

Importance of RMAD

It’s no secret where mobility is going and what it’s doing for businesses. Gartner’s 2017 predictions say 70-percent of software interactions at the enterprise level will be on mobile devices by 2022. So if nearly three of four workers are using mobile devices solely to communicate for business purposes, it’s pretty clear those companies are going to need the properly functioning applications that can handle the work, and they’ll need to be completed in a quick fashion while still offering a simplicity that’s manageable for employees of all tech intelligence.

One more prediction from Gartner is even more telling about the speed and growth of mobile apps: by the end of 2017, demand for mobile application development for IT departments within enterprises will be five times higher than they’re able to deliver.

It’s hard for a company to be agile and competitive when its development backlog is years-long. So imagine if that same IT department didn’t have to worry about creating enterprise-wide apps that may take three, six, or even nine months or more to go from concept to deployment. If IT staffers, novice-level developers, or even tech-savvy employees can have the tools to build an app that is not only useable but quickly scalable and interoperable with that enterprise’s other apps, the workload is quickly lessened for the IT department, and cost savings are realized almost instantly.

In a previous survey and report by Enterprise Mobility Exchange regarding the design and development of enterprise applications in August 2016, 26% of respondents said enterprise apps are too hard or confusing to use, while another 22% believed those apps lacked necessary functionality, leading to a high abandonment rate.

The report also showed 44% of respondents said development consumed most of their mobile application budget, and some 60% said their enterprise apps are either developed in house, designed in house, or both. But one statistic stood out above the rest: 81% of respondents said it was either important or very important to enable non-IT developers the abilities to deliver mobile applications.

RMAD isn’t a fad, but it’s what enterprises are looking for and need. Enterprise Mobility Exchange is again fielding a survey, seeking tech executives’ opinions and information – anonymously – about the infiltration of rapid mobile application development in the enterprise. Take a few minutes to lend your insights and check it out by clicking here. Three lucky survey respondents will win an Amazon Echo Dot. 

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Jason Koestenblatt
Contributor: Jason Koestenblatt

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