App Evolution: Mobility Alters Application Development

Wired Magazine Progress Software Dion PiccoDion Picco, Manager of Product Management at Progress Software has a Wired.com article up about how changes in Mobility are leading to the next iteration of Mobile Application Development. For example:

“Mobility is still very nascent, but the space is evolving rapidly. This is having a tremendous impact on how we run our lives and our businesses. According to a recent study by InformationWeek, only a quarter (26 per cent) of business technology decision makers don’t have custom applications or have plans on developing them, and the vast majority are evaluating at least one mobile operating system for use within the business and/or for developing custom mobile applications.”

A result of this, according to Picco, is that a majority of application development today follows a “mobile first” strategy, leading to what he calls a “new interface paradigm.” To sum up that paradigm:

Mobile devices have lots of nifty gizmos for which people and companies want to design applications. The explosion of mobile devices and operating systems to run those devices and their gizmos presents a major challenge to application development, with the debate still raging today over native vs. web-based. Picco believes that one answer lies in hybrid apps that can get the benefits of both native gizmo utility and web-based reach across multiple platforms.

Organizations are also looking to get up to date by shifting their back end to the cloud while making their front-end more “intuitive and mobile capable.” Throw in a more process-centric approach to development, and you have dropping development times and quicker ramp up and user acceptance. And for the TL;DR version of the above two paragraphs:

Mobility means developing apps with both reach and functionality in mind, while dropping development time and increasing ramp up speed and user acceptance. For the full piece, click here.