Apple Leads All Comers in Enterprise Mobile App Development

Appcelerator surveyed 770 enterprise CEOs, CIOs, Mobile Application Development managers and other senior managers in November 2012 on their views and choices relating to enterprise use of mobile apps.

The results were startling, to say the least. Here’s the first one:

87% of enterprise respondents predict that more mobile applications will be developed than new desktop applications

In other words, they see the action today being in mobile apps deployment, not on the desktop. This will also dictate their spending priorities in 2013.

The next surprising finding is the view these senior managers have of the traditional five enterprise “leaders“, namely Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, SAP, and HP.

Microsoft was viewed as having the most leadership in mobile development of the top 5, but only a frightening 28.3% of respondents thought that they did so.

The other four ‘majors’ had even more dismal leadership perceptions, with only 15.8% enterprise leadership rating in mobile for SAP, 10.8% for Oracle, 7.3% for IBM, and 4.6% for HP.

So who did these managers think led in the mobile enterprise space? We’ll come to specifics in a second, but here’s another key finding;

80% of enterprise leaders think that mobile first companies will disrupt mature industries in 2013

Same names as the market leaders, of course. So again, who are the top platforms of choice for enterprises? No surprises – Google and Apple (Android and iOS). The report states;

80.1% of respondents “very interested” in developing for the iPhone and 79% “very interested” in developing for iPad tablets. Interest in developing for the Android platform is also high, with 64.4% “very interested” in developing applications for Android phones and 52.4% for Android tablets.

The chart below tells the story. Microsoft’s redoubt, the enterprise, is under great assault. Denying that is now akin to hiding one’s head in the sand.  Apple leads all other platforms with 80% and 79% interest in developing enterprise apps  respectively.

Android follows with 64% and 52% respectively and Google Nexus at 37%.  Windows Phone and Windows tablets are at 29% and 30% respectively as the tables are turned in the enterprise.

In an upcoming post, I will discuss a second assault on the enterprise in the form of Google Apps. If Enterprise apps are lost, Microsoft cannot exist in the same form as it does today, it will be a shell of its former self.

They must struggle mightily not to become “yesterday’s man” in the enterprise as top managers do the BYOD thing and develop for iPads, iPhones and Android devices. Let’s hope Redmond can figure out how.

What do you think is their way out of this developing morass?  Share your thoughts in the discussion below.


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