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More enterprises are building their own custom mobile apps

Lucas Mearian | June 14, 2017
Increasingly, mobile app development platforms support wearables, chatbots and virtual personal assistants.

"Companies looking to build simpler applications -- just a workflow application, an approval app, an inspection app, a survey app -- don't really need to build using a high control, code-centric approach," Wong said.

Low-code MADPs typically take the form of visual drag-and-drop, WYSIWYG and declarative model-driven approaches.

In addition to custom mobile apps, about 25 percent of organizations are still using virtual desktop infrastructure development tools and configurable apps, such as SAP Fiori, Wong said.

Enterprises considering using an MADP should look for one that provides end-to-end app development delivery, design collaboration capabilities, cross-platform development tools and the ability to use high productivity, low-code visual tools.

They should also support third-party, native development tools and manage the deployment of mobile apps -- including the testing and integration of them with existing business processes.

"A lot of MADP's are supporting device test clouds like Amazon's test cloud and Perfecto Mobile and Microsoft's Dev Test Cloud as the capture performance and behavior analytics to formulate the user story and prioritize what needs to be fixed or what needs to be added," Wong said.


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