Gartner Inc.’s latest research report “Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms” finds out that enterprises that use mobile development platform are delivering more apps than usual and facing an ever-growing demand for mobile app development.
The report pointed out that enterprises still haven’t arranged that many apps or an average of eight. But, organizations are using MADPs and deployed a lot more apps than average respondents showed in prior surveys.
“Additionally, the number of apps in development and planned for the next 12 months were also higher for the MADP users than the average,” the report declares. “Although the sample size is small, the survey results corroborate Gartner’s empirical and anecdotal evidence that organizations using MADP tend to have a higher volume of mobile apps.”
According to the vendors supplying MADPs, Gartner identified three companies in the “Leaders” section. Companies joining this list this year are Outstystems, Oracle, Mendix, and Progress, while IBM and Adobe fell into other quadrants.
Gartner differences MADPs with other coding products, for example low-level, manual coding tools like React Native. RMAD (Rapid mobile app development) offers specifically designed tools to create mobile apps with very little coding or no coding and added mobile back-end services. Gartner speaks MADPs are different from other tools and provided this partial definition: “A MADP provides tools, technologies, components and services that together constitute the critical elements of a platform for creating custom mobile apps (that is, .ipa and .apk binary files), as well as mobile Web apps or sites.”
The platform also provides cross-platform tooling, centralize development activities, and meet diverse use cases including developing, design, distribute, test, analyze and manage, among other criteria.
Adrian Leow, an Analyst by profession, said in a statement, “Many IT teams will have significant backlogs of application work that need completing, which increases the risk of lines of business going around IT to get what they want sooner,” about low enterprise app development spending. He further added that “Development teams need to rethink their priorities and span of control over mobile app development or risk further erosion of IT budgets and the perceived value of IT development.”
Gartner had some guidance for such enterprises in this week’s report.
“If you don’t already use a MADP, evaluate and deploy one as a cornerstone product supporting your mobile development strategy, especially if your organization is starting to develop and deploy mobile apps at high volume (for example, more than six apps per year),” the company further said. “A MADP will provide uniformity across app projects and enable a more scalable infrastructure for [mobile back-end services] (MBS), including addressing the emergence of chatbots, [virtual personal assistants] (VPAs) and conversational UI channels.”
The report said, “Gartner expects the MADP space to continue to evolve rapidly: as wearables, bots and conversational UI channels need to be folded into the omnichannel approach of these platforms; and as mobility permeates deeper in other enterprise systems and platforms.”