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Mobile app development on the rise

Nearly four fifths of manufacturers are set to develop mobile applications this year, according to a recent IDC Manufacturing Insights study.

Manufacturers need to evaluate their current mobility maturity and understand when and how a corporate app store can effectively facilitate the spread of mobile apps throughout their organisation

Heather Ashton, IDC Manufacturing Insights

In light of this finding, the Business Strategy: Looking Forward to the Corporate Application Store report reveals the growing importance of corporate app stores to help manufacturers effectively create, deploy and manage the rising tide of mobile apps being used throughout their company. Many manufacturers are expected to adopt corporate app stores over the next 12-18 months.

According to the study, the ideal corporate app store is independent of device and application sources and meets governance and security requirements of the corporation.

It predicts that manufacturers will increasingly leverage the patterns of application produced by mobile enterprise application platform vendors in order to design, develop and deploy mobile applications more quickly.

IDC also recommends that manufacturers assess their mobility maturity and evaluate their in-house mobility adoption in order to ensure that the development and deployment programmes can be supported by key IT suppliers.

“The rise of the corporate app store is an emerging trend in manufacturing, and we believe it will continue to become an appropriate construct for managing the proliferation of mobile apps inside the corporation,” said Heather Ashton, IT priorities and strategies’ research manager for IDC Manufacturing Insights. “Manufacturers need to evaluate their current mobility maturity and understand when and how a corporate app store can effectively facilitate the spread of mobile apps throughout their organisation.”

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