Mobile App Developers Face Major IT Challenges

By Michael Vizard

The majority of mobile application developers are struggling with both developing application programming interfaces and the arcane backend services those APIs need to invoke, according to the findings of a new survey of 5,778 developers conducted by IDC on behalf of Appcelerator, a provider of mobile app development tools. Nearly three-fourths of developers said that getting mobile-optimized access to backend data is becoming the greatest challenge to building apps. By far the top enterprise data sources those developers are trying to invoke are custom Web services that most likely pre-date the mobile apps. As such, those interfaces are relatively arcane. Developers report that Facebook and Twitter are the two most widely used public data sources. At the same time, the study also finds that developer interest in wearable devices, such as the Apple Watch, is on the rise. For solution providers across the channel, the implications are that not only does interest in building mobile apps remain high, but there may be even bigger backend services opportunities as many organizations begin to appreciate the need to modernize backend services on which mobile apps ultimately depend.

This article was originally published on 2016-01-05