What Strong App Development Demand Means to Channel

Application development

1 - The Backlog GrowsThe Backlog Grows

A full 82% of those polled said their app development backlog is growing, and 89% said they could not reduce it year over year.

2 - ROI Under PressureROI Under Pressure

Most projects are delivered late (69%) and even more (76%) are over budget.

3 - Missed GoalsMissed Goals

Nearly two-thirds (64%) don’t fully meet requirements or provide expected business value (66%).

4 - Turnaround for a New AppTurnaround for a New App

Only 6% can do it in weeks. Almost a quarter (22%) said it would take multiple years. Nearly half (46%) report it would take them multiple quarters to build a new app.

5 - Turnaround for Change RequestsTurnaround for Change Requests

9% admitted it can take years to process change requests, 37% reported it would take months and 30% said it requires multiple quarters.

6 - Strongest Areas of App DemandStrongest Areas of App Demand

Mobile apps top the list, at 75%, with 68% saying they need those apps to be able to run across multiple channels.

7 - Types of Apps NeededTypes of Apps Needed

Customer- and partner-facing apps (56%), reporting and analytics (55%), document and content management (54%) and extending existing systems (51%) are driving demand.

8 - Total Number of ProjectsTotal Number of Projects

A full 68% said they completed one to 20 projects last year, and 64% said they are looking at a similar number this year.

9 - Development MethodologiesDevelopment Methodologies

While 36% said they were using Agile development methodologies, just as many said they are still using traditional waterfall methodologies.

10 - Citizen DevelopersCitizen Developers

Backlog falls on the shoulders of professional developers; 78% report lacking tools to enable business users to develop apps.

11 - Collaboration ChallengesCollaboration Challenges

App development remains fairly monolithic: 75% can’t easily create and share prototypes.

12 - Tools and Infrastructures IssuesTools and Infrastructures Issues

A full 75% lack an integrated development environment; 74% said development tools and infrastructure are not readily available.

Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight, Channel Insider and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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