A new Progress survey of 5,565 web and mobile application developers reveals their daily challenges and how low-code app development platforms could help.
Businesses need more consumer-grade apps every day, and time to market is crucial to remain competitive. Developers of all stripes are being asked to deliver more applications faster than ever before and they’re calling for tools and platforms to help them keep pace.
We recently took a survey of 5,565 web and mobile application developers to learn the challenges they were facing in their work and what they needed from a low-code app development platform to be more productive. Here are some brief highlights from our survey.
Survey respondents indicated that most development teams are being asked to deliver more than one web or mobile app over the next 12 months. This represents a significant demand for apps being delivered by professional developers, with 57% delivering two or more per year. It’s more than reasonable to conclude that the demand for apps will only continue to escalate—further stressing the capabilities of current development teams.
The survey data shows that external-facing apps are more commonly delivered than internal LOB apps. That distribution is even greater for mobile-specific teams. Developer control over the user experience becomes critical in this class of applications.
Free text survey responses indicated that the need for faster application delivery doesn’t vary based on company size in terms of employees or considering the number of apps to be delivered in the next 12 months. The two biggest “asks” to speed application development and delivery from both web and mobile developers were tools and platforms.
Developer talent is scarce, so organizations need to enable the developers they have with tools and platforms, while fostering a culture that can retain and attract talent. Developer sentiment and extended application delivery teams should be considered when making top-down decisions on app strategy.
What would help you deliver apps faster? “Common code for all mobile platforms with native UI support.” —Survey Respondent
Download our whitepaper, “Low-Code Platforms—What Developers Think and Why”, which examines the survey results in depth, and its companion infographic. The critical questions both resources seek to answer for application strategy leaders include:
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Technology researcher, thought leader and speaker working to enable enterprises to rapidly adopt new technologies that are adaptive, connected and cognitive. Sumit has been working in the data access infrastructure field for over 10 years servicing web/mobile developers, data engineers and data scientists. His primary areas of focus include cross platform app development, serverless architectures, and hybrid enterprise data management that supports open standards such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET, GraphQL, OData/REST. He has presented dozens of technology sessions at conferences such as Dreamforce, Oracle OpenWorld, Strata Hadoop World, API World, Microstrategy World, MongoDB World, etc.
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