Mind the Mobile “App Gap”

Mind the Mobile “App Gap”

January 30, 2013 0 Comments

We've all heard it: Mobility is more than just a trend.


What started out as a consumer-driven phenomenon is now a movement being driven and shaped by a global business community looking to capitalize on the benefits of increased workplace productivity. It’s no wonder that demand for mobile devices and applications for both personal and enterprise use is surging!

Last week, we announced results of global research we commissioned from Vanson Bourne that further cemented the future impact and business benefits of the mobile revolution.  The data showed that two out of three people use at least one of their personal mobile devices for work and 92% of organizations believe that adopting mobile apps will give them a competitive edge.

But there remains a critical problem.

Two thirds of those surveyed are concerned that they lack the skills to develop and maintain an appropriate, modern app in-house. We’re calling this inability to connect end-users with enterprise approved mobile applications the “App Gap”. Organizations must bridge the widening gap between end-user demand for mobile devices and the business’ ability to bring user-friendly apps that securely and effectively integrate critical back-end data and systems. Easier said than done, right?

To help business solve this issue we’ve launched a new application development platform - OpenEdge Mobile. The premier platform for developing mobile applications, OpenEdge Mobile incorporates an easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface that facilitates creation of mock-ups and collaboration amongst development teams. Plus, being a standards-based hybrid application allows users to write once and deploy anywhere to multiple devices and OS’ include iOS and Android without the need to learn device-specific languages or development environments.

We’re excited to share this news with all of you and encourage you to comment here with feedback, questions and thoughts on your mobility challenges!

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Karen Tegan Padir

Karen Tegan Padir is the president of the Application Development and Deployment Business Unit at Progress, reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Pead. Padir, a 20-year software industry veteran, is responsible for the strategy and growth of Progress application development assets including Telerik, Modulus, Rollbase and the Pacific Platform.

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