IBM, SAP and Adobe made the Leaders quadrant in Gartner’s latest MQ for mobile application development as mobile continues to be the top technology priority for CIOs, and as the installed base of mobile teeters on the edge of overtaking PCs.
MADP Overview + Leaders
Mobile application development in the enterprise is a big part of many companies’ mobile strategy, and it’s tricky for firms to choose between Web, native and hybrid apps, the 2013 Gartner MQ for Mobile Application Development Platforms found.
Complicating that decision is the fact none of the vendors in this space actually offer a reasonably priced suite that encompasses the huge app variety some companies need. As more vendors enter the space and the market evolves, some common enterprise requirements are starting to converge, and that makes it harder for any one vendor to really stand out.
Nevertheless, the 22 vendors included in this MQ tend to have a wide range of strengths, cautions and visions for the MADP market. They were selected because they met the inclusion criteria like having a significant market impact and a global presence. New selection criteria in this MQ were for openness and for support of Web technologies.
Openness refers to how well the vendor integrates with other products and supports standards. Companies are using an average of 2.5 MADP vendors, Gartner found, so vendors have to be evaluated in this area due to customer demand. Most of the vendors were included in the Niche Player quadrant, and there were only two or three each in the Visionaries and Challengers quadrants.
The Leaders were:
- jQuery Mobile
IBM, SAP, Adobe, Kony Strengths + Cautions
IBM is positioned highest in the Leaders quadrant, and the over five vendors there are pretty close behind it. Appcelerator, Sencha and Xamarin made the Visionaries quadrant, and MicroStrategy and Salesforce made the Challengers quadrant.
It's cautions were that there are some integration gaps with some IBM products and third party mobile frameworks, and there aren't many Worklight developer partners just yet.
For SAP, Gartner found the company dramatically grew its MADP license revenue even over its strong 2011 performance, to the point SAP is now the largest MADP provider in terms of license revenue. The SAP Mobile Platform is actually several tools the company rolled into one in 2013. SAP merged Syclo Agentry, Sybase Mobilizer and Sybase Unwired Platform into the combined system, and it's offered in enterprise and consumer editions.