Developers IT Decision Makers Worlds Apart on Mobile

Developers, IT Decision Makers Worlds Apart on Mobile

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Developers and senior IT decision makers have differing views of mobile maturity and its development in their organizations. That's not surprising.

But this much difference?

Appcelerator, a mobile enterprise platform provider, and IDC recently surveyed 8,010 mobile developers and 121 IT decision makers. They found vastly differing opinions on where mobile is and where it's going.

"Same planet, different world," Brad Hipps, Appcelerator's vice president of marketing, told CMSWire. "They really have diametrically opposed views of what's happening."

What They Said

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Appcelerator's Q3 2014 Mobile Trends Report, prepared in partnership with IDC, specifically found:

  • 66.9 percent of IT decision makers feel that IT is the primary driver in setting the organization’s mobile agenda
  • Developers say the lines of business are in control over IT by a margin of 49.7 percent to 34.6 percent
  • 17.9 percent of developers report using tools either built or licensed by IT, with the majority saying they found their own tools
  • 65.3 percent of IT decision-makers report their organizations to be either “leading edge” or “somewhat ahead” when comparing their mobile maturity to the competition
  • Only 34.6 percent of developers think their organizations are leading or ahead

Decision-makers and developers do agree, the survey found, that finding skilled mobile developers stands as the top challenge to timely app releases: 33.3 percent of developers and 41.3 percent of decision-makers ranked it as the number one difficulty.

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Learning Opportunities

So what's the deal? Who's fault is it that developers and IT decision-makers don't see eye to eye?

IT decision-makers seem to have a rosier view of mobility in enterprises, survey officials found. They basically give themselves an "A" for mobile achievement and seem to think their organizations are ahead of the game, according to the survey.

Hipps thinks it's too rosy. IT may be in for a rude awakening in the future.

"Virtually every question we asked IT had this very kind of rosy self-interpreted view," he said. "Developers seem to have more practical responses."

"More innovation occurs from the bottom up than the top down," Hipps added. "They're out there looking at trends, winning customers. The troubling thing here is IT decision-makers think they've already won the race. If you're an IT decision-maker, you really need to take a good, hard second look at the assumptions you make about your own mobile maturity. And certainly there are a lot of organizations out there that have done that." 

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