Tuesday, June 19, 2012
But according to the same study, only 18% of CIOs have a clear strategy to achieve their company's enterprise mobility vision. Why? The reasons are numerous, including competing requirements, fast-evolving technologies, and resource constraints. In fact, 50% of CIOs respond that they lack adequate mobile developers on staff, and a significant majority of organizations expect to deploy mobile application with heavy customization requirements.
This emergence of custom application development has inspired some CIOs and IT departments to adopt new development tools to support mobility. These tools, such as jQuery Mobile and Dojo Mobile, provide HTML5-compliant rapid application environments and UI frameworks. However, development teams must still wrestle with offline application access, intelligent data orchestration, and back-end system connectivity. We recommend that organizations ensure that they consider the full spectrum of mobile technology challenges before gravitating to the latest "whiz-bang" toolset. And even when IT adopts these tools, their front-end development convenience should be matched with a robust back-end mobile architecture, and in many cases, a competent solution provider that can incorporate a variety and technologies and techniques to deliver value to the business.