40% mobile app development to leverage cloud back-end services by 2016: Gartner

Infotech Lead India: 40 percent of mobile application development projects will leverage cloud back-end services by 2016, according to Gartner.

Gartner says cloud back-end services cause development leaders to lose control of the pace and path of cloud adoption within their enterprises.

According to Gartner’s Mobile Imperative: Mobile Application Strategies and Architecture report,

“Cloud mobile back-end services will become a key component of the application development ecosystem. Enterprises may begin using them without developing the requisite understanding of the issues and risks associated with employing cloud services for application infrastructure,” said Gordon Van Huizen, research director at Gartner.

A primary goal of mobile back-end services is to make the use of cloud capabilities, such as data storage, as natural to the mobile application developer as possible. The programmer develops mobile applications using familiar storage programming mechanisms, and the cloud service acts as a black box that stores and retrieves the data as necessary.

Governing such interactions between mobile applications, enterprise systems and the cloud may require additional security and governance capabilities beyond those found in a particular mobile application development platform (MADP).

A significant amount of enterprise application development takes place outside the scope of IT in the form of business unit application development, end-user application development and development outsourced by business units to third parties.

This is beginning to change with the emergence of visual app builders and other forms of rapid mobile application development tools. With the increased demand for mobile applications, non-IT developers will increasingly look for ways to provide mobile applications that satisfy their business requirements, and they will begin building their own mobile applications.

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