Nearly 80% of Manufacturers to Develop Mobile Apps This Year, According to IDC Manufacturing Insights

Industry to reach tipping point in next 12-18 months; plans for corporate app stores need to start today

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--()--IDC Manufacturing Insights today announced the availability of a new report, Business Strategy: Looking Forward to the Corporate Application Store, (Doc #MI241960), that discusses the rising trend of using a corporate app store to manage the proliferation of mobile apps across manufacturing organizations. While mobile is becoming a popular form factor for new applications being developed by manufacturers, the rise of mobile applications poses a number of challenges for managing them in the context of the IT environment. The new report explores strategies around corporate app stores in the context of an organization's mobile maturity.

Mobility in manufacturing is presenting a new challenge for IT organizations to effectively create, deploy, and manage the rising tide of mobile apps throughout the company. The key questions facing manufacturers are: When does it make sense to funnel mobile app delivery through a corporate app store, and whether to design, develop, deploy, and manage the corporate app store independently or with IT partners.

Key highlights from the report include the following:

  • The ideal corporate app store is independent of device and application source, is sanctioned, and meets governance and security requirements of the corporation.
  • Current adoption rates for corporate app stores are less than 20%, although almost 80% of manufacturers are developing mobile applications, and at a more rapid rate than traditional applications.
  • As part of their corporate application store strategy, manufacturers must make design, development, deployment, and management decisions around the store in the context of how their key IT suppliers will support this construct.
  • The decision to open a corporate app store must factor in employees' willingness to use the app store, and supplying current, relevant mobile apps will be essential. IDC believes the ability to support rapid mobile application development through the use of "patterns of applications" will influence the success of the store.
  • IDC expects manufacturers to increase their adoption of corporate app stores in the next 12–18 months as they accelerate the delivery and quantity of mobile applications they provide to their employees and look for a means of more effectively and securely managing related processes.

Developing Patterns of Applications for Mobile

According to the new report, IDC Manufacturing Insights sees an opportunity in mobile application development for streamlining the process of bringing mobile apps to the corporate app store. Known as patterns of applications, the concept is an adaptation of rapid prototyping and agile development applied to business processes. Essentially, there are a set of core patterns of applications that underlie the majority of business processes and provide an excellent starting point for developing mobile apps. The goal is for mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) vendors to provide these patterns of applications for easy consumption by in-house development teams, who can then customize these applications to reflect the specific business process the enterprise wants to mobile enable. The new report offers an example of some of the patterns of applications that exist in manufacturing and their relative business benefits.

IDC Manufacturing Insights also believes that manufacturers that choose to populate their own corporate app stores should consider methods like patterns of applications to ease the burden of developing mobile apps as the demand for mobile apps grows across the organization. IDC is starting to see signs of MEAP vendors heading down this path, providing manufacturers with the building blocks to more quickly design, develop, and deploy mobile applications.

Heather Ashton, Research Manager, IT Priorities and Strategies at IDC Manufacturing Insights, said, "The rise of the corporate app store is an emerging trend in manufacturing, and we believe it will continue to become an appropriate construct for managing the proliferation of mobile apps inside the corporation. Manufacturers need to evaluate their current mobility maturity and understand when and how a corporate app store can effectively facilitate the spread of mobile apps throughout their organization."

IDC Manufacturing Insights recommends manufacturers assess their mobility maturity, evaluate their in-house mobility adoption, and consider how a corporate app store can assist with design, development, deployment, and management of mobile apps. Taking these steps will ensure that mobility is leveraged fully across the organization and important conversations with key IT suppliers start happening now.

For additional information about this report or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Heather Ashton, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 or sarah@attunecommunications.com. Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact insights@idc.com; reporters should email sarah@attunecommunications.com.

About IDC Manufacturing Insights

IDC Manufacturing Insights assists manufacturing businesses and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing asset intensive, brand oriented, technology oriented, and engineering oriented manufacturing industries. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please visit www.idc-mi.com, email info@idc-mi.com, or call 508-988-7900. Visit the IDC Manufacturing Insights Community at http://idc-insights-community.com/manufacturing.

Contacts

IDC
Heather Hargraves, 508-935-4162
Senior Marketing Specialist
hhargraves@idc.com
or
IDC
Sarah Murray, 781-378-2674
Public Relations
sarah@attunecommunications.com

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A new report from IDC Manufacturing Insights discusses the rising trend of using a corporate app store to manage the proliferation of mobile apps across manufacturing organizations.

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Contacts

IDC
Heather Hargraves, 508-935-4162
Senior Marketing Specialist
hhargraves@idc.com
or
IDC
Sarah Murray, 781-378-2674
Public Relations
sarah@attunecommunications.com