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2016 enterprise app preview – trends and developments

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 | Category: Application Development, Technology

With 2016 underway, IT leaders across the enterprise arena are looking to position themselves for success in the coming months.

This means that every company is examining its business applications with the intention of refining and expanding these systems to fit their changing needs. To help these decision-makers pinpoint exactly what they’ll need to succeed in 2016, here’s a look at the biggest enterprise app trends gathering steam.

Unprecedented growth
A recent article from Apps Tech News revealed that the average enterprise is boosting investment in app development throughout industries. It pointed to Gartner research showing that the demand for custom apps will be five times as much as available supply by 2017. With this in mind, business leaders should focus on finding an expert app development partner to support its efforts moving forward.

“Custom apps are in serious demand.’

Additionally, smart IT directors will map out a long-term strategy for app development that aligns with business goals, as this will prevent last-minute provisioning hassles and the risks that come with crunched deployment deadlines. Enterprise applications are now an integral component of business strategy, and decision-makers need to start treating them as such.

More focus on mobile
Mobility established itself as a pillar of IT in 2015, and in the new year, the trend will only continue to accelerate. App Tech News also highlighted IDC research which predicted a 400 percent uptick in the number of mobile-optimized applications that will inhabit the enterprise environment in 2016. No longer is mobile playing second fiddle – it’s quickly becoming the main event.

“Companies are continuing to invest in upgrades to their infrastructure and middleware that enables mobility across their organization,” stated the news provider. “Already, we have seen the number of companies looking for programs, rather than projects, increase as we draw towards 2016.”

Businesses will need third-party development teams to bring their apps to life.Businesses will need third-party development teams to bring their apps to life.

Cloud continues its rise
While cloud computing may not be a newcomer to the enterprise IT scene, it will continue to mature and diversify as 2016 moves along. As Beta News recently pointed out, Ovum research expects a 75 percent adoption rate for cloud services and applications by the end of the year, with various SaaS, PaaS and IaaS solutions making their way into the enterprise in unique architectures.

The use of hybrid clouds will soon be a source of competitive differentiation for large organizations, whose applications require heavy computing and storage resources. Since peak performance is so critical in a high-pressure enterprise setting, IT strategists will continue to experiment with different cloud configurations in search of the most effective and risk-averse approach.

Internet of everything
For most companies, the concept of the Internet of Things is perceived as just that – a concept. However, 2016 will see a huge uptick in enterprise adoption of IoT technologies, according to Apps Tech News. The source cited 451 Research stating that 46 percent of companies will have deployed an IoT infrastructure by the end of 2016.

For manufacturers and engineering firms, staying ahead of IoT trends will be vital to gaining and keeping a competitive advantage in the new year. Of course, custom apps will rule the IoT arena, as each enterprise deployment will have a unique set of objectives and parameters. The time is now for these organizations to commit to making the idea of the IoT a reality sooner than later.

There are countless more trends that will take root in 2016, but if companies focus on these key points and continue to push for custom applications, they’ll be well ahead of the pack.

Mike Groves

Mike Groves

Mr. Groves is the Manager of Development here at Weidenhammer. He possess over twenty-five years of experience in information systems management consulting covering a broad range of information system technologies and industries. His management consulting experience includes: development of information technology plans, focusing on the use of information technology as a tool for carrying out key business strategies to attain stated business objectives; the performance of detailed business process analysis and documentation, identifying opportunities for process improvements and changes; and the development of marketing plans, focusing on marketing objectives, target markets, market segmentation, and increasing market share through the devising of strategies concerning products/services, pricing, promotion, and distribution. Mr. Groves information system development life cycle experience includes project management, requirements gathering, detailed design, construction, system testing, and production support. Lastly, his packaged software implementation experience includes managing the implementation of a major Enterprise-Resource Planning (ERP) package, SAP. Mr. Groves holds a MBA from Lehigh University and a BS from Albright College in Finance and English.