Battle lines drawn between IT and developers on who owns mobile projects

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A survey from Appcelerator has revealed a disconnect between developers and the IT department over who takes responsibility for driving mobility projects.

The survey, of over 8000 mobile developers and 121 IT decision makers, found that two thirds (66.9%) of IT decision makers feel that IT is the primary driver for mobile in their organisations. Yet developers argue the line of business is more important. 49.7% argue line of business compared to 34.6% for IT.

The two groups don’t see eye to eye on how they perceive themselves, either. 65% of IT decision makers believe their organisations are either “leading edge” or “somewhat ahead” of their competition in terms of mobile adoption – but this view is only shared by 34.6% of developers polled.

Not surprisingly developers are reporting an increase in the speed and number of mobile platforms they’re targeting, but the skills gap for developers is still evident. Finding the right quality of mobile devs remains the number one difficulty in mobile delivery for 41.3% of IT decision makers, and 33.3% of developers.

Interestingly, HTML5 proved far more popular with IT decision makers than developers – 70.6% in IT are bullish on the standard, which was declared finished by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) last week.

A panel at Apps World Europe last year found that confusion was the biggest barrier to HTML5 adoption in the enterprise. “If you pick a noun and add .js or .io, you’ll probably get a library,” noted Martin Beeby, developer evangelist at Microsoft. Last month, analyst house Gartner predicted that 90% of all apps in the enterprise will be either hybrid or HTML5.

The enterprise is often caught between two stools in terms of future development, between IT and the CIO – and it often results in a backlog. According to research conducted by Opinion Matters last month, half of companies polled had between 10 and 20 enterprise apps in development.

You can see the Appcelerator report here.

 

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