The move towards rapid enterprise app deployment and development continues apace
More than two thirds of respondents in a survey from app data storage providers Canvas were able to build a mobile business app in one day or less, while a third of organisations used more than five mobile business applications last year.
The survey, of more than 1,600 Canvas customers predominantly at companies which historically relied on paper forms and manual processes, saw a heavy rise in the usage of Google Drive as a file storage app. 33% of respondents said they used Drive in 2014, compared to just 16% in 2013. Dropbox remains the most popular storage app, yet usage year on year flatlined, only rising to 53% in 2014 compared to 51% in 2013.
Two in three polled said they had used between one and five mobile business apps in 2014, with 20% saying they had used more than 10. The most popular tasks organisations completed using apps, according to the survey data, were inspections (52%), work orders (35%), checklists (20%) and surveys (20%).
Intriguingly, almost two thirds (64%) of respondents said they saw value in integrating core business applications, such as Dropbox and Salesforce – with mobile devices and tools.
It’s an interesting trend, according to Canvas CEO James Quigley. “Organisations are not only using multiple mobile business apps, but also building and deploying them to their mobile workforces faster than ever before,” he said. “The survey results also reaffirm that when organisations are able to easily share and learn from data collected via smartphones and tablets across the mobile workforce, the cost savings and productivity benefits can be significant.”
Regular readers of Enterprise AppsTech will be more than aware of the issues surrounding usage of apps in the enterprise today. Employees need to be more productive and employers more competitive, but it’s difficult getting bespoke apps out there. Increasingly, as this research references, employees are building their own apps in order to get by.
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